Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco has rejected plan of the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) to increase water rates.
The local chief executive said this is not the time to raise water rates while the city is experiencing water shortage and rationing.
“As mayor of Zamboanga City, I cannot allow the water rates increase at this moment, considering the city is experiencing water rationing,” she said.
Climaco reiterated her statement during the water summit held Monday, March 9.
She also shared the view of the private/business sector to find out first how ZCWD would divide its resources “so that we will be able to know where these increases will go.”
The mayor was saying that one of the causes of the water district’s financial burden is its system’s loss or the non-revenue water (NRW) being not fully maximized.
So much water wasted compounded by climate change resulting in water rationing, Climaco said. “To be efficient and sufficient, the ZCWD should and must always be at the helm of providing water.”
The summit was held to find solutions to the current water shortage in the city without increasing the rates.