The Senate will also conduct a legislative investigation on the water crisis being experienced in Metro Manila.
Senate President Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III said that he will direct the proper Senate committee to start an inquiry on the water shortage that is affecting more than 50,000 households covered by the Manila Water Company.
Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate has already filed a resolution urging the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability to investigate the recent incidents of water interruption.
In his House Resolution 2518, Zarate said that it seems that water concessionaires are not prepared for the El Nino phenomenon, even with the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) stating that it is predictable.
Since last week, Manila Water, which provides water services to the east area of Metro Manila and Rizal province, have announced water service interruptions due to the drop in the water level of La Mesa Dam caused by the effects of El Niño.
La Mesa Dam serves as the back-up water supply of Manila Water, which gets most of it water supply from Angat Dam.
Furthermore, Manila Water Spokesperson Jeric Sevilla on Wednesday, Feb. 13, announced that upcoming water service interruptions can last six to 18 hours straight.
Maynilad Water Services Inc. has also announced that areas in Navotas, Bacoor in Cavite, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, and Pasay cities will experience water service interruptions due to service improvement activities.