To recall, utilities have to pay foreign-dominated concession fees to MWSS
, as well as dollar-denominated loans, which they used to fund their projects.
After getting the green light from the Board of Trustees of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS
), the Wawa Bulk Water Supply Project proposal of port magnate Enrique Razon and businessman Oscar Violago is still short of two more regulatory approvals before it can proceed.
"The Wawa water supply project is among the priority projects that was presented and submitted already by MWSS
administrator Reynaldo Velasco to President Duterte.
During a hearing of the House committee on Metropolitan Manila Development, MWSS
Administrator Emmanuel Salamat said that the Angat Dam, which is Metro Manila's primary water source, is forecasted to experience a 'critical' water level during the summer season next year.
chairman Reynaldo Velasco assured that the government would not start the project unless all requirements are completed.
The two firms and MWSS
were ordered fined an additional PHP322,000 per day for non-compliance with the law.
'We thank the decisive leadership of MWSS
for the approval of the project, and assure them of our commitment to helping in solving the current water crisis,' said Razon, chairman of Prime Infra.
Grace Poe, chairman of the Senate public services committee, said she was awaiting the computation of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS
) that could be the basis for the committee to make the necessary recommendations for a possible refund or rebate.
This after MWSS
Administrator Reynaldo Velasco admitted that bonuses were granted through a board resolution.
said in a statement all submissions that the Commission on Audit (COA) called had been provided, except for the environmental compliance certificate (ECC)-the application for which the Department of Environment and Natural Resources had neither granted nor denied.
Under the law, MWSS
and its concessionaires are required to connect the existing sewage line found in all subdivisions, condominiums, commercial centers, hotels, sports and recreational facilities, hospitals, market places, public buildings, industrial complex and other similar establishments including households to available sewerage system within the first five years of the law's implementation.
for not building enough sewage lines thusviolating the Philippine Clean Water Act.