Voices of Atty. Patrick Ty, MWSS Chief Regulator, and Negros Occidental Representative Albee Benitez
Lawmakers begun investigating Manila Water’s past decisions at the House Committee hearing on Monday about the water shortage Metro Manila is currently facing.
Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) admitted failure on its obligation to provide water for 24 hours a day to the public. According to Ferdinand Dela Cruz, MWSS President he would make himself accountable on dilemma at hand. Dela Cruz made a public apology and willing to resign on his current position. However, he said that he first needs to find a solution on catastrophe the public has been suffering.
Negros Occidental Representative Albee Benitez questions MWSS about the violation about how the water concessioner should have delivered water to the public for 24 without interruption. Even though Patrick Ty, Chief Regulator of MWSS confessed that Manila Water has violated their water service commitment, he claimed the agency does not have the authority to penalize Manila Water; thus the agency is asking the Congress to pass their request to have a Department of Water to solve the problem.
Due to Manila Water’s failure to prevent the issue of water service from happening Buhay party-list, Representative Lito Atienza challenged Dela Cruz to quit holding office at the company. Dela Cruz stressed he is “prepared to resign for failing the customers” but his focus right now is how to restore their service back to normal. (CHAY ALDAY/LEAGUE ONLINE NEWS)