JOINT STATEMENT
February 17, 2010

We must address the real “water crisis”. Metro Manila's “water crisis” has nothing to do with a deficit in water supply, and everything to do with wasteful water management practices. Officials of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) are saying that we need more water when what we actually need is a better MWSS. The demand projections that are being touted around as the main justification for the dam project are not at all supported by the facts. At best, they are but empty figures.

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“Water crisis” a smokescreen to MWSS’ real crisis

MANILA, Philippines – The proposed 113-meter high Laiban Dam project in Tanay, Rizal is a “monster goldmine” that will bring only unnecessary rate increases to the Metro Manila population while furthering private control over water resources, according to the Freedom from Debt Coalition.  

In a joint protest action with various organizations campaigning against the proposed Laiban Dam Project held Wednesday in front of the main office of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage Sytem (MWSS), FDC said that any contract to proceed with the Laiban Dam project would not only be disastrous to the local communities already opposing the proposed project, but would also redound into unprecedented costs for the Metro Manila population within the MWSS’ service area.

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INFANTA, Quezon – More than five hundred protesters today kicked off their grueling 148-kilometer march in a bid to stop the construction of the P50-billion dam project in the Sierra Madre watershed.

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QUEZON CITY – Barely two weeks after the devastating floods and controversial dam releases of Typhoon Pepeng, various groups from Metro Manila, Quezon, and Rizal are bracing themselves for their own battle against the construction of yet another giant dam.

In a press conference held today, various groups headed by the Save Sierra Madre Network (SSMN) called on President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to issue an executive order scrapping the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage Services' (MWSS) proposed 113-meter high Laiban Dam Project.

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QUEZON CITY — As the nation marks an end to the period of mourning for former President Corazon C. Aquino, members of the Freedom from Debt Coalition and water consumer group PATTAK staged a protest action in front of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) office here, urging the administration of Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to “do a Cory” by shelving the proposed construction of the controversial Laiban Dam project.

Proposed during the dictatorship regime, the 113-meter high Laiban Dam project was shelved under the administration of Mrs. Aquino due to environmental and financial reasons and opposition from the affected communities. The proposal was revived under Mr. Joseph Estrada’s administration and later aggresively pushed by the MWSS under Mrs. Arroyo.

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