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Water price hike looms in 2019

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2018

Another water price hike is set to welcome consumers in 2019.

West zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc (Maynilad) will increase their rates by P1.95 while east zone concessionaire Manila Water Company will hike theirs by P1.54, said Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System chief regulator Patrick Ty.

Ty explained that the price hike is based on the 5.7 percent inflation rate last July.

“Based on the concession agreement, the two concessionaires are allowed to do an annual inflation adjustment based on the concession agreement. It’s the inflation rate as of July that will be the one used for purposes of any adjustment in January 1 the following year,” Ty said.

For Maynilad residential customers who consume 10 cubic meters (cu.m.) of water a month, the adjustment will translate to an increase of P5.30 in their monthly water bill. Those consuming 20 cu.m. and 30 cu.m. will see an increase of P20.80 and P41.02 respectively in their monthly bills.

Meanwhile, residential customers of Manila Water who consume 10 cu.m. of water a month will see an increase of P3.34 in their monthly water bill. Those who consume 20 cu.m. and 30 cu.m. a month will see an increase of P7.39 and P15.01 in their bills, respectively.

Ty assured that these water rate adjustments went through proper computation.

He also appealed to the public to conserve water and practice recycling so as not to be burdened by price hikes. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

 

 

 

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MWSS mulls suspension of water rate hike

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Manila Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) is likely to postpone the impending water rate hike due to the arbitration case filed by Maynilad against the agency.

Last week, the MWSS received a dispute notice questioning the regulatory board’s decision to exclude the corporate income tax from the approved water rate hike.

According to the MWSS’s chief regulator Patrick Ty, this is not possible.

“Hindi po pwede i-pass on ang income tax sa publiko dahil ito po ay hindi kasama sa business tax. Ayon sa concession agreement, only business tax is recoverable so hindi kasama ang income tax sa business tax,” he explained.

The pending arbitration case, according to MWSS, is the reason why the water regulatory board is contemplating on a suspension of the water rate hike supposedly set next week.

The agency said they will do their best to defer a potential increase in water rate charges.

As of this writing, it is only Maynilad that has filed an arbitration case.

The MWSS warned that they will also suspend the implementation of water rate hike by Manila Water if the latter will file a similar arbitration case.

Meanwhile, consumers need not worry because the MWSS assured to order the two water concessionaires to return the excess in collection once the water rate hike takes effect.

Based on the approved request, Maynilad will collect an additional P5.73/cubic meter while Manila Water will collect an additional P6.22/cubic meter starting next week.

The MWSS divided the amount into four tranches to be collected over the next four years.

For its part, Maynilad said filing the arbitration case is just appropriate.

“If we do not file a dispute notice, Maynilad would be construed to have waived its claim on the recoverability of CIT—a right that was affirmed with finality in our first arbitration with the MWSS,” said Jennifer Casipit-Rufo, MWSS’ Head for Corporate Communications. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mon Jocson)

 

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Higit P2-milyong ari-arian, naabo sa sunog sa Tondo, Maynila

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015

Ang sunog sa isang warehouse sa Tondo nitong Pebrero 20, 2015. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Umakyat sa ikaapat na alarma ang sunog sa isang warehouse sa Dagupan Street, PNR Compound, Tondo, Maynila nitong umaga ng Biyernes.

Mabilis na naabo ang mga nakaimbak na mga produkto gaya ng tela, plastic at mga papel na ibinebenta sa Tutuban at Divisoria Mall.

Sa imbestigasyon ng mga otoridad, posibleng ang naiwang nakasaksak na appliance ang sanhi ng apoy.

Batay sa salaysay ng mga trabahador, may nakasaksak na wireless phone sa ikalawang palapag ng gusali.

“May fire safety equipment meron sila may fire extinguisher sila kaso hindi na nakayanan sa lakas ng apoy useless na yung mga suppressor equipment kaya kailangan nating rumespond,” pahayag ni Fire Chief Insp. Crispo Diaz, Deputy Fire Marshal ng BFP-Manila.

Tinatayang aabot sa dalawag milyong piso ang kabuoang halaga ng naabong ari-arian. (Benedict Galazan / UNTV News)

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Lalaking biktima ng hit and run sa Maynila, tinulungan ng UNTV News and Rescue Team

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, December 1st, 2014

Ang paglapat ng pangunang lunas ng UNTV News and Rescue Team sa isang lalaking biktima ng hit-and-run nitong Linggo ng gabi sa España Boulevard sa Maynila. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Sugatan ang isang lalaki matapos masagasaan ng sasakyan sa España Boulevard, pasado alas-11 nitong Linggo ng gabi.

Agad nilapatan ng paunang lunas ng UNTV News and Rescue Team ang mga tinamong sugat sa katawan ng biktima na kinilalang si Joemar Cortes, 27 anyos.

Ayon sa isang residente, isang kotseng pula ang nakahagip kay Cortes subalit bigo silang makuha ang plate number nito.

“Basta tumilapon siya tapos yung kotse mabilis na ang takbo kaya nakabulagta na lang siya dyan,” ani Danny Nuevo.

Dagdag pa nito, madalas umanong may masagasaan sa naturang lugar at kalimitan ay tinatakbuhan ng mga driver.

“Sana makonsenya siya kasi kawawa din naman yung lalaki,” saad pa ni Nuevo.

Samantala, tumanggi nang magpadala sa ospital si Cortes at sa halip ay nagpasama na lang sa kanyang kaibigan pauwi ng kanilang bahay. (Benedict Galazan / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

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