Water consumers cheated of P43B

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The Water for All Refund Movement (WARM) on Monday claimed that the two water concessionaires in Metro Manila collected a whopping P43 billion from their customers for undelivered services.

The group said Maynilad and Manila Water not only passed on to their consumers their corporate taxes, operational expenses and system loss or the cost of pilfered water, they also charged them environmental and sanitation fees.

The Concession Agreement of the two firms also allows them to recover the cost of rate fluctuations through foreign currency differential adjustment (FCDA) and currency exchange rate adjustment (CERA) from water consumers.

“The environmental charges that started at 10 percent of the total water bills is now 20 percent. The environmental and sanitation fees that have been collected is about 15 percent of the total consumers’ water bills amounting to more or less P18 billion. But there is no environmental and sanitation services except their obsolete and below international standard na Malabanan style poso negro,” Rodolfo Javellana, WARM president, told The Manila Times.

Javellana said an investigation of the questionable collections should include the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), because the agency allowed the water companies to collect these charges.

“The average consumer bills collection by the two firms for the last six years or so is already P180 billion. The average environmental and sanitation fees is 15 percent but it was adjusted to 20 percent in 2010 so our water bill has reached P27 billion,” he said.

Javellana noted that for a very long time, Maynilad and Manila Water were unable to provide sanitation services because they lacked the infrastructure.

On top of these collections, the two companies also collected P7 billion for earthquake contingency, P732 million to cover the costs of projects in Wawa dam, P900 million for the Pinugay Sewerage project in Pinugay, Antipolo, and advanced collections for the Laiban dam and several irrigation projects.

The Agta tribe in Sierra Madre had asked Congress to stop the construction of the Laiban dam. Ramcy Astoveza likened the dams to be built in their ancestral domain to a Damocles sword hanging over their heads, according to reports.

The MWSS early this year allowed Manila Water and Maynilad to collect advance tariffs for the dam and 15 irrigation projects even if work on the projects had not started.

Javellana said it is possible the water companies may have passed on the high fees to pay their consultants.

“ Maynilad, DMCI-MPIC Water Company, Philhydro, Metropac even took out an ad in the Philippine Daily Inquirer greeting MVP (Manny V. Pangilinan his birthday on Sunday. I would just want to ask, will they also charge the money used for the ad on water consumers?” he said.

The two companies said their Concession Agreements (CA) allow them to pass on the charges to their customers.

However, groups like WARM and Water for the People Network (WPN) consider the CA onerous.

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6 Comments

  1. raha canillas on

    kahit kilan hindi natatakot ang mga negosyante na yan sa gobyerno kahit anong gawin nila sa taong bayan kasi mga kasabwat din sila.kaya dapat ang taong bayan na mismo ang magkaisa at gumawa ng aksyon para supilin na sila sa pagpapahirap.magkaisa na labanan ang mga magnanakaw at mga buwaya.

  2. Tama kayo. Cost of pilferage should not be charged to the paying public…..humihina na nga ang daloy ng tubig dahil sa mga kawatan….pagkatapos ipapasa pa ang costo ng mga ‘yon. Ang dapat gawin nila ay pag-ibayuhin ang campaign against pilferage.

    Kung sino pa ang nagbabayad ng tama, siya pa ang napeperwisyo dahil humihina ang daloy ng tubig , siya pa rin ang dinadagdagan ng bayad? Ha ano ba ‘yan!!!.

    ‘Di na yong mga concessionarires nag pupursigue mag inspection lahat ng mga tubo at hulihin ang illegal connections kasi nababawi pa rin nila ang kosto ng ninanakaw ng mga butas tubo…..Wala kayong mga konsensiya….puro pera lang ang nasa utak….’di tunay na serbisyo ang ginagawa nyo…..magbago na kayo!!!

  3. joey sanchez on

    akala ko tuwid na daan si Pnoy. magpakitang gilas naman cya dito sa issue ng tubig! lentek, billion billion na un nakuha sa taong bayan, wala pa rin action ito!

  4. ricky pasquito on

    kabayan dapat lang na mag kaisa tayo para sa katiwalian sa tubig… ang tubig ang nagbibigay buhay sa atin ,,, halos di na nag kakalayo ang singil sa tubig at kuryente,,di namn nila binibili ang tubig para irasyon sa atin,,