MWSS welcomes senate inquiry on Metro Manila’s waste water treatment system
Metropolitan Water Works and Sewerage System (MWSS), mandated to operate, maintain, and develop Metro Manila’s waste water treatment system, has welcomed the inquiry on its operations that is currently being pushed for in the senate.
Following the filing of Senate Resolution 747 by Senator Cynthia A. Villar to conduct an inquiry on the state of waste water treatment in Metro Manila, MWSS Administrator Reynaldo V. Velasco reaffirmed the agency’s commitment to carry out its responsibilities as stipulated in Republic Act No. 9275, otherwise known as the Philippine Clean Water Act.
“We are continuously working with our concessionaires – Manila Water and Maynilad – to find ways to speed up the establishment of additional sewerage treatment plants in Metro Manila,” Velasco said.
This was after his meeting with top water officials led by Manila Water President Ferdinand de la Cruz, Maynilad President Ramoncito Fernandez and MWSS RO Chief Patrick Ty.
The MWSS chief also welcomed the proposed Senate inquiry to enlighten the public and put to rest allegations that “there is failure of implementation and enforcement of laws with respect to the provision of adequate sanitation, drainage and sewer facilities in Metro Manila.”
Right now, Metro Manila and nearby provinces covered by concession agreements between MWSS and the two concessionaires, Manila Water and Maynilad, are not yet 100 percent covered by waste water treatment plants.
But both concessionaires are committed to achieve full coverage within the duration of their respective concession agreements.
Per MWSS, the actual coverage at present is pegged at 22 percent.