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Metro Pacific unit pushes for more water investments


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MANILA – A "crisis" is brewing in the water sector due to poor waste management in highly populated areas and as tourism strains existing infrastructure, a utility official said Monday.

Bad sewage and water piping systems could lead to health problems and environmental degradation, Metro Pacific Water Senior Manager for Public, Private Partnership Yang Villa told ANC.

About 15 million Filipinos are not yet connected to improved water supply as of 2015 while less than 10 percent have waste water management and sanitation facilities, he said. 

"It’s not talked about very often because it is a crisis happening underneath us. We don’t really understand our water resources as climate change happens how it would affect our water security in the future," Villa said. 

Villa said local utilities need to invest more and seek partnerships to improve infrastructure.

 

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