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COA to MWSS: Give separation pay to laid-off employees

Oct 21, 2018 - 7:27 PM

The Commission on Audit says each former employee must present adequate proof that he or she is qualified for the separation package

Duterte asked to stop illegal logging in vital Ipo Watershed

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:50 PM

A group asks President Rodrigo Duterte to look into the lack of protection for the Ipo Watershed, despite the payment by Metro Manila residents of environmental fees in their water bills

PH gov't told to pay Maynilad over P3B for delayed tariff hike

Jul 26, 2017 - 7:40 AM

An arbitral tribunal orders the Republic of the Philippines to reimburse the country s largest water concessionaire of its losses from unenforced tariff adjustments

BIG VICTORY. In a decision dated July 24, the three-man arbitral tribunal unanonimously upheld the validity of Maynilad's claim against the government to compensate the water concessionaire for the delayed tariff adjustments from 2013 to 2017. Rappler file photo

Maynilad pours P13B into water services expansion, infrastructure

Feb 07, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The water company expects to generate around 40 549 jobs from its capital spending budget program this year despite delays in the implementation of its arbitral award

TARIFF HIKE DELAYS. This capital expenditures for water infrastructure development are implemented despite delays in arbitral award, granting Maynilad a tariff adjustment

COA to MWSS employees: Return P73M in bonuses, allowances

Jan 09, 2017 - 4:20 PM

The Commission on Audit rejects the appeal of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System and orders its employees to return the bonuses and allowances given in 2009

Public utilities, gov't regulators told: 'Have a sense of community'

Oct 13, 2016 - 11:44 PM

Hindi kayo forever diyan former MMDA chief Bayani Fernando who is now Marikina 1st District Representative tells public utilities and state regulators at a House hearing

House minority to push for tax exemption for P30k-and-below earners

Aug 17, 2016 - 6:58 PM

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez says he plans to file a bill imposing a water tax on the MWSS to address the projected government revenue loss

NO INCOME TAX FOR THE POOR. House Senior Deputy Minority Leader Lito Atienza and House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez lead a press conference on August 17. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

1 dead, 5 missing in Sumag tunnel flash flood in Quezon

Aug 14, 2016 - 8:53 PM

UPDATED Another worker is rescued after flood waters filled a diversion tunnel being built in General Nakar Quezon

After 2 years, Bulacan forest guards paid for a year of work

Feb 23, 2016 - 3:41 PM

The MWSS finally pays forest guards whose role is to protect a watershed crucial for Metro Manila s water needs

KEEPING COUNT. Forest guard leader Manny Cruz receives his long overdue salary from MWSS on February 23, 2016. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Unpaid forest guards stop work in critical watershed

Feb 01, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The Ipo Watershed – part of a watershed system which provides 97 of Metro Manila s water needs – is now vulnerable again to illegal logging and burning – no thanks to MWSS oversight

FIGHING ILLEGAL LOGGING. Ipo Watershed bantay gubat or forest guards find illegally-cut lumber floating in a river. Photo from Fredd Ochavo/UP Mountaineers

Justice secretary appoints ex-MWSS official as spokesman

Nov 03, 2015 - 3:45 PM

In 2014 lawyer Emmanuel Caparas resigned as MWSS’ chief regulator following an audit report that says he violated the agency s agreement with concessionaires

Photo from MWSS official website

Indigenous people groups oppose Aquino legacy dam projects

Jul 20, 2015 - 7:45 PM

The Kaliwa Dam project is creating conflict within the Dumagat Remontado tribe on whose ancestral domain the project is being constructed

NO GENUINE CONSULTATION. Members of the Dumagat-Remontados of Quezon and Rizal say they were not properly consulted in the obtaining of Free, Prior and Informed Consent for the Kaliwa Dam project. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Maynilad to increase water charges effective July 1

Jun 09, 2015 - 5:48 PM

Manila Water meanwhile will lower its charges effective on the same date

MWSS approves new Metro Manila water rates

May 16, 2015 - 3:02 PM

New Metro Manila water rates will take effect next month MWSS says

ADJUSTMENTS. MWSS approves an increase in Maynilad water rates and a reduction in Manila Water tariffs. Photo by AFP

Mary Jane Veloso, UN for Nepal, Mayweather vs Pacquiao | The wRap

Apr 30, 2015 - 8:39 PM

Filipino maid Mary Jane Veloso reunites with her family The UN appeals for aid for Nepal Pacquiao and Mayweather vow to give a fan friendly fight

COA to MWSS: Return P82M illegal perks

Apr 30, 2015 - 11:55 AM

The petition for review filed by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System Regulatory Office on the notices of disallowance came too late says COA

Manila Water seeks P79B compensation from gov’t

Apr 24, 2015 - 9:26 AM

The utility firm says it needs to be paid for projected losses from 2015 to 2017 due to the arbitration ruling that bars it from recovering its corporate income tax

Arbitration body to Manila Water: Cut basic water charge

Apr 21, 2015 - 4:57 PM

The Ayala led company is a public utility and therefore cannot pass on its corporate income tax to consumers the arbitration panel rules

DOF verifies Maynilad’s P3.44B claim

Mar 13, 2015 - 6:15 PM

The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System maintains that Maynilad would not incur losses as it is allowed to recover its investments for the rest of the concession period

Pay us P3.44B, Maynilad asks gov’t

Mar 11, 2015 - 2:04 PM

The claims will continue to rise as long as the MWSS refuses to implement the rate hike Maynilad says

MWSS suspends Maynilad tariff adjustment

Mar 07, 2015 - 7:39 PM

This is to make sure there are just and equitable water rates for consumers says the MWSS Regulatory Office chief regulator

MWSS suspends Maynilad tariff adjustment as Manila Water case concludes

Maynilad willing to hike rate in tranches

Jan 06, 2015 - 6:57 PM

The company says it is willing to hike the basic charge in equal tranches for a 3 year period to minimize impact on its customers

Maynilad bares P37M service upgrade in Navotas Fish Port

Nov 28, 2014 - 6:03 PM

Once completed in the first quarter of 2015 water supply is seen to increase in the area from 4 to 5 hours daily to 24 hours a day

MWSS appoints new chief regulator

Jul 09, 2014 - 5:56 PM

UP professor Joel Yu assumes the role after Emmanuel Caparas resigned as acting chief amid a dispute over the proposed adjustment of water rates in 2013

Bulacan deforestation ‘drying up’ Metro Manila water supply

Jun 17, 2014 - 8:16 AM

Environmentalists blame two government agencies for mismanaging a vital watershed

BLACKENED. Forest fires like this photographed in April 2014 are often used for charcoal-making or to clear away land for farming. Photo from Fredd Ochavo

MWSS acting chief regulator resigns

Jun 11, 2014 - 11:43 PM

Emmanuel Caparas resignation which takes effect June 30 comes amid a dispute arbitration over the proposed adjustment of water rates in 2013 by two concessionaires

Gov't to bid out 2 water projects worth $960M in June

Jun 11, 2014 - 5:55 PM

While capital extensive would be investors are highly encouraged to explore possibilities to aid PH water security

INVEST. The government calls for investors to explore possibilities with 2 major water projects for bid out June. Photo from the PPP Center website

Maynilad, 3 gov't agencies lead World Water Day Celebration

Mar 20, 2014 - 3:03 PM

This year s World Water Week emphasizes the relationship between water and energy in the context of sustainable development

Japan's Mitsubishi sells part of Manila Water stake amid arbitration

Dec 17, 2013 - 1:28 PM

Mitsubishi sells part of its Manila Water stake to Ayala Corporation amid an arbitration case with regulator MWSS over water rates

LOWER RATES. The water regulator orders a reduction in water rates in Metro Manila. AFP PHOTO

Water rate cut 'undermines sanctity of contracts'

Oct 08, 2013 - 8:00 AM

The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Philippines raises alarm over the decision of water regulator MWSS to cut water rates

WATER DISPUTE. A foreign business group says the water rate cut undermines sanctity of contracts. Photo by AFP

Maynilad sues PH govt over water rate cut

Oct 04, 2013 - 2:35 PM

Water regulator MWSS is facing its second arbitration case against its move to cut rates

WATER RATES. The water regulator will decide on September 12 how it will adjust water rates in Metro Manila. Photo by AFP

Manila Water files for arbitration over rate cut

Sep 24, 2013 - 3:06 PM

The Ayala owned water distributor files a case for arbitration against MWSS challenging the reduction in charges ordered by the regulator

LOWER WATER RATES. Regulator MWSS orders Metro Manila water firms to cut their rates for the first time since 1997. Photo by AFP

MWSS rate cut order weighs down PSEi

Sep 12, 2013 - 4:28 PM

The main index and the share prices of companies that have stakes in water utility services all went down after the water rate cut is announced

MWSS chair did not quit — official

Sep 12, 2013 - 3:08 PM

An official of the water regulator denies reports that MWSS chairman Ramon Dondie Alikpala has quit

NOT RESIGNED. Ramon Alikpala did not quit, according to an official of the MWSS. Screengrab of YouTube interview with Rappler

First time: MWSS cuts water rates

Sep 12, 2013 - 2:13 PM

The water regulator cuts rates charged by Manila Water and Maynilad for the first time since services were privatized in 1997 The water firms say they will sue government

WATER RATES. The water regulator will decide on September 12 how it will adjust water rates in Metro Manila. Photo by AFP

The price of water: Areas of controversy

Sep 11, 2013 - 1:30 AM

The MWSS will announce new water rates on Sept 12; How does the regulator compute a fair rate of return for the capital Manila Water and Maynilad invested?

WATER RATES. The water regulator will decide on September 12 how it will adjust water rates in Metro Manila. Photo by AFP

Palace defends fat bonuses of MWSS execs

Jul 29, 2013 - 7:00 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda says the P300 000 P500 000 bonus of MWSS directors is legal

MWSS, water firms and taxes: Big trouble, little impact

Jul 19, 2013 - 8:13 PM

The issue on whether income taxes will be passed on to consumers or not has less impact on water rates than an adjustment in the firms guaranteed returns

MAIN POINT. The issue on whether income taxes will be passed on to consumers or not has less impact on water rates than an adjustment in the firms' guaranteed returns. Photo by AFP

Bam Aquino: Major overhaul, not abolition, of SK

Jul 03, 2013 - 6:39 PM

Bam Aquino plans to file a bill changing the age range for SK members and giving youth councils direct access to funds

BUSINESS CULTURE. Sen Bam Aquino says he will file bills on SK reforms and SME development, stressing the need to develop an entrepreneurial culture in the Philippines. Photo by Rappler/Ayee Macaraig

Gov't may revive Laiban Dam project

Mar 03, 2013 - 5:39 PM

The Aquino administration is looking for another water source amid a looming shortage in Metro Manila

The infamous group 'Anonymous'

Sep 27, 2012 - 1:39 PM

The group Anonymous which defaced Philippine websites to protest the cybercrime law is known for advocating freedom of speech through hacking

MWSS website hacked

Sep 02, 2012 - 3:06 PM

People should not fear the government The government should fear their people the anonymous hackers said

Screen cap taken 2:02 pm, September 2, 2012.

'Hostility' at MWSS may impact search for new water source - chair

Aug 18, 2012 - 12:32 PM

MWSS Chairman Ramon Alikpala is worried that the very hostile working environment at the agency following efforts to streamline the benefits of its employees may affect its goal of finding a new water source for Metro Manila

Benefits galore at MWSS

Aug 17, 2012 - 4:35 PM

Rappler talks to Chairman Ramon Alikpala on the massive bonuses some MWSS employees receive

MWSS employees got 32 months of bonus -- Alikpala

Aug 16, 2012 - 6:07 PM

The MWSS said some of the illegal bonuses that employees received included birthday and State of the Nation Address SONA bonuses

MWSS slashes drivers' salaries to P38,000/mo from P97,000

Aug 15, 2012 - 5:03 PM

The chair of state owned Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System MWSS says they are cutting the fats and complying with audit findings

CA says MWSS, Maynilad, Manila Water should pay fine for 'water pollution'

Dec 07, 2011 - 8:00 AM

MANILA Philippines The Court of Appeals has compelled two private water concessionaires and their regulator to pay a fine of at least P30 million for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act