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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, January 22, 2018
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Baciwa maintenance fee up P13

An increase of P13 will be reflected in the billing of consumers of the Bacolod City Water District starting February.

Baciwawill adjust its meter repair and maintenance fee (MRMF) from P2 to P15 per month effective in its February 2018 billing.

The adjustment in the MRMF, now named service connection maintenance fee (SCMF), was approved by the BaciwaBoard under its Board Resolution No. 009, dated January 12.

Baciwa general manager Juliana Carbon said yesterday there is no increase in water rates. The increase is just for the SCMF to cover water meter relocation, testing and other maintenance services.

Carbon said that since 1973, when the water district started, the MRMF was P2, which should have been increased because of the increase in maintaining the service connections or water meters.

This year, Baciwa decided to increase the SCMF from P2 to P15, which is a minimal cost to be paid monthly for the SCMF, she said.

Carbon said there were several attempts to increase the SCMF in the past, but there were water rate increases at that time.

Since there have been no water rate increases since 2009, they have decided to charge the consumers an additional P13 for the SCMF for the water district to become viable and to improve its services especially in the maintenance of its water meters, she said.

Carbon said they have been conducting information dissemination this month for the consumers to be informed. All consumers will be sent notices.

She said the P13 adjustment is very minimal.It is an increase of only about P156 a year.

This will be paid monthly for SCMF she said, citing, for example, that if a consumer's water meter is defective and needs replacement Baciwa will fix it, and if there is a need to relocate it because it is becoming an obstruction it will be relocated without any cost to the consumer, Carbon said.

The SCMF paid by the consumers will be spent for added service in maintaining the water service connection, she said.

“Let us help our water district cope with the increasing maintenance cost,” Carbon said.

Baciwahas 52,805 consumers in Bacolod City, she said

Meanwhile, Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr., chairman of the Bacolod City Water Watch Council Inc., said they will ask the Baciwamanagement to explain the adjustment to the Sanggunian.*CGS





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