MWSS chairman quits - sources
MANILA, Philippines - Metropolitan Manila Sewerage System (MWSS) chairman Ramon "Dondie" Alikpala has resigned from the MWSS board. This was confirmed by several sources from MWSS and cause oriented groups.
Alikpala, who used to be a deputy administrator of the MWSS Regulatory Office and head of the National Water Resources Board during the Arroyo administration before becoming chairman of the board, has refused to answer calls from ABS-CBN.
Alikpala's supposed resignation comes at the time when the public awaits the crucial decision of the board on the petition of Maynilad and Manila Water's rate hike.
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Secretary General Renato Reyes Jr. suspects Alikpala's resignation will affect the decision of the board slated to meet this Thursday (September 12).
A purported MWSS decision on Maynilad and Manila Water's petition has been posted on social networking site Facebook. But the MWSS-RO has refuted the document, which shows the concessionaires are ordered to reduce their rates.
Consumer group Water for All Refund Movement (WARM) said Alikpala is not yet off the hook, even if he has resigned.
According to WARM, Alikpala was responsible for allowing the practice of no annual audit of capital investments of concessionaires during his time as deputy regulator for financial regulation.
Without that audit, WARM said, how could the RO set the next rate rebasing since there's no basis for complete computation of the correct rates.
WARM said it was also during the time of Alikpala when the foreign currency differential adjustment and the currency exchange rate adjustments, both concerning fluctuations in the foreign exchange, were allowed to be collected from consumers.