Okay, first the diggings along Alabang-Zapote Road that caused hundreds of wasted hours on the road for motorists. Now, it’s the connection fee for the villages.
This is what Philam Village residents are now facing as the villagers are being charged P45,000 for them to have their water come from Maynilad pipes.
An uproar was caused a few weeks ago when a villager questioned the amount that each homeowner would be paying as compared to other Las Pinas villages via a letter to all villagers and to the Philam Village Homeowners Association.
“How come we in Philamlife Village will be over-burdened with an excessive amount of P45,000—way, way more than our neighbors?” questioned villager Boy Gonzales.
In his letter, he revealed that other villages were not paying as high as what Philam homeowners were going to pay, namely: Manuela Subdivision (P7,500), Verdant (P7,200), Pamplona Park (P4,000), Remarville (P9,000), St. Michael (P7,500) and BF Homes Classic (P7,500).
A meeting was then held at the village clubhouse to discuss the matter.
After the meeting, PVHA president and the other homeowner association officials came out with an explanation.
In their letter, they revealed that more than 500 homeowners had already signed up to get water connection from Maynilad.
They also came up with a village per village explanation on why Maynilad connection fees are lower in the other villages mentioned by Gonzales.
Apparently, Philips had taken care of the new waterlines fees of Manuela Subdivision to pay for a chemical seepage that originated from their factory and in the process contaminating the old water lines there.
Pamplona Park and Remarville had new water lines installed by Nawasa in the late 80’s and therefore will just be paying for the connection fee to Maynilad like Manuela Subdivision.
Verdant and St. Michael Subdivisions, according to PVHA president Romeo Pulido, are not gated villages and had donated their streets to the local government. Because of this, they will only be paying for the connection fees as well.
He said that Philam can do the same but that the village will lose the security since some of their streets will be opened to the public.
“As the Board wants to retain our gated community for security reasons, we decided not to donate our streets,” explained the Philam president.
They also noted that the Board had negotiated for the connection fee as well as the installation fee to be paid in a span of five years (P750 per month for five years).
“Because this is an investment for the future of our children and grandchildren who stand to benefit from this as this will give our property higher value as we will have a 24-hour supply of potable water. As Maynilad guarantees the potability, we need not buy purified water for our drinking water,” expressed Pulido.
Let’s see what will happen to this matter.