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Christina Frasco climbs up water tank amid Liloan supply shortage

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She literally had to see for herself why Liloan was grappling with water supply woes.

Mayor Christina Garcia-Frasco wanted to better understand why her town is suffering from interrupted water supply in their homes. She went to inspect the facilities of the Metro Cebu Water District and braved the climb up a rickety ladder for a glimpse of the firm’s decades-old reservoir.

She was very disappointed with what she saw.

“Of the 17 wells MCWD operates across our 4 barangays, what I found were wells in a dilapidated state, with 2 wells damaged beyond repair due to saltwater intrusion, and practically abandoned,” Frasco said.

Here’s the bad part: residents living just beside the wells do not have direct access to MWCD’s supply.

“Along with the rest of Cebu, Liloan now finds itself in the grip of a water crisis. It is unbearable and unjust to see people suffer from the scarcity of something so basic and fundamental as water. We must hold to account those who have known about this impending water crisis but have done so little to avert it, while profiting greatly in the process.”

Frasco lambasted MWCD during their meeting as she found out that the shortage has been predicted 15 years ago and yet here they were.

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I made a surprise inspection on the wells and reservoir that the Metro Cebu Water District (MCWD) operates in Liloan from which MCWD takes at least 15,000 cubic meters (15 million liters per day (mld)) to supply to Metro Cebu. Of the 17 wells MCWD operates across our 4 barangays, what I found were wells in a dilapidated state, with 2 wells damaged beyond repair due to saltwater intrusion, and practically abandoned. I met Liloanons living beside the wells, and yet, ironically, DO NOT HAVE DIRECT ACCESS TO WATER IN THEIR HOMES from MCWD. This, in addition to the multitude of complaints I have received from Liloan residents who suffer from constant water interruption and shortage. Along with the rest of Cebu, Liloan now finds itself in the grip of a water crisis. It is unbearable and unjust to see people suffer from the scarcity of something so basic and fundamental as water. We must hold to account those who have known about this impending water crisis but have done so little to avert it, while profiting greatly in the process. At the Metro Cebu Development Coordinating Board Meeting, I was shocked to find out that MCWD had known about the impending shortage of water as far back as 15 years ago. Yet here we are, in the midst of this crisis, with MCWD offering no clear immediate solution to resolve it, passing on the burden to local government units such as Liloan to continue to give up our water to MCWD without even ensuring that our own people are served. According to MCWD’s published Annual Report in 2016, MCWD reported revenues of over Php 1.7 Billion. Of this, they only invested Php 160 Million back into the water systems of Cebu, or not even 10% of what they made. Why has MCWD given back so little to the public that has enriched MCWD by so much? In 1992, MCWD entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Municipal Government of Liloan to extract water from a total of 17 wells. Since MCWD would profit from getting Liloan’s water to supply Cebu, MCWD promised uninterrupted 24/7 priority water supply to residents of Liloan, and to provide water systems in the mountain barangays, among other things.

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“According to MCWD’s published Annual Report in 2016, MCWD reported revenues of over Php 1.7 Billion. Of this, they only invested Php 160 Million back into the water systems of Cebu, or not even 10% of what they made.
Why has MCWD given back so little to the public that has enriched MCWD by so much?,” the politiko added.

What a shame!