MWSS OK Staggering rises in water rate in 5 years

The Metropolitan Water and Sewer Works Regulatory Bureau (MWSS-RO) has approved re-incorporation amendments for Metro Manila water concessionaires starting from 2023 to 2027.

In a statement on Thursday, the MWSS-RO authorized a water rate surge for Manila Water Co in 2023, P5 in 2024, P3.25 in 2025, P1.91 in 2026 and P1. .05 in 2027, a total of 19.25 SP per cubic meter.

MWSS-RO said an increase in environmental fees from 20 percent to 25 percent from 2023 and from 25 percent to 30 percent from 2026, and an increase in sanitation fees from 30 percent to 32.85 percent from 2023 are subject to To own Manila Water and Sewerage. 30% coverage by the end of 2025.

As for Maynilad, the MWSS has approved the franchisor’s proposed franchise price adjustment of P3.29 for 2023, P6.26 for 2024, P2.12 for 2025, P0.84 for 2026, and P0.80 for 2027.

Beginning in 2024, implementation of the Cascade Reestablishment Convergence Amendment will be subject to Maynilad’s achievement of water supply, continuity, and coverage targets set out in the approved 2022 Work Plan, as determined by the MWSS RO.

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According to the MWSS-RO, environmental charges that will increase from 20 percent to 25 percent from January 2025 will also be subject to Minelad achieving a 25 percent sanitation coverage by the end of 2024.

“These price adjustments will enable Manila Water and Minelad to provide the highest quality water, sanitation and sewage services that their customers deserve. These include the development of additional water sources that will ensure continuous improvements in safe drinking water supply as well. Patrick Lester Tay, Senior Regulator at MWSS, said It is an expansion of environmentally safe wastewater services within the concession areas.

The Water and Sewer Services Office of the Ministry of Water and Sewer held a public advisory campaign from November to December 2021 to inform partner local government units of completed and ongoing projects, programs and plans for franchisees; and soliciting valuable inputs from LGUs that can be incorporated into business plans for concessionaires to address prevailing stakeholder issues and concerns about water, sanitation and sanitation services, and to explore good practices in the provision of these services.

“The bureau assures the public that it remains ruthless in protecting their interests and well-being, and that it is committed to upholding transparency, accountability, and citizen participation in governance,” Taye said.

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