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Can and Should Govt Cancel Manila Water and Maynilad's Franchises ?
Yes, Manila Water and Maynilad abuse their franchise privileges even beyond the one-sided nature of these franchises given away during FVR's regime 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
No, the Govt cannot cancel their franchises without incurring too much damage to public welfare 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
No, Manila Water and Maynilad provide reliable and cheap service 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:44 pm 
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DISALLOWED UNDER CONCESSION DEAL
Water firms can’t pass on to consumers SC fines —MWSS

Published October 11, 2019 10:26am
By TED CORDERO, GMA New

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The regulator of Metro Manila’s water concessionaires said Friday that the financial penalties slapped by the Supreme Court against Manila Water Co. Inc. and Maynilad Water Services Inc. cannot be shouldered by its customers.

Manila Water Co. Inc. on Thursday has warned of an “exponential” increase in water rates if the Supreme Court’s imposition of massive fines will not be reversed. The Ayala-led concessionaire warned that water rates could increase by as much as P26.70 per cubic meter or an increase of 780% “if the SC decision issued last August is not reversed.”

But the regulator made it clear on Friday that the concession agreement does not allow for that scheme placing consumers at a disadvantage.

“Fines and penalties cannot be recovered or pass on to the consumers,” Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Chief Regulator Patrick Ty told GMA News Online.

“This is expressly provided in the concession agreement,” Ty said.

The water concessionaire’s regulator was asked to comment on Manila Water’s threat of an “exponential” increase in water rates amounting to P26.70 per cubic meter or 780% “if the SC decision issued last August is not reversed.”

In August, Manila Water and Maynilad as well as the MWSS were slapped by the SC with fines amounting to P921,464,184 million for not complying with the Clean Water Act.

The parties were also fined P322,102.00 per day from the day they received a copy of the decision until they have fully settled the fine.

Manila Water has already talked with the MWSS Regulatory Office on the issue, Ty said. He did not elaborate.

Sought for comment, Manila Water communications manager Dittie Galang said the company cannot make any further comments as its motion for reconsideration was already submitted and now pending before the Supreme Court.

In its motion for reconsideration filed last week, the water concessionaire said the SC decision to impose various fines “have no basis.”

“Manila Water had complied with its sewerage responsibilities under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and should not be fined P921 million,” the company said. —VDS, GMA News

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:47 pm 
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Icancel na dapat yan at ibalik sa gobyerno. Singil ng singil ng sewerage fee wala naman yata silang pinagawang sewerage treatment facilities tapos wala din silang mga bagong sources ng tubig at umaasa lang doon sa mga existing ng gobyerno samantalang palaki ng palaki ang population. Daig pa tubong lugaw sa mga hinayupak na yan. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:56 am 
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ABUSE OF DOMINANT POSITION
Laban Konsyumer: Manila Water’s 780% rate hike warning is a ‘form of bullying’

Published October 11, 2019 12:51pm
By TED CORDERO, GMA News

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Consumer advocacy group Laban Konsyumer Inc. on Friday slammed Manila Water Co. Inc. for releasing a statement that water rates would “exponentially” increase if a Supreme Court decision imposing fines against water concessionaires would not be reversed.

The Ayala-led concessionaire has warned that water rates could increase by as much as P26.70 per cubic meter or 780% “if the SC decision issued last August is not reversed.”

Manila Water’s statement “is a form of bullying,” Laban Konsyumer president Vic Dimagiba told GMA News Online. “It is a form of ‘bullying’ or, in other words, an ‘abuse of dominant position’.”

The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) earlier pointed out that financial penalties slapped against water concessionaires cannot he passed on to consumers.

In August, Manila Water and Maynilad as well as the MWSS were slapped by the SC with fines amounting to P921,464,184 million for not complying with the Clean Water Act.

The parties were also fined P322,102.00 per day from the day they received a copy of the decision until they have fully settled the fine.

In its motion for reconsideration filed last week, the water concessionaire said the various fines imposed by the SC “have no basis.” —VDS, GMA News

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