The Davao City Water District (DCWD) announced on Monday that it is scheduled to implement an additional 20 percent water rate adjustment within the year.
“For this year naa ta’y naka schedule na 20 percent water rate adjustment and this is still part of the total 60 percent water rate adjustment that we are going to implement,” said Jovana Cresta Duhaylungsod, spokesperson of DCWD during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao on Monday.
Davao City’s water supply distributor filed for a 60 percent rate increase, which it plans to implement over three years.
The 30 percent water rate hike started to reflect in the August billing last year following DCWD’s announcement that it is implementing the water rate adjustment of 30 percent wherein the minimum charge before the adjustment is at P137.30 and with the 30 percent adjustment is currently at P178.50.
“We already implemented the first 30 percent adjustment in 2022 and target nato na ma implement ang 20 percent this year. Sa pagkakaron ang among minimum is naa sa P178.50 so if we infuse the 20 percent naa sa P214 ang first 10 cubic meters,” she said.
Duhaylungsod said DCWD is eyeing to implement the last 10 percent water rate adjustment by next year.
She said that even with the proposed 60 percent rate adjustment is far beyond the basis of affordability as based on the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) guidelines water rate increase should not be more than five percent of the average income of the lowest income group of the city.
“Sa pagkakaron anaa sa P500,” she said.
She said the process to implement water rate adjustment will still have to go through the approval of LWUA.
“Right now, all of the documents and requirements are with them and being reviewed, and depending sa ilahang evaluation that would be the time to implement the 20 percent. Sa pagkakakaron wala pa nato gi implement ang 20 percent and water rate is status quo. Kung unsa man ang decision sa LWUA specially if it is approved we have to conduct the notification or advisory para pahibalo sa mga customers,” she said.
The proposed rate adjustment is necessary for DCWD to generate funds for service area expansion and keep up with public and private infrastructure developments in the next 10 years.