MWSS - updates

Rappler's latest stories on MWSS


MWSS says consumers in Metro can pay water bills in staggered amounts

May 29, 2020 - 3:55 PM

To avoid bill shock, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System says the public can settle their accounts 'in drops'

[ANALYSIS] Writing contracts on water

Jan 06, 2020 - 1:07 PM

Critical issues surrounding the Manila Water and Maynilad contracts with government threaten not just the water concessionaires but other current and potential public-private partnership projects

MWSS: For now, we need Manila Water, Maynilad

Dec 11, 2019 - 7:40 PM

The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System admits the government's existing resources aren't enough to provide water services

WATER WOES. Metro Manila residents line up for water amid a shortage of supply. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ex-MWSS chief: Water deal not 'onerous' in 1997

Dec 11, 2019 - 7:21 PM

Former MWSS chief Angel Lazaro III says the consultants they hired back in the 90s sought the bidders' comments on the draft water deal

NOT ONEROUS. Former MWSS chief Angel Lazaro III says the water deal was logical at the time they signed it in 1997. Screengrab from Senate website

Maynilad on revoked extension of deal: 'Very grave concern'

Dec 11, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Both Maynilad and Manila Water tell lawmakers they found out about the cancellation only on the same day the MWSS announced it in a House hearing

'VERY GRAVE CONCERN.' Maynilad president and CEO Ramoncito Fernandez is against the cancellation of the extension of their concession agreement with the government. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MWSS cancels Manila Water, Maynilad concession agreement extension

Dec 11, 2019 - 11:00 AM

After waiving billions of pesos in claims, Manila Water and Maynilad will see the end of their concession agreement in 2022. New companies may come in by then.

SC fines Maynilad, Manila Water P900M each for lack of sewage lines

Aug 06, 2019 - 5:54 PM

(UPDATED) The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System is held jointly liable for both amounts charged against Maynilad and Manila Water

Anti-graft court: There's enough evidence for graft case vs ex-MWSS deputy administrator

Aug 04, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The Sandiganbayan orders former Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System deputy administrator Virgilio Ocaya to rebut allegations he received double compensation in 2002

Sandiganbayan June 30, 2018 Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Retired general Salamat appointed MWSS board member

Jul 31, 2019 - 10:48 AM

Prior to his appointment, retired Lieutenant General Emmanuel Salamat was commander of the Northern Luzon Command, in charge of security in Panatag Shoal and Philippine Rise

FORMER NOLCOM CHIEF. Retired Lieutenant General Emmanuel Salamat has been appointed to the MWSS board. Photo from the Philippine Marine Corps Facebook page

MWSS wants to keep deep wells open

Jul 04, 2019 - 4:55 PM

MWSS Chairman Reynaldo Velasco is proposing that deep wells remain open even after the water supply in Metro Manila and nearby areas stabilizes

MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco gestures during a press conference at the MWSS office in Quezon City, on March 18, 2019, on the water shortage being experienced in many areas in Metro Manila and Rizal province. Photo by Darren Langit

EXPLAINER: It's the rainy season, but why does the water shortage continue?

Jul 02, 2019 - 9:23 PM

Despite the rain, Metro Manila's main water source is still at critical level

MWSS penalizes Maynilad over Las Piñas water shortage

Jun 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) MWSS orders Maynilad to refund Las Piñas customers who were severely affected by the water service interruption last May

Duterte appoints Ricardo Morales into MWSS Board of Trustees

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:40 PM

The retired general will be taking over the board seat of another ex-general, MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco, who is being booted out

Duterte taps Ricardo Morales as MWSS chairman

May 24, 2019 - 7:38 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte implies that his appointment of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement member comes amid corruption in the MWSS

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the thanksgiving party hosted by Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go at the Arcadia Event Center in Davao City on May 23, 2019. Malacañang Photo

MWSS slaps Manila Water with P1.13-billion fine for supply crisis

Apr 24, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Manila Water says it will abide by the decision of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System

MWSS eyes penalties for Manila Water after supply woes

Mar 29, 2019 - 7:39 PM

The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System is looking into penalizing Manila Water even though the concession agreement does not empower the agency to do so

MWSS eyes Laguna Lake as additional water source

Mar 26, 2019 - 7:25 PM

MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco says Laguna de Bay should be dredged to improve its water quality, therefore making it easier to source water

MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco gestures during a congressional hearing, on March 18, 2019, on the water shortage being experienced in many areas in Metro Manila and Rizal province. Photo by Darren Langit

Manila Water waives minimum charge for all customers in March

Mar 26, 2019 - 9:49 AM

(UPDATED Manila Water also announces that it will not charge its 'most severely affected' customers – those without water for 24 hours a day for a week – for the month of March

WATER RATION. Residents of Rodriguez, Rizal queue for a water ration from the local government on March 24, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

COA orders MWSS officials to return P8 million in meal allowances

Mar 26, 2019 - 8:00 AM

The Commission on Audit says MWSS officials defaulted on the petition for review by sending the petition 362 days after receiving the notices – more than double the 180-day allowance

MWSS targets 99% water supply restoration by end of March

Mar 20, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Some of the last 11 barangays still suffering from water shortage are in high areas, making supply restoration there harder, says MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco

Residents fill their water containers from the truck of fire volunteers in Mandaluyong City on March 14, 2019 after a week of water shortage due to the depleting supply of the Manila Water from the La Mesa Dam which is already on critical level, lowest in 12 years. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

China-funded Kaliwa Dam cheaper than Japanese firm's proposal – MWSS

Mar 20, 2019 - 2:30 PM

The government says the cost of the Kaliwa Dam project is $248 million, not $800 million as claimed by Japanese company Global Utility Development Corporation

Militant women's group Gabriela shouts water on March 15, 2019, during a protest outside the MWSS headquarters in Quezon City to condemn the recent water crises in Metro Manila caused by the operational adjustments conducted by the Manila Water. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte threatens to scrap Manila Water, Maynilad contracts

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:03 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte scolds Manila Water and Maynilad executives and threatens to fire MWSS officials during his meeting with them in Malacañang

PRESIDENTIAL IRE. MWSS, Manila Water, and Maynilad officials get a full blast of President Rodrigo Duterte's outrage. Malacañang photo

Duterte to meet with MWSS officials about water shortage

Mar 19, 2019 - 2:00 PM

MWSS officials will likely be asked to give an update on what has been done to address the water shortage affecting parts of Metro Manila and Rizal, says Malacañang

MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco gestures during a congressional hearing, on March 18, 2019, on the water shortage being experienced in many areas in Metro Manila and Rizal province. Photo by Darren Langit

MWSS: Kaliwa Dam 'done deal,' no to other proposal

Mar 18, 2019 - 8:50 PM

'Ito ay gagawin na. Kung sinuman naghabol diyan, that is already water under the bridge,' says Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System Administrator Reynaldo Velasco

MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco gestures during a press conference at the MWSS office in Quezon City, on March 18, 2019, on the water shortage being experienced in many areas in Metro Manila and Rizal province. Photo by Darren Langit

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The learned helplessness of our water crisis

Mar 18, 2019 - 9:15 AM

We need strategic thinking, not magnanimous confessions of guilt. We need a solution that does not hurt the environment or hand over more power to a foreign loaner.

Manila Water’s supply crisis: What we know so far

Mar 17, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The House and Senate are set to launch separate probes into the water crisis. Rappler explains the facts and lists other questions that still need answers.

Draft order places water board directly under Duterte

Mar 17, 2019 - 12:13 PM

To address the Metro Manila water crisis, a draft executive order places the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) under the Office of the President

WATER EO DRAFTED. The proposed executive order to solve the water crisis will also order the water resources board to craft a national water management master plan. Malacañang photo

MWSS: Duterte given wrong advice on Manila Water mess

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:49 PM

Some praise President Rodrigo Duterte for his order to address the water crisis. MWSS, however, says he is ill-advised.

WATER CRISIS. Residents of Barangay Highway Hills in Mandaluyong City on Sunday, March 10, fetch potable water from a water hydrant. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MWSS: Water bypass was never closed

Mar 15, 2019 - 1:29 PM

MWSS chief regulator Patrick Ty explains that the high demand is still the main reason for the water supply shortage

PROTEST. Millitant groups storm the gates of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System in Quezon City on March 15, 2019, demanding a solution to the water crisis in Metro Manila. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

MWSS on water shortage: It's our fault

Mar 14, 2019 - 1:30 PM

'It's the fault of the government because it is the responsibility of the government to source all this water,' says MWSS Chief Regulator Patrick Ty

MWSS, utility firms to secure enough water supply in 50-year plan

Mar 13, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System wants a long-term plan to prevent a repeat of the ongoing water shortage

RUNNING DRY. The water level at the La Mesa dam in Quezon City, has reached 69.35 ft. from its 78 ft. normal level on March 6, 2019, due to receding water following months of very little rain. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC: MWSS doesn’t have to pay P237-M real property taxes in Quezon City

Mar 08, 2019 - 12:11 PM

The High Court reverses a 2010 Court of Appeals ruling and stops the Quezon City government from auctioning off MWSS properties

MWSS. The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System building. Photo from the MWSS Facebook page

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