Dry faucets always follow power brown-outs.
To prevent Dabawenyos going smelly and thirsty, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has advised the Davao City Water District (DCWD) to buy its own generator to avoid interruptions in water distribution even if the Davao Light & Power Company (DLPC) power supply system conks out.
DCWD pumps out water from the Talomo underground reservoir with electricity from the DLPC, the city’s lone power provider.
Davao City goes kaput and powerless every time DLPC suffers problems in distribution due to rebel attacks on power lines in Bukidnon, a glitch in distribution or cut downs on supply from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).
Whatever the reason, DCWD pumps stop turning and fails to siphon, for lack of electricity, potable water from the Talomo wells.
Duterte made the suggestion about DCWD buying its own generator and not to rely on DLPC in an edition of the Gikan Sa Masa Para sa Masa where the subject of the 2015 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Manila, whose side events will be held in Davao City, was being discussed.
Lawyer Geraldine Tiu, co-host of the Sunday television program on ABS/CBN asked Duterte for his comments on frequent interruptions in DCWD distribution system due to the brown-outs.
Tiu said it would be embarrassing if Davao City suffers the twin irritants during the APEC when foreign delegates would be attending side events in Davao City.
I will ask the DCWD to buy their own generators. Maybe I could help the firm find funding through foreign loans, Duterte said.
Duterte also said DLPC may have to ask ThermaMarine, its sister company under the Aboitiz group of companies, to deploy additional power barges in Davao City during the duration of the APEC event. ROGER M. BALANZA