Program to protect the country’s water supply from terrorist attacks?
As the Philippines saw how recent terrorist attacks crippled the entire city of Marawi, which suffered from power and water losses from nearly five months, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) is now seeing the need to develop an ‘anti-terrorism program’ to secure the country’s overall water supply.
In a statement, MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco said there should be an enhanced anti-terrorism program to beef up the country’s overall security measures to protect water facilities and sanitation, which is among the high-risk targets along with power, transportation, communication and ports.
“Thus, additional security measures are needed to prevent degradation of assets by the enemies of state, terrorist attacks or saboteurs,” Velasco said.
“This goes with the territory and there is a constant need for Threat Assessment and Intelligence Build Up to negate the enemy plans,” he added.
At present, MWSS sources 95.6 percent of its total water supply from the Angat and Umiray Rivers and 4 percent from the Laguna Lake. The remaining supply, 0.4 percent, comes from groundwater sources.
A few days ago, President Rodrigo Duterte already declared the liberation of Marawi City five months after terrorists took over the area.