Tag: MWSS

IBON Facts & Figures: “Privatization and the Water Crisis” [Excerpt]

April 20, 2019

The water crisis is far from over. Water interruptions as well as safe water accessibility and affordability issues persist. Water-related infrastructure are also being built on loans and under potentially onerous deals with other countries that subvert Philippine sovereignty. The matter has been undermining Filipino consumers and the nation’s interests. Here is the conclusion of […]

Gov’t designed Kaliwa loan to favor China—IBON

March 26, 2019

The Kaliwa Dam loan agreement is designed to unduly favor Chinese interests over that of the Philippines. IBON Foundation raised this concern in the wake of the release, upon public pressure, of this and other loan agreements. Metro Manila private water concessionaire Manila Water Company, Inc. and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage Systems (MWSS) have […]

Beyond water interruptions: Expensive water and connection woes burden consumers

March 21, 2019

By the Samahan at Ugnayan ng mga Konsyumer para sa Ikauunlad ng Bayan (SUKI)  The ongoing water shortage is just the latest among water problems that consumers have been struggling with for decades. Despite privatization and its promises, poor consumers across the metropolis still suffer expensive water, erratic connections, and inadequate services. The government and […]

WPN Position Paper on the Water Crisis

March 19, 2019

WPN: Water crisis confirms failure of water privatization IBON Foundation/Water for the People Network (WPN) Position paper submitted to the Office of Sen. Grace Poe, Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Services, in line with the hearing to investigate the water shortage in Metro Manila   The Water for the People Network (WPN) holds […]

WPN: Water crisis confirms failure of water privatization

March 16, 2019

Advocacy group Water for the People Network (WPN) said that the ongoing water crisis confirms the failure of water privatization and the need for public control of this essential service. The group said that the disruption of water services for over a million Metro Manila residents amid growing water concessionaire profits is unacceptable. Water services […]

New Year blues: Inflation-driven water rate hikes to hound consumers

December 29, 2018

Water firms are not yet finished with squeezing higher water rates out of consumers. Advocacy group Water for the People Network (WPN) said that the most recent approval of water rate hikes for implementation this New Year shows that government prioritizes water firms’ profits over minimizing the impact of high inflation on water consumers, particularly […]

No to large dams: MWSS water security roadmap may cause more insecurity-WPN

September 26, 2018

The recent onslaught of Super Typhoon Ompong triggered the release of waters from big Luzon dams and caused flooding in low-lying areas. Water rights group Water for the People Network (WPN) said that because of this and other harmful effects on communities and livelihoods, the government should shift away from building large dams to more […]

Rate hike for Maynilad customers approved: Looming increase in water rates to burden consumers more

September 14, 2018

Amid soaring prices, the MWSS Board of Trustees has given the nod to higher water rates for Maynilad Water Systems Inc. This and impending Manila Water Company, Inc. rate increases are bound to burden consumers anew, said water rights group Water for the People Network (WPN). WPN urged the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System-Regulatory Office […]