The Supreme Court has upheld payment of almost P2 billion in penalties imposed on the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) and its two concessionaires for failure to comply with the Clean Water Act.
In a disclosure on Wednesday, Metro Pacific Investment Corp. (MPIC), the parent firm of Maynilad Water Services Inc., said the high court “affirmed, with modifications” the decisions of the Court of Appeals finding the MWSS and the water firms guilty of violating Section 8 of Republic Act 9275 or the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004.
The high court had ordered the MWSS and Maynilad to pay a penalty amounting to P921,464,184.
The agency and Manila Water Co. Inc. was also levied the same fine covering the period of May 7, 2009, the date of promulgation, five years after the enactment of the Clean Water Act.
“The fine is to be paid within 15 days from the time the Decision becomes final. In addition, MWSS and the Concessionaires will be liable for the initial amount of P322,102.00 a day, subject to a further 10 percent increase every two years pursuant to Sec. 28 of the CWA, until full compliance with the mandate of Sec. 8,” MPIC said.
A 6 percent interest will be imposed on the total amount of the fines should there be a delay in its payment, the listed firm added.
The high tribunal’s decision also enjoins all water supply and sewerage facilities and/or concessionaires in Metro Manila and other highly urbanized cities to comply strictly with the said provision.
Maynilad, which received on Tuesday a copy of the ruling through its external counsel, will file a motion for reconsideration on or before October 2.