Duterte report cites water bill payment deadlines

Published June 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Argyll Geducos

Non-life consumers or those who consume more than 10 cubic meters of water per month can settle their statements of account (SOAs) in staggered amounts until August 1, President Duterte’s 12th report to Congress read.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on May 28, 2020. (ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO/MANILA BULLETIN)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

Based on the report, lifeline consumers or those who consume less than 10 cubic meters of water per month can settle their SOAs until September 1.

In his report, President Duterte said that the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) has directed water concessionaires to reflect the actual water consumption of consumers during the period of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and modified ECQ.

The concessionaires were ordered to “verify the consumers’ consumption patterns” and “check irregularities”.

They were also instructed to automatically withhold SOAs with observed significant deviation for further investigation and necessary adjustments.

Duterte also reported that as of the morning of June 11, the water level in the Angat reservoir reached 188.27 meters or 8.27 meters above the minimum operating water level.

The water level at the Ipo Dam likewise climbed to 101.11 meters while the water level at the La Mesa Dam decreased to 75.77 meters.

President Duterte’s report likewise said that the country’s supply situation remains adequate for both power and downstream oil sectors. However, the power sector experienced tightness in supply particularly in the Luzon grid due to unplanned or forced outages of some plants and restricted natural gas output from Malampaya.

Despite this, the major grids exhibited excess capacity over peak demand with Luzon at 27 percent (3,691 MW); the Visayas, 32 percent (831 MW); and Mindanao, 33 percent (844 MW).

Luzon is said to have recorded its peak demand of 10,484 MW on June 8. Visayas’ and Mindanao’s highest peak demand both occurred on June 4 at 2,007 MW and 1,891 MW, respectively.