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MWSS approves water rate hike

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, 14 June 2018 09:44 PM



(PHOTOVILLE International / Apolinar Espos)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) has approved the increase in water rates of Maynilad and Manila Water effective next month.

The rate increase is due to the Foreign Currency Differential Adjustment (FCDA), a mechanism for adjusting water rates as a result of the fluctuation in the foreign exchange rates which concessionaires impose to regain revenue losses. FCDA varies every quarter of the year.

Strong peso against a dollar and other currencies cause the FCDA to drop while a weaker peso means an increase in FCDA.

“Alam po natin na bumaba ang peso compared sa dollar ang nangyayari po ngayon tumataas ang FCDA so may adjustment po tayo this month,” said MWSS Chief Regulator Patrick Lester Ty

Manila Water customers will have an additional P1.58 per cubic meter to an average basic charge of P36.40. This is equivalent to P5.21 additional charge to a consumption of 10 cubic meters per month, and P23.59 to a consumption of 30 cubic meters per month.

Meanwhile, Maynilad customers will have an additional P0.26 per cubic meter increase to an average basic charge of P48.03. This is equivalent to additional P0.23  for every 10 cubic meter consumption per month, and P1.75  additional charge to 30 cubic meters per month consumption.

The water rate increase will take effect beginning July 1, 2018. – Mon Jocson / Marje Pelayo

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Water rate hike looms with impending construction of Kaliwa Dam

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, 22 November 2018 04:23 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Households are likely to suffer from another water rate hike as the construction of the Kaliwa Dam in Infanta, Quezon is set to begin.

According to the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), the Philippines will enter into a loan project with China to fund the construction of the P12.1B dam project.

The fund will come from the Export and Import Bank of China while the Chinese Energy Engineering Group will serve as contractor of the project.

The loan will be shouldered by water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water which the two will eventually collect from their respective clients.

The MWSS, however, clarified that the increase will not be done abruptly.

“Pero ito naman ay will be spread over 20 years. So ito siguro baka wala pang P10 a month ang equivalent niyan sa household over the next 5 years so hindi masyadong apektado niyan ang rate,” explained MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco.

But a group of consumers oppose the plan of burdening the costumers with the loan obligations.

They argue that the government should be the one to shoulder the loan payment to ease the burden of consumers.

“Kasi kung utang ng gobyerno, ang gobyerno ang magbabayad. Somewhere siguro in the form of taxes pero sa consumer zero. Kapag kase ang Maynilad at Manila Water ang magbabayad ng utang ipapasa sa atin yan,” argued Laban Konsyumer President Vic Dimagiba.

The consumer group will appeal for another round of talk with MWSS to further review the project plan.

But to MWSS, the construction of the Kaliwa Dam is highly necessary and must be executed at the soonest possible time because Angat Dam can no longer suffice the needed supply of the growing population of consumers in Metro Manila.

Once the project is done, the MWSS will be able to supply up to 600 million liters of water a day in Metro Manila.

Based on the original plan, the Kaliwa Dam is expected to be erected in five years-time. However, they MWSS targets to complete its construction until 2020 before the end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mon Jocson)

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Maynilad reminds customers to brace for possible water interruption

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 29 October 2018 05:55 PM

Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) is reminding its customers to store enough water supply as the West Zone concessionaire may implement water service interruptions due to oncoming Typhoon Rosita.

According to Maynilad, strong winds and heavy rains brought about by typhoons usually increase the turbidity or haziness of the raw water coming from Ipo Dam, hence they will be forced reduce water production in their La Mesa water treatment plants.

For update and inquiries, Maynilad can be reached through their text hotline and social media accounts.

Text Hotline: 0998-8641446
Email: customer.helpdesk@mayniladwater.com.ph
Social media accounts (Twitter: @maynilad, Facebook: MayniladWater)

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Water rate hike to push through next month

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, 26 October 2018 04:49 PM




MANILA, Philippines – Increase in water rates beginning month of November will push through after the water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water decided to defer their respective arbitration case from the Manila Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).

“Both parties are talking right now and have agreed in principle to temporarily suspend the arbitration case,” said MWSS Chief Regulator Patrick Ty.

Last week, the MWSS announced its plan to suspend the implementation of the water rate hike due to the pending arbitration case filed by Maynilad seeking to collect corporation income tax from consumers. The said petition was denied by the Regulatory Board.

“Hindi po pwede i-pass on ang income tax sa publiko dahil ito po hindi kasama sa business tax, ayon sa concession agreement only business tax is recoverable so hindi kasama ang income tax sa business tax,” Ty explained.

Based on the approved water rate adjustment, Maynilad will add P6.22/cu.m while Manila Water will add P5.73/cu.m to consumers’ billing on a staggered basis until 2022. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mon Jocson)

MWSS Approved Rates:

Maynilad | Manila water

October 2018 P0.90 | P1.46

January 2020 P1.95 | P2.00

January 2021 P1.95 | P2.00

January 2022 P0.93 | P0.76-P1.04

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