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Dumaguete Water Department (DCWD) Going Private?

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  1. Wrye83

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    It seems the public knows what happens when you allow utility companies to go private and they want none of it. The mayor seems to be against it as well. How can a city department decide on their own to go private? :o o: Something else must be going on.
     
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    I'd be fine with it myself if we as consumers were allowed to go after them directly for water loss, low pressure, and failure to keep water within safety perameters.

    I've seen dirt in my water many times because the city water instead of fixing a leak comes around with rubber bands and just wraps it around the whole which still allows dirt and every other unfiltered disease and bacteria in and considering these water lines often travel the same route tons of people p*ss at... yah.

    I've reported many leaks some very major that have been ignored for ages and all that water loss they don't care about as they just cover it with increases and extra charges in our water bills.

    I've reported horribly low water pressure where it would literally take half an hour to fill a normal bucket because they don't fix and improve their systems which many of the times isn't about increasing capacity but instead about decreasing loss.

    I'd be betting if laws were in place to allow consumers to go after the *private* utilities like this they would be bankrupt in a week and begging to sell it back to the public at a loss.

    Personally though I'd also love to see all the huge water consuming business's removed from the public lines. All of these water filling stations ever block sometimes really cut down the pressure for others and they even use suction mechanism's to suck more water to them which damages the lines as well as treating home users poorly. Such sort of business's should be required to install deep wells and get their own water. I wouldn't mind personally getting 3 bottled for 100p instead of 5 which I currently get.
     
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    But you know they wouldn't be allowed to do so. :wink: Better the devil you know than aqua-NORECO II.
     
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    Yup, sadly. Just be nice to be able to stick it to them for a change.
     
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    Maybe these guys are somewhat analogous to corporate raiders who come in and try to make the company more efficient/profitable.

    This is what they say on their MWIC website.
    We create value not just for the company, but most importantly for the people we serve, and the planet.

    Portfolio - Metro Pacific Water

    They are a publicly traded company so you can get some insight in to them. It looks like they have done this in several places. Two of which are Cagayan de Oro and Iloilo. If you have any buddies in one of these areas you can ask. Here is a writeup in the Iloilo times.

    Consumer group fears privatization of MIWD after water deal | Iloilo Metropolitan Times

    It sounds like the reason for privatization is because it brings money to the table to upgrade the system that you are complaining about. I assume someone has to pay for that and it's probably the water user. Would you rather have a better water system and pay more or keep what you have?

    The other question is do you believe government or private industry can do a better job?
     
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    At least the government is somewhere accountable to the people through elections. A publicly traded company is only accountable to their share holders....and all they want is money.
     
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    The private company wants our money and the public don't care at all. Elections haha, here the locals get 50 pesos each today, to vote for the right person, funny world
     
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    Such is the Philippines. I'd still rather have utilities be ran by the government....unless there was going to be competition and choice for the water company. The Philippines doesn't need any more regional monopolies.
     
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    Latest update to this;

    MPIC unit bags Dumaguete water project | Philstar.com
     
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    The article said they would be responsible to modernize the waste management system. Is there actually a waste management system now? I've never heard of any.
     
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