FOR better and efficient water services, Hugpong ng Pagbabago senatorial bet Francis Tolentino is urging more cooperatives to venture into the water services industry.
Tolentino, the former MMDA chairman, said that this is one way to resolve the problem on water supply and management in the country.
In a previous campaign sortie, Tolentino warned the public of possible worsening water shortage by 2025 if the problem is not addressed.
According to Tolentino, cooperatives could learn from the systems and experiences of other countries such as Finland and Denmark, which already have existing and working water service cooperatives.
Tolentino said that to date, the are few existing water service cooperatives in the country such as that of Metro Water Collectors Cooperative of Quezon City, Water and Sewer Services Tanauan, Batangas among others.
“And these cooperatives have been proven to provide efficient water services. Encouraging more cooperatives to venture into water services will surely help address current issues of water distribution,” Tolentino said.
He added that water shortage will still worsen in the days ahead and that the people should guard against ailments brought about by lack of water and intense heat.
Senator JV Ejercito has asked President Rodrigo Duterte to hold a water summit to combat the worsening El Niño phenomenon.
“When we talk about the climate, we have to take into account the uncertainty in making plans. These unexpected changes in weather patterns are what we should be preparing for,” Ejercito said.
He said such a summit would allow all government agencies and local government units as well as private stakeholders to coordinate their plans to allow the country to act swiftly on the depleting water resources while preventing wastage of resources and duplication of actions.
Ejercito made the call after the Department of Agriculture reported that agricultural losses has exceeded P5 billion while the provinces of Cebu, Zamboanga Sibugay, and North Cotabato have been placed under a state of calamity due to the lingering drought.
With Marlon Purificacion