Manila Water, Maynilad claim ‘force majeure’ over water woes
Robie de Guzman • June 26, 2019 • 1186
MANILA, Philippines – Concessionaires, Manila Water Co. Inc. and Maynilad Water Services Inc. have submitted a “notice of force majeure” to the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) amid the worsening water shortage in Metro Manila.
MWSS chief regulator Patrick Ty said on Tuesday, the “force majeure” was filed by concessionaires as a defense to the water troubles being felt in the metropolis amid declining water level in Angat Dam.
The notice, under the concession agreement, exempts the contracting parties from fulfilling their contractual obligations for causes that could not be anticipated and/or are beyond their control.
It also suspends some portions of the utility firms’ service obligations for natural and unavoidable catastrophes that interrupt the expected course of events.
During the oversight hearing conducted by the House Committees on Metro Manila development, public works and highways and natural resources, Ty said the notice would be discussed and decided upon by the MWSS Board of Trustees on Wednesday.
“But we reiterated to them that they are not exempted from all obligations… We repeatedly told concessions to follow the requirement to provide notices to the public or else this could be a violation to the agreement,” Ty said.
“They have to make sure that the notices are correct and they keep their schedules, there’s also the issue of quality of water,” he added.
The MWSS in April imposed a P1.13 billion fine against the Manila Water for failing to meet service requirements. Half of the penalty was supposed to go to customers in refund.
MANILA, Philippines – The Maynilad Water Services has announced a schedule of temporary water service interruptions in parts of Metro Manila from August 20 (Tuesday) to August 21 (Wednesday).
In an advisory, Maynilad said the water service disruption slated from August 20 at 6 p.m. to August 21 at 6 a.m. will affect several areas of Manila, Caloocan, Malabon, and Navotas.
The west zone water concessionaire said the service interruption is due to maintenance activities aimed at improving water services.
Below is the list of affected barangays and their corresponding supply interruption schedules:
Barangay 124 to 127
Barangay 129 to 146
Dalagang Bukid East/C3
Barangay North Bay Blvd.
San Rafael Village
Maynilad urged its customers to store water at least three days before the scheduled interruption to prevent simultaneous heavy withdrawals of water from its pipelines, which can reduce water pressure and cause some customers to have no water earlier than scheduled.
The water concessionaire assured water tankers will be on standby to deliver water to affected areas as needed.
Upon resumption of water service, customers are also advised to let the water flow out for a few seconds until the water clears.
MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) and water concessionaires, Manila Water and Maynilad to pay fines for their non-compliance of the Clean Water Act.
In its decision, the SC fined Manila Water and Maynilad both with more than P900 million. The same amount of fine is required for Manila Water to be jointly paid with the MWSS for the period of May 7, 2009 until the date of promulgation.
The concessionaires are required to pay the fine within 15 days from receipt of a copy of the ruling.
From receipt of the decision until the fine is fully paid, they shall also pay the amount of P322,000 per day for every day of their non-compliance with the Clean Water Act.
The SC added that a legal interest of six percent per annum will also be applied.
MANILA, Philippines – Parts of Metro Manila will experience water service interruption from August 6 (Tuesday) to 7 (Wednesday), Maynilad Water Services Inc. announced on Thursday.
In a series of advisory posted on Twitter, Maynilad said the scheduled temporary water disruption will affect consumers in Caloocan, Manila, Malabon, Navotas, Las Piñas and Imus City in Cavite.
Below are the list of affected areas and their scheduled service interruption:
MALABON (from 4 p.m. Tuesday to 3 a.m. Wednesday)
Barangay Longos (along Dagat-Dagatan Ave. from Lapu-Lapu Ave to P. Aquino Ave., along C4 Road from Lascano Street to Pampano Street)
NAVOTAS (from 4 p.m. Tuesday to 3 a.m. Wednesday)
Barangay North Bay Boulevard
Barangay San Rafael Village
CALOOCAN (from 4 p.m. Tuesday to 3 a.m. Wednesday)
MANILA (from 4 p.m. Tuesday to 3 a.m. Wednesday)
Barangay 124 to 127
Barangay 129 to 146
MANILA (from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 4 a.m. Wednesday)
Barangay 79 to 83
Barangay 93 to 112
Barangay 116 to 119
LAS PIÑAS (from 6 a.m. Tuesday to 1 a.m. Wednesday)
Barangay Manuyo Uno and Dos
Barangay Talon Uno and Dos
Barangay Pulang Lupa Dos
IMUS CITY (from 6 a.m. Tuesday to 1 a.m. Wednesday)
Barangay Anabu I-A to Id and I-F
Barangay Bayan Luma I to IX
Barangay Bucandala I to V
Barangay Carsadang Bago I and II
Barangay Malagasang I-A to I-D and I-G
Barangay Poblacion I-A to I-C
Barangay Poblacion II-A and II-B
Barangay Poblacion III-A and III-B
Barangay Poblacion IV-A to IV-D
Barangay Tanzang Luma I to VI
Barangay Toclong I-A to I-C
The west zone water concessionaire said the water interruption in parts of Caloocan, Manila, Malabon and Caloocan is due to the relocation of a 3.6 feet by 2.5 feet-diameter water pipeline to give to way to the construction of the Skyway Project along C3 Road between A. Mabini and Dagat-Dagatan Avenue in Caloocan City.
The scheduled water disruption, meanwhile, in other parts of Manila is due to the installation of flowmeter at Radial Road 10 in Tondo; while the service interruption in Las Piñas and Imus City is mainly due to the repair of the Automatic Transfer Switch of Pagcor pumping station in Parañaque City.
For customers who have inquiries, Maynilad may be contacted at its hotlines 1626 (Metro Manila) and 1800-100092837 (Cavite).
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