Akbayan Partylist’s Statement on Manila Water Acceding to the Public’s ZERO-SINGIL Demand
Manila Water’s recent pronouncement of waiving its water bills, including its minimum charges, is a win for aggrieved consumers severely affected by the water crisis who asserted not to pay for the company's failed service.
In a Senate hearing on March 19, Senator Risa Hontiveros demanded accountability from Manila Water for residents who bore the brunt of the water crisis. On Tuesday, Manila Water President Ferdinand dela Cruz announced “a voluntary and one-time bill waiver scheme that will be reflected in the April bill of our customers”. Manila Water will waive the minimum charge for March, which will be reflected in the April water bill. “Sa mga pinaka-apektado, we are going to waive their March consumption”, dela Cruz added.
The water concessionaire acceding to the public’s ZERO-SINGIL demand is a welcome development that partly compensates the health risks and loss of income that the public faced during the peak of the loss of water supply early this month.