No water in 20 Quezon City villages from May 24 to 25 —Manila Water

Robie de Guzman   •   May 21, 2019   •   2140

People queuing for rationed water

Residents in 20 areas in Quezon City will experience a seven-hour water service interruption starting Friday night, the Manila Water Co. announced on Monday.

The water distributor said this is due to relocation of major pipelines along Elliptical Road.

“More than 242,000 population in 20 barangays in Quezon City will experience water service interruption as Manila Water relocates its major pipeline at the corner of Elliptical Road and North Avenue to make way for the construction of the MRT 7,” it said in an advisory.

The water service interruption will be implemented from 11 p.m. on May 24 (Friday) to 6 a.m. on May 25 (Saturday).

Affected areas are as follows:

  • Bagong Pag-asa
  • Bahay Toro
  • Alicia
  • Old Capitol Site
  • Pasong Tamo
  • Pinyahan
  • Central Culiat
  • Malaya
  • New Era
  • Project 6
  • Ramon Magsaysay
  • San Vicente
  • Santo Cristo
  • Sikatuna Village
  • Tandang Sora
  • Teachers Village East
  • Teachers Village West
  • UP Village
  • Vasra

Manila Water advised affected residents to store enough water as some of these areas may still experience service interruptions even after the restoration due to limited water supply.

MWSS, nagtakda na ng deadline sa pagbabayad ng water bill

Robie de Guzman   •   May 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagtakda na ng deadline ang Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) para sa pagbabayad ng water bills na halos tatlong buwang naipon dahil sa ipinatutupad na community quarantine.

Sa panayam ng UNTV program na Serbisyong Bayanihan ngayong Miyerkules, sinabi ni MWSS Chief Regulator Patrick Ty na mayroong hanggang Hulyo 31 para magbayad ng bill ang mga kumukonsumo ng 10 cubic meters pababa kada buwan.

Ang mga gumagamit naman ng tubig na mahigit sa 10 cubic meters kada buwan ay may palugit hanggang Agosto 31.

Pagpapauna ni Ty, asahan na ng mga consumer ang bahagyang pagtaas ng bill lalo’t panahon ngayon ng tag-init at marami ang nasa loob ng kani-kanilang mga tahanan kaya mataas ang konsumo sa tubig.

“Sana maintindihan natin, itong water bill na ito halos lahat sa mga consumer ay ito po yung water bill nila for March, April and May. During summer season din po ito, so mas mainit, mas madami ang consumption ng mga tao at alam natin since work from home halos lahat consumer,” aniya.

Nilinaw naman  ng opisyal na puwede namang utay-utayin ng mga consumer ang pagbabayad sa bill nila sa Manila Water at Maynilad.

Sinabi rin ni Ty na sa Hunyo 1 pa magsisimulang magbasa ng metro at maglalabas ng bill ang Maynilad at Manila Water.

Sa Agosto 1 naman sisimulan ng dalawang water concessionaires ang pamumutol sa serbisyo ng mga hindi makapagbabayad ng kanilang bill para sa mga kumu-konsumo ng 10 cubic meters pababa.

Setyembre 1 naman ang schedule ng service disconnection para sa mahigit 10 cubic meters ang konsumo bawat buwan.

Tiniyak naman ng MWSS na wala pa silang ipinatutupad na anumang adjustment sa singil ng tubig sa gitna ng umiiral na community quarantine.

“Importante sa atin na wala pong bills shock ayaw po natin na magulat ang ating mga consumers na bigla nalang lalaki ang kanilang water bill,” ani Ty. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)

QC issues MECQ guidelines for business establishments

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 18, 2020

Amid the implementation of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), the Quezon City government has provided guidelines for business establishments that will resume operations.

The local government provided a list of establishments that will be allowed to operate at full or limited capacity and ones that are not allowed to open.

Several establishments that will be allowed to resume full operations include essential retailers like supermarkets, medical and hygiene product manufacture or distribution, laundry shops, and logistics and delivery services.

Establishments with limited operations include hotels, veterinary clinics, and general manufacturing and production.

Meanwhile, cinemas, gyms and other fitness centers, museums, and other establishments for leisure are still not allowed to operate.

For the full list of establishments visit: www.quezoncity.gov.ph

Fare for tricycle, pedicabs, e-trikes ride in QC remains at P18 per trip — LGU

Marje Pelayo   •   May 18, 2020

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Quezon City government did not grant the request for fare increase made by tricycle drivers in the city based on the new issued guidelines on operations of tricycles under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Under the guidelines, ordinary tricycles may only load one passenger at a time while electric tricycles or e-trikes may only load up to two passengers. 

This means tricycles will operate on special trips.

Thus, tricycle drivers are asking the LGU to allow them to increase regular fare from P18 to P27 for a special trip.

Before the community quarantine, tricycle drivers used to charge two passengers P9 each per trip.

But since they can only load one person at a time, they want to charge P27 for the first kilometer with additional P1 for every succeeding kilometer. 

But based on the guidelines signed by Mayor Joy Belmonte, standard fare for tricycles as well as pedicabs and e-trikes must remain at P18 for every kilometer and an additional P1 for every succeeding kilometer thereafter.

Likewise, a 20% discount shall be given to senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs). 

Health protocols must also be observed such social distancing during queuing in all terminals, the use of transparent barriers, wearing of face masks, gloves and a regular sanitation and disinfection of units and terminals must be regularly done, the guidelines said. 

All  tricycle, pedicab, and e-trike operations shall only be from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm only, it added. 

The QC government also requires all drivers to have themselves medically checked before operating. 

The LGU assured, however, that medical consultation and COVID-19 tests among drivers will be shouldered by the local government. MNP (with details from Joan Nano)

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