BAYAN MUNA TO MWSS: FINE SHOULD DIRECTLY GO TO MANILA WATER CONSUMERS
As the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) imposed a P1.3B fine on Manila Water for the water shortage since last month Bayan Muna chairman and Makabayan senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate said that MWSS should ensure that the fine would be converted to rebates for Manila Water consumers.
“The P 1.134 billion fine to Manila Water is divided into a P534.050 million fine and additional P600 million fund for development of new water supply source,” said Colmenares.
“Ang mga consumers ng Manila Water ang nagdusa at napagastos ng mawalan ng tubig mula Marso.At sa katunayan hanggang ngayon ay nawawalan pa din sila ng tubig hanggang ngayon.Sila ang dapat na direktang makinabang sa ipapataw na parusa sa Manila Water,” said the Makabayan senatorial bet.
“This is a start though and a direct result of our continued vigilance against corporate abuse like what Manila Water did. It was through our protest actions against Manila Water and the resolution filed by Bayan Muna as well as the complaint filed at the MWSS, that prompted the action against the company and that there was really no water shortage,” said Colmenares.
Meanwhile Rep.Zarate said that “these fines should be converted into rebates, as mandated in the concession agreement. These rebates, though, should be on top of other damages that may also be awarded to the affected consumers,” said Rep. Zarate, who is among the consumer-complainants who sued Manila Water before the MWSS Regulatory Office last March 26.
“We would still file cases against Manila Water for not fulfilling their contract with their customers. We will also hold accountable all officials who are also remiss of their duties to protect the interests of our consumers,” said the Davao-based solon.
“As it is, this is just the beginning and we would continue to press for compensation for the customers of Manila Water,” ended Colmenares.###