Manila Water Philippine Ventures, a subsidiary of Manila Water Company, Inc., and the Provincial Government of Laguna signed the fourth amendment to the concession agreement of Laguna Water to maximize the positive impact of the public and private sector partnership in the Province.

The amendment includes the implementation of environmental charge for environmental services including but not limited to the collection, conveyance, and treatment of wastewater or used water, and the discharge of treated used water to a body of water.

For years, the adverse impacts of untreated used water to health and environment and the importance of practicing proper used water management to ensure access to sustainable sanitation have not been given attention.

“We are Laguna’s partner in making clean water and sustainable sanitation available and accessible for all. We are here to provide sanitation services that will conserve our natural resources and protect public health,” said Laguna Water President Virgilio C. Rivera, Jr.

Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez recognized the significant contribution of Laguna Water in uplifting the lives of Lagunenses through the provision of reliable water services. He furthered that the partnership with Laguna Water continuously helps support the growth and development of the Province.

Apart from the environmental charge, the amendment also stipulates that Laguna Water can get into other concession activities such as joint venture agreements with water districts and business-to-business engagements, among others.

Pursuant to its concession agreement, Laguna Water turned over a Php32-million worth of concession fee to the Provincial Government of Laguna, 50 percent of which was given to the local government units (LGUs) of the cities and municipalities serviced by Laguna Water namely Biñan, Santa Rosa, Cabuyao, Calamba, Alaminos, Pagsanjan, and San Pablo. The concession fee received by each LGU was based on the revenue generated in their areas

Laguna Water is the trusted water and sanitation services provider in the province of Laguna, servicing more than 100,000 households, commercial establishments, and industrial companies. The company’s partnership with Laguna has strengthened over time and with this new milestone, it is looking forward to transforming more lives and to continuously contributing to the progress of the province.

In Photo: Laguna Governor Ramil L. Hernandez (standing 4th from left) and Manila Water Philippine Ventures President Virgilio C. Rivera, Jr. (standing 5th from left) show the signed amended concession agreement. Present during the signing are Manila Water executives led by Manila Water President and CEO Ferdinand Dela Cruz (seated 4th from right); Vice Governor Karen Agapay (seated 3rd from left); Laguna Board member Ruth Hernandez (seated 2nd from left), Pursino Oruga (standing 1st from left), Abigael Alonte (standing 2nd from left), Carlo Almoro (standing 3rd from left), and JM Carait (standing 2nd from right); Laguna Water Director and Laguna Provincial Administrator Dulce Rebanal (seated 1st from left); Binan City Mayor Arman Dimaguila (standing 4th from right); Santa Rosa City Mayor Dan Fernandez (standing 3rd from right); and Alaminos Mayor Loreto Masa (standing 1st from right).

[Submitted by guest writer Faye Marcelino]