STRENGTHENING THE CORE
The Manila Concession covers 23 cities and municipalities traversing a 1,400-square kilometer territory that is divided into the following Business Areas: Mandaluyong- Makati, Marikina, Quezon City, Taguig, Pasig, and Rizal. Our customer base is composed of a broad range of residential, commercial, and industrial consumers serving a population of close to 6.8 million.
Revenues grew by one percent to P15,072 million driven by a two percent growth in billed volume to 488.4 million cubic meters (mcm). This is despite the full implementation of the tariff claw back which was implemented beginning 2015.
The intensified infrastructure build-up led to a 64 percent increase in capital expenditures to P10,626 million driven by its four pillars: Service Continuity, Service Accessibility, Water Security, and Environmental Sustainability. Each pillar is a guiding philosophy in operations, and remains the backbone of business focus. The Manila Concession’s 2017 total capital expenditures covered 91 percent used water expansion, network reliability and water supply projects, while the balance of nine percent was paid to MWSS as concession fees.
The Manila Concession carried out five major projects, which are central to its mission of providing water and used water services. Addressing the water needs of the three key municipalities in the Province of Rizal – Taytay, Angono, and Binangonan – the Rizal Province Water Supply Improvement Project (RPWSIP), using innovative technology, will be abstracting and treating water from Laguna de Bay. The project is set to benefit approximately 400,000 households along the lakeshore of Rizal Province.
As part of the Service Continuity pillar, the upgrade and retrofitting of the Balara Treatment Plant 2 was undertaken to reinforce and strengthen the 59-year-old facility. The project will improve the resilience of the structure against a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, mindful of possible movements in the West Valley fault.
The Manila Concession’s commitment to a sustainable environment is evident in its used water projects: Pasig North and South Sewerage System (Ilugin), Marikina North Sewerage System, and Taguig North Sewerage System. These facilities have a combined treatment capacity of 275 million liters per day (mld), which has the capacity to remove and prevent about 9,000 tons of organic pollution (measured as Biochemical Oxygen Demand, or BOD) by 2020. The three projects are set to benefit about 690,000 households within its catchment area.
The rehabilitation and protection of the critical watersheds of Ipo, La Mesa, and Umiray is equally valuable because it mitigates the risks associated with the quality and adequacy of raw water supply. Particularly, the Watershed Management and Protection Program of the Manila Concession forms part of its Water Security Plan and Water Safety Plan. It is aligned with the QEHS Management System, Climate Change, and Sustainability Policies of the Company. Manila Concession’s target is to restore, improve, develop, and conserve these critical watersheds.
To protect Ipo and La Mesa Watersheds, the Manila Concession works closely with MWSS and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Manila Water is a member of the Technical Working Group of both watersheds. Project implementation is carried out by partnering with entities such as ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc., Bantay Kalikasan for La Mesa Watershed rehabilitation and protection, and the Peoples’ Organization in Ipo Watershed – all of which are deputized by DENR for forest protection. For the rehabilitation of Ipo Watershed, World Wide Fund Philippines has adopted a portion of the area to undertake forest and wetlands restoration activities.
The Manila Concession continues to implement the Lakbayan Program or the Water Trail Tour to raise awareness on the importance of water, used water, and the environment. In this program, participants are given a tour of the water and used water treatment facilities of the Company. In 2017, 127 barangays and 7,418 participants from non-government agencies (NGA), Local Government Units (LGU), academia, media, and corporations participated in the Lakbayan Program. On its third year, the employee volunteerism program of the Manila Concession, Bawat Patak, Tumatatak Goes to School has carried out environmental awareness programs on solid waste management and the used water treatment process to 794 elementary public school students.
To advance the Company’s environmental advocacy called Toka Toka, which aims to revive Metro Manila’s polluted rivers, the Manila Concession partnered with 33 LGUs, NGAs, and private institutions. This particular campaign encouraged consumers and partner organizations to practice proper waste disposal, ensure proper sewer line connections, undertake regular septic tanks desludging every five years, and support other community-based projects.
In 2017, the Manila Concession marked its 20th year. It continues its efforts towards operational excellence and fulfillment of service obligations while continuously addressing the needs of its customers.