MWSS-RO urges public to conserve water as El Nino triggers water shortage
16 March 2015
The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System Regulatory Office (MWSS-RO) urged the public to prudently practice water saving tips in their respective households as the nation braces for the El Nino phenomenon.
Chief Regulator Joel Yu reiterated that conserving water helps big changes happen to enhance water supply reliability as a prolonged drought trigger possible water shortage.
“We urge everyone to use water wisely and responsibly as the state weather bureau announced that the country is now experiencing a mild case of El Nino to help protect our water supply. Whether or not there is El Nino, water should be treated as a valuable resource.” Yu explained.
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14 March 2015
MANILA – The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) said the P3.44 billion compensation that Maynilad is billing government and its claims that it incurs over P200 million in monthly losses have no legal basis.
MWSS chief regulator Joel Yu claims the invocation of the government seeking compensation for the non-implementation of a tariff hike Maynilad won in an arbitral panel has no grounds since two of the conditions set are not met.
According to Yu, there is no proof that the government is involved in the determination and deferment of the rate hike, and second, government is not ordering MWSS to stop it.
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MWSS-RO on P3.44 B revenue losses: Maynilad erroneously invokes the Republic’s Undertaking
13 March 2015
Chief Regulator Joel Yu of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System Regulatory Office (MWSS-RO) divulged that Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) erroneously invokes the Republic undertaking calling for government to pay its alleged P3.44 Billion revenue losses.
11 March 2015
Finance Assistant Secretary Maria Teresa S. Habitan said the DOF received Maynilad’s first letter last month, and they are now validating its basis for the compensation demand.
“We’re aware of the undertaking, which is provided for in Maynilad’s concession agreement, but we can’t just pay them outright without any basis. Currently, we’re in the process of validation and review,” she said. – ABS-CBN News.com
Pay tribute to the immense role women play as agent of change, says MWSS-RO
09 March 2015
One with the entire nation in the celebration of National Women’s Month (NWM), the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System Regulatory Office (MWSS-RO) took part in the events spearheaded by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCM) on 8 March 2015 at the Quezon City Memorial Circle.
With this year’s theme “Juana, Desisyon Mo ay Mahalaga Sa Kinabukasan ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na!”, officials and employees of the MWSS-RO were among the thousands of participants who attended the celebration to pay tribute to the greatness and remarkable role women play in the country.
“We partake in this event not just to ennoble this year’s celebration of Women’s Month, but to pay tribute to the immense role women play as agent of evolution in the country and across the globe,” MWSS-RO Chief Regulator Joel Yu said.
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09 March 2015
Regulators on Friday clarified that the arbitration with Manila Water Company Inc. was “nearing its conclusion,” insisting on waiting for a decision before acting on Maynilad Water Services Inc.’s move for a tariff hike.
“Both arbitrations involve identical issues—whether or not the concessionaires are public utilities, and whether or not they may pass on their corporate income tax to the consumers,” said Joel C. Yu, chief regulator at the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System.
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MWSS Speaks on Arbitration with Concessionaires
06 March 2015
The Regulatory Office (RO) of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) confirmed that the agency’s arbitration with Manila Water Company, Inc. (Manila Water) is nearing its conclusion.
MWSS reiterated that the confidentiality rules governing arbitration proceedings are still in force and that the agency would continue to respect them. MWSS would make proper disclosure to the public as soon as a final arbitral award is received.
Shifting attention to the arbitration with Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad), Chief Regulator Dr. Joel C. Yu maintained that MWSS-RO suspends the implementation of the water tariff adjustment notwithstanding the release of the final arbitral award to ensure “just and equitable” water rates for the consumers.
MWSS-RO to deploy team as Manila Water enforces natural calamity mitigating project
04 March 2015
The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System Regulatory Office (MWSS-RO) will deploy a monitoring team to assess the situation on the ground as the scheduled seismic retrofitting project of Manila Water Company, Inc. (Manila Water) outset today (March 4).
“We will deploy our monitoring team to assure that alternative water supplies will be available to the affected residents living in parts of Rizal province,” MWSS-RO Chief Regulator Joel Yu said.
Manila Water implemented a seismic retrofitting project as part of its natural calamity mitigation plan to ensure reliability of water services to thousands of residents in the East Zone in the event of natural calamities, especially earthquake where water pipes might be at risk of breakage or collapse should a magnitude 7.2 earthquake happens.
MWSS and Manila Water to implement seismic retrofitting project
02 March 2015
East Zone concessionaire Manila Water and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) will implement a seismic retrofitting project as part of the natural calamity mitigation plan that will ensure reliability of water services to thousands of residents in the east zone in the event of natural calamities such as earthquakes.
The Ayala-led Manila Water’s mitigation project will help ensure reliable water supply in times of calamities, especially earthquakes where water pipes might be at risk of breakage or collapse should a magnitude 7.2 earthquake happens.
“It is the mandate of MWSS through its concessionaires to provide continuous services for its customers by mitigating possible impacts of natural calamities,” MWSS Regulatory Office Deputy Administrator for Customer Service Regulation Area Vincent Pepito Yambao, Jr. said.