SC ruling vs water concessionaires to prompt rate increase

The MWC underscored that Sec. 8 did not envision the completion of the whole project, only the interconnection. The post SC ruling vs water concessionaires to prompt rate increase appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneOct 10th, 2019

Manila Water to SC: Reverse ruling or people face 780% rate increase

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Water warned of an exponential 780% increase in water rates or as much as P26.70 per cubic meter if the Supreme Court (SC) does not reverse its decision to penalize the company. What happened? Manila Water and Maynilad Water Services were ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 10th, 2019

Manila Water denies impending 780% rate hike

Water concessionaire Manila Water clarified that it would not impose a 780% increase in water rates......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 11th, 2019

Manila Water warns of 780% water rate hike

Consumers should brace for a P26 increase in water rates in the long-term following the massive fines slapped on water firms due to non-compliance with environmental laws......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 9th, 2019

Manila Water flags rate impact of SC ruling

Manila Water flags rate impact of SC ruling.....»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsOct 9th, 2019

P16 water rate increase seen

Consumers might have to brace for an increase in water rates as high as P16 per cubic meter in the long term following the massive fines slapped on water firms for their non-compliance with environmental laws......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2019

NWRB to keep lower water allocation for Metro Manila for entire July

The National Water Resources Board will keep the daily water allocation for Metro Manila concessionaires at 36 cubic meters per second for the whole of July even after the water level at Angat Dam saw a slight increase in the past few days......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2019

Higher water rates

By: Modesto P. Sa-onoy Once the Bacolod Water District is privatized or placed under the control and management of a private company, the concessionaires can expect a higher rate. That goes without saying because private companies invest their funds not to be generous or the owners to be rewarded with a place in heaven but […] The post Higher water rates appeared first on Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 13th, 2019

Absence of MWSS board saves users from water rate increase

The impact of current peso depreciation to the consumers' water billing is not yet going to be felt this year since the utilities are still waiting for the appointment of new Metropolitan Waterways and Sewerage System (MWSS).....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 1st, 2016

Changing rules midstream

By this time, the country’s two water concessionaires should have filed their respective motions asking the Supreme Court to reconsider its recent decision penalizing them for violating provisions of the Clean Water Act......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 4th, 2019

Water firms appeal SC ruling on P1.8-B fine

Water firms appeal SC ruling on P1.8-B fine.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsOct 4th, 2019

Water rates going up this month

Metro Manila consumers will see higher water bills starting October following the approval of rate hikes by the Manila Water Co. and the Maynilad Water Services Inc......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 30th, 2019

NCR water rates to increase

NCR water rates to increase.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 29th, 2019

Guys in stripes getting plenty of NFL face time

By Paul Newberry, Associated Press In the early weeks of the NFL season, the biggest stars are the guys in the stripes. They're certainly getting the most face time. The league is awash in yellow — yellow flags, that is — with penalties being called at an alarming rate. There seems plenty of blame to go around, from confusing edicts handed down by the NFL office to an overstuffed rulebook to aging officials who can't keep up with the speed of the game to players simply making too many silly mistakes. But there's also a chance we're simply seeing a new normal, as the league adjusts to what everyone hopes will be a safer workplace. I mean, who's going to argue with a crackdown on dangerous hits and less contact during practice, if it improves the odds of players enjoying longer lives and better health in their golden years? "Just get out there and do our job and do it correctly," said New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk. "If they're going to call it a certain way, that's what we're going to have to do." Through the first 49 games of the season — three weeks plus Philadelphia's victory over Green Bay on Thursday night — an average of 18.40 flags were thrown, according to the busy folks at who track every call. That's a significant increase over last season (15.75) and an even bigger jump compared to the numbers from a decade ago (13.85). Since the web site began keeping track of flags (including declined and offsetting penalties) in 2009, the per-game average over a full season has fluctuated from a low of 13.62 in 2013 to a high of 16.20 in 2015. So, while it's still early, this season is already shaping up as a real outlier. Zach Strief, a longtime Saints offensive lineman who now works on the team's radio broadcast team, largely blames league officials for the increase in penalties. "I have an issue with the league saying, 'Hey, this is a point of emphasis,' which means, 'We're going to call this completely differently than we've ever called it before, and it's on you guys to adjust to it,'" said Strief, pointing to that as largely the reason for the big increase in offensive holding call the first two weeks. "You're also putting the officials in a situation to call it like they've never called it before." While the officials are a convenient target of the fans, Strief said that's not fair. "I just think they've been put in an unwinnable position," he said. "It causes frustration for the fans, it causes frustration for the players and coaches, and it's all focused on the officials, who are just trying to do what they're told." Indeed, there's been plenty of griping about the officiating — led by perhaps the biggest name in the game, New England quarterback Tom Brady. He's hardly alone in complaining that the league has become downright unwatchable at times, as any sense of momentum or continuity is interrupted by a relentless parade of referees flipping on their mics to announce, "Holding, offense, No. 78, 10-yard penalty, repeat first down." It's like watching "The Godfather" for the first time from the set instead of the theater. Francis Ford Coppola keeps yelling "cut" so Al Pacino can take another crack at his big scene. The barrage of penalties did drop noticeably in Week 3 after the league, cowering in fear after being called out by Brady, instructed officials to be less stringent with offensive holding. Still, there were still four games in which at least 20 flags were thrown — led by 23 in Chicago's victory over Washington — and the average for all 16 games (16.56) was still higher than any of the last 10 seasons. One of the worst-offending teams, the Atlanta Falcons, have brought in extra officials at practice to look for infractions and hinted at discipline for those who keep getting flagged. While coaches can't dole out fines for penalties, they can decide who gets to play. The players can also take financial matters into their own hands, Kangaroo-court style. Offensive guard Jamon Brown said multiple penalties are "definitely going to cost you a pretty penny." "Let's make sure we're only fighting one team. No more self-inflicted wounds that derail us," Atlanta coach Dan Quinn implored his team. "If you've ever been in a two-for-one fight, and you're on the other side of it, it's not that good." The Falcons (1-2) were flagged a staggering 17 times (one penalty was declined) in their loss at Indianapolis last Sunday, raising their season total to 37. That's the second-highest figure in the league, trailing only the Browns with 46. Cleveland star Myles Garrett said it's too soon to get too worked up about the increase in flags. "I think it'll start to cool down." he said. "Tom Brady said something about it, and you know once he says something, it's got to go. I know that those are going to slowly decrease and it's going to get a little bit more regulated, so the game can flow a little bit better." Dean Blandino, the NFL's former vice president of officiating and now a rules analyst for Fox Sports, expects fewer penalties the rest of the season. The early weeks, he points out, have essentially turned into extended preseason games since most top players play little or not all during exhibition games. "Teams still have a lot of things to work out," he said. "The football is not as crisp as it's going to be headed into Week 4 and Week 5." Strief complained that some rules to improve safety — such as a ban on helmet-to-helmet hits of any kind — have led to an increase in penalties. "The NFL has essentially decided they're going to officiate safety into the game," he said. "You're basically telling players, 'Hey, what you know is wrong. Now, adjust on the fly.' ... You create a lot of hesitancy in players." There's a lot the NFL can and should do, from better training for officials to a softening of some rules (offensive holding, as we've already seen, and perhaps a bit more leniency on defensive contact beyond the line of scrimmage). But we're good with any rules to improve safety. If that means more penalties, we'll just have to make yellow our new favorite color. ___ Paul Newberry is a sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at or at ___ AP Sports Writers Brett Martel in New Orleans, Tom Withers in Cleveland and Charles Odum in Atlanta contributed to this column......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 28th, 2019

German court rules hangovers are ‘illness’

A German court said in a ruling published Monday that hangovers are an “illness”, in a timely judgment days after the annual Oktoberfest beer festival began in Munich. The case landed before judges in Frankfurt when plaintiffs claimed a firm offering anti-hangover “shots” and drink powders to mix with water was making illegal health claims. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsSep 24th, 2019

SC upholds P2-billion fine on MWSS, water firms

The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed the P2 billion in penalties imposed on the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) and its two concessionaires for failure to comply with environmental laws......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 19th, 2019

Manila Water, Maynilad to appeal Supreme Court’s P921-M fine

Utility companies Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila Water Co. said Wednesday they will appeal the Supreme Court ruling slapping them with hefty fines for violating the Philippine Clean Water Act......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 18th, 2019

Analysts’ August Inflation Rate Estimates

THE GENERAL INCREASE in prices of goods and services used by average Filipinos is expected to have cooled further last month amid slowing food prices as well as base effects. Read the full story......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2019

For Mother Earth

  THE decision of the Supreme Court to penalize concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water as well as the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) for their violations of Republic Act No. 9275 or the Clean Water Act is a big triumph for Mother Earth. The violations stemmed from the failure of the parties to put […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 13th, 2019

Pay P2-B fine, SC orders MWSS, Maynilad, Manila Water

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday imposed massive fines on the government’s Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) and private water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water for noncompliance with the Clean Water Act......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 7th, 2019

SC fines Maynilad, Manila Water P900M each for lack of sewage lines

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) en banc voted 14-0 to fine water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water P921 million each for their failure to put up sewage lines, violating the Clean Water Act. The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) was held jointly liable ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 6th, 2019