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Mali talaga! MWSS defending Maynilad, Manila Water despite lack of sewage lines – Teves

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Negros Oriental Rep. Arnolfo Teves has accused top officials of the Metropolitan Water Works and Sewerage System (MWSS) of lawyering for Maynilad Water Services, Inc. and Manila Water Company over their failure to provide water treatment facilities for Metro Manila.

Teves statement came after Senior Deputy Minority Leader Lito Atienza’s pronouncement that the two water concessionaires were responsible for the deterioration of the waters of Manila Bay due to failure to provide sewerage treatment facilities in their areas of responsibility.

During Wednesday’s inquiry in the House Committee on Metro Manila Development, Teves said no less than MWSS administrator Reynaldo Velasco admitted that the Pangilinan-led Maynilad and the Ayala-controlled Manila Water were both non-compliant in their supposed contracts to provide water treatment facilities for the sewerage system in the National Capital Region (NCR).

But instead of castigating the water utilities, Velasco acted like lawyer for Maynilad and Manila Water, Teves said.

“Makikita mo na yung administrator, una nagsabi siya na non-compliant ang yung water utilities. Pero mahahalita mo ng konti na medyo nag-aabugado sila sa water utilities dahil sabi nila: ‘compliant partially.’ Wala namang ganun. Kung complaint, complaint. Kung hindi compliant, hindi complaint,” said Teves.

Teves stressed that instead of protecting the interest of the government and the consumers, it seemed the MWSS was protecting the water concessionaires.

“You see, even our regulators, sila ang nagdedepensa sa water utilities. So may mali talaga,” said Teves.

Atienza earlier explained that the continued degradation of Manila Bay is due to the non-delivery of Manila Water and Maynilad of their contractual obligation to provide waste-water treatment facilities.

The former Manila Mayor stressed that the two water concessionaires have been charging consumers for this non-existent service for the past 21 years and Manila Bay has suffered from the lack of these facilities.

“Their contract with the Philippine Government states that they should not only be providing water service to consumers, but sewage treatment as well. They have failed to do this,” said Atienza.

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