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The Human Toll of Water Privatization in Manila

January 1, 2012
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Under pressure of a heavy international debt load, the Filipino government turned over the management of Manila’s water supply to two private corporations in 1997. With over 3 million residents of metro Manila lacking access to water, the system was unquestionably in need of improvement. The deal was touted as the largest-ever water privatization to date, and a trial balloon for the concession structure.

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