MANILA, Philippines – Manila Water Services Company has identified 10 more areas that have been validated as severely affected by the water supply shortage that hit the eastern zone of Metro Manila and parts of Rizal province in March.
On Monday (April 1), Manila Water released a partial list of areas that will be given a one-time full-bill waiver for their March consumption, to be reflected on their April bill.
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The 20 barangays validated as severely affected by the metro water crisis are as follows:
- Barangay Addition Hills
- Barangay Barangka Drive
- Barangay Plainview
- Barangay Highway Hills
- Barangay Hulo
- Barangay Barangka Ilaya
- Barangay Barangka Itaas
- Barangay Mauway
- Barangay Pleasant Hills
- Barangay Kapitolyo
- Barangay Bagong Ilog
- Barangay Oranbo
- Barangay Pineda
- Barangay Ugong
- Barangay Addition Hills
- Barangay Santa Lucia
- Barangay Mambog
- Barangay Macamot
- Barangay Tatala
Manila Water also clarified that a total of 45 barangays were severely affected by the water shortage.
However, not all consumers will get a full-bill waiver as Manila Water will only waive the minimum charge or the first 10 cubic meters consumed in a month in some households that experienced only a few hours of service interruption and were supplied with water from other reservoirs.
The utility company earlier said the April bill will be fully waived if residents experienced total water service outage for at least seven days, whether consecutive or not from March 6 to 31.
Around 1.2 million households in eastern Metro Manila and Rizal province were hit with low pressure to no water supply last month.
Meanwhile, both Manila Water and Maynilad are open to reviewing their concession agreement with the government following President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to review all contracts entered into by the government.
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Manila Water said it is ready to talk with the government to find ways to ensure sustainable water security solution.
Maynilad, for its part, said it welcomes any review of the company’s obligations under the agreement as practiced by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).
“Maynilad has always believed in the sanctity of the concession agreement and the merits of this public-private partnership as seen in the vast improvement in the service levels enjoyed by our customers since we took over,” the company said in a statement.
“We welcome any review of our obligations under this agreement as has been undertaken by our regulator since the start of the concession,” it added. – Robie de Guzman