Singson junks calls for 'water crisis' body

July 22, 2010 12:33 pm 

MANILA, July 22 —- Malacanang sees no need to create a committee to address the acute water shortage problem in Metro Manila, according to Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson.

Singson, who also heads the National Water Resources Board (NWRB), told a media briefing on Thursday that instead of forming a "crisis committee" to find solutions to the present water shortage in Metro Manila, it is more appropriate for an action center to manage the present water supply problem.

The former head of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) pointed out that the action center will directly coordinate with concerned government agencies and will provide regular updates.

At present, private sectors particularly the fire trucks of volunteer fire brigades, are rendering the help in water rationing to severely affected areas of the water shortage aside from the water rationing of the Maynilad Waters and Manila Waters Company.

In the same media briefing, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said there is no need for President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to act as the country’s water czar since the concerned agency of government is doing their job to immediately address the present water shortage problem.

Lacierda also reiterated that there is no need for President Aquino to declare a state of calamity in Metro Manila since there is no water crisis.

He added there are parts of Metro Manila that is experiencing water shortage but not the entire Metro Manila and therefore there is no need for the President to declare a "state of calamity."(PNA)

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