LWUA likely to OK Iloilo water rate hike

Published March 23, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By Tara Yap

Iloilo City – The Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) is expected to approve the proposed rate increase of the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD).

“The probability of it being approved is almost 100 percent,” said LWUA Administrator Jeci Lapus, who was in Iloilo City for a consultative meeting with water district officials in Western Visayas.

MIWD filed a petition before LWUA to increase its rate by P4.10 per cubic meter.

Once approved, MIWD’s rate will become P20 per cubic meter from the current rate of P15.90.

At a rate of 25.78 percent, Lapus said MIWD’s proposal is even below the allowable percentage for price hike, which is pegged at 60 percent.

According to Lapus, LWUA approves a rate increase based on oil price hikes, power rate hikes and salary adjustments.

Government-owned MIWD has been in a deficit since 2004, mainly due to the salary increase of its workers.

This has led to failure of improving facilities and services.

Lapus noted that many state-run water districts in the country are also in the red.