The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(CCCI) has strongly opposed the proposed water price hike of
Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD).
”Being the voice of the business community of
Cebu and yet taking on interests of public welfare, CCCI believes that the
proposed price increase of PHP300 for every 10 cubic meters of water is
glaring, exorbitant and preposterous,” CCCI president Felix Taguiam said in a
The CCCI urged Cebu’s biggest water
distributor to reconsider the adoption of the proposed water price hike.
“At a time when the country and the Cebuanos
are reeling from one of the worst pandemic-induced recessions, a price increase
on indisputably the most important commodity on earth – water, is insensitive,
imprudent, unconscionable and irresponsible,” Taguiam said.
The proposed price increase of PHP300 for every
10 cubic meters of water is glaring, exorbitant and preposterous and even
if backed up by plans to invest in desalination, he said.
“For those who are already struggling to pay
their electricity and water bills or the newly unemployed, even a modest
increase in household bills can be problematic and would only be an added
burden. Now more than ever, access to affordable water supply is critical to
the everyday living of families in Cebu,” Taguiam said.
He said that it is also equally important to
remember public welfare as the ultimate aim of basic service delivery which
underscores the water industry.
“Ultimately, ill-conceived and ill-timed
decisions and actions on water supply prices will invariably affect the
financial security of the most vulnerable sectors of the community which are
aggravating and can lead to unrest during these uncertain times,” he added.
Last month, MCWD had warned consumers
that they should expect a rate increase of PHP70 to PHP120 per 10 cubic
meters of water as soon as it begins to supply desalinated water from three
privately owned desalination plants that will be built soon.
This means that from the current rate of PHP180
per 10 cubic meters, Cebu’s water rates could go up to as much as PHP300 for
every 10 cubic meters of water.
MCWD targets to supply consumers with
desalinated water as part of its long-term solution to address Metro Cebu’s