By Rose de la Cruz

 

Despite offering a graduated bill waiver to its customers affected by water interruption this March as a good step at restitution, the Manila Water Company and Manila Waterworks and Sewerage System are not yet ‘out of the woods” and have much explaining to do.

 

This according to Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, Bagong Henerasyon partylist and assistant majority leader, as she said that Manila Water and the MWSS are not yet "out of the woods" because water service restoration is not yet at 100 percent or even 99 percent.

 

Also, they have yet to account for the charges collected for the Cardona water treatment facility on the banks of Laguna de Bay, she added.

 

In addition, the Cardona water plant is not yet at 100 percent capacity or close to that.

 

MWSS and Manila Water have yet to fulfill promises made during the hearing of the House Committee on Metro-Manila Development.

Read more: MWSS, Manila Water not yet ‘out of the woods’

Comelec told not to make it hard for senior citizens this May polls

 

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Rep. Francisco G. Datol, Jr. of the Senior Citizen partylist, asked the Commission on Election and its citizens arm not to make it tough for the elderly to find their precincts this May election, which could disenfranchise them.

 

Reacting to Comelec Resolution 10486 Datol said this measure is “matino; sana maipatupad din ito nang matino sa araw ng botohan.”

 

Systematic disenfranchisement of senior citizens on election day May 13 could be among the desperate measures some politicians and their cohorts could resort to, he warned.

 

Datol said "the elderly are…

Read more: Comelec told not to make it hard for senior citizens this May polls

Consumers told not to waste electricity

 

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Even if there is still no power outage or brownouts of long intervals happening in Metro Manila, still the yellow alert from April 5 to June 13 should remind consumers not to be complacent and wasteful in their electric consumption.

 

Rep. Carlos Roman Uybarreta,1st Consumer Alliance for Rural Energy Inc. partylist and principal author of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (HB8629) said a yellow alert means it is better to conserve electricity than be sorry in a blackout.

 

Any sudden outage of a major power plant, any sudden surge in electricity…

Read more: Consumers told not to waste electricity

Honesty, though rare, is still alive

 

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Honesty is a virtue that is so rare in this materialistic-crazy world and where desire for more possessions become almost an obsession among most Filipinos.

 

But not with Security Guard Mario T. Gacang, who lived 34 of his life with Carmen Copper Company that operates a copper field in Toledo, Cebu within the concession area of what once was a premier, giant company called Atlas Mining.

 

In a Facebook post, Carmen Copper said Gacang’s integrity was recently put to the test when at 12:10 am of March 14, 2019 he…

Read more: Honesty, though rare, is still alive

Rollout of National ID on track

 

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Beginning next year, registration for a national identification card will start after the PhilSys Policy and Coordination Council—in charge of the national ID law—has completed late February the guidelines detailing the four phases of project implementation from procurement of technology to issuing actual IDs.

 

In a March 14 press release, the National Economic and Development Authority said it had approved the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Implementation Plan.

 

“We are on-track as regards the roll-out of PhilSys. We hope to open the registration to targeted communities and release the first batch…

Read more: Rollout of National ID on track

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