MWSS supports Manila Bay clean up
The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) said it is now working to ensure full compliance to the Supreme Court continuing mandamus among its concessionaires, Maynilad Water Services, Inc. and Manila Water Company, Inc.
This was according to MWSS Administrator Reynaldo V. Velasco, who recently met with officials of the two water companies. He said that he asked the two concessionaires to fast-track their compliance of the SC order and they agreed.
He was referring to SC’s continuing writ of mandamus ordering 13 government agencies including MWSS to clean up Manila Bay and restore its water quality to Class SB, or safe for recreational activities such as swimming.
“This is welcome move by all parties concerned led by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu. As I have always emphasized in various fora, cleaning up Manila Bay is everybody’s concern to include ordinary Filipinos who must embrace self discipline as a way of life,” Velasco said.
He admitted that right now, only 15 percent of water consumers are connected to sewer lines and as provided in the concession agreement, full sewer and sanitation coverage should be 100 percent by 2037.
The concerted efforts by MWSS and its concessionaires as well as other agencies come in the wake of a massive effort to rehabilitate Manila Bay to be spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The massive clean-up will affect all the cities surrounding the bay, namely, Manila, Quezon City, Pasay, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Pasig, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, Makati, Parañaque, Taguig, Muntinglupa, Las Piñas, and Pateros as well as local government units in eight provinces in Region 3, and 4-A and establishments along its 194-kilometer coastline.