A state of calamity due to the shortage of water supply will be declared soon by the local government unit (LGU) of Mandaluyong City, as per a city officer on Thursday.
In an interview, Mandaluyong Information Chief Jimmy Isidro addressed that the heads of their 12 of 27 barangays were the ones who recommended placing the city under a state of calamity. The said recommendation will be conveyed to Mandaluyong Mayor Carmelita Abalos, then sent to the city council for approval.
The council is set to release its decision on March 18, according to Isidro.
Once implemented, price control would be imposed on basic necessities and prime commodities and local government units could appropriate calamity funds.
On Wednesday, Manila Water Spokesperson Jeric Sevilla advised their customers that starting on Thursday, March 14, water service interruption will stretch from six (6) to 18 hours straight.
Mandaluyong is one of the areas serviced by Manila Water that deeply suffers in the ongoing water crisis.
Manila Water pointed to critical water levels in La Mesa Dam due to El Niño and rising demand as the causes of water shortage. However, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), the government agency that is in charge of water privatization in Metro Manila, said the decline of water supply in La Mesa Dam was caused by the increase in water treatment production of Manila Water.
Authorities have also reiterated there is enough water supply in Angat Dam, which supplies 96% of Metro Manila’s water.