Our water bills in Metro Manila rose to 1750% in 10 years.
From P4.02 per cubic meter in 2003, the rate rose 1,750 percent to P48.70 in 2012.
Such rate can surge to P60 per cubic meter after five years.
BILLIONS are being stolen from the general public and most of MASS MEDIA is part of the coverup.
Do you know that our two water distributors, Manila Water and Maynilad Water Services, are collecting from all of us, the consumers, the future costs of two multibillion-peso projects, the P45.3-billion Laiban Dam and the P5.4-billion Angat Dam Irrigation Replacement Project? They are included in our monthly water bills although we have not yet incurred them. In short, the water concessionaires are making us pay in advance for them. Instead of investing in the projects, the water concessionaires are making the public the investors themselves, paying in advance for the projects. (read more Neal Cruz article Water firms illegally collecting fees)
The group Water for All Refund Movement (WARM) filed a syndicated estafa case to recover from two private water concessionaires the estimated P42- billion fees customers of both were allegedly required to pay in advance for water-related undertakings these companies failed to carry out.
WARM president Rodolfo Javellana Jr. said the group intends running after concessionaires Manila Water Company Inc. (MWCI) covering the East Zone and Maynilad Water Services Inc. (MWSI) covering the West Zone so such fees can be refunded to consumers of both establishments as soon as possible.
Named respondents in the case are nine MWCI officials led by their Chairperson Fernando Zobel de Ayala and nine MWSI officials including Chairperson Manuel V. Pangilinan.
The respondents also include Loida Dino, head of Regulatory Affairs and Development at Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) which has jurisdiction over the concessionaires.
WARM’s case stemmed from its allegation that both concessionaires illegally and deceitfully collected from their customers advance payments of around P6 billion as of Dec. 31, 2011 for water supply projects that weren’t implemented. (read more on the filed case)
Watch this video expose of Issues and Controversies involving the MWSS (Manila Water and Sewerage System) and the two large private water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water
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Water consumers unite
Issue: Bulk Buying and how poor communities of water consumers are paying more due to questionable billing practices by water concessionaires
Issue: Water Meter Calibration–how the the public may be losing billions to uncalibrated water meters
Issue: The Earthquake Contingency Funds and questionable billing practices of Manila’s private water concessionaires
The sewerage system, sanitation and “environmental charges”
Issue: Payments or Investment? Questionable billing practices of Manila’s private water concessionaires, collecting fees and payments from the Public s in a manner apparently contrary to law.
Expose of Issues and Controversies involving the MWSS (Manila Water and Sewerage System) and the two large private water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water
Short History of Metro Manila’s Water Problems and the Current Situation
Water Consumers unite!
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