Water concessionaires, Maynilad and Manila Water, will no longer push for their rate increase in January 2020.
During the hearing of the House Committee on Good Governance and Public Accountability on Tuesday (December 10), President & CEO of Manila Water Jose Almendras said they will suspend the water rate increase in January.
“Ipina-retain po namin sa MWSS [Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System] sa aming sulat noong ikatlo ng Disyembre ang aming hangarin para magkasundo kung paano maaayos na maipatutupad ang pagpaliban sa nasabing naaprubahang taas singil ng tubig, (We asked the MWSSto retain our letter last December 3 regarding our aim to negotiate and implement the suspension of the approved water rate increase)” he said.
This is amid the alleged onerous contracts between the government and the water concessionaires. Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra has disclosed that several provisions in the 1997 water concession agreements have been found to be onerous and disadvantageous to the government.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)
MANILA, Philippines – With the spike in the prices of fish and vegetables in the market due to the low supply caused by the onslaught of Typhoon Tisoy in Luzon, the Department of Agriculture (DA) on Friday announced an impending price hike of prime commodities this holiday season.
The department said it is currently processing the importation of 45,000 metric tons of small variety of fish such as galunggong and mackerel.
This is seen as a way to increase the supply of galunggong and help decrease its price in the next two weeks.
The department also expects the lowering of the price of vegetables as the harvest season has started and will go on until February 2020.
Despite this, the DA said it expects that prices of other price commodities will take a spike this month.
Agriculture secretary William Dar explained that the consumers’ buying power gets stronger with the release of their 13th-month pay and bonuses in preparation for the holiday season.
This, the department said, affects the movement of the prices of goods in the market.
“Number one, again, demand. Number two, supply always has to be a factor. Number three, yung (the) weather. So, it’s a confluence of events,” Dar said.
Secretary Dar, meanwhile, urged consumers to buy pork and other pork products to help hog raisers cope with the season and ensure a price cut on these commodities.
The DA said that although there is an over-supply of pork meat in the market, its price is still relatively high as sale of these products is still low.
The DA official also allayed consumer fears on the threats of African Swine Fever (ASF) as this is not contagious to humans, especially when the pork meat products go through the correct process. (from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf
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