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Water rate hike to push through next month

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, October 26th, 2018

 

 

 

MANILA, Philippines – Increase in water rates beginning month of November will push through after the water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water decided to defer their respective arbitration case from the Manila Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).

“Both parties are talking right now and have agreed in principle to temporarily suspend the arbitration case,” said MWSS Chief Regulator Patrick Ty.

Last week, the MWSS announced its plan to suspend the implementation of the water rate hike due to the pending arbitration case filed by Maynilad seeking to collect corporation income tax from consumers. The said petition was denied by the Regulatory Board.

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

Based on the approved water rate adjustment, Maynilad will add P6.22/cu.m while Manila Water will add P5.73/cu.m to consumers’ billing on a staggered basis until 2022. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mon Jocson)

MWSS Approved Rates:

Maynilad | Manila water

October 2018 P0.90 | P1.46

January 2020 P1.95 | P2.00

January 2021 P1.95 | P2.00

January 2022 P0.93 | P0.76-P1.04

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MWSS: No need for emergency powers to solve water woes

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte in April this year castigated executives of the government’s water agency Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) and its concessionaires for the widespread water crisis that affected residents in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Despite this, water problems have not been solved.

Instead, they have worsened as water service interruptions affect not only customers of Manila Water but even the clients of Maynilad as Angat Dam continues to dry up.

But according to MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco, there is no need for another meeting with the President to solve the current issue.

“Kahit anong gawin natin, kahit na saan tayo mag-meet, kahit saan, ang kritikal dito ay ang tubig, (Whatever we do, wherever we meet, what’s critical here is water),” noted PDDG. Reynaldo Velasco, the MWSS Administrator.

“(Madadagdagan) ba ang tubig sa Angat? Kahit na sinong superman dito kung hindi talaga uulan walang kakayanin iyan (Can we add water to Angat? Even superman cannot do it unless rains come pouring down),” he added.

The official noted that there is no need to grant the President emergency powers to resolve the problem though such authority can be used to expedite the construction of government projects such as water dams.

“Kung manghihingi tayo ng emergency power, saan tayo kukuha ng tubig? (If we ask for emergency power, where do we get water?) In case we need some emergency power, (it) is for the future, ” Velasco said.

Dams which are under construction include the Wawa Dam in Rodriguez, Rizal and Kaliwa Dam in Tanay.

The projects are now facing hurdles especially the bidding process.

The MWSS, meanwhile, appeals to the two water concessionaires to religiously implement the schedule of water service interruptions while it also asks consumers to conserve water and as much as possible store only the enough volume.

“Kasi kapag nag-ipon sila ng sobra doon baka naman maapektuhan ang reservoir ng ating mga concessionaire, (If you store more than enough water, it might affect the supply in concessionaires’ reservoirs,)” Velasco concluded. – with details from Rey Pelayo.

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Angat Dam water level drops further to 159.43 meters

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2019

File photo: Image of Angat Dam taken on June 21, 2019

Angat Dam water level further dropped from the 160-meter critical level.

From the water level of 159.78 meters last Saturday morning (June 22), it slightly dropped to 159.43 meters as of 6:00 a.m. on Sunday (June 23).

Due to this the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) said they will again reduce water allocation in Metro Manila to 36 cubic meters per second (cms).

Customers of water concessionaires in Metro Manila will have to experience longer water supple interruptions.

Maynilad posted on Facebook their advisory on water interruption schedule in several areas. Some of these places will experience water interruption for as long as 15 hours. Manila Water on the other hand can take up to 17 hours.

Both water concessionaires said they will continue implementing water interruptions while waiting for rains that can resolve the problem in Angat Dam.

According to the NWRB, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has reported that there will be possible rains at Angat Dam by July.

“Base po sa latest projection ng PAGASA ngayong July magkakaroon po ng ,ga significant rainfall sa Angat Water shed but we are hoping that in July dating po ng mas maaga iyan para po, makapabalik na makapag-recharge iyong tubig sa Angat Dam at mag-increase na iyong level (Based on the latest projection of PAGASA this July, there will be a significant rainfall in Angat Water shed but we are hoping that it will come earlier so the Angat Dam can recharge and increase its water level),” according to NWRB Executive Director Dr. Servillo David Jr.

PAGASA estimates that two to three typhoons are needed to fill the Angat Water shed.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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MWSS asks Manila Water, Maynilad to explain unannounced service disruptions

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, June 21st, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) has formally asked concessionaires, Manila Water and Maynilad to explain the recent unannounced water service disruptions reported by affected residents in Metro Manila.

MWSS chief regulator Atty. Patrick Ty said a notice to explain has been sent to the water companies, warning them as well for not following the schedule for water service interruptions.

Early this week, water consumers of Manila Water and Maynilad complained about the late posting of water interruption schedules.

READ: Customers irked over late water interruption advisory from Manila Water, Maynilad

Ty added the MWSS Regulatory Office is now studying possible penalties that could be imposed on the concessionaires over unannounced water service interruptions.

The official said that at present, a concessionaire may only be sanctioned if the surprise water disruption occurred for 30 days.

Water concessionaires earlier urged for public understanding as they are still working on fixing the service disruption schedule amid limited water allocation.

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) earlier said the water allocation for MWSS will be further reduced starting Saturday (June 22) when the water elevation at Angat Dam is expected to hit the critical level of 160 meters.

READ: NWRB: Angat dam to hit critical level on Saturday

The NWRB said at least 36 cms will be allocated for the MWSS should Angat dam water level drops below 160 meters.

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