Potable water supply will finally flow into 3,500 households in the Las Piñas portion of BF Homes Paranaque in the next 120 days following agreement reached today (May 7) between Las Piñas City Mayor Vergel “Nene” Aguilar and the president of Maynilad Water Services Inc., (MWSI) on a cheaper services and connection fees for its consumers.
Aguilar and MWSI president Rogelio Singson, with sectoral officers of BF Homes Las Piñas enclaves, sealed the agreement with a ground breaking for pipe laying at the BF Thai Subdivision with the assurance that residents would have water services in the next four months or in August 2010.
Under the accord brokered by Mayor Aguilar which ended the standoff for almost eight months, each subscriber will only have to pay P500 guarantee fee and the pipe laying and connection fee for P500 in the next 48 months (4 years), on top of their monthly water consumption.
In coming up with a win-win solution to the problem, Aguilar explained: “I do not want Las Piñas residents to be burdened by expensive water rates and long court battle which happened in the case of BF Homes Parañaque. I share their desire of cheaper and clean water supply denied from them for so long.”
Aguilar has earlier rejected the pressing calls to use his police power to facilitate the entry of Maynilad services into BF Homes Las Piñas portion in the wake of a face off over expensive pipe laying and connection fees.
Calling the move absurd and ill advised the mayor said such use of power was already tried in Parañaque and was swiftly struck down as illegal by the court. The case on Parañaque side of the BF Homes enclaves which sought the use of the mayor’s police water reached a tedious court battle much to the expense of the residents.
Aguilar pointed out that it is always his desire to facilitate and broker a win-win solution to problems involving the interest and welfare of the residents. In this case, he wants the water services issue to be resolved by striking a better deal among the stakeholders. (END)