Manila Water slapped with P1-B fine for supply shortage

Robie de Guzman   •   April 24, 2019   •   1698

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila Water Co. Inc. is facing fines amounting to P1.5 billion in connection with the supply shortage being experienced in the east zone concession.

The Metropolitan Waterworks Sewerage System (MWSS) said in a statement that penalties include P500 million for customers’ refund, P600 million for the company to develop a new water source, and the remaining fine is for failing to meet service requirements.

The sanctions are on top of the voluntary full bill waiver imposed by the Manila Water, which it said earlier would cost the company nearly P500 million.

In a separate statement, Manila Water assured it will abide by the sanctions imposed by the MWSS.

“While we are not the root cause for the inadequacy of the raw water supply coming from Angat Dam which we are mandated to treat and distribute, Manila Water, as agent and contractor of water services of MWSS, hold ourselves accountable for our inability to provide our consumers with the usual uninterrupted water service,” company president and CEO Ferdinand dela Cruz said. — Robie de Guzman

3 barangays in QC to have low to no water from Aug. 13 to Aug. 15 – Manila Water

Marje Pelayo   •   August 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Water announced service interruptions from August 13 to 15 in three areas in Quezon City due to power supply transfer activities at its Luzon Water Treatment Plant.

Specifically, residents in Barangays Holy Spirit, Pasong Tamo and Sauyo in Quezon City may experience “low pressure to no water service” starting Tuesday until Thursday.

“Manila Water is advising residents of the said barangays to store enough water to supply their needs only during the interruption schedules,” Manila Water told its clients in a statement.

The service interruption may affect around 20,000 households and commercial and business establishments in the affected areas.

The schedule of water service interruptions is as follow:

August 13 (Tuesday) 8 p.m. to August 14 (Wednesday) 6 a.m.

August 14 (Wednesday) 8 p.m. to August 15 (Thursday) 6 a.m.

August 15 (Thursday) 8 p.m. to August 16 (Friday) 6 a.m.

SERVICE ADVISORY: Power supply transfer activity scheduled at Luzon Water Treatment Plant in Quezon City on August…

Posted by Manila Water on Friday, 9 August 2019

Power supply transfer activity to affect parts of Quezon City next week – Manila Water

Maris Federez   •   August 10, 2019

The Manila Water Company on Saturday announced water service interruption next week that may affect several areas in Quezon City.

On its twitter post, Manila Water said power supply transfer activity is scheduled at its Luzon Water Treatment Plant in Quezon City on August 13-15, 2019, 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM.

This activity may affect the water supply of Barangays Holy Spirit, Pasong Tamo, and Sauyo in Quezon City.

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Manila Water prexy resigns, Rene Almendras to take over

Marje Pelayo   •   August 9, 2019

(L-R) Rene Almendras and Ferdinand dela Cruz

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Water’s president and CEO Ferdinand dela Cruz resigned on Thursday (August 8).

This was announced through a disclosure of the Philippine Stock Exchange following a meeting by the firm’s Board of Directors on Thursday afternoon.

In a statement on Friday (August 9), Dela Cruz confirmed his resignation citing personal reasons.

“(I) have opted to retire from Ayala Corporation now that our services are relatively stable, a new water resources roadmap is in place and a demand management plan has been initiated,” he said,

Dela Cruz’ resignation takes effect on August 31, 2019.

He will be replaced by Rene Almendras taking over as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Sustainability Officer of Manila Water effective September 1, 2019.

Almendras served as Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Energy and Cabinet Secretary during the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III.

Before he entered the government service in 2010, he already served as Manila Water’s president and CEO.

The Supreme Court (SC) recently fined Manila Water over P900 million for violating the Clean Water Act.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Board also demanded P1.13-billion payment from Manila Water for the supply crisis that disrupted water supply in Metro Manila last March.

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