11-hour service interruption to hit Maynilad customers in Parañaque City

Marje Pelayo   •   July 12, 2021   •   365

MANILA, Philippines — Maynilad customers in portions of Parañaque City are advised to prepare for water service interruption in the afternoon of Monday (July 12).

In a tweet, the water concessionaire said clients in Parañaque City will have low pressure to no water supply beginning 2:00 p.m. of Monday (July 12) until 1:00 a.m. of Tuesday (July 13).

The said water service interruption is due to raw water quality issue from Laguna Lake entering the firm’s Putatan treatment plant.

“We are continuously monitoring the water quality in Laguna Lake even as we conduct system adjustments to optimize the limited supply,” Maynilad said.

Specifically, the areas affected are BF Homes, Don Bosco, Marcelo Green, San Antonio, San Martin de Porres, and Sucat.

Maynilad, Manila Water ordered to suspend disconnection activities in areas under Alert Level 5

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) on Thursday (September 16) directed Manila Water Company, Inc. and Maynilad Water Services, Inc. to suspend disconnection activities in areas under Alert Level 5 or areas under granular lockdown.

In a statement, the MWSS said the suspension will remain until such time that the restriction has been lifted.

The directive comes after implementation of alert levels system and granular lockdowns in certain areas of Metro Manila beginning September 16.

“In this critical time when public health relies on access to clean, safe, and sufficient water supply, the Concessionaires have also been directed to ensure water supply availability within their Service Areas,” the MWSS further said.

Meanwhile, for areas not under Alert Level 5, the MWSS encourages Manila Water and Maynilad customers to settle their bills to ensure continuity of services.

To provide assistance to customers who are facing the economic challenges during the pandemic, the agency previously directed the water concessionaires to offer flexible payment terms.

The MWSS also ensured water supply availability within the service areas and encouraged customers to conserve water.

“Rest assured that the MWSS will continue to proactively operationalize measures to aid customers and protect consumer welfare especially in this time of adversity,” the MWSS said. AAC

 

Senate panel sets probe on water franchises for Sept. 1

Robie de Guzman   •   August 31, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A Senate panel is set to tackle this week the franchise applications of concessionaires, Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila Water Company.

The Senate committee on public services will conduct the virtual inquiry on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

“It is the goal of our committee to ensure that the franchise applicants will indeed put the welfare of our people first,” Senator Grace Poe, who chairs the committee, said in a statement.

The senator earlier assured that the bills will go through a fine-tooth comb and challenged the applicants not only to provide access to safe and clean water, but also root out the inconvenience of constant water interruptions.

Citing 2013 and 2016 studies, Poe said the Asian Development Bank has rated the country’s water security at the bottom quarter out of 48 Asia-Pacific countries, with poor governance as the main cause, not water scarcity.

Currently, 15 million Filipinos still do not have access to water while more than 55 people die every day from water-related causes, she added.

“Now more than ever, access to safe and affordable water is basic and crucial in our fight to douse the risks and perils of the unseen virus,” Poe said.

Maynilad Water services the west zone area of Metro Manila and the province of Cavite while Manila Water maintains the waterworks and sewerage system in the east zone and the province of Rizal.

Among the guests invited to the hearing are some officials from the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, Manila Water, Maynilad, Philippine Competition Commission, Department of Justice, and some representatives from consumer groups.

Maynilad, tiniyak na walang dagdag singil sa pagpapalit sa mga lumang tubo

Marje Pelayo   •   June 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Tiniyak ng Maynilad Water Services, Inc. o Maynilad na walang dagdag na babayaran ang mga consumer sa gagawing pagpapalit ng 173 kilometrong lumang tubo na nagkakahalaga ng P1.8-million pesos.

“Wala naman pong dagdag kasi ito pong mga projects na ito ay kasama na sa approved business plan,” pahayag ni Ma. Cherry Marilla, Assistant Vice President for Planning and Support ng Central Non-Revenue Water (CNRW) Office ng Maynilad.

Ang proyekto ay nakalatag mula sa lungsod ng Caloocan, Quezon City, Muntinlupa, Maynila, Las Piñas, Valenzuela, Parañaque, Pasay hanggang sa bayan ng Imus sa Cavite.

Ayon sa Maynilad, kapag natapos na ito ay mababawasan 33 million liters per day ang masasayang na tubig dahil sa mga tagas na nagmumula sa lumang tubo.

Sapat ito upang masuplayan ang may 33,000 pamilya.

Kapag nakumpleto na ang proyekto ay aabot na sa 2,869 kilometro o kabuuang 72% ang napapalitang lumang tubo na minana pa ng Maynilad mula sa MWSS.

Inaasahan makukumpleto ang proyekto sa taong 2025 o 2026, ayon sa Maynilad.

Paliwanag ng kumpanya, hindi maaring pagsabay-sabaying mapalitan ang lahat ng tubo dahil kailangang ikunsidera ang magiging abala nito sa publiko.

“Siyempre mina-manage din namin yung rerouting ng traffic so inilatag talaga siya per year na manageable lang yung inconvenience din sa tao,” ani Marilla.

Ayon pa sa Maynilad, hindi pa kasama ang proyektong ito sa revised concession agreement pero makatutulong ang nasabing kasunduan sa pagpapalakas ng operasyon ng kumpanya.

Ayon naman sa Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), wala na sa bagong concession agreement ang mga hindi na kailangang bayaran ng mga consumer.

Hindi na rin sisingilin ng Maynilad at Manila Water ang bilyon-bilyong pisong halaga ng dapat singilin sa mga consumer na dating iginawad sa kanila ng Singapore Permanent Court of Arbitration.

“Ito ay ginawa ng pangulo para makatulong sa ating mga consumer at the same time kikita rin yung mga concessionaire,” pahayag naman ni MWSS Chairman and Acting Administrator Ret. General Reynaldo Velasco. -MNP (sa ulat ni Rey Pelayo)

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