West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) and Smart Communications (Smart) yesterday sent around 2,000 pieces of bottled water and 300 five-gallon containers with potable water to the flood victims in Cagayan De Oro City (CDO), through the assistance of the CDO Water District, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Office of the Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary and Philippine Air Force.
In the next few days, Maynilad and Smart will ship 2,000 pieces of 1.5 gallon containers of potable water to the affected families. The water company is also set to deploy its portable water treatment equipment to Cagayan De Oro to produce potable water on site for the evacuees. Five Maynilad personnel will fly to CDO to operate and teach the locals how to use the said the equipment. And as the number of affected families begins to increase, Maynilad is putting together its own relief drive so it could raise more supplies for distribution.
"In this time of great need, we gladly extend our expertise and resources to those beyond our concession area," said Ricky Vargas, Maynilad President and CEO.
Maynilad is the largest private water concessionaire in the Philippines in terms of customer base. It is a concessionaire of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System for the West Zone of the Greater Manila Area, which is composed of the cities of Manila (all but portions of San Andres & Sta. Ana), Quezon City (west of San Juan River, West Avenue, EDSA, Congressional, Mindanao Avenue, the northern part starting from the Districts of the Holy Spirit & Batasan Hills), Makati (west of South Super Highway), Caloocan, Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, Navotas and Malabon all in Metro Manila; Cavite City, and the towns of Bacoor, Imus, Kawit, Noveleta and Rosario, all in Cavite Province.