(21. 3. 2004)
Kommentar: I Manila har myndighetene vært meget aktive på kommersialiserings-fronten, noe som har ført til at vannforsyningen i forskjellige distrikter er eid av forskjellige firmaer. To av disse er Maynilad og Manila Water. Før privatiseringen var vannforsyningen var upålitelig, men billig. Etter privatiseringen er vannforsyningen fortsatt upålitelig, men mye, mye dyrere. Dette har ført til at en mengde grupper og frivillige organisasjoner har gått sammen om å danne initiativet the Water for the People Network, for å få presset myndighetene til å ta vannforsyningen tilbake.
Water for the People Network
Promoting people's control over water services and resources
Secretariat office: 3/F SCC Bldg., 4427 Old Sta. Mesa, Manila
Tel 713-2737· Fax 716-0108 · Email firstname.lastname@example.org
March 21, 2004
Reference: Mr. Arnold Padilla, IBON water advocacy specialist (0917-4138232)
Bailout Fallout - 'NEW MAYNILAD' TO INCREASE RATES BY 32% IN JUNE
Since taking over the metropolitan West Zone, Maynilad has already increased its rates by 226 percent. As a result of the government bailout, the water firm will further hike its rates by 32% in June this year. The rate increase will allow Maynilad to pay for its obligations. In other words, consumers will shoulder the "rehabilitation'' of the Lopez-Suez consortium, contrary to claims made by Justice Undersecretary Teehankee that the government and consumers will gain from the new deal.
Moreover, it is not true that the government "even earned from the deal." In reality, the government will shoulder Maynilad's financial obligations once it takes over its operations. Worse, the government waived its right to collect from Maynilad P8 billion in concession fees. How could the government have earned from that? Thus, the Malacañang bailout, which serves President Arroyo's presidential bid, is adding insult to injury. It does not only worsen the financial problems of government. It also means further injustice to the 5.2 million Maynilad customers. For the consumers, the bailout will mean lower service targets for Maynilad, which has consistently failed to fulfill its original performance targets stipulated in its contract with government. Maynilad has failed to supply water to 1.5 million people in its service area. It has also failed to make its water supply available for 24 hours, a commitment it should have met four years ago. Water losses due to leaks and illegal connections are even worse under Maynilad. Before the privatization of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), the rate of water losses was 61 percent. Under Maynilad, it has jumped to 69 percent.
Government claims that the new deal with Maynilad is the most favorable for government and consumers. But for the people, any deal that would further burden consumers of high rates and poor service--and that would not compel Maynilad to return the P6.4 billion it illegally collected from its costumers, as well as the P8 billion in unpaid concession fees--is unacceptable.
The most favorable deal is not a bailout but a complete government takeover of Maynilad.
The Water for the People Network is a broad national network composed of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, IBON Foundation, Confederation for the Advancement and Recognition of Government Employees (COURAGE), Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), Cordillera People's Alliance (CPA), Center for Environmental Concerns (CEC), Kalikasan People's Network, Gabriela, Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) and other people's organizations, advocacy groups, non- government organizations, and community-based associations. The network campaigns for people's right to access water and water services.