Maynilad to implement water interruption in several areas until May 14

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 30, 2019   •   3354

Maynilad will implement an emergency water interruption in several areas in Parañaque, Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, and Cavite from Tuesday (April 30) to May 14.

Residents in the affected areas might experience low pressure or no water supply.

Maynilad Spokesperson Jennifer Rufo said they need to clean their water treatment facility because of the increase in algae coming from the Laguna Lake. They want to avoid water contamination.

“If you go to Laguna lake now naging kay green na iyong tubig diyan sa dami ng algae. Because this is somewhat unprecedented we were forced to reduce the production of our treatment facilities kasi kailangan ng more frequent cleaning ang aming filters dahil naka-clog ito so may mga pumapasok na algae from Laguna lake, (If you go to Laguna lake now, the water is green due to the algae. Because this is somewhat unprecedented, we were forced to reduce the production of our treatment facilities as we need to conduct frequent cleaning of our filters because they get clogged and algae would seep in from Laguna lake),” she said.

According to Maynilad, there may be circumstances where water interruptions might extend beyond the schedule.

READ: Angat Dam level dips below minimum

Meanwhile, Rufo gave the assurance that they have enough water supply for their customers despite the water level in Angat Dam dipping below the minimum.

“We have enough supply to last up through the summer months basta hindi babawasan ng National Water Resources Board (NWRD) ang alokasyon sa Metro Manila mula sa Angat Dam. (We have enough supply to last through the summer months as long as the National Water Resources Board (NWRD) will not lower the allocation in Metro Manila from Angat Dam.)

Maynilad should be able to sustain the needs of its customers,” she said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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.

Cavite governor calls for additional COVID-19 vaccine supply

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 9, 2021

Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla is calling on the Department of Health (DOH) and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. for additional supply of COVID-19 vaccine.

Remulla reported that the number of cases in Cavite Province is almost at critical level. He said vaccines are immediately distributed to residents but it is only at four percent of their target per month.

“We’ve been vaccinating 4% a month […] aabot tayo ng another 20 months bago  magkaroon ng herd immunity (it might take 20 months before we reach herd immunity),” he said during the virtual public briefing on Monday (August 9).

Out of 2,441,502 eligible recipients in the province, Cavite has fully vaccinated 407,864 of them, reflecting a vaccination rate of 16.7 percent.

Remulla also confirmed that they plan to procure 1.5 million doses of Novavax and another 1 million more doses early next year for the province to reach herd immunity. AAC

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