MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will wait and see until April 15 before he decides whether or not to fire officials of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) over the water supply shortage that has been gripping parts of Metro Manila and Rizal.
“I will not make a prejudgment. I asked them–everybody concerned–to submit a report by April 10 and I will decide before April 15,” Duterte told reporters in an interview Thursday after the 122nd Philippine Army Founding Anniversary at Fort Andres Bonifacio in Taguig City.
The President said he wants to find out if the water supply shortage is a result of “negligence” or something beyond the control of the MWSS.
Earlier this week, the President told MWSS officials to “shape up or ship out” due to the water shortage.
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Duterte also threatened to scrap the contract of water concessionaires over the water woes.
Water supply interruptions in parts of Metro Manila and Rizal started last March 7.
Thousands of customers of Manila Water Inc., have been experiencing water supply woes.
MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco had blamed the water shortage on the low water levels in the La Mesa Dam and the delays in the construction of the concessionaire’s Cardona Water Treatment Plant. / gsg
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