Manila Water to expedite pipe laying works to address supply woes
Robie de Guzman • April 1, 2019 • 1593
MANILA, Philippines — The Manila Water Services Company is looking to expedite its ongoing pipe laying works along the stretch of Marcos Highway traversing the towns of Taytay, Angono and Binangonan in Rizal province.
The Manila Water targets to complete the laying of the 800-meter long pipe from the Cardona Water Treatment Facility this week.
The project is seen to address the shortage of water supply in parts of Rizal province and eastern Metro Manila, which were hit by water service interruptions last month.
Manila Water has earlier announced it will implement a one-time full bill waiver for consumers who were severely affected by the water service outage in March. This will be reflected on their April bill.
A partial list of areas validated as severely affected has been released by the company on Sunday. This include the Barangays of Addition Hills, Barangka Drive, Plainview, Highway Hills and Hulo in Mandaluyong; Kapitolyo, Bagong Ilog and Oranbo in Pasig; Upper Bicutan in Taguig and Mambog in Binangonan, Rizal.
Manila Water Spokesperson Jeric Sevilla said they are still working on the list of other areas that will avail of the full bill waiver program as the validation process is still ongoing.
“Kaya natin bina-validate kaya hindi natin mailabas yun [kumpletong listahan] kasi baka mamaya isipin ng mga tao na taga tandang sora ako so wala ako dapat bayaran hindi ganun,” Sevilla told UNTV News and Rescue in an interview.
(We cannot release it yet as we are still validating more areas. This is to prevent public misconception that because I live in Tandang Sora then I am covered by the full bill waiver. It’s not like that.)
Manila Water said around 152,000 households from 44 severely affected barangays will be given a full bill waiver for their March consumption.
The April bill will be fully waived if residents experienced water service outage for 24 hours for at least seven days.
Customers who experienced only a few hours of water interruption will still receive a waiver for the first 10 cubic meters of their March consumption, equivalent to P135, to be deducted in their April bill.
The voluntary, one-time bill waiver scheme was announced by the Manila Water last week to compensate thousands of their customers, whose taps ran dry last month.
But for Juliet Peraira, a Manila Water client in Barangay Mambog, Binangonan in Rizal, the program is not enough to recompense the struggles they had to face due to water service outage.
“Kaya hanggang ngayon nag-iipon pa rin kami ng tubig kasi hindi pa talaga totally may tubig. Minsan, wala pa rin tubig,” Peraira said.
(Until now, we are still storing water because the supply has yet to become stable.)
Allan Mesa, also a resident of Barangay Mambog, echoed Peraira’s sentiment.
“May tangke kami, kaso 3 days lang duration nun, ubos na rin kasi lima kaming gumagamit dito eh. Noong mawalan [ng tubig] hintay na lang kami ng truck nila [Manila Water],” Mesa said.
(We have a water tank but it can only store water for 3 days. Five people are using it so the water is swiftly depleted. When the water taps ran dry, we waited for their truck)
Lourdes Ocampo, on the other hand, was sourcing their family’s water supply from a deep well which became their neighborhood’s water source during the height of service outage.
“Hindi ko pinababayaran kasi tulong mo na lang yan dahil kung ako naman ang mawalan [ng tubig] nakiki ano [igib] rin ako ganun,” she said.
(I gave them water for free. In case I lose any water supply, I also fetch from them)
Barangay Mambog usually experiences low water pressure and supply due to its elevated position.
Manila Water is looking to address this by laying more pipes linking from their local water treatment facility in Cardona.
The company has apologized for the heavy traffic and other inconveniences due to the ongoing utility project.
Consumers may call Manila Water hotline number 1627 for any inquiry or complaint. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Mon Jocson)
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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