Villar wants Senate probe on Metro Manila drainage, sewage systems


Posted at Jun 06 2018 03:58 PM

FILE: Manila bay cleam-up after storm Gorio.

MANILA - Senator Cynthia Villar on Wednesday urged the Senate to probe Manila's sewers and waste water treatment facilities as she alleged that the quality of water in Manila Bay continues to deteriorate.

"Despite our efforts to clean up, water quality in the bay continues to worsen because of poor solid waste management and the lack of facilities for proper waste water disposal," Villar, who chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, said in a statement.

Senate Resolution No. 747 directs the Senate to check if local government officials and water concessionaires provided "adequate sanitation, drainage and sewerage facilities in Metro Manila."

"The resolution also seeks to determine whether or not the concessionaires are actually collecting and using the water utility charges, including the environmental and sewerage charges, from their respective consumers in order to fund the concessionaires' sewerage projects," Villar said.

The resolution was filed a month after government officials unearthed makeshift pipes discharging wastewater beneath Boracay's white sand beaches.