MWSS cancels extension of Manila Water, Maynilad water concession deal

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 11, 2019   •   779

The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) has revoked the extension of the government’s water concession agreement with the Manila Water and Maynilad.

MWSS Deputy Administrator for Engineering, Leonor Cleofas confirmed that they revoked the board resolution extending the water concession agreement of Maynilad and Manila Water until 2037.

The MWSS said this was prompted by the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte due to the “onerous” provisions in the said water concession agreement.

“It was on the agenda that the board tackles the resolution on the approval of the extension of the concession agreement. That was brought about by the directive of the President tackled in the Cabinet meeting… they are now revoking the board resolution adopted in 2008,” Cleofas said.

Cleofas made the confirmation on Wednesday’s (Dec. 11) joint hearing of the House Committee on Good Governance and Public Accountability and on Public Accounts.

With this move by the MWSS, the concession agreement with Maynilad and Manila Water to service Metro Manila and parts of Luzon will expire in 2022.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

Maynilad warns customers against unauthorized agents collecting payments

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 23, 2020

Maynilad is warning its customers against unauthorized agents going door-to-door to collect payments.

The water concessionaire received reports from customers about individuals visiting their homes, posing as Maynilad employees, and asking for payment. Reports also said these alleged employees would threaten customers of having their water supply cut if they do not pay.

ABISO SA CUSTOMERSNapag-alaman namin na may ilang tao ang nagpapanggap na Maynilad employee o authorized collecting…

Posted by Maynilad Water Services, Inc. on Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Maynilad reminds its customers that no individuals, not even Maynilad employees and its service providers, are not authorized to collect payments. Only authorized channels provided on the water concessionaire’s website are allowed to collect payments. AAC

Caloocan, Valenzuela, Quezon City to experience water service interruption until Dec. 7

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Maynilad announced that water service interruption in several areas in Caloocan, Valenzuela, and Quezon City beginning Saturday (December 5) until December 7 at 4:00 a.m.

Meycauayan and Obando, Bulacan also experienced water interruption around 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Maynilad said the water interruption was due to the low water production at La Mesa Treatment Plant 2. This is also to give way to maintenance work.

Pansamantalang ibababa ang water production ng La Mesa Treatment Plant 2 simula mamayang gabi upang bigyang-daan ang…

Posted by Maynilad Water Services, Inc. on Friday, December 4, 2020

Maynilad also warned of discoloration in the water supply. Customers are advised to cover their faucets with cloth to filter the water once services return on December 7. AAC

Maynilad, Manila Water rates to go down effective January 2021

Robie de Guzman   •   December 2, 2020

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.

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