Curiously, Manyare suddenly interested in Tacloban water
Scared that their ineptness and greed will suddenly come to the fore, the water facility has become aggressive in its seeming intent to respond to the long time demand of Taclobanons to have water supply in the city. No less than its manager has gone to GMA 7 to grab a much needed exposure to throw the table on the city government, saying it has blocked its plan to develop the water system in Tacloban. Imagine, Tacloban blocking the possibility of having water? In its attempt to sow disinformation regarding the issue, they failed to tell the real truth or reason why it cannot get the desired permit to do so.
Following the building code of the land, the city government wants to ensure that the LMWD seeks first the DPWH Sub-district Permit to ensure that it follows the basic 9-meters easement from the center line of the highway. It is a national law that is being implemented to protect taxpayers. Another deterrent is their non-submission of the Program of Work that will show to the public the detailed workplan. It has not also submitted the barangay permits of the villages that will be affected by the diggings. Moreover, it has to post a bond relevant to the extent of damage the diggings will result; it will provide an assurance that they will restore the structures back to normal after the diggings.
It is surprising that even the national government has suddenly come into the picture. A party list has announced that the national government is interested to put up 300 million pesos for the water project in Tacloban. Why it has suddenly become interested in the matter is a phenomenon just like climate change.
The water dilemma in Tacloban has been raging on since it became a highly urbanized city in 2008. Prior to this big event, water was fast flowing and Taclobanons did not perceive any problem regarding domestic or drinking use. Water became a political issue when it happened to be one of the battle cries of the City Mayor when he moved to change Tacloban’s status to HUC and he promised to solve the problem of water for Taclobanons. The main valve supplying water to most areas in the city was closed, in other parts; it was semi-opened instead of getting enhanced and developed to face new challenges on population increments and demands. With disuse, most of the pipes got clogged, rusted and dilapidated. If the valves will get opened now, pressure will increase resulting to their bursting. It is a natural order of things. If a thing is left unused, it will deteriorate, weaken or atrophy.
How Taclobanons wish that all of the interested parties will really be true to their intent, every Taclobanon, will then be able to enjoy shower baths and every home will have enough domestic water for kitchen, comfort rooms, laundry, garden use. Here is hoping that for now, those who are interested are not just declaring their intent for political purposes but for true service to the people. After all, with many water sources, Taclobanons will be free to choose the best water provider.
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