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Water Group to MWSS: Publicize Concession Agreements and Audit of Concessionaires

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pr3MANILA, PHILIPPINES—With the threat of water bill increases from both Maynilad and Manila Water by July of this year, a coalition of anti-water privatization advocates is demanding the immediate disclosure of the financial audit performed by the Commission on Audit (CoA) on both concessionaires.

According to the Water Watch coalition, which groups together various peoples organizations, NGOs, church and human rights organizations opposing the commodification of water,

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Group questions basis for rate-rebasing, blasts water privatization

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pr2MANILA, PHILIPPINES—On the first day of public consultations regarding proposed hikes in Metro Manila water rates, a coalition of anti-water privatization advocates questioned the basis for the planned increases while blaming the government for privatizing a vital public service.

“Since the water service was privatized, we have seen a 1,000 increase in water rates in the Maynilad service area while rates in Manila Water’s zone has seen a 500 percent increase. This has made the cost of water in Metro Manila one of the highest in the region, putting it beyond the reach of the poorest Filipinos,” Arze Glipo, convener of the Water Watch Coalition said.

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IRDF Briefer on IWRM and Irrigation

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Briefer-on-IWRM-and-Irrigation-1Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) is a framework and approach to land and water management that seeks to balance human, industrial, agricultural and environmental needs. At first glance, this seems to be a very good idea. The devil, as they say however, is the details.

The 1992 International Conference on Water and Environment and the UN Conference on Environment and Development (Rio Summit), set out new approaches to water resources management. Meanwhile, the Dublin International Conference on Water and the Environment (Dublin, Ireland 1992) laid down the four principles of IWRM: [View Full Briefer]

 

Group hits ADB's water projects

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MANILA, Philippines – On the third day of the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) 45th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors here Friday, farmer members of the Task Force Food Sovereignty (TFFS) staged a protest action near the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), site of the gathering, condemning the Bank's water-related projects as these "have pushed smallholder farmers to deeper poverty and indebtedness."

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