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Parusa sa perwisyo! Senate panel wants Manila Water, MWSS sanctioned over water crisis

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By Marie P. Ruiz

The Senate public services committee , chaired by Senator Grace Poe is set to release a preliminary report on the water crisis that hit Metro Manila and parts of Rizal Province.

Poe said what they gathered during Tuesday’s senate hearing was sufficient for her committee to recommend that Manila Water compensate consumers affected by unannounced massive water interruptions and a revamp at the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).

In a radio interview, Poe sais “ Itinulak natin na doon sa mga oras na walang tubig, wag nang mangolekta ng babayaran namin, o magbigay ng danyos at kung may rebate sa ating mga customers doon sa perwisyo na nagawa nila. Malaki rin ang gastos, marami sa ating mga kababayan ang hindi nakapasok sa trabaho dahil nagiigib ng tubig.”

The panel’s report would also recommend who should compose the MWSS as the industry requires the expertise of civil engineers, finance and recognized labor leaders, as stated in its charter.

Poe noted that the current board is composed of two retired military and police officials, a chemical engineer and lawyers.

Poe added the MWSS should be at the forefront of averting a crisis.

The senator said “Ang MWSS ang siyang dapat nagsasabi, nakikita na kung mayroon pagkukulang ang mga concessionaires na yan. Maaga pa lang, dapat sila na ang nagsasabing ayusin ninyo yan, pero tila hindi nila nakita , o ayaw nilang makita.”