Senado, iimbestigahan ang umano’y pagpapasa ng income tax ng Maynilad at Manila Water sa mga consumer

admin   •   July 4, 2013   •   8353

FILE PHOTO: Isang water meter ng Manila Water  (RAYMOND BALA LACSA / PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)

FILE PHOTO: Isang water meter ng Manila Water (RAYMOND BALA LACSA / PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)

MANILA, Philippines — Isang resolusyon ang isusumite ni Senador Ralph Recto sa pagbubukas ng 16th Congress para imbestigahan ang umano’y ginawang pagpapasa ng babayarang income tax ng Maynilad Water Services, Inc. at Manila Water Company Inc. sa kanilang mga consumer.

Layunin umano nito na mapangalagaan ang karapatan ng mga consumer sang-ayon sa konstitusyon.

Ayon sa grupong Water for People Network (WPN), isinama umano ng Maynilad at Manila Water ang income tax payments sa kanilang operating expenses (OPEX), na nagkakahalaga ng P3.1 billion bawat taon mula taong 2008 hanggang 2012, na umaabot sa kabuoang P15.5 billion.

Sinabi ni Recto na dahil dito, posibleng hindi na matuloy ang petisyong dagdag-singil ng dalawang water company.

Ilang senador din ang umaasa na sa pamamagitan ng imbestigasyon ay mabubusisi nang husto ang isyu.

“Siyempre anu yan if it’s incoming tax of the company, dapat binabayaran nila yan and that’s not something to be charge,” pahayag ni Senador Bam Aquino.

Suportado rin ni Senadora Nancy Binay ang mungkahi ng kapwa senador.

“I support yung mungkahi ni Senator Recto, siyempre as a consumers ah dapat talagang maprotektahan ang interest ng consumer.”

Ayon pa kay Recto, dapat ding pagpaliwanagin sa isyu ang Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) kung bakit hindi agad inaksyunan ang usapin lalo’t apektado dito ang mga mamamayan.

Ang Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) at DMCI Holdings Inc. ang may malaking bahagi ng stocks sa Maynilad, habang ang Ayala Corporation naman ang pinakamalaking shareholder ng Manila Water. (Bryan De Paz / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Maynilad, Manila Water to extend no disconnection policy until end of MECQ in NCR Plus

Robie de Guzman   •   April 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Water concessionaires Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila Water Company Inc. will extend the implementation of their no disconnection policy until the end of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) on Monday said.

“This is to inform the public that the MWSS Regulatory Office (RO) has directed Manila Water Company, Inc. and Maynilad Water Services, Inc., to extend their suspension of all service disconnection activities (whether temporary or permanent) until such time that the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) has been lifted,” MWSS chief regulator Patrick Lester Ty said in a statement.

Metro Manila and the nearby provinces of Cavite, Bulacan, Rizal, and Laguna have been placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from April 12 to April 30.

Water concessionaires are also directed to provide an uninterrupted 24-hour water supply in their service areas.

“This is to ensure that all customers receive clean and adequate water supply for their health and sanitation requirements, especially during this difficult time of the pandemic,” Ty said.

Meanwhile, the MWSS RO asked concerned local government units to assist water concessionaires as they conduct their meter reading and billing activities during the period of MECQ.

Manila Water, Maynilad to adjust rates starting April 1 – MWSS

Robie de Guzman   •   March 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Customers of Manila Water Company Inc. will have to shell out more money to pay for the higher water bills, while those of Maynilad Water Services Inc. will expect lower bills in the second quarter of 2021, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) announced on Thursday.

In an advisory, MWSS chief regulator Patrick Ty said the MWSS Board of Trustees has approved the recommendation of the regulatory office (RO) to implement the 2021 second quarter foreign currency differential adjustment (FCDA) effective April 1, 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 said Manila Water, which services the east zone concession area, will implement an FCDA 0.84% or P0.24 per cubic meter of its 2021 Average Basic Charge of P28.52 per cubic meter.

“This is an upward adjustment of P0.05 per cubic meter from the previous FCDA of P0.19 per cubic meter,” the agency said.

West Zone concessionaire Maynilad, meanwhile, will apply an FCDA of negative 0.41% or negative P0.15 per cubic meter of its 2021 Average Basic Charge of P36.24 per cubic meter.

“This is a downward adjustment of P0.01 per cubic meter from the previous FCDA of negative P0.14 per cubic meter,” the MWSS said.

Ty explained that Manila Water’s FCDA increased as significant portions of the loans of Manila Water are in Japanese yen and in euros which appreciated against the Philippine peso.

On the other hand, the majority of Maynilad’s loans payable for this quarter are in US dollars. Ty noted that the peso appreciated against the US dollar which caused the rollback of P0.01 per cubic meter.

Deployment of safety marshalls in ‘staycation’ hotels proposed

Marje Pelayo   •   January 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Nancy Binay is pushing for deployment of safety marshalls in ‘staycation’ hotels as well as in government quarantine facilities to ensure that standard health protocols are properly observed and implemented to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Binay’s call comes after reports that some establishments lack the resolve to impose government health standards such as the case with the hotel in Makati City where the Christine Dacera case occurred.

The lady senator said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) may tap the services of barangay officials for the matter.

She added that these barangay officials should be trained first on what to do and be properly oriented for the job.

In case of violations, it is also a must that the owners of the staycation facility be held responsible.

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