Mainlad penalized the P27M for turbulence

MAYNILAD Water Services Inc. has ordered (Maynilad) to pay 27.4 million pesos to customers affected by the interruption of water service due to problems at the Butatan Water Treatment Plant in Muntinlupa City.

Lee Robert Britannico, deputy director of the Metropolitan Water and Sewer Works Regulatory Office (MWSS-RO), told reporters Tuesday that regulators have set a total rebate of 27,477,617.12 pesos for customers denied 24-hour water services from December 2022 to January 2023. .

Maynilad provides water and sewer services to Metro Manila, including parts of Makati, Caloocan, Las Pinas, Malabon, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Pasay, Parañaque, and Valenzuela.

It also serves parts of Cavite Province. The areas affected by the outage are in Pasay, Parañac and Cavite.

MWSS-RO found that the company had breached its service obligations, Britannico said, and “we have instructed Minelad to address the problem and provide water 24/7 to its customers.”

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“We aim to apply this discount to the water bills of the affected customers by February. Therefore, the discount will be reflected on the customers’ next water bill,” he added.

Britannico added that the organizers are still deciding that the discount should be reflected in customers’ water bills.

MWSS-RO has scheduled a public forum on January 31 to discuss the rebate program. Affected customers and representatives of relevant local government units have been invited to attend.

New treatment plant

As that develops, Maynilad said Tuesday it plans to produce an additional 50 million liters per day (MLD) by the end of this year from upstream operations of a new treatment plant at Muntinlupa.

In a statement, Maynilad said the new Poblacion water treatment plant is 53 percent complete. Once fully operational by the first half of 2024, Minelad said the facility will have the capacity to produce 150 milliliters of potable water for the southern part of its concession area.

Maynilad has two treatment plants in Muntinlupa that provide 300 MLD of water to approximately 1.7 million customers in the South.

“Our production of 300 milliliters per day has been expanded to meet the current requirements of our customers in the South,” said Randolph Estrelado, Chief Operating Officer of Minelad.

“Then, whenever extreme conditions call for lower production, there is no additional supply so some of our customers experience outages. The additional production we will get from Poblacion WTP will help address that,” he added.

The Poblacion WTP is part of Maynilad’s $220 billion Service Improvement Program for the period 2023 to 2027.

Maynilad is managed by Maynilad Water Holdings Co Inc. It is a joint venture between Metro Pacific Investments Corp (MPIC) and DMCI Holdings Inc. (DMCI) and the Japanese company Marubeni, which it took control of in 2007.

Maynilad, originally under Lopez-led Benpres Holdings Corp., was awarded a 25-year franchise in 1997. MWSS in 2009 extended the deal through July 31, 2037.

Shares of MPIC closed up 28 cents, or 6.88 percent, on Tuesday at P4.35 per share. The DMCI is unchanged at P12.46 per share.

With Erin Jerry Gomez

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