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U.N. NOTES WANING ATTENTION ON YOLANDA SURVIVORS


AUGUST 1 ---Philstar.com/File photo
 After a 10-day visit and assessment of evacuation areas in the country for people displaced by disaster and conflict, a United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) said the attention on helping survivors rendered homeless by Super Typhoon Yolanda was “waning.”
Chaloka Beyani, in a press briefing to give an initial report on his 10-day visit in the Philippines, said “regrettably, it appears that funding and attention to IDPs is waning.” “The national government, together with its local government partners, must ensure that it follows through on the assistance that it has provided to date to ensure that it truly meets the needs and rights of all those displaced,” Beyani said. “While the government is to be commended in terms of its immediate responses, its attention to ensuring sustainable, durable solutions for IDPs remains inadequate to date. I believe that profiling, full needs assessment and verification exercise is required during this crucial transition period between early recovery and the attainment of durable solutions,” Beyani said. He observed that Yolanda survivors were generally satisfied with the temporary shelters given to them but pointed out basic utilities like electricity and water were not provided in these transition communities. – With Rhodina Villanueva THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO:
Palace admits issues in Yolanda aid funds


JULY 26 ---Leyte Rep Martin Romualdez, whose district in Tacloban City was the hardest-hit Yolanda area, earlier lamented that only P47 billion out of the P167.9 billion committed funds under the Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (CRRP) as of June 2015 were reportedly downloaded.
THE Palace admitted on Saturday that the Aquino administration is facing “challenges” in implementing its rehabilitation program for the survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda that devastated the country in 2013.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte made the admission after reports that only P47 billion out of the P167.9 billion funds under the Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan have been released as of June 2015. But Valte blamed local officials because the Executive Branch cannot start reconstructing houses until local governments can identify and find a land that are safe for building. “We do face challenges when it comes to implementation of the project. While the executive will take care of building and rebuilding the homes, the local government will be in charge of getting or identifying land that can be used for the relocation,” Valte said. In a forum last Friday, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, Caritas Philippines and the Freedom from Debt Coalition presented a study showing the Aquino administration’s “sluggish” implementation of the reconstruction program. “The delivery of reconstruction assistance continue to be riddled with infirmities, irregularities and reported misuse of public funds and people’s money—while the majority of the people who bear the brunt of sufferings, not only remain poor, hungry and jobless,” the study said. During the presentation of the study, entitled “Portrait of the Reconstruction Initiatives in the Areas Affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda,” groups involved in the rehabilitation of Yolanda survivors cited the Aquino government’s “slow delivery” of assistance to victims. The groups particularly pointed out the dismal completion of only 2,100 houses by the end of 2014, which is still very way below the much needed and targeted 205,128 shelters. They said the backlog in the construction of shelters was attributed to the availability of suitable lands, which would have been easier if the government has a proper inventory of lands. They also expressed alarm over the government’s prolonged significant delays in fund releases. The groups said that only P2.4 billion of the targeted P26 billion for social services was funded in 2014 apart from the P13.6 billion released for resettlement of the required P75 billion, P2.4 billion of the P26 billion for target social services, P9.8 billion of the P33 billion funds for livelihood, and P21.5 billion of the P35 billion budget for infrastructure. READ MORE...

ALSO: Phl envoy to China highest paid exec in 2014


AUGUST 1 --Philippine Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Erlinda F. Basilio (left) and Ms Li Hongmei (right), Executive Deputy Director of the International News Division of China Economic Net. photo by gov.ph
Philippine Ambassador to Beijing Erlinda Basilio was the highest paid government official in 2014, according to a report on salaries and allowances (ROSA) released by the Commission on Audit (COA) yesterday. Records show that she received over P16.439 million last year, including a basic pay of P947,352 and allowances reaching P15.345 million along with bonuses, incentives and benefits amounting to P146,318.57. Named to the Beijing embassy in December 2012, Basilio was not on the list of COA’s top 10 highest paid government officials in 2013. The emoluments of a diplomat include not only their basic salary but also allowances for overseas assignment, according to Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose. “Allowances, which are provided in our regulations, are commensurate to one’s rank and position,” he said. The cost of living in the post where diplomats are assigned are also taken into account, Jose said. READ MORE...

ALSO: DepEd: 1.1 M students go to schools without electricity


AUGUST 1 --Teachers comfort a crying student at the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in Batasan, Quezon City as he goes to school for the first time. BOY SANTOS
 - Over 1.1 million students are enrolled in 5,954 public schools that have no access to electricity, according to the Department of Education (DepEd). During the launch of the LightEd PH campaign yesterday, Education Secretary Armin Luistro gave a commitment that the agency and its partners will work toward energizing these schools to provide a conducive learning environment to the students. “Personally, I would want it to happen before Christmas,” he said. “If not, hopefully before the start of classes in June 2016.” Based on the data released by DepEd, 2,414 of the schools have been identified to be “on grid” or in areas that can be reached by the National Electrification Administration (NEA). Some 1,308 schools, on the other hand, are in remote or “off-grid” areas, while the remaining 2,232 have yet to be classified. The number of schools without electricity has decreased from 7,817 in 2011. READ MORE...

ALSO: Storm to enter Phl next week – Pagasa


AUGUST 1 --Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather satellite image. Filipinos should brace for moderate to occasionally heavy rains next week due to a tropical storm off the Pacific Ocean that is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility on Monday or Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said. The tropical storm with international name Soudelor is not expected to make landfall but may enhance the southwest monsoon, weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said yesterday. Quitlong said the storm, which will be given the local name Hanna, could intensify into a typhoon before it enters the Philippine area of responsibility. He said there is little chance the storm will hit Philippine landmass based on its current track. Soudelor was spotted at 885 miles east of Guam and was moving westward at 3 kilometers per hour as of 2 p.m. yesterday. Quitlong said as of yesterday afternoon, the storm packed maximum sustained winds of 65 kph and gustiness of up to 80 kph. READ MORE...

ALSO: Bidding failure declared anew for PCOS upgrade


AUGUST 2 ---Precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines
The second bidding for the contract to refurbish 81,896 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines was declared a failure yesterday, just nine months before next year’s national elections.
The Special Bids and Awards Committee-2 (SBAC-2) of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it had to declare the bidding a failure after two bidders backed out and a third was disqualified. In yesterday’s opening of bids, Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) Corp. and Miru Systems Co. manifested their decision to withdraw, citing the tight timeline set by the Comelec for the P3.1-billion project. This left the joint venture of Dermalog Identification Systems GmbH, Avante Technology and Stone of David Technical Equipment as the lone bidder for the project. But voting 4-1, SBAC-2 declared the joint venture “ineligible” for failing to comply with four provisions in the technical and eligibility requirements. “Premises considered, the SBAC-2 resolved, as it hereby resolves, to declare… a failure of bidding in this second competitive public bidding for the supply and delivery of the refurbishment (with systems upgrade) of the existing PCOS machines, its consumables and ballots for the May 9 national, local and ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) elections,” SBAC-2 said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Strong El Niño threatens water supply


AUGUST 2 ---The government urged the public to conserve water in preparation for a possible strong El Niño. File photo
MANILA, Philippines - The government urged the public to conserve water in preparation for a possible strong El Niño by the end of the year until the first quarter of 2016. “Forecasts from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and other international climate agencies indicate a high probability that the current moderate El Niño affecting the country may intensify to strong in the last quarter of 2015 and may extend up to the first quarter of 2016,” read the announcement. “This means that less rainfall is expected and may not be sufficient to bring the much-needed water to refill our dams. Water supply to consumers may be affected if the water allocation to Metro Manila residents will be further reduced,” it added. The advisory was published in a full-page advertisement in yesterday’s issue of The Philippine STAR by various national government agencies and the two major water utility providers in Metro Manila – Manila Water Company Inc. and Maynilad Water Services Inc. READ MORE...


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UN notes waning attention on Yolanda survivors


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MANILA, AUGUST 3, 2015  (PHILSTAR)Rainier Allan Ronda Aug 1, 2015 - After a 10-day visit and assessment of evacuation areas in the country for people displaced by disaster and conflict, a United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) said the attention on helping survivors rendered homeless by Super Typhoon Yolanda was “waning.”

Chaloka Beyani, in a press briefing to give an initial report on his 10-day visit in the Philippines, said “regrettably, it appears that funding and attention to IDPs is waning.”

“The national government, together with its local government partners, must ensure that it follows through on the assistance that it has provided to date to ensure that it truly meets the needs and rights of all those displaced,” Beyani said.

“While the government is to be commended in terms of its immediate responses, its attention to ensuring sustainable, durable solutions for IDPs remains inadequate to date. I believe that profiling, full needs assessment and verification exercise is required during this crucial transition period between early recovery and the attainment of durable solutions,” Beyani said.

He observed that Yolanda survivors were generally satisfied with the temporary shelters given to them but pointed out basic utilities like electricity and water were not provided in these transition communities. – With Rhodina Villanueva


MANILA STANDARD

Palace admits issues in Yolanda aid funds By Sara Susanne D. Fabunan, Maricel V. Cruz | Jul. 26, 2015 at 12:01am


Leyte Rep Martin Romualdez, whose district in Tacloban City was the hardest-hit Yolanda area, earlier lamented that only P47 billion out of the P167.9 billion committed funds under the Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (CRRP) as of June 2015 were reportedly downloaded.

THE Palace admitted on Saturday that the Aquino administration is facing “challenges” in implementing its rehabilitation program for the survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda that devastated the country in 2013.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte made the admission after reports that only P47 billion out of the P167.9 billion funds under the Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan have been released as of June 2015.

But Valte blamed local officials because the Executive Branch cannot start reconstructing houses until local governments can identify and find a land that are safe for building.

“We do face challenges when it comes to implementation of the project. While the executive will take care of building and rebuilding the homes, the local government will be in charge of getting or identifying land that can be used for the relocation,” Valte said.

In a forum last Friday, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, Caritas Philippines and the Freedom from Debt Coalition presented a study showing the Aquino administration’s “sluggish” implementation of the reconstruction program.

“The delivery of reconstruction assistance continue to be riddled with infirmities, irregularities and reported misuse of public funds and people’s money—while the majority of the people who bear the brunt of sufferings, not only remain poor, hungry and jobless,” the study said.

During the presentation of the study, entitled “Portrait of the Reconstruction Initiatives in the Areas Affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda,” groups involved in the rehabilitation of Yolanda survivors cited the Aquino government’s “slow delivery” of assistance to victims.

The groups particularly pointed out the dismal completion of only 2,100 houses by the end of 2014, which is still very way below the much needed and targeted 205,128 shelters.

They said the backlog in the construction of shelters was attributed to the availability of suitable lands, which would have been easier if the government has a proper inventory of lands.

They also expressed alarm over the government’s prolonged significant delays in fund releases.

The groups said that only P2.4 billion of the targeted P26 billion for social services was funded in 2014 apart from the P13.6 billion released for resettlement of the required P75 billion, P2.4 billion of the P26 billion for target social services, P9.8 billion of the P33 billion funds for livelihood, and P21.5 billion of the P35 billion budget for infrastructure.

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Meanwhile, House Independent Bloc leader and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez hoped the administration will be able to complete its long-term rehabilitation and rebuilding efforts in Yolanda-stricken areas by the end of President Aquino III’s term on June 30, 2016.

Romualdez said he expects the government to accomplish what it promised to deliver for Yolanda victims.

“We expect the President to fulfill his promise before his term ends on June 30, 2016,” Romualdez said, stressing that a lot has to be done to help the Yolanda victims to get back on their feet.

Romualdez, whose district in Tacloban City was the hardest-hit Yolanda area, earlier lamented that only P47 billion out of the P167.9 billion committed funds under the Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (CRRP) as of June 2015 were reportedly downloaded.

Romuadez said he was disappointed to find out that the Aquino administration appeared to have been remiss in its constitutional duty to provide assistance to calamity-stricken areas, particularly in Tacloban City that was devastated by killer typhoon Yolanda in November 2013 where 1.5 million were affected.

Government official figures ware placed at 6,300 deaths and 1,061 missing aside from 28,689 injured; while 918,261 were displaced outright.

Romualdez’s group also asked the congressional oversight committee, together with concerned agencies of government, to account for the P47 billion “Yolanda” funds which had been spent.

“We need to know how these funds were spent,” he said.

Romualdez and his group earlier attended a briefing conducted by the Social Watch Philippines led by former National Treasurer Leonor Briones intended to present a six-month financial audit of national government funds that the Department of Budget and Management released for CRRP.

The study conducted by Briones’ group was funded by Christian Aid, an international non-government organization, from January to June 2015 aimed at tracking Yolanda funds project.

Briones and Prof. Jocelyn Cuaresma, a fellow of SWP, presented the results of their financial audit before Romualdez, Abakada party-list Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz, Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado, and lawyer Raul Lambino, chief of staff of former President-turned Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, at the Manila Polo Club in Makati City last Wednesday.

It was only last October 29, 2014 or almost a year when President Aquino III finally approved the 8,000-page P167.9-billion Yolanda CRRP that former Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) Sec. Panfilo Lacson recommended.

This was aimed at providing the “build back better” for the resettlement, infrastructure, livelihood, and social services in 171 cities and municipalities ravaged by the powerful typhoon.


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Phl envoy to China highest paid exec in 2014 (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 1, 2015 - 12:00am 0 300 googleplus0 0


Philippine Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Erlinda F. Basilio (left) and Ms Li Hongmei (right), Executive Deputy Director of the International News Division of China Economic Net. photo by gov.ph

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Ambassador to Beijing Erlinda Basilio was the highest paid government official in 2014, according to a report on salaries and allowances (ROSA) released by the Commission on Audit (COA) yesterday.

Records show that she received over P16.439 million last year, including a basic pay of P947,352 and allowances reaching P15.345 million along with bonuses, incentives and benefits amounting to P146,318.57.

Named to the Beijing embassy in December 2012, Basilio was not on the list of COA’s top 10 highest paid government officials in 2013.

The emoluments of a diplomat include not only their basic salary but also allowances for overseas assignment, according to Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose.

“Allowances, which are provided in our regulations, are commensurate to one’s rank and position,” he said.

The cost of living in the post where diplomats are assigned are also taken into account, Jose said.

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Second to Basilio in the 2014 list is Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) president and general manager Robert Vergara, who received P12.567 million last year.

Those in the third to eighth spot in the ROSA are also diplomats, led by Ambassador to London Enrique Manalo, who received P12.342 million.

Lourdes Yparraguirre (Vienna) follows with P11.745 million; Maria Teresa Taguiang (Tokyo) with P10.905 million; World Trade Organization (WTO) permanent representative Esteban Conejos Jr. with P10.701 million; Philippe Jones Lhuillier (Lisbon) with P10.564 million; and Maria Cleofe Natividad (Berlin) with P9.863 million.– Michael Punongbayan, Pia Lee-Brago


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DepEd: 1.1 M students go to schools without electricity By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 1, 2015 - 12:00am 2 34 googleplus1 0


Teachers comfort a crying student at the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in Batasan, Quezon City as he goes to school for the first time. BOY SANTOS

MANILA, Philippines - Over 1.1 million students are enrolled in 5,954 public schools that have no access to electricity, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).

During the launch of the LightEd PH campaign yesterday, Education Secretary Armin Luistro gave a commitment that the agency and its partners will work toward energizing these schools to provide a conducive learning environment to the students.

“Personally, I would want it to happen before Christmas,” he said. “If not, hopefully before the start of classes in June 2016.”

Based on the data released by DepEd, 2,414 of the schools have been identified to be “on grid” or in areas that can be reached by the National Electrification Administration (NEA).

Some 1,308 schools, on the other hand, are in remote or “off-grid” areas, while the remaining 2,232 have yet to be classified.

The number of schools without electricity has decreased from 7,817 in 2011.

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Luistro said DepEd has laid out plans to electrify the schools that have been classified, saying it has partnered with NEA and the Department of Energy (DOE) to provide solutions through conventional and alternative sources of energy.

DepEd and NEA officials signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday, in which the latter agreed to build its new posts near “on-grid but unenergized” schools.

The education secretary said they also requested the DOE to establish alternative energy hubs near or within schools in off-grid areas.

“Light makes vision possible. In the realm of education, let us be the light that will help our children realize their vision for themselves, their families and our country,” said Luistro.

“We call on everyone to be part of this LightEd PH campaign and to bring light to those who need it and to help in extending the hours of quality learning,” he said.

One Child, One Lamp In addition to providing electricity sources to schools, DepEd also launched yesterday the “One Child, One Lamp” project, which seeks to provide students in off-grid areas with solar-powered lamps that they can bring to their homes.

“Students in off-grid barangays have limited time to study at night. Providing them electricity or solar lamps will help them extend their study time, thus increasing the chance to improve their academic performance,” said DepEd undersecretary for partnership and external linkages Mario Deriquito.


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Storm to enter Phl next week – Pagasa By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 1, 2015 - 12:00am 1 480 googleplus0 0


Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather satellite image.

MANILA, Philippines - Filipinos should brace for moderate to occasionally heavy rains next week due to a tropical storm off the Pacific Ocean that is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility on Monday or Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

The tropical storm with international name Soudelor is not expected to make landfall but may enhance the southwest monsoon, weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said yesterday.

Quitlong said the storm, which will be given the local name Hanna, could intensify into a typhoon before it enters the Philippine area of responsibility.

He said there is little chance the storm will hit Philippine landmass based on its current track.

Soudelor was spotted at 885 miles east of Guam and was moving westward at 3 kilometers per hour as of 2 p.m. yesterday.

Quitlong said as of yesterday afternoon, the storm packed maximum sustained winds of 65 kph and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

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He said the southwest monsoon will bring rains over Mindanao and the Visayas beginning Monday.

By Thursday, rains will reach Southern Luzon, including Metro Manila, and the rest of Luzon at the weekend.

Meanwhile, Quitlong said the inter-tropical convergence zone – which is the breeding ground of low-pressure areas – will continue to dump rains over Southern Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao this weekend.

Fair weather is expected over Northern and Central Luzon apart from isolated thunderstorms, he said.


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Bidding failure declared anew for PCOS upgrade By Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 2, 2015 - 12:00am 0 14 googleplus0 1


Precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines

MANILA, Philippines - The second bidding for the contract to refurbish 81,896 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines was declared a failure yesterday, just nine months before next year’s national elections.

The Special Bids and Awards Committee-2 (SBAC-2) of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it had to declare the bidding a failure after two bidders backed out and a third was disqualified.

In yesterday’s opening of bids, Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) Corp. and Miru Systems Co. manifested their decision to withdraw, citing the tight timeline set by the Comelec for the P3.1-billion project.

This left the joint venture of Dermalog Identification Systems GmbH, Avante Technology and Stone of David Technical Equipment as the lone bidder for the project.

But voting 4-1, SBAC-2 declared the joint venture “ineligible” for failing to comply with four provisions in the technical and eligibility requirements.

“Premises considered, the SBAC-2 resolved, as it hereby resolves, to declare… a failure of bidding in this second competitive public bidding for the supply and delivery of the refurbishment (with systems upgrade) of the existing PCOS machines, its consumables and ballots for the May 9 national, local and ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) elections,” SBAC-2 said.

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According to SBAC-2 chairman Jubil Surmieda, they made the decision without prejudice to the motion for reconsideration (MR) that the joint venture may file within three days.

“We leave that to the wisdom of the en banc to take the options. We cannot preempt the en banc,” Surmieda told reporters when asked about Comelec’s options in case Dermalog’s motion is rejected and its disqualification upheld.

In her dissent, SBAC-2 vice chairperson Maria Juana Valeza voted to declare the joint venture as eligible.

Valeza said that the document submitted by Dermalog on Net Financial Contracting Capacity “adequately showed the company’s financial capability” to undertake the project.

She also said the documents submitted by Dermalog on “Technical Specifications of the Bidding Document” and the “Sworn Bidder’s written proposal” were also compliant with technical requirements of the project.

Valeza called it “superfluous” to require Dermalog to submit actual sample ballots “considering that the bid documents only allow the submission of PCOS prototype and/or samples of the components or spare parts.”

Lack of time In separate letters submitted to SBAC-2, Smartmatic-TIM and Miru cited the tight timeline imposed by the Comelec as the primary reason for their withdrawing from the project.

According to Miru, it was “constrained not to participate in the bidding because of lack of material time vis a vis the date of the opening of bids as one of its respective partners has recently backed out.”

For its part, Smartmatic-TIM, said the “biggest hurdle” to its joining the project is the “implementation schedule of the commission, considering the election day is barely nine months away.”

Smartmatic-TIM claimed that after consulting with its suppliers it was established that “at this point in time, Smartmatic has serious doubts and legitimate concerns whether this project is still feasible.”

“We have been trying to find ways to meet the providers’ schedule, considering such factors as the budget and scope of work,” Smartmatic-TIM sid.

“Unfortunately, the schedule requested by Comelec is no longer achievable due to the delays accumulated until this point in time,” it added.

It was Smartmatic-TIM that supplied the PCOS machines to the Comelec for the country’s first automated polls in 2010.

The project involves the refurbishment and systems upgrade of the PCOS machines and consumables as well as provision of ballots and modem, among others.

“The need to meet such schedule is too great for us, with a possibility of over committing bringing with it unthinkable repercussions for our company and for the country,” it said.

Smartmatic-TIM had already raised its concerns on the Comelec’s calendar in its July 6 letter to SBAC-2 during the first bidding for the project.


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Strong El Niño threatens water supply By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 2, 2015 - 12:00am 2 1 googleplus1 2


The government urged the public to conserve water in preparation for a possible strong El Niño. File photo

MANILA, Philippines - The government urged the public to conserve water in preparation for a possible strong El Niño by the end of the year until the first quarter of 2016.

“Forecasts from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and other international climate agencies indicate a high probability that the current moderate El Niño affecting the country may intensify to strong in the last quarter of 2015 and may extend up to the first quarter of 2016,” read the announcement.

“This means that less rainfall is expected and may not be sufficient to bring the much-needed water to refill our dams. Water supply to consumers may be affected if the water allocation to Metro Manila residents will be further reduced,” it added.

The advisory was published in a full-page advertisement in yesterday’s issue of The Philippine STAR by various national government agencies and the two major water utility providers in Metro Manila – Manila Water Company Inc. and Maynilad Water Services Inc.

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Joining PAGASA were the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, the National Power Corporation, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the National Water Resources Board and the National Irrigation Administration.

“Although domestic consumption is prioritized when the water level in Angat Dam falls below normal, the El Niño phenomenon will put stress on our water resource which may lead to constraints in water supply,” added the advertisement.

The agencies asked the public to prepare for the scenario by doing their share in conserving water.

The public was also asked to report leaks, illegal connections, defective meters and unauthorized withdrawal of water from fire hydrants.

“Private and government agencies from the water sector will strive to mitigate the impact of El Niño to our water services through regular service improvements and contingency measures,” they added.


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