MWSS orders Maynilad, Manila Water to implement 30-day grace period, installment plan for ECQ, MECQ bills
Robie de Guzman • September 30, 2020 • 438
MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) on Wednesday told concessionaires, Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila Water Co. to grant their customers a 30-day grace period and three-month installment plan to settle bills that fall due within the tighter community quarantine periods.
In a press release, the MWSS Regulatory Office (RO) said the directive is “in solidarity with the spirit and intentions of the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2).”
The grace period will cover bills that fall due within the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and modified ECQ periods.
The MWSS RO also directed water distributors to implement a three-month installment scheme for all cooperatives; micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME); and domestic customers after the grace period.
“The said directives will provide customers ample time to update payments for water bills that fell due within the 04 to 18 August 2020 MECQ period without incurring interests, penalties and other charges,” the agency said.
It can be recalled that Metro Manila and nearby areas were reverted to MECQ in August in response to the call of the medical community for a “time out” amid rising COVID-19 cases in the country.
“The MWSS RO assures the public that it will do everything in its mandate to protect their welfare and provide the assistance they need to alleviate the financial burden brought about by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic,” the MWSS said.
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday (January 20) announced the temporary closure of its Consular Office in Tuguegarao (CO Tuguegarao) while the city is under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
DFA CO Tuguegarao will be closed from January 20 to 29 pursuant to Executive Order 14 s. 2021.
CO Tuguegarao will resume its regular operations on Monday, February 1.
Affected applicants with confirmed appointments who are unable to avail of consular services due to the suspension of operations must secure another appointment by emailing email@example.com with the following information:
Date of birth
Original appointment date and time
Preferred date and time of new appointment
The preferred new appointment may be on any working day (Monday to Friday) from February 1, 2021 to March 1, 2021 during the CO’s regular operation hours from 9:00AM to 4:00PM.
Applicants who need emergency or urgent consular services may contact CO Tuguegarao by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MANILA, Philippines — The city of Tuguegarao has been placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) again starting January 20 until January 29.
The latest restriction came after 81 new active cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection were reported in only one day.
The new tally raised alarm among local government officials due to the continuous spike in COVID-19 cases in the city following the holiday season.
In an interview, Tuguegarao City Mayor Jefferson Soriano said the number of cases was manageable for the first few days of January. The number surged, however, starting January 16 thus the change in their decision.
Governor Manuel Mamba of Cagayan, meanwhile, joined Soriano in endorsing to the regional Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) the imposition of ECQ for Tuguegarao City.
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