Manila Water Philippine Ventures and the Provincial Government of Laguna sign the Fourth Amendment to the Concession Agreement of Laguna Water

Laguna Water President and CEO Virgilio C. Rivera Jr. (right) and Laguna Governor Ramil L. Hernandez (left) lead the signing of the fourth amendment to the concession agreement of Laguna Water

Manila Water Philippine Ventures, a subsidiary of Manila Water Company, and the Provincial Government of Laguna signed the fourth amendment to the concession agreement of Laguna Water to maximize the positive impact of the public and private sector partnership in the Province. 

The amendment includes the implementation of environmental services including but not limited to the collection, conveyance, and treatment of used water and the discharge of treated used water to a body of water. 

For years, the adverse impacts of used water to health and environment and the importance of practicing proper used water management to ensure access to sustainable sanitation have not been given enough attention. The amendment will ensure that Laguna will have access to sanitation services and will address the concerns on used water. 

"We are Laguna's partner in making clean water and sustainable sanitation available and accessible to all. We are here to provide sanitation services that will conserve our natural resources and protect public health," said Laguna Water President, Virgilio C. Rivera, Jr. 

Laguna Water's sanitation services, TSEK ng Bayan, is in consonance with the government's efforts to protect the environment, specifically the bodies of water, and to promote public health. Further, it will help cities and municipalities to comply with existing laws and regulations concerning used water, particularly the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 and the Supreme Court continuing mandamus to rehabilitate Manila Bay. 

Apart from the implementation of environmental services, the amendment also stipulates that Laguna Water can get into other concession activities such as joint venture agreement with water districts and business to business engagements, among others. 

Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez recognized the significant contribution of Laguna Water in uplifting the lives of Lagunenses through the provision of reliable water services. He furthered that the partnership with Laguna Water continuously supports the growth and development of the province. 

Pursuant to its concession agreement, Laguna Water turned over a 32-million worth of concession fee to the Provincial Government of Laguna, fifty percent of which was given to the local government units (LGUs) of the cities and municipalities serviced by Laguna Water namely Bifian, Santa Rosa, Cabuyao, Calamba, Alaminos, Pagsanjan, and San Pablo. 

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