The Quezon City government has made partial settlement of the water arrears incurred in prior years by the QC Police District with the two concessionaries of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).
While the city is not obligated to do so, Mayor Herbert Bautista decided to extend the assistance as a gesture of the city government’s continuing support and concern for the city police.
Already, as of July this year, the city has paid to Maynilad Water Services, Inc. P955,788.56 as partial payment for the prior years’ obligations by the city police from 2005 to 2009.
The city also made separate payment with Manila Water, also in July, amounting to P1.086 million constituting partial payment of QCPD’s water obligations from 2008 to 2009.
It was learned that the city is also set to pay Maynilad Water Services, Inc. another P424,027.38 within the year to cover QCPD’s water consumption for 2010.
In her letter to Mayor Bautista, Maynilad Water Services Inc. assistant vice president for key accounts management Anette de Ocampo lauded the Mayor for helping the QC police with the payment of their prior years’ obligations, which she described as indicative of the strong partnership between the city and its policemen.
QCPD stations under Maynilad Water Services are La Loma (PS-1), Masambong (PS-2), Talipapa (PS-3), Novaliches (PS-4), Fairview (PS-5), Batasan Hills (PS-6) and police precinct 4 along Luzon Avenue
Mayor Bautista’s decision to extend assistance to the QCPD came after learning that the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) does not have enough funds to cover the monthly water consumption of all police stations in Metro Manila.
To date, the NCRPO has already accumulated close to P16 million in water arrears.
The QC government is also subsidizing the water consumption of the QC jail in the amount of P1.2 million a year, or P100,000 a month. Precy/ Ej/ Maureen Quiñones, PAISO