Razon warns of extended water crisis in Metro Manila
Enrique Razon’s Prime Infra has warned of an extended water crisis in Metro Manila if Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) will soon fail to give its final approval to the Wawa Dam project.
“The development work to ensure water supply delivery of 80 million liters per day (MLD) in 2021 and over 500 MLD in 2025 that will address the on-going water crisis in Metro Manila may not push through as planned,” Prime Infra said.
“This is because the project proponent of the Wawa Bulk Water Supply Project – WawaJVCo, the joint venture between Enrique Razon’s Prime Infra and businessman Oscar Violago’s San Lorenzo Ruiz Builders Group – continues to wait for the final approval of the project from the MWSS,” it added.
Over seven months ago, Manila Water Company (MWC) disclosed to the Philippine Stock Exchange that they entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Prime Infra for the development of the Wawa Bulk Water Supply Project, a new water source development at no cost to the government.
After a series of technical workshops and review by MWSS and the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel, the Offtake Agreement was signed by MWSS, MWC and WawaJVCO last August 6, 2019.
This was then followed by a series of public consultations all over East Zone from September 3 to 9, 2019 led by the MWSS Regulatory Office. Subsequently, the MWSS board approved the tariff.
While WawaJVco on its side continues to move forward with the project on the basis that the August agreement signing was the takeoff point, at the moment, the MWSS “continues to sit on the remaining approvals to finally move the project forward”, Prime Infra said.
“Curiously the government seems to be desperate for new water sources, yet MWSS continues to drag its feet,” Razon said.
WawaJVCo further expressed fears that, if not addressed immediately, the delivery of a new water source of this size in 2021 will be “unlikely”.