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Suarez hits ‘empty promises’ of water concessionaires

Mar 20, 2019 @ 14:56

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez on Wednesday opened a new congressional probe on Metro Manila’s water crisis under the committee of public accounts, which he chairs, following earlier committee hearings held by the House on Monday and the Senate on Tuesday.

In his opening remarks, the Quezon representative stressed the gravity of the water situation in the nation’s capital, saying: “We are confronted by an unprecedented grave and serious water crisis.”

“As chair of the committee on public accounts, we believe that our joint efforts can lead to a lasting solution this crisis,” he said.

Suarez recalled that during a recent Water Summit, it was reported that 2 billion liters of freshwater are wasted every day.

“This alone demands congressional action,” he said.

“Similarly, at that Summit, I asked if our water concessionaires are capable of continuously supplying the public, in spite of the El Niño,” Suarez said.

He said he was “assured that measures had been taken, that the shortage was accounted for, and would not endanger our supply or jeopardize the comfort, and productivity of our people.”

“Unfortunately,” Suarez said, “these were empty promises hurting our constituents, and endangering public welfare.”

“This crisis is indicative of policy failure, and thus, it behooves us to initiate remedial legislation,” he said.

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