Info on union (AGWWAS) harassment due to opposition to proposed ADB water loan to Metro Cebu Water District in Philippines, with media coverage of union actions. (March 2012)
AGWWAS union issues on proposed ADB water supply project in Philippines, presented to ADB on 30 April 2012, at ADB Headquarters, Manila, and ADB response (9 May 2012)
Resource / education materials used in "Power 101' trainings for trade union leadrts organized by NAGKAISA (Solidarity) coalition in September 2012 in Luzon, Visayas and Luzon, Philippines:
NAGKAISA Laban sa EPIRA (United against EPIRA law)
Wilson Fortaleza, September 2012
The management of Manila’s water and sewerage distribution system (MWSS) was privatized in August 1997 in what has largely been touted as a ‘successful’ water privatization, and the largest to date in the Asia-Pacific region. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s private sector arm, was adviser to the privatization, which resulted in two 25-year concessions (east and west) competitively bid.
The PSI Subregional Trade Union Forum on ADB Energy Policy and Projects (Nov 20-21, 2010) aims to provide a forum for PSI electricity unions to exchange information about their campaigns related to ADB/IFI-supported power sector reforms and initiate a subregional campaign platform. A total of 21 participants (4F, 17M) attended the workshop.
The Impact of the Global Financial and Economic Turmoil on the Philippines: National Responses and Recommendations to Address the Crisis
Joseph Anthony Lim, Third World Network (2010)
Filipino nurses still underpaid
Lessons drawn from Asian countries' healthcare decentralization - This policy brief examines whether or not healthcare decentralisation in Asia has been successful. The report draws on examples from China, Indonesia, India, and the Philippines. The brief highlights several lessons learned from the decentralisation programmes of these countries, including:
During the last two decades, fundamental changes have taken place in power sector around world, and many countries have adopted market-oriented reforms to introduce more competition into the sector. However, while the case for restructuring from economic and technical perspectives might be unambiguously strong, the performance of such reform efforts in developing countries has been mixed so far.
In 1998-99, Mactan Rock Industries, Inc., proposed two small projects to provide residents of Metro Cebu with additional 20,000 to 30,000 cubic meters of potable water a day through a BOT scheme. Mactan Rock claimed that the cost of the projects was "not so high" that financing would not be a problem, and that it would use an environment-friendly technology already widely used in Malaysia and other countries. The proposed Mactan Rock project would establish ponds to store water for processing.
In November 1997, US-based Brown and Root and Anglo-Philippine Holdings submitted an unsolicited proposal for the Bohol & Cebu Water Supply Project (BCWSP), which aimed to bring 130,000 cubic meters a day to Cebu from the Wahig-Inabanga river in Bohol through an underwater pipeline. State-run Metro Cebu Water District (MCWD) rejected the proposal due to the high cost of water. The project proponents had offered a flat rate of P18.80 per cubic meter of water; MCWD, however, had pegged the ideal price at P16 per cubic meter.
The Mananga River rehabilitation project involved the construction of the 79-meter high dam including transmission lines and a water treatment plant. It was aimed at increasing water supply for Cebu, the Philippine's second largest commercial and industrial centre. It was expected to yield an additional 100,000 cu.m. of water per day for Metro Cebu upon its completion in 2007. Mananga River is in Barangay Maghaway, Talisay. In 1995, Malaysian firm Johan Holdings Bhd first proposed to undertake the project under the build-operate-transfer (BOT).
Efforts to privatize state-run Metro Cebu Water District (MCWD) was initiated thru the signing of an MOU between MCWD and the Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV) with its French partner Vivendi, to conduct a study on the feasibility of privatizing MCWD; study was due in September 1997. The water firm was expected to be privatized by December 1997.
Many residents in the remote mountain town of Butong, Ronda in Cebu island in central Philippines have yet to see a cellular phone, but they have what the rest of the world doesn't have -- a solar-powered pre-paid water supply system!
March 04, 2010, MANILA, Philippines—The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System has terminated its joint venture talks with the San Miguel Bulk Water Co. Inc. for the proposed P65-billion Laiban dam project. This will set back the country’s goal of developing a major new water source in five years, according to MWSS administrator Diosdado Jose Allado in a phone interview.