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Water concession offered to new bidders

Francis Wakefield

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Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Administrator Emmanuel Salamat yesterday said they may conduct bidding for new water concessionaires that will continue water distribution in Metro Manila and nearby areas if Maynilad and Manila Water will not agree with the new contracts that will be offered by the government.

In an interview during the virtual briefing hosted by the President Communications Operations Office (PCOO) held at the New Executive Building in Malacañang Palace, Salamat said if the water concessionaries won’t agree with the new contract sans the onerous provisions, they have a backup plan in place.

“I hope not. But of course, we have backup plans on how to go about it. President Duterte has instructions on how to go about it, and we will cross the bridge when we get there,” Salamat told reporters.

“The process that we described, that is the process. We will resort to bidding and find other interested parties to bid for the new water distribution. That is what will happen, but as of now we have not talked about this yet,” he added.

When asked if the MWSS will immediately go about to the previous statement from President Rodrigo Duterte to nationalize the distribution of water in the country or conduct the bidding, Salamat said there are processes to the followed with regards to that.

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