After two decades, Tacloban sees water rate increase

After two decades, Tacloban sees water rate increase

In a move reflecting changing economic times, the Leyte Metropolitan Water District announces a necessary water rate increase in Tacloban City after a 20-year freeze. The rate adjustment has been approved by the National Water Resources Board. Photo: LMWD/Facebook

TACLOBAN CITY – After a 20-year hiatus, Tacloban is witnessing increased water rates. This decision was taken by the Leyte Metropolitan Water District (LMWD), marking the first rise in water prices since 2003.

The last proposed increase was in 2013, but the plan was shelved due to the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda, particularly in Tacloban. Now, two decades since the last increase, LMWD, in partnership with Prime Water, believes the time is right for a rate adjustment, as all other services have seen price increases over time.

At a press conference on May 12, LMWD General Manager Ronnie Cornico clarified that their water rates are the second-lowest in Eastern Visayas. For instance, consumers using 0-5 cubic meters will only see their rates increase to P124.00/per cubic meter, while those consuming 0-10 cubic meters will face an adjustment to P166.00 per cubic meter.

The public's concern about the increase not going through the City Council and Public Hearing was openly acknowledged by GM Cornico. He assured the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has approved the adjustments to the water rates. According to NWRB procedures, such adjustments do not require the approval of the City Council or public hearing.

"The primary function of the NWRB shall be to control and regulate the utilization, exploitation, development, conservation, and protection of water resources in accordance with the specific provisions of the Water Code of the country," GM Cornico quoted.

He also emphasized that consumers have been well informed about the increase, with detailed notices and flyers distributed to households.

Joining GM Cornico to address the media and the public were other officials from the LMWD, including Engr. Gerundio Calabria (Head, Administrative Services), Ma. Teresa Pascua (Head, Management Services and Press Relations Designate), and Engr. Ruben Gabriana (Head Technical Services). —iTacloban (Source: CIO)

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