The provision of basic services in Manila is anchored on public investments, particularly on infrastructure projects. Transportation, water supply, electricity, flood control, telecommunications and other similar public utilities and basic services are the lifeblood of the city without which any city for that matter would succumb to its natural course.
The liberalization policy on telecommunication system opens the door for more investors in the industry. During the past years the telephone system in the City of Manila is being monopolized by the Philippine Long Distance and Telephone Co. (PLDT). PLDT has committed itself to a Zero backlog program aiming to serve 100% of Manila’s telephone demand by the year 1996, but miserably failed. Today there are several telephone companies who offer services. Other telecommunication systems that operate in the City are the cellular telephone, radiophones and pagers. Cellular are in season as GLOBE Telecom was able to come up with the concept of “text messaging”. Its competitors like SMART Telecommunications and NEXTEL are also catching up with the latest craze.
Publication is another popular communication medium which serves the City. Majority of the major publishing companies are located in Manila. These are the Bulletin Today, The Star Group of Companies, The Journal Group and the Manila Standard. These major published newspapers, aside from the tabloids and other magazines, are being circulated in the City as well as the rest of the country.
The City of Manila is being served by two concessionaires in the distribution of its water supply namely: Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (MWSI) and Manila Water Company (MWC) as a result of the privatization of the Metro Manila Waterworks & Sewerage System (MWSS). The coverage service areas of MWSI are Tondo, Sta. Cruz, Quiapo, Sampaloc Sta. Mesa, Pandacan Binondo, San Miguel Ermita, Malate, Intramuros and part of Singalong while MWC are Sta. Ana and part of Singalong.
The adequate and sufficient supply of water in the City of Manila is one of the more basic considerations attuned to the need for development. Water for industrial and domestic use must be made available in order to achieve the desired level of development.
Of the 3,895,799 meters pipeline for the whole NCR, 1.39% or 651,507 meters serve the City of Manila. The next table presents the pipe length by material of the National Capital Region (NCR) and the City of Manila. Almost half or approximately 46% of the pipelines in the City are of unverified materials due to the unavailability of documents.
The table below represents the estimated water requirements of the City in consonance with the projected population. As can be seen from the table, projected population will increase from 1.65 million in 1995 to about 1.91 million in the year 2012. Based on the historical actual consumption, estimated water supply requirement for the City for the year 2000 will increase to about 75.72 million gallons per day from the actual 72.07 million gallons per day in 1995. This figure will further increase to 85.67 million gallons per day by the year 2015.