CALAMITY FUND NEEDED | City officials want Mandaluyong placed under state of calamity amid water shortage
1 week ago
MARCH 14, 2019 — The government of Mandaluyong eyes putting the city under a state of calamity because of the water shortage in 27 of its barangays.
Mandaluyong Public Information Officer Jimmy Isidro said this will enable the city government to use its calamity fund to dig deep wells for water.
Isidro said six barangays have already recommended a declaration of state of calamity as 15 barangays are now completely waterless.
“Maaaring gamitin ang calamity fund at gumawa ng deep well para makatulong. Para pwedeng gumastos ang mga barangay para makahiram sa ibang city ng tanker,” Isidro said.
Isidro said the city government will keep the remaining water in fire stations for fire incidents.
Apart from water, Isidro said the city government cannot purchase more firetrucks to deliver water because of the spending ban during the election season.
But he hopes the water crisis will force the Department of Interior and Local Government. (DILG) to allow the city government to release funds to help the affected barangays.
“Ang barangay hindi sakop ng election ban. Sumulat kami sa DILG na may crisis kami kaya sana i-lift ang ban sa amin. With state of emergency, ma-supplement at ma-exempt muna kami sa ban in terms of purchase,” Isidro said.
The city government said its funds might soon be depleted because of expenses entailed in water rations costs.
“Hindi masabi kung hanggang kelan. Kung isang buwan pa kaya tiisin, pero kung nagsu-supply ka gamit ang gasolina, pakain sa volunteers, talagang madedeplete ang funds. On our own, bubuhayin namin ang deep wells, after the crisis isasara uli,” Isidro said.