Duterte approves draft 'master plan' on water: Cabinet Secretary

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 09 2019 10:17 AM

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a draft "master plan" that will provide an "integrated approach" to a water crisis that inconvenienced tens of thousands, a Cabinet official said Monday.

The plan, enclosed in an executive order, will seek a review of concession agreements with water distributors while addressing issues on sewerage and sanitation, irrigation, flood management, watershed management, financing, and policy formulation and coordination, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said.

The draft executive order was approved "in principle" by the President and is being finalized before he can sign it, Nograles told reporters.

"This is the fastest way that we could resolve all our water resource issue and concerns," he said.

Duterte earlier ordered a review of all government contracts "entered into and remove onerous provisions that might be detrimental to the lives of the Filipinos."

Tens of thousands serviced by Ayala-led Manila Water in Metro Manila's east zone last month formed queues for hours in water rationing stations as their taps ran dry.

Manila Water last week said almost 98 percent of its consumers have access to water for at least 8 to 12 hours a day.