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“Public-private partnerships” take too long to implement

The Department of Finance says privately-led “public-private partnerships” take too long to implement. “To show the government’s commitment to fast-track the country’s infrastructure development, Dominguez said the Duterte administration decided to take on the lead to construct the key projects under its “Build, Build, Build” program.”

Source: business.mb.com.ph

Privatization is creating an artificial water shortage

Privatization is creating a water shortage, says Butalat. “As it is, according to the concessionaires’ own performance reports, almost 300,000 people in their service areas are already without 24-hour water supply even before the current supply issues began early this month. That is the ‘normal’ situation for these people under the regime of privatized water. The actual figures could be higher, as government regulators do not seem to verify—or do not have the capacity to check—the performance of the concessionaires.”

Source: Bulatlat

The Supreme Court has blocked the sale of the real properties of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System

The Supreme Court has permanently blocked the sale of the real properties and facilities of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to private owners to pay off its tax arrears. The Supreme Court disagreed with a lower court, which had held that MWSS’s real property was not public because of a concession and could therefore be auctioned off. “All the real estate tax assessments, including the final notices of real estate tax delinquencies, issued by the local government of Quezon City on the real properties of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System located in Quezon City are declared void, except for the portions that are alleged and proven to have been leased to private properties,” the Supreme Court said.

Source: Manila Standard