Manila Water's Official Statement
On the new penalty to be imposed by the Supreme Court
Manila Water has not received an official copy of the Supreme Court decision to-date. We are prepared to exercise all our legal options, including filing for a Motion for Reconsideration, within the prescribed time mandated by the law on receipt of the said order.
On Manila Water’s sewerage and sanitation facilities investment
As part of the mandate of Manila Water as a Concessionaire, we have invested more than P33 billion for the past 21 years and will continue to invest P38.4 billion more until 2022 as part of the government-approved business plan to further improve sewerage and sanitation services in the East Zone.
To date, sewer coverage is more than 15% of our water-served population and 22% in terms of facility acceptance/capacity, a 700% increase from only 3% when we took over in 1997. We are accelerating various used water programs to increase coverage to 32% by 2022 despite persistent challenges in implementation, which include land acquisition, rights-of-way, permits and relocation of informal settlers. The biggest consideration for the government in approving these projects is the significant cost impact of these facilities on the water bill of every consumer who will eventually have to pay for these services.
Building adequate sewerage and sanitation services while ensuring protection of our waterways and the environment in the course of our operations are of great importance. This calls for a joint and deliberate action from both the government and the Concessionaires.