Water service restored in Caloocan village
West Zone concessionaire, Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) recently connected Purok Biyaya in Barangay 167 of Caloocan City to its water network, giving some 141 urban poor families access to a safe and affordable water supply, according to a report by Philippine News Agency.
For almost 24 years, Purok Biyaya residents relied on expensive deliveries of deep well water from private water truck operators, as issues with land ownership and right-of-way clearance prevented Maynilad from connecting their community to its network.
“Ang delivery ng tubig dito, nasa PHP40 ang isang drum. Tinitipid namin ‘yun kasi mahirap ang walang tubig. Kapag naubos, nakikiigib kami (Water delivery here costs PHP40 per drum. We save it as it is hard to have no water. Once consumed, we fetch water from neighbors),” Purok Biyaya resident Teudula Teraytay said.
Families in the community typically consume around 48 drums per month (or 10 cubic meters), so they used to spend around PHP1,920 a month just to have water for their household needs. Now that they have a Maynilad connection, their monthly spending for potable water has dropped to only PHP130 for the same volume of water.
Residents of Purok Biyaya like Ederlina dela Cruz expressed their happiness for what they consider a huge blessing to their community.
“Nakatira na po ako dito since 1989, at naranasan naming manghingi at maghakot ng tubig. Kaya nagpapasalamat ako na nagkaroon na din kami ng tubig sa pamamagitan ng Maynilad (I have been living here since 1989 and experienced the hardship of fetching water. That is why I thanked Maynilad for bringing water here)," she said.
The water company continuously seeks to extend services to urban poor households within its concession area.
“Everyone has the right to enjoy safe water supply at affordable rates. This is why we strive to connect these poor communities which, ironically, are spending more for water than those in affluent areas,” Maynilad President and CEO Ramoncito Fernandez said.
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