Groups urge MWSS to reject higher water rates
MANILA, Philippines - Cause-oriented groups Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and Water for the People Network led around 30 members in a picket outside the gates of the Metropolitan Manila Sewerage System (MWSS) in Quezon City on Thursday.
The groups were pressing the MWSS to press the agency
to release the decision on the rate rebasing filed by water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila water.
The protest coincided with the scheduled board meeting of the MWSS today.
Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes Jr. suspects that there may be entities who are trying to influence the board into not approving the Regulatory Office's recommendation.
News reports indicate the RO slashed the rate hike petition of both water concessionaires. Maynilad is seking a P8.58/cubic meter increase while Manila Water is asking for a P5.83/cubic meter raise in rates.
The Regulatory Office earlier said it will release a decision by the end of July.