Manila Water announces water interruption schedule effective June 22

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 21, 2019   •   4088

Manila Water has announced the water interruption schedule which will be effective on Saturday (June 22) for Metro Manila and Rizal province.

This is still after the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) further reduced the water supply from Angat Dam.

The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) concessionaires will now have 36 cubic meters per second (CMS) water allocation from 40 CMS.

READ: Water interruptions loom as NWRB cuts allocation for Metro Manila

Meanwhile the MWSS warned the water concessionaires to strictly follow their published schedule of water service interruptions.

READ: Customers irked over late water interruption advisory from Manila Water and Maynilad

MWSS RO chief Patrick Ty said water companies will face penalties if they fail to follow their published schedule.

“Should non-adherence continue, this may constitute as a violation of the Concession Agreement, and the MWSS RO shall recommend the imposition of appropriate penalties,” he said in a statement.—AAC

Panelo to recommend review of UP-Ayala Technohub contract to Pres. Duterte

Maris Federez   •   January 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo will recommend to President Rodrigo Duterte to also review the contract of the University of the Philippines-Diliman with the Ayala Land Incorporated for the conversion of a UP lot into UP-Ayala Land Technohub.

Panelo said that a study has come to his attention showing the very low lease amount that the Ayala group is paying to UP.

A number of business outsourcing firms, retail areas, campus apartments, and business hotels has occupied the Technohub that is now a popular hangout place in Quezon City.

The Palace official said he will recommend to the president a closer review of the lease contract to check the veracity of the report that the Ayala Land group is only paying UP just a little higher than Php20.00 per square meter for 25 years.

“Only 10.4 billion will be taken by the government at the end of 25 years […] mukhang kawawa na naman ang gobyerno dito,” said Panelo.

He added that should the claim in the report be true, it will cause so much loss for the government.

“Definitely lugi ang gobyerno dito,” he said.

The Ayala group, on the other hand, has denied the allegation of the very low rental fee.

It, however, welcomes whatever review that will be conducted on its lease contract with UP.

Aside from the Technohub, the President has also slammed Manila Water, the water concessionaire company under the Ayala Corporation due to its alleged onerous contract with the government. — (from the report of Rosalie Coz) /mbmf

Maynilad announces water service interruption for Jan. 13 – 14

Marje Pelayo   •   January 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Maynilad Water Services Inc. announced water service interruptions in several areas in Metro Manila to give way for repair works following leaks on its pipeline along C3 corner Dagat-Dagatan, Caloocan City.

Low pressure to no water will be experienced from 4:00 PM of January 13 (Monday) to 5:00 AM of January 14 (Tuesday) in the following areas:

Caloocan

– Barangay 12, 14, 20, 28, 31, 35

Malabon

– Barangay Longos

– Barangay 31

Navotas

– Barangay Bangkulasi

– Barangay North Bay Boulevard

– Barangay San Rafael

Tondo, Maynila

– Barangay 124 hanggang 127

– Barangay 129 hanggay 146

– Barangay 177

Maynilad urges its clients to report to its Hotline 1626 any sightings of pipe leaks.

Duterte threatens to arrest water tycoons Ayala, Pangilinan

Marje Pelayo   •   December 31, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to put in jail owners of water concessionaires for alleged “issue of corruption.”

Business tycoons Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala owns Manila Water Co. as its subsidiary while Manuel Pangilinan owns majority of Maynilad Water Services Inc.

Duterte said he will have the two moguls arrested for “non-bailable” offenses of syndicated estafa or plunder following the two concessionaires’ alleged ‘onerous contracts’ with the government’s Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).

“Si Ayala pati si Pangilinan, kapag nagkamali iyang mga gagong iyan, ipakukulong ko talaga sila,” Duterte said.

“Kita mo kahit anong insulto ko, hindi sumasagot. Sigurado swak sila sa syndicated estafa,” he added.

READ: Duterte threatens to file economic sabotage raps over ‘onerous’ water contracts

President Duterte during the height of the controversy earlier warned to file charges of economic sabotage against the two concessionaires for the alleged onerous concession deals. – MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)

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