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Water warning

That water is a precious resource is dramatized every time the dry season hits a blazing peak from March to May. That means now, when authorities warn that the dams supplying water to Metro Manila are approaching critical levels. In the provinces, high temperatures and lack of water are not only affecting farmlands needing irrigation but also exacerbating the horrific conditions in evacuation centers.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Breathing spell

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Come June, “I hope we can toast together,” Manila Water Consortium president Gerardo Ablaza Jr. said. Toast what?

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘And not a drop to drink’

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With the heavy rains there’s water everywhere, and yet we’re running out of potable water! Flooding is a perennial problem in Metro Manila and many other parts of the country. It poses a challenge to our government, which reportedly needs two decades or more to complete a flood-control master plan. If one travels to Baguio [...]

Posted: August 20th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘IOUs’ against tomorrow

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“Make failure your tutor, not your undertaker.” The Philippines’ 142 cities watch a tutorial unfold on Cebu’s spreading shortages of an irreplaceable resource: water. Diseases surge when taps run dry.

Posted: August 16th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Flooded with water issues

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I want to continue on the water case because it’s much more than an issue of whether the concessionaires should be given revenue increases, and how much, or not at all.

Posted: July 17th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Maynilad, Manila Water, follow Meralco’s example

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Any way you look at it, the increases in water rates by the two water concessionaires, Maynilad and Manila Water, are too much and unconscionable. Imagine, Maynilad is increasing its rates by P8.25 per cubic meter, and Manila Water slightly lower. To the average household, that would be an increase of P250 a month. That’s highway robbery! Many poor families earn less or only slightly more than that.

Posted: June 16th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Water now too costly for thirsty poor

Who could have ever ever imagined that water, freely accessed decades ago, is now sold like a beverage and that a small-sized bottle (330 ml) of this natural resource would now cost about P10, or around 2.2 percent of the minimum daily wage of P456?

Posted: March 13th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Columnists urged to join ‘revolt’ vs corporate greed

We commend Neal Cruz for his boldness in expressing his outrage over the unbridled rise in power, water, communications and road toll rates that have become a heavy and unbearable yoke on every Filipino (“Water, power firms overcharging the public,” Inquirer, 2/24/13).

Posted: March 6th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Water, power firms overcharging the public

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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 [...]

Posted: February 24th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Unreasonable water service reconnection fee

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.

Posted: February 8th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Water security tops MWSS’ agenda

We would like to thank Peter Wallace for writing about the importance of developing a new water source for Metro Manila (“Twiddling your thumbs [3],” Inquirer, 7/19/12).

Posted: September 9th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Twiddling your thumbs (3)

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Let’s talk about the other water problem: the water we use. A human being needs about 150-200 liters of water a day. For a population of 94 million, that’s around 19,000 million liters per day. A population of 170 million, a short 30 years from now, will need around 34,000 million liters per day.

Posted: July 19th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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