By Neal H. Cruz
As we celebrate the 27th anniversary of the 1986 People Power Revolution that freed us from the shackles of a dictatorship, perhaps we should also start another revolt to free us from the shackles of greedy private corporations. I am referring to the utility companies, such as water, power, communications and toll road operators, which [...]
This is in reference to Rolando Arcenilla’s letter titled “Unreasonable water service reconnection fee” (Inquirer, 2/9/13).
We are in support of the MWSS Development Program, especially here in Cavite City. We also appreciate the superb service it is giving our community.
Last July 31, we witnessed first-hand the congressional concern for suffering water consumers of Metro Manila. Chaired by Rep. Jerry P. Treñas, the House committee on good government and public accountability held a hearing about the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).
We would like to thank Peter Wallace for writing about the importance of developing a new water source for Metro Manila (“Twiddling your thumbs ,” Inquirer, 7/19/12).
By Sylvia L. Mayuga
In gentle, early-morning light seven days before his third State of the Nation Address, President Aquino in a yellow shirt-jac strode on a gravel path to the edge of a gully in the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System’s Stilling Basin area in La Mesa Dam. He came to push the ceremonial button inaugurating the recently completed Phase 2 of the Angat Water Utilization and Aqueduct Improvement Project (AWUAIP), a long-range program to provide safe water to millions in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces.
In behalf of the rank and file of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), we wish to correct the unfair allegations made and oft-repeated by Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and other officials of the Aquino administration—that the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System and LWUA, among other agencies, “xxx really abused the use of government funds to grant themselves so many allowances and bonuses that actually have no legal basis” (“Big bonuses await productive gov’t workers,” Inquirer, 7/11/12).
This is in reaction to the news article titled “MWSS still giving big bonuses—COA.” (Inquirer, 12/18/11) We find it odd that the Commission on Audit (COA) would make a report on supposedly excessive expenses of a regional office of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS). This is not true. The MWSS does not have regional offices. The report obviously referred to statements made by President Aquino during his 2010 State of the Nation Address. Those concerns have long been addressed by the present MWSS administration.
President Aquino has appointed Rev. Jose Ramon Villarin, S.J., newly installed president of the Ateneo de Manila Univesrsity (ADMU), as a member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS). On one hand, the appointment raises hope that MWSS can now cleansed itself of its many irregularities and anomalies. But [...]