Gov't assures enough water, power supply in Luzon during extended lockdown

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 15 2020 12:10 PM

A woman and her 8-month-old daughter wait for workers to finish installing meters that will bring water to a residential area of Barangay Cembo, Makati City, Sept. 25, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA- The government assured Filipinos Wednesday of enough water and power supply as the lockdown of Luzon stretches until April 30.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said there is an excess supply of power for Luzon as reported by the Department of Energy while residents of Metro Manila can be assured that there will be no water crisis until the end of the lockdown.

The energy department said there is a 4,742 excess capacity for power demand in the Philippines' most populous island.

"As for the power demands in Luzon, the Department of Energy reports that we have an available capacity of 11,795 MW, which is greater than the actual peak demand of 7,323 MW in Luzon," Nograles said in a virtual press briefing.

As for the water supply, Nograles said the National Water Resources Board has given the full water allocation to the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System from the Angat Dam.

"Makakaasa po tayo na tuloy-tuloy po ang daloy ng tubig dito po sa NCR sa kalagitnaan ng enhanced community quarantine o ECQ," Nograles said.

(You can expect continuous water supply here in NCR during the enhanced community quarantine.)

Over 50 million people were forced to stay home since March 17 as the government quarantined Luzon to arrest the spread of COVID-19.

The lockdown, which was scheduled to end on April 12, was extended to April 30 as the government said it needed more time to prepare for a "new normal."