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May 16, 2018



Kapihan sa Manila Bay

Hosted by Marichu Villanueva, Columnist & Editor of the Philippine Star
Cafe Adriatico, Remedios Circle, Malate, Manila
May 16, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Featured guests are:

MWSS Deputy Administrator for Operations Bobby Cleofas
MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco
Manila Water COO, Ding Carpio
Maynilad COO Randy Estrellado.


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(Editor’s note: The starting time may change due to scheduling constraints.)



  • Velasco: Chinese government committed P10.2 billion in official development assistance (ODA) to fund the Kaliwa dam project.
  • Velasco: We have to keep monitoring the demand for the water supply. We cannot oversupply water because the excess cost will be shouldered unnecessarily by the customers.
  • Velasco: Laiban dam, Kanan dam, Wawa dam – these are being reviewed. We are reviewing which of these projects will be the least cost to the people.
  • Velasco: These projects have been here since Marcos’ time. It is just now during the Build, Build, Build project under the Duterte administration, that this is being constructed.
  • Why did it take 3 Chinese businesses to fund the project? Why can’t it be our local businesses?
    Estrallado: Both Maynilad and MW committed to fund the concession fees.
  • Carpio: There is a process in charging customers. For MW our system loss is 11 – 12%. That is efficient compared to world standard which is 25%. You will find that our tariff is at the lower end line compared to other asian countries.
  • Velasco: MWSS is not getting support from the government. PPP is the best thing that happened to this GOCC.
  • Estrallado: the constructions that you see right now is that we’re building out facilities to develop waste water.
  • Velasco: It is useless to clean the water and then when we dispose it sa creek, the creek is dirty. That’s where the LGUs come in. We need everybody’s cooperation.
  • Velasco: Kaliwa is hopefully will be operational in 2023. Kanan dam in 2026. Kanan dam will be for hydro, so water will be a waste product of that power dam.
  • Velasco: Bulacan’s water is managed by Bulacan water and a Korean company.
  • South African water shortage – will it happen to us?
    Estrallado: There are ways to treat water that is faster. Like with Laguna Lake – it can supplement the demand till the 2 dams have been completed and are available. It costs a lot of money to develop the water source, lay pipes etc.
    Carpio: MW always prepares for contingencies. I don’t think what happened to Capetown will happen soon. We need to prepare for that though. We’d be turning on our attention on looking for water sources elsewhere, not just Angat. Desalination consumes so much power, it is still very expensive.
    Velasco: We have an interagency taskforce that prepares for ‘the big one’. DENR is a part of this taskforce. We are strengthening the dams to make sure it can withstand major earthquakes [8.0] and the tunnels attached to it. We are also looking at not just at the supply, but how it will be distributed.
  • Velasco: On the informal settlers – there’s already funding set aside for them. Couples for Christ is shouldering the houses for them. Funding will come from Canada. There’s just 46 families involved.
    The loans are going to be paid by the concessionaires [MW and Maynilad].
  • Carpio: You have to engage the community and talk to them as to the repercussions of illegal water connections.
  • Laiban dam: There are 4,800 informal settlers in the area. Although we are not abandoning Laiban, we are waiting for the proponents that will bid to develop it. What’s the use of buying a dam if no one will buy the water?
    MAYNILAD 1626

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