The water waiting game: Who’s the one to blame?

Published by rudy Date posted on January 7, 2020

by Louise Maureen Simeon (The Philippine Star), 7 Jan 2020 Special Report (First of two parts) MANILA, Philippines — Last year, people waited for water to drip from their faucets. This year, people are waiting yet again. But this time, they are waiting for something bigger, something that would affect the long-term supply in the…

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Thank you Maynilad, Manila Water

Published by rudy Date posted on December 22, 2019

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Scrapping water deals, waiving award dangerous — economist

Published by rudy Date posted on December 19, 2019

By: Doris Dumlao-Abadilla, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 19 Dec 2019 MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is sliding into a dark path where it may be unable to attract new investors—except for “cronies” — if the government could easily disregard the sanctity of contracts and get away with it, according to an economist, who is also a…

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[ANALYSIS] Duterte to take over water distribution? That spells disaster

Published by rudy Date posted on October 31, 2019

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Angat recovery to take 3 months

Published by rudy Date posted on June 25, 2019

by Louise Maureen Simeon (The Philippine Star), Jun 25, 2019 MANILA, Philippines — Despite recent heavy rains, the public must continue coping with unstable water supply as the recovery of Angat Dam, Metro Manila’s main source of water, will take three more months.

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‘Outraged’ Duterte threatens to fire MWSS execs

Published by rudy Date posted on March 20, 2019

by Nestor Corrales, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Mar 20, 2019 MANILA, Philippines — An “outraged” President Rodrigo Duterte berated officials of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), Maynilad and Manila Water as he warned to fire officials over recent water interruptions in parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

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[ANALYSIS] The economics of Metro Manila’s burgeoning water crisis

Published by rudy Date posted on March 13, 2019

We’ve taken for granted the structural problems of our water sector for too long. It’s high time we changed that. by JC Punongbayan, 13 Mar 2019 The water crisis seems to have crept up on all of us. But it really shouldn’t have. Since last week, thousands of households in Metro Manila have been reeling…

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Coal ash contaminating groundwater nationwide, groups say

Published by rudy Date posted on March 4, 2019

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Maynilad to raise water rate starting April 22

Published by rudy Date posted on April 6, 2017

By: Ed Margareth Barahan, INQUIRER.net, Apr 06, 2017 Maynilad announced on Thursday adjustments in its water rate – an increase due to its foreign currency differential adjustment (FCDA) and an adjustment to cover the 1.9 percent consumer price index.

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New study: Philippines to face ‘high’ level of water shortage by 2040

Published by rudy Date posted on September 2, 2015

The Philippines is in danger of experiencing water scarcity in 25 years, according to a new study. The study, conducted by think tank World Resources Institute (WRI), predicts the Philippines will experience a “high” degree of water shortage in the year 2040. The Southeast Asian country ranked 57th likely most water stressed country in 2040…

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Paje: Time to stop relying on Angat Dam

Published by rudy Date posted on May 9, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—It may be high time to put a stop to Metro Manila’s reliance on Angat Dam and consider directly getting water from the 90,000-hectare Laguna Lake, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said on Thursday.

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Many Pinoys have no access to water, electricity–DENR

Published by rudy Date posted on March 16, 2014

ENVIRONMENT Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje on Sunday underscored the need to conserve water and electricity, both being precious economic resources, which remain inaccessible to millions of Filipinos.

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The need to moderate greed

Published by rudy Date posted on August 16, 2013

Greed is at the root of the evils we face today as a society. Unless we all moderate our greed, we will all go down in the seeming hopelessness of our problems.

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Water woes (II)

Published by rudy Date posted on August 3, 2013

In any situation at any given time, the ethical person seeks to fulfil a simple credo: To do the right thing, in the right way, for the right reasons. Oftentimes this can be a difficult task. What is right is sometimes unclear by the murkiness of a world marked by moral dilemmas. Doing what is…

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Water everywhere but not enough to drink in Asia-Pacific

Published by rudy Date posted on May 20, 2013

Change is in sight for the region home to over 90 percent of people without water security, as the 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit ends on Monday with a pledge for tighter regional ties and a $20 billion solution proposed by the Asian Development Bank.

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1,800 children die daily from unsafe water, poor sanitation – Unicef

Published by rudy Date posted on April 22, 2013

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Thursday that almost 90 percent of children deaths from diarrheal diseases are directly linked to contaminated water, lack of sanitation, or inadequate hygiene.

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Asia-Pacific facing water crisis—ADB

Published by rudy Date posted on March 13, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—Nearly two thirds of people in the Asia-Pacific region have no clean, piped water at home despite the region’s strong economic growth, according to a major report released on Wednesday.

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Big water problem

Published by rudy Date posted on August 7, 2012

In 2010, the United Nations declared that safe and clear drinking water is a human right “essential to full enjoyment of life and all other human rights.” In the Philippines, it is estimated that 15,000 barangays do not have 100% access to safe water. Most towns have piped in water only in the poblacions but…

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Manila Water sets 5-year wastewater dev’t program

Published by rudy Date posted on July 18, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – Ayala-led Manila Water Co. Inc. has lined up wastewater facilities covering the environs of the Pasig, Marikina and San Juan rivers among its projects for implementation in its next five-year business cycle.

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‘70% of water resources wasted yearly’

Published by rudy Date posted on April 9, 2012

More than 112 billion cubic meters, or 70 percent of the country’s total water resources, are lost or wasted each year, due to leaks and illegal connections, among other reasons given in a study by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

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Privatization of Water Districts opposed

Published by rudy Date posted on March 12, 2012

The Philippine Association of Water District (PAWD) is opposing the proposed bills in the Senate and House of Representatives aiming to privatize the Water Districts in the country and the establishment of Water and Sanitation Regulatory Authority. According to PAWD national president Gilbert Camaligan, there is no reason to privatize the water districts as proposed…

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Two lawmakers propose reforms in water industry

Published by rudy Date posted on January 2, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – Two lawmakers are proposing to institute reforms in the water industry to address what they described as the “perplexed and fragmented approach” in water resource and industry management.

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Phl among AsPac countries with large portions of population having no access to power

Published by rudy Date posted on October 20, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Over 15 million Filipinos still have no access to electricity, joining roughly 170 million more in the East Asia-Pacific region, according to a recent study by the World Bank and the Australian Agency for International Development.

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MWSS vision: Water security legacy

Published by rudy Date posted on July 24, 2011

Manila, Philippines – One year ago, during the last SONA, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) was singled out by President Aquino for all the wrong reasons. Board members at the time rewarded themselves with close to P5 million a year– as payment for unnecessarily numerous board meetings. Other agency officials had outrageous bonuses…

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Government ensures clean drinking water for all

Published by rudy Date posted on May 16, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Government agencies have joined hands to ensure accessible clean drinking water for all.

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Govt to provide tap water to every Filipino

Published by rudy Date posted on March 23, 2011

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday announced that government was inching closer to fulfill the advocacies of the Millennium Development Goal Achievement Program (MDG F-1919) of providing potable water to every Filipino in the country.

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’15 million households have no access to potable water’

Published by rudy Date posted on March 21, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – More than 15 million households nationwide have no access to potable water while some 273 municipalities remain waterless, according to Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.

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World Water Day (22 March 2011) – Bringing safe water to communities: the role of the ILO

Published by rudy Date posted on March 16, 2011

Despite the UN General Assembly declaring that access to safe water is a human right, thousands die each day because of water-related diseases, and many countries are not expected to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals on water. The ILO is working with governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations to identify priorities for investment infrastructure in…

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12 percent profit cap sought for water firms

Published by rudy Date posted on February 14, 2011

The congressional inquiry into the allegedly excessive and unfair water rates imposed by Metro Manila water service providers has prompted two administration lawmakers to seek the creation of an independent body that would protect consumers.

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Safety concerns make water business boom

Published by rudy Date posted on January 15, 2011

AN increasing awareness of the need for safe water is driving up sales of water retailers, an executive of a leading water-franchise company said.

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