ADDRESS MISMANAGEMENT FIRST’ | Bayan Muna hits Dominguez over Kaliwa Dam project

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(MARCH 14, 2019) – Bayan Muna party-list hit Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III for using water interruptions as justification for another China loan.

Party-list chairman and senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares blasted Dominguez for floating anew the Laiban Dam project, the parent of the Kaliwa-Kanan Dam proposal.

“Maybe Dominguez should address first the mismanagement and greed of Manila Water and not use our people’s woes to pitch for another potentially onerous China project,” said Colmenares in a statement.

Dominguez yesterday said the Kaliwa Dam project is more relevant, because of the on-going water crisis in some areas in Metro Manila.

“In fact, had this been done before, the water crisis would have been less serious or much less of a threat,” he said in a briefing.

Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate meanwhile suggested another measures to ensure water supply instead of building new dams.

“This so-called ‘water crisis’ will not be solved with the government continuing its privatization policy, that caters mainly to the profit-seeking big business. What we need now is the nationalization of the water industry and the implementation of a pro-people water agenda,” said Rep. Zarate

The Kaliwa Dam is an P18.724 billion project by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) located in Quezon province, which seeks to develop a new water source to meet Metro Manila’s growing domestic supply.

The loan agreement on the project was part of the deals signed by President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping during the latter’s visit to the Philippines last November.

Bidding process and project awarding is also well on it’s way, according to Dominguez.

Should it materialize, the New Centennial Water Source Project will provide water security, reliability and additional supply for Metro Manila.

The proposed project will involve the construction of Laiban Dam and the smaller Kaliwa Dam for supply maximization.