Ex-Pres. Ramos Warns Pres. Duterte Over Actions Against Water Concession Agreement

Veteran soldier and former President of the Republic of the Philippines, President Fidel V. Ramos warned Pres. Rody Duterte over his actions against the water concession agreement entered by the government in 1997.


According to the former West Point graduate, the 1997 concession agreement and also the privatization of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) which happened during Ramos administration designed to prevent a 'water crisis' in the National Capital Region (NCR).



Former President Ramos said that the agreement gave a sustainable supply of water to the residents of Metro Manila.

"The success of this agreement has brought about an infusion of capital to upgrade the infrastructure necessary to improve the efficiency and service coverage to the end users. In Metro Manila alone, more than 18 million Filipinos (from only 10 million in 1997) now have access to sustainable water supply," Ramos said.

Pres. Ramos said that the privatization of MWSS and the concession agreement is being followed by other countries because of its effectiveness.

Pres. Ramos was quoted as saying "To achieve all this, the private sector mobilized funding from both foreign and local sources depending on the word of the Philippine government that the essential conditions of adherence to the sanctity of contracts and rule of law must be observed," Ramos said.



These are the pillars that hold together any agreement, be it between governments and/or the government and the private sector. Our word must be our bond,” he added.

During the past few days, the tough-talking Rody Duterte criticized Maynila and Manila Water and questioned the concession agreement signed in 1997 saying that the government has no power on the contract.

Pres. Duterte made the said remarks after an international tribunal ordered the governmetn to pay billions of pesos to the water companies for interfering with the water prices in Metro Manila.

Source: PNA

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