PGMA orders LWUA, MWSS to provide water to calamity areas
Manila (2 October) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo instructed Wednesday night the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to provide clean and potable water to calamity areas severely hit by tropical storm Ondoy.
According to the President, a large number of typhoon victims were still without basic necessities such as food, water and shelter.
In response, LWUA chair Prospero Pichay, Jr. said the agency had already distributed 3,000 food bags to the victims of Ondoy as part of its relief efforts that started last Monday.
He added that LWUA officials would donate another 5,000 food bags with 1,000 going to the victims in Montalban, Rizal and the rest (4,000) to Malacaņang which had been turned into an evacuation and relief center for typhoon victims.
Pichay pointed out that aside from the food bags, which contained rice, sugar, water as well as noodles and canned goods, the agency would also donate P1.5-million to the government's relief efforts.
According to him, the P1-million would come from the LWUA while the P500,000 would come from the Davao City Water District, which he described as the richest water district in the Philippines. (PIA) [top]