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may16.2013Belmonte pushes for efficient and rational regulation of water utilities

may16.2013Belmonte pushes for efficient and rational regulation of water utilities

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Belmonte pushes for efficient and rational regulation of water utilities
 
Universal access to safe, adequate, affordable and sustainable water supply andsanitation services for all Filipinos is a national objective that should be pursuedvigorously by government, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. today stressed.“The main objective is to ensure and enhance the right of all Filipinos to safe andclean drinking water as well as to sanitation. These are essentials and very basic toenjoying life to its fullest,” he said.The Speaker is author of the proposed Act rationalizing the economic regulation of water utilities, creating the Water Regulatory Commission (WRC) as contained in HB4282, together with Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II as co-author.“We have started the groundwork in the current Congress. We are hopeful that the16th Congress would be able to pass it within the first regular session,” Belmonte said.The Water Regulatory Commission will be an independent, quasi-judicialregulatory body, which shall have Central and Provincial Regulatory Units.In effect, the pertinent regulatory divisions or units of the Metropolitan Waterworksand Sewerage System (MWSS), the National Resources Board (NWRB) created under PD424, as amended by EO 124-A, and the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA)created under PD 198, as amended, shall be transferred to the Commission.The WRC shall be vested with the authority to issue licenses and review theexisting holders of Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity issued by the NWRBand Conformance issued by the LWUA.The proposed measure also seeks to achieve, among others, the followingobjectives: 1) Accelerate the improvement and efficient provision of level II water supplysystems and sanitation services for the entire country; 2) Encourage private secto participation in the continued growth and development of water supply and septagemanagement and sewerage facilities and services;3) Create a business and regulatory environment conducive to public and privatedomestic and foreign investment in the water sector; and 4) Provides incentives andencourage investments in the provision of affordable access to water supply and sanitationservices in unserved and under-served areas of the country.Level 1 (point source) means a protected well or a developed spring with an outlet but without a distribution system, generally adaptable for rural areas where the houses are
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