The Camarines Norte Water District (CNWD) and PrimeWater Camarines Norte (PWCN) explained that the 20% water tariff/rate increase is anchored in various developmental projects for the improvement of the water service of CNWD/PWCN in its service areas.
In a press conference held on Friday, PWCN Branch Manager Engr. Mark Anthony F. Muroda II clarified and gave emphasis that the application for the tariff was applied by PrimeWater in 2019, but due to several accreditations, processes, including the pandemic started in 2020, the water rate increased was pro-longed due to these factors.
Now in 2022, after all the deliberations and evaluation, the National Water Regulatory Board (NWRB), approved the 20% tariff increase which is also equivalent and justifiable to the various operation costs of PrimeWater and CNWD.
There are 6 contributing factors why NWRB approved the tariff adjustments applied by PrimeWater, these are:
- Water Treatment Cost
- Repair and Maintenance Cost
- Extension and Improvement Cost
- Debt Service Cost
- Admin and Personnel Cost
- Other Operating Cost
Aside from these, Engr. Muroda also highlighted the ongoing and future projects of PrimeWater that will help in water system and service improvement for the consumers. Among these projects are:
- Alawihao Well Water Source (to be inaugurated on July 2022)
- Repair of Transmission Line Pimentel Spring (target completion June 2022)
- Pipelaying Extension Line in Dalas, Labo, CN (90% complete)
- Permanent Relocation of Pipe Crossing Daet Bridge (ongoing)
- Pipelaying Interloping from Daculang Bolo, San Lorenzo to Laniton, Basud
- Surface Water Treatment Facility in Matogdon, Labo, CN – Matogdog Filtration Facility
- Additional 3 millions of liter per day (MLD) Water Treatment Facility in Dagotdotan, San Lorenzo Ruiz, CN
- Free Treatment Facility in Dagotdotan Filtration Facility
‘Is the 20% tariff increase justifiable?’
“Sa tingin ko, oo, tama lang” said CNWD Board of Director Chairman Adolfo U. Ogad.
According to Chairman Ogad, it was in 2014 when CNWD last had a tariff increase in the service consumers of CNWD.
Ogad also assures that consumers will be satisfied after the developmental projects materialized.
Moreover, Engr. Muroda clarified that the increase cannot be delayed and is already approved for implementation. He explains that this would really help the operations in funding the major projects of PrimeWater.
Delaying this will only result more of complaints in low pressure to no water in most of their service areas.
The minimum water rate for residential is now P242 from P202 or equivalent to P24 per cubic meter.