Poe on the signing of water franchises:
With the granting of new 25-year franchises to the two largest water concessionaires in the country comes an immense responsibility.
Our people expect clean, affordable and stable water and sanitation services, which will hopefully end the days of queuing with buckets.
As we fight a pandemic, reliable access to tap water is essential to public health and well-being.
There is also an urgent need to develop water sources to avoid permanent scarcity, improve supply distribution, rehabilitate aging pipes and educate people about conservation and climate change.
We rely on concessionaires to meet the challenge of improving their services and addressing equally critical aspects of our water situation.