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Mandaluyong City to declare state of calamity amid water supply crisis

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By Jhon Aldrin Casinas

The local government unit (LGU) of Mandaluyong City is set to declare a state of calamity to address the ongoing water crisis in the city, a local official said on Thursday.

“We are now collating the resolutions of barangay officials asking the city council to declare a state of calamity in Mandaluyong,” Jimmy Isidro, city public information office chief, told the Manila Bulletin in a phone interview Thursday.

Residents fill-up empty buckets during a water distribution along a street in Mandaluyong City, March 14, 2019. Government advised the public to conserve water due to low supply from the effects of drought brought by the onset of El Nino phenomenon. (CZAR DANCEL / MANILA BULLETIN)

Residents fill-up empty buckets during a water distribution along a street in Mandaluyong City, March 14, 2019. Government advised the public to conserve water due to low supply from the effects of drought brought by the onset of El Niño phenomenon. (CZAR DANCEL / MANILA BULLETIN)

The declaration will allow the local government to access their emergency funds and purchase the equipment or materials needed to address the calamity.

In its latest Facebook post, Manila Water, which supplies water to almost the entire eastern metro, announced that 17 out of 27 barangays in Mandaluyong City were affected by the hours-long water interruption.

To ensure order during water distributions at affected areas, Senior Supt. Moises Villaceran, city police chief, deployed on Wednesday his personnel to areas where water rations are delivered.

Meanwhile, Mandaluyong City Mayor Carmelita “Menchie” Abalos also ordered the use of deep wells as a temporary source of water to communities affected by the shortage, the official said.

“We are also monitoring the prices of water sold in the city to avoid over pricing,” Isidro added.

In an earlier interview, Isidro noted that the election ban prohibits them to purchase water tankers that could help thousands of households.

“Gusto man naming bumili ng additional water tankers, hindi namin magawa dahil sa election ban (Even though we want to purchase additional water tankers, we cannot do so because of the election ban),” Isidro said.

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