Administrator of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), Reynaldo Velasco on Wednesday stated he would not step down for now, as he assured to comply with President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to resolve the water shortage in Metro Manila.
“We are not worried about the water supply until 2037, which is the end of the concession agreement but we have to go beyond that because the directive of the President, and even the Senate… is to make a master plan, so we will do the roadmap maybe up to 50 years,” Velasco said.
Velasco acknowledged that no one in the MWSS board had offered to resign because the President did not ask for it during a meeting in Malacañang on Tuesday night. He added Duterte instead gave them time to fix the problem or lose their jobs.
“He said shape up or ship out. In other words, fix the problem first. If you cannot fix it, go. He has given us time to fix the problem, so I’m trying to address it so I will not be fired,” Velasco cited.
The MWSS chief said he was willing to quit if Duterte sought for it, saying all presidential appointees served at the pleasure of the President.
“Anytime. I would like to remind you that all of us in the board are under the pleasure of the President. We are presidential appointees. Anytime he feels like we can’t do it, and others can take our place, that’s welcome,” Velasco added.
“If he asked for it last night, including the board, I would have volunteered, I would take responsibility and spare the board. But since he did not ask for it, I am still here,” he concluded.