Anatomy of a Water Crisis

ASOG Working Paper 19-007

26 Pages Posted: 17 May 2019

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Ronald U. Mendoza

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Ayn G. Torres

Ateneo School of Government - Ateneo de Manila University

Date Written: April 25, 2019

Abstract

This case study navigates the complex issues that may have contributed to the water crisis that erupted in March 2019 in Metro Manila. The roles of the regulator, concessionaires and certain donors are discussed herein. Longstanding structural challenges – including ambiguity in the water concession agreements as well as the political economy of ODA-financed vs PPP water infrastructure – are some of the possible factors behind the delays in the development of infrastructure for raw water sources. In addition, as the actual water shortage developed in the immediate term, both the regulator and private sector concessionaires apparently did not deploy proper protocols to mitigate the crisis until it was too late.

Keywords: water, water resources, water crisis, water security, resources management, government policy, development

JEL Classification: O13, O38, Q25, Q28, P48

Suggested Citation

Mendoza, Ronald U. and Torres, Ayn G., Anatomy of a Water Crisis (April 25, 2019). ASOG Working Paper 19-007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3381583 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3381583

Ronald U. Mendoza (Contact Author)

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government ( email )

Katipunan Road
Loyola Heights
Quezon City, 1108
Philippines

Ayn G. Torres

Ateneo School of Government - Ateneo de Manila University ( email )

Pacifico Ortiz Hall, Fr. Arrupe Road
Social Development Complex, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Manila 1108
Philippines

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