Maynilad, Manila Water rates to go down effective January 2021

Robie de Guzman   •   December 2, 2020   •   1152

MANILA, Philippines – Water concessionaires, Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila Water Company Inc. will slash rates in the first quarter of 2021 following the approval of a quarterly adjustment for the water distribution utilities, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) announced Wednesday.

The MWSS Regulatory Office (RO) said that the MWSS Board of Trustees has approved its recommendation to implement the 2021 first quarter foreign currency differential adjustment (FCDA) effective January 1, 2021, ”based on its evaluation of the FCDA proposals of the concessionaires.

The FCDA is a quarterly-reviewed tariff mechanism that allows concessionaires to recover losses or give back gains arising from fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, as payments are made for foreign currency-denominated loans that are used to fund the expansion and improvement of water and sewerage services.

It is a corrective mechanism formulated by the MWSS RO to avoid under recovery or over recovery caused by forex movements.

The MWSS RO said east zone concessionaire Manila Water will implement an FCDA of 0.66% of its 2021 Average Basic Charge of P28.52 per cubic meter or P0.19 per cubic meter.

“This is a downward adjustment of P0.14 per cubic meter from the previous FCDA of P0.33 per cubic meter,” the agency said in a statement.

This translates to a decrease of P0.76 per month for Manila Water’s residential customers consuming 10 cubic meters or less, except lifeline customers who are exempt from the quarterly FCDA charges.

Those consuming 20 cubic meters per month and 30 cubic meters per month are expected to have their bills go down by P1.69 and P3.45, respectively.

West zone concessionaire Maynilad, meanwhile, will apply an FCDA of negative 0.39% of its 2021 Average Basic Charge of P36.24 per cubic meter or negative P0.14 per cubic meter.

“This is also a downward adjustment of P0.05 per cubic meter from the previous FCDA of negative P0.09 per cubic meter,” the MWSS RO said.

This would mean a P0.05 decrease in the monthly bill of Maynilad’s residential customers consuming 10 cubic meters or less.

Those consuming 20 cubic meters per month and 30 cubic meters per month are expected to have a decrease of P0.64 and P1.30, respectively on their bills this coming quarter.

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.

MWSS suspends disconnection during ECQ

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System Regulatory Office (MWSS-RO) has ordered the temporary suspension of all its service disconnection activities for the duration of the ECQ period.

In a statement, the MWSS-RO said it aims to ensure water supply availability within their Service Areas amid the challenges of stricter quarantine classification.

“The MWSS-RO appeals to concerned Local Government Units (LGUs) in Metro Manila, Cavite, and Rizal to allow the meter readers of the water concessionaires to continue their on-site water meter reading and billing operations during the ECQ,” the statement read.

The agency said this will enable water concessionaires, Maynilad and Manila Water, to bill their customers based on actual water consumption, and help minimize billing complaints that may abound if the customers were to be billed based on average consumption.

It also has directed both concessionaires to ensure strict compliance of their meter readers and other personnel with the prescribed health and safety protocols in the conduct of read-and-bill.

“The agency will continue to protect the welfare of the public, especially during this difficult time of the pandemic.,” the MWSS-RO said. -AAC

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