10% water rate hike takes effect Feb

Subscribe Now January 16, 2012 at 06:37pm

THE Davao City Water District (DCWD) will implement a ten-percent water rate increase starting next month to improve its services, DCWD acting manager Edwin V. Regalado in a statement e-mailed to Sun.Star Davao Sunday. He said this year's water rate increase will take effect beginning February's consumption and will be reflected in the March billing.

Regalado said proceeds from the water rates will be used by DCWD for infrastructure development or expansion projects and to meet escalating operational costs.

The water utility is set to implement a 30-percent rate increase, which will be distributed in three years.

Regalado said DCWD will increase its rates by ten percent this year, ten percent in 2013 and ten percent in 2014.

With the increase, Regalado said a typical household water connection of 1/2", the flat rate for a minimum consumption of ten cubic meters or less will be billed P114.40 in 2012, P125.80 in 2013 and P138.40 in 2014.

For an average monthly household consumption of 30 cubic meters, the increase per day is only P 1.18 in 2012, P 1.33 in 2013 and P 1.42 in 2014.

Regalado said the increase is part of the water rate increase sought by DCWD in mid-2005, where half or 30 percent was implemented in September that year.

That year, the water utility proposed a 60-percent water rate increase to be implemented in three stages: 30 percent in 2005, 20 percent in 2006 and 10 percent in 2007.

But Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte requested DCWD to implement only 30 percent and to hold the remaining half in abeyance.

On December 15, 2011, the Board of Trustees of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) issued Resolution No. 177 approving the implementation of water rates for DCWD of 20 percent in 2012 and 10 percent in 2013. This is actually the remaining 30-percent increase deferred for implementation.

But on January 9, 2012, City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte wrote DCWD board chair Eduardo A. Bangayan and requested that 30-percent water rate increase be implemented in three years time "to lessen the impact of the increase towards the people of Davao, especially those who belong to the marginalized sectors."

With such request, the DCWD board of directors passed and approved Resolution No. 12-016 on Friday, implementing the remaining 30-percent water rate increase in three tranches.

In her letter to DCWD, Mayor Duterte lauded DCWD for continuously trying its best in improving the services that it offers the people of Davao City.

"We understand that the increase in water rates is necessary in order to carry out your mandate of making available to the Dabawenyos quality water supply necessary for their everyday needs," she said.

The new rates will be published in local daily newspapers and will also be posted in all barangays and administrative district halls, City Hall and City Council.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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