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Online Petition To STOP the WATER RATE HIKE

June 14, 2013 Leave a comment

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>>> Sign the petition here to MWSS to stop the water rate hikes <<<

An investigative report by Ted Failon on his show Failon Ngayon shed some light on the anomalies within the MWSS.  Overcharging, improvement projects that are none-existent, benefits to the Board Members of MWSS that is questionable, and the impending water rate hike.

I ask you to watch these videos to have an understanding of how deep the problem is and urge you to sign the petition below to stop MWSS from allowing Maynilad and Manila Water to increase their rates when in fact they haven’t fully explained what happened to the extra charges they already collected from us, their consumers.

I also hope the President of the Philippines, His Excellency Benigno Aquino Jr act on this.  It would a shame if he opens his State Of The Nation speech about how his “Daang Matuwid” is letting these anomalies continue.

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>>> Sign the petition here to MWSS to stop the water rate hikes <<<

In article by GMA News

With less than a month to adjustment water rates, state-owned Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) said it is still studying the proposed rate increase by Metro Manila’s water concessionaires.
However, a consumer group labeled the public consultation as a hoax and claimed the rate increases were “almost approved.”
In a report by Julius Segovia on GMA News TV’s “Balitanghali,” MWSS held its first public consultation on the rate hike at the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City.
The rate adjustments are supposed to take effect in July, but it is still under the regulator’s scrutiny, said Atty. Emmanuel Caparas, MWSS Regulatory Office acting chief.
“Sinisiyasat ng mabuti ang kanilang mga dokumento, kanilang mga report, kanilang mga expenses, ang kanilang mga assets na ginagamit,” he said.
“We always retain a very critical stance. We always have a very sympathetic ear when it comes to the complaints of the consumers,” Caparas added.
West zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. proposed a rate hike of P8.58 per cubic meter (cu. m.).
Those consuming 30 cu. m. will incur an additional cost of P250 in their monthly water bills.
The west zone includes parts of Manila and Quezon City, west of South Super Highway in Makati, Caloocan, Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, Navotas, and Malabon as well as the municipalities of Bacoor, Imus, Kawit, Noveleta and Rosario in Cavite.
East zone concessionaire Manila Water, on the other hand, asked for a rate hike of P5.83 per cu. m., which means customers consuming 30 cu. m. will bear an additional cost of P125 to P135 in their monthly bills.
The east zone covers parts of Quezon City and Makati, the southeastern parts of Manila, Taguig, Pateros, Marikina, Pasig, San Juan, Mandaluyong, and Rizal province.
Under a concession agreement, a rate rebasing scheme is processed every five years and serves as the basis for MWSS to review a concessionaires’ past performance and future plans.
However, consumer group Water for All Refund Movement (WARM) claimed the water rate hike petition was as good as having been approved by MWSS.
The group wants President Benigno Aquino III to scrutinize the water sector during his state of the nation address in July.
“Kunwari may public consultations pero gawa na po ang script,” alleged RJ Javellana, president of WARM.
“Nananawagan kami kay Pangulong Aquino na sa kanyang state of the nation address ay bulatlatin at tignan ng maigi ang sitwasyon sa sektor ng tubig,” he added.
President Aquino will deliver his fourth State of the Nation Address (Sona) during the joint opening session of the 16th Congress on July 22, the same month MWSS targets to approve the water rate adjustments. — Danessa Rivera/VS, GMA News

Expose of Issues and Controversies involving the MWSS (Manila Water and Sewerage System) and the two large private water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water.

Mahatma Gandhi said “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

>>> Sign the petition here to MWSS to stop the water rate hikes <<<

What to do with Metro Manila’s Traffic?

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Is it just me or is traffic in Metro Manila going from bad to worse?  With the uncontrolled increase in the number of vehicles and the lack of addition roads I guess it’s but expected right?  So what’s the government doing?  Re-blocking EDSA and C5!  Hahaha!

But don’t lose hope.  There are some exciting projects happening to ease the situation.  Some I consider to be good solution to the problem yet some I consider BAND-AID Solution to the problem.

Integrated Bus Terminal

There are 9000 to 12000 buses using EDSA which is almost 8 times more what it can handle.  The solution according to the government is to move the provincial bus terminals to the south and north of Metro Manila to remove 4000 buses from EDSA.  Ofcourse the bus operators are complaining saying that it’s not a good solution to the problem.  I think it is a GREAT solution!  Having the bus terminals moved outside the metro and creating a system similar to our airports would not just help the traffic situation but also security and making things more organized.  We desperately need to organize NCR!

NLEX Harbor Link

People from Manila. Valenzuela, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas are to benefit from this project.  It’s purpose is to connect C3 and McArthur Highway to NLEX Mindanao Avenue and Balintawak both in QC.  The construction has already started that will connect McArthur Highway to the existing Mindanao Loop.  Though this is a good solution to the really bad traffic in CAMANAVA, this to me is just a temporary solution to the problem.  Something that the rich will be able to afford.  The real solution is to create more road networks and improvement of our public transport system.  ADDITIONAL ROADS not ADDITION TOLLWAYS is the real solution.

Instead of Temporary solutions these are LONG TERM SOLUTIONS I believe would resolve our traffic problem:

1. Re-educating drivers

2. Changes in the application for driver’s license.   Total Revamp on the Written and Actual Driving test (instead of driving inside the LTO compound have the applicants drive in real roads and rate them based on that).  Maybe introducing a point system similar to what other countries are doing wherein all drivers will be given a number of points and will get deductions every time they violate the law and at renewal if they fall below a certain point then they will not be allowed to renew their license and undergo re-training.

3. Setup stop signs on intersections in the city

4. Road Widening and Construction and adding more roads

5. Rehabilitation and Upgrading and adding Train Networks

6. Rehabilitation and using our rivers as transportation networks

7. Phaseout Jeepneys in EDSA and C5

8. Lowering taxes outside the city to entice people to move outside of the congested city. (including VAT and Income Tax)

9. Imposing higher insurance rates to those who violate traffic rules frequently and lower rates to those who have no violation.

10. Limiting the number of cars per household.

Senatoriables 2013

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Team PNOY vs UNA (Photo courtesy of

With a total of 33 candidates are vying for 12 Senate seats in the May 13 polls who will you vote?

ABSCBN staged a way for the common Juan Dela Cruz to meet and have an idea of who these candidates are and what they promise to do when elected.  Harapan 2013 the senatorial debate was help at La Consolacion College in Manila last April 21 and 28.

I watched both debates online through iWantTV and I must say,  it really does make a difference when you get to hear them answer controversial questions that the country is facing right now.  Who answered best?  I scored each candidate a point whenever they answer a question that sounds good to me.  I was not really surprised when I saw that most of the TRAPOs (Traditional Politicians) got the lowest scores.  I might just use this as a guide come election day but it can still change.  Again this is just based on my personal opinion so please don’t get mad if your bet is not on my list.

Senatoriables 2013

(Not sure if there is such a word “Senatoriable” but these are the candidates running for a Senatorial Seat)

Baldomero Falcone 12 pts
Greco Belgica 10 pts
Ricardo Penson 9 pts
Pia Hontiveros 9 pts
Samson Alcantara 8 pts
John Carlos Delos reyes 8 pts
Edward Hagedorn 8 pts
Grace Poe 8 pts
Teodoro Casino 7 pts
Mitos Magsaysay 7 pts
Aquilino Pimentel III 7 pts
Marwil Llasos 6 pts
Juan Edgardo Angara 5 pts
Bam Aquino 5 pts
Ramon Montano 5 pts
Christian Seneres 4 pts
Dick Gordon 4 pts
Rizalito David 4 pts
Ernesto Maceda 4 pts
Jun Magsaysay 4 pts
Eddie Villanueva 3 pts


The 6 Team PNoy candidates who were no-shows in the debates are:

Senators Loren Legarda, Alan Cayetano, Francis Escudero and Antonio Trillanes IV; Cynthia Villar and Jamby Madrigal.


The 6 UNA bets who shunned the debates are Nancy Binay, Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, Jack Enrile, JV Ejercito, Senator Gregorio Honasan, and Juan Miguel Zubiri.


Those who didn’t show up automatically got a 0 for me.  Well I already know who they are anyway… seen them in previous debates and mostly TRAPOs so it doesn’t really matter.


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