Lapid bats for creation of nat’l water body to avoid crisis
By Shane Juan
Senator Lito Lapid is pushing for the passage of a law that will address the recurring water crisis in Metro Manila.
Lapid has filed Senate Bill No. 52 (Water Resources Management Act) that seeks to establish the Water Resources Authority of the Philippines (WRAP) which will ensure long-term sustainable management of the country’s water resources.
“Nais nating matugunan at masolusyunan ang problema sa tubig ng ating mga kababayan sa pamamagitan ng pagtatayo ng isang ahensiya na siyang mamamahala sa ating pinagkukunan ng tubig,” he said.
Lapid explained that the recent water shortage in Metro Manila only showed at how unprepared the country’s capital in resolving the crisis.
Citing data from the World Health Organization (WHO) reveals that one out of 10 people in the Philippines still do not have access to improved water sources and the shortage remains a threat to sustainability and development.