President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Friday, March 15 ordered the release of 150 days worth of water supply from Angat Dam in order to address the water shortage in several parts of Metro Manila.
According to Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, the chief executive ordered the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to demand from the Manila Water Company and Maynilad Water Services Inc. and other responsible offices to release water from Angat Dam in Bulacan by noon Friday, March 15, “in order to supply the affected areas in Metro Manila and deliver, as well as distribute sufficient water to the residents.”
Panelo also added that the failure to act or comply with the said directive: ” the President will personally go to them and make the responsible officers account for such failure.”
As of 6 AM on March 15, the water level at Angat Dam was normal at 199.25 meters, still far from the 180-meter critical mark.
Panelo said there could have been inefficiency and mismanagement of water resources. He said the government is already looking into the water shortage and assured the public that Manila Water will be held accountable if the investigation would point to their liability.
Malacañang is currently preparing an executive order for Duterte’s signature aimed at addressing the water supply issues in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.