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Duterte assures sufficient water supply amid COVID-19 scare

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday assured the public of sufficient water supply as the government fights the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“2020. Meron ‘yan. Sigurado ako,” he told reporters in Malacañang.

The Department of Health has repeatedly urged citizens to always wash hands with soap and water and observe cough etiquette in light of the COVID-19 scare that has affected many countries, including the Philippines.

The President also used the press conference to pitch anew for the construction of the Kaliwa Dam along the provinces of Rizal and Quezon.

Once completed, the China-funded Kaliwa Dam would provide Metro Manila with 600 million liters of water per day. The construction may take two to three years.

The project, however, has been met by opposition as 14,000 households of mainly indigenous peoples would allegedly be displaced.

“I will force the issue and I will battle with them in court. I hope the judges and justices would understand,” Duterte said.

“Talagang hindi rin ako magpapigil dahil kung magpapigil ako, wala kayong tubig. 'Yung apo ninyo. Pipilitin ko talaga. I will fight all the way.” — BAP, GMA News