MWSS consultants, officials violate new GOCC law, enjoy same perks—employees

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MANILA, Philippines—Employees of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) denounce the agency’s officials and consultants for allegedly enjoying the same perks of their predecessors, their leaders told Radyo Inquirer 990 AM early Sunday.

In an interview with anchors Ricky Brozas and Liza Soriano of “Isyu Ng Bayan,” employees through their leaders accused the present set of officials— chairman and members of the Board of Trustees, led by administrator Ramon Alikpala—and more than 400 consultants of violating the new Government Owned and Controlled Corporation (GOCC) law or Republic Act No. 10149 (GOCC Governance Act of 2011).

“Nothing has changed. Despite our President’s directive during his previous Sona (State of the Nation Address) for them to change, the new set of officials with their 36 consultants don’t follow what the new GOCC law requires,” said Nap Quiñones, MWSS Labor Association president.

8 meetings a day

 

Quiñones, who has been an employee of MWSS for 28 years, said consultants would hold meetings four times a day, four times a month. He said each consultant is paid an honorarium of eight thousand five hundred pesos (P8,500) per meeting. This amounts to P34,000 a day or about P136,000 a month.

He said what is allowed by the new law is a maximum of four meetings a month, plus one emergency meeting.

“That means what should have been spent per consultant in a month as honoraria is given in a day,” he said.

He said for MWSS directors attending the four-meeting-a-day scheme, each receives a total of P58,000 as allowance besides receiving P14,500 per diem compensation.

What’s worse, he said, is that these officials recently issued a directive reducing the benefits of MWSS rank-and-file employees.

P1 per meal allowance

“While Mr. Alikpala and the board of trustees are feasting on their fat allowances, per diem and other benefits, they cut the meal allowance of rank-and-file employees from P150 to P3 a day. That means P1 per meal,” said Quiñones.

He added the employees are one in hoping the MWSS could still be the centerpiece of President Aquino’s ‘straight path’ campaign.

 

The employees, he said, support the ongoing investigation of MWSS anomalies by the Bagong Henerasyon Party-list on water rate issues.

Conspiracies

Reading a statement prepared by MWSS employees, he said, “Finally we denounce very strongly the continuing conspiracies and collusion within the MWSS water rate setting regulation and approval system where advanced collection, over billing and abuses of the helpless and monopolized water consumers are disadvantaged including us, MWSS employees who are also water consumers.”

“An example is where the old Board approved to put in escrow and eventually to refund the proven advanced collections by Maynilad and Manila Water for Laiban Dam and 15CMS Angat Dam Irrigation Water Replacement, however, this was reversed by the new MWSS Management to the detriment of the water consuming public which for whatever reason, we ourselves from MWSS are puzzled,” he said.

Rodolfo Javellana, Jr., president of the Water For All Refund Movement (WARM), a non-government organization, said the public should join in fighting the blatant abuses of MWSS officials. “We can start by putting the word ‘protest’ in each water bill,” he said.

In the same radio segment, Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan in a phone interview said he wants to know the details of the case. He invited Quiñones and Javellana to his office on Monday for a dialogue regarding their accusations against the MWSS officials. Among the Senate committees he heads or serves as co-chair, Honasan is vice-chairperson of the Senate committee on public works and rules.

Radyo Inquirer, anchor Brozas said, has an open invitation to the MWSS officials in question to air their side in next Sunday’s “Isyu ng Bayan.”

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  • http://twitter.com/Perdition2012 Rey Gan

    Wow, ito lang ang meeting na kahit paulit-ulit gawin, hindi magsasawa mga kurap. Saan ka pa? Mahigit 8000 pesos kada upo sa meeting.  Ok lang sana kung sa bawat blah-blah-blah nila sa meeting, may lalabas na ginto sa kanilang mga bibig. Kapal-muks talaga mga kurap sa atin.

  • nakatutok

    ..TUWAD NA DAAN…..

  • dodong1

    kaya pala panay ang taaas nila ng rate o singil sa tubig…;MALASWA..MALASWA…

  • branlem

    itong residual na MWSS akala mo eh sila ang nagpapaganda ng takbo ng concession eh wala naman ginagawa mga ito…palitan na lahat mga lokong ito at mga nananamantala lang sila…

  • Bonggebongge

    Mga walang hiya mga linta sa tax ng bayan….mga hayop…pinapakain nila sa pamilya nila ay galing sa kawalanghiyaan…Mamamatay din kayo…

  • Rolly257

    Diretso ang sumbong sa Palasyo. Huwag kayong pakatiwala kay Honasan. baka makihati pa iyan.

  • otoling

    Palagay ko na malaki sa katotohanan ang complaint.  Ano kaya ang immediate dapat gawin ng gobyerno to these that caused it ang enjoyed the violations?

    Dapat meron kaagad preventive suspensions (PS).  Kung walang PS ay walang wala na.

    Puro talaga magnanakaw ang mga tao sa MWSS including the board; they may have already planned this sinanigang na hinde puedeng silang ma-probe.

    Ang lalakas ng loob. Bakitttttt?  Bakittttttt?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    Dating gawi, bago lang ang mga mukha.
    Sa dami ng pinangako, nauwi rin sa wala.
    Naniniwala pa ba kayo kay Budoy?

  • WAJ

    Complaint by the employees must be investigated…If there is culpable violation of the policy, then those who are involved of the violation of the GOCC Law must be severely punish in accordance with the law.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G3J53LA54NA54BYDF3ZCXU6LSQ Aaron T

    I suggest an Investigation so that things may put to right!

  • RubenPacino

    Tsk! tsk! tsk!  Four meetings a day?  ano kaya pinagmi meetingan nila????  Ganun ba kahihina ang kukote ng mga consultants kuno, at hindi makuha sa isang meeting kung ano mang agenda meron??  O dinadaan na naman tayo sa technicality ng mga gunggong na to? tsk! tsk!

  • Badawrong

    MWSS employees should already tell that to COA since RA 10149 is clear that any excess payments to the benefits of board of directors should be reimbursed in full! Inform the Governance Commission of GOCCs also so they can impose sanctions on them! same banana pa rin pala, hay…

  • tonto_ka

    four meetings a day? ang ibig ba sabihin nito ay pinaka BOBO yung mga insultants nila…ginawang milking cow ang MWSS with the blessing of MWSS administrator…does it mean he has a cut for the insultant pay also? tanong lang?

  • kapatad

    kung may kaso, idaan sa ombudsman, conchita morales. wag daanin sa media. unfair naman sa mga taong concern, o mga taong inaakusahan. 

    • 1GeorgeTolentino2

      MWSS Consultant ka/

  • jurbinsky77

    I wonder if the homes built by MWSS executives at the La Mesa Dam watershed have been demolished.

    The waterworks and sewerage systems were sold to Lopez and Ayala companies, so what is the need for MWSS executives and consultants. Walanghiya ang mga kapalmuks..

  • aldhins

    Na exposed na mismo  ni  Pres.Pnoy ang katiwalian sa MWSS pero  sadyang makakapal ang mukha mga  namumuno sa MWSS dami nating kababayan walang tubig dahil di nila kayang bayaran ang patoloy na pag taas ng tubig nakaka dismaya hanggat walang makulong sa ma abusado pa-ulit ulit na lang itong ganitong kalakaran.

  • initrd

    Sen. Honasan, pag ganito ang MWSS dapat e take over muna ang MWSS pansamantala till this issue is resolve. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NU4GKAK3T57JKDDWV6FLZIQZIA yahoo-NU4GKAK3T57JKDDWV6FLZIQZIA

    If this allegation is true, the COA (Commission on Audit) staff assigned at MWSS must know about this and why there is no report or sanction coming from this agency against those officials of MWSS who allegedly violating the GOCC law.   

    Its just right to expose any anomalies by any Government officials for as long as there is a concrete evidence. in this way we can help to curve corruption in the country.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SALRW672NRCQ2SUWONVJCPCHSQ Ronald D

    Hindi na dapat patagalin pa etong garapalan pamumuno ng mga opisyal ng MWSS palitan lahat ang mga opisyal na nagpapatupad ng bulok na sistema at pangungurakot sa bayan.. mga ugok ang utak ng mga opisyal ng MWSS ano akala nila sa mga ordinaryong empleyado “Paslit” ano ba mabibili nila pagkain sa P3 meal allowance? Pairalin nyo naman sana ang pagkamakatao at pagkamaresponsibilidad nyo sa inyong nasasakupan..magbago na kayo hindi ba kayo nakukunsensya at naaawa sa mga ultimong empleyado? Magpalit kaya kayo ng pwesto para maramdaman nyo kung anong pasakit ang binigay nyo.??
    Para kay PNOY – ipatupad nyo po ang sinasabi nyo’ng transparency gov’t sa pamumuno nyo. hindi pwedeng magpatuloy pa ang pang-aabuso at pangungurakot ng mga opisyal ng MWSS.

    Mabuhay po kayo PNOY.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/E5I7ZKIERTX53LGGVMSVMODHSA bentot

    so what else is new ? puro daldal lang naman yan si kalbong abnoy ! pagkatapos wala din naman !

    • popeyee

      Sasabihin na naman ng mga mouthpieces ni Penoy na “it was done in good faith”….

  • rouelcalzita

    These officials from MWSS need to put in rest. They are collecting money from the consumers then they are misusing the funds. Afterwards the will declare of lossing.

  • PH2011

    IF THE ALLEGATION IS TRUE.

    WHAT A SHAME TO THIS GOVERNMENT.

    FIRE THEM !!!!  UNAHIN ANG PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEE NA POSITION.

    PERMANENT POSITION, LET COA (PAGING HEIDI) IMPOSED DISALLOWANCE/REFUND AND LET OMBUDSMAN INVESTIGATE THE VIOLATIONS.

    REPRIMAND IS INAPPROPRIATE, EXPULSION FROM GOVERNMENT SERVICE SHOULD BE IMPOSED TO THESE KIND OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.

  • popeyee

    Kung nagbabayad sila ng 436 consultants ano na lang gagawing ng mga empleyado nila? Bakit pa nagtalaga ng mga tao na di naman pala alam kung ano ang gagawin at aasa na lang sa consultant?

  • brunogiordano

    ILABAS ANG COA REPORT NG MAKITA KUNG TOTOO ANG MGA BINTANG.

    WALA SANANG TAKIPAN!!!!!

  • UrHONOR

    BAKIT hindi dalhin ang reklamo sa OMBUDSMAN?

  • reddfrog

    Culture of corruption.

  • Boypickup555

    Mga Buwaya sa MWSS ang kapal ng mga mukha ninyo ang daming nagugutom kayo nag sasamantala sa pera ng bayan.

  • Manuel_II

    Is there any Job Vacancy as consultant in MWSS? lmao

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

    3 peso food allowance. i don’t need to say anything else. this should be printed in big letters.

  • pilosopo4

    So after all is said and done to pass the friggin’, useless and divisive  RH Bill and shoving it down into the people’s throat as one of the major reasons of poverty, we end up dealing with corruption and government incompetence, which is the REAL problem!

  • jose_rizal11

    immediate investigation!!! palitan lahat ung official hanggat dpa tapos ung imbestigasyon!!!

  • sacrebleau

    Biruin mo? Dapat sa mga taong ‘to firing squad!

  • daniboy2012

    marami pa sa govt  civilian officials ang utak buwaya……tama ang isang suggestion  sa forum…firing squad sa mga hayop na’ to

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZKPNHSPBMK74VZ3GBIPNTJA7KE Edwin

    baka KKK yan kaya walang aksyon si PWENOY….

  • plumafirmado

    sus kung kelan lang may ganitong kalamidad kayo nagkakaganyan tama na ang pakitang tao nyo. maigi pa wala ang gawin nyo ibenta nyo na ang Pilipinas sa mga Instik para communist na ito.

  • malek_abdul

    Abolish the MWSS…Khalas!!!

  • athenapallas

    bakit ano ba ang dapat nilang pagmitingan 8 times a day? at bakit ganoon kalaki ang dapat ibayad sa kanila? ano ba ito lokohan na naman? sana ilabas sa media ang lahat ng pangalan ng mga korap na bwayang yan at mabalatan ng buhay. isama na pati lahat ng miyembro ng pamilya nila na pinapakain nila at binubuhay ng galing sa questionable na paraan courtesy of the nation’s vault and tax payers’ money. We, the tax payers, deserve to know, we are paying their salaries.  

  • kismaytami

    So lumilinaw na. Lip service lang ni Abnoy yung pamumuna niya sa MWSS sa isang SONA niya, kasi wala naman talagang pagba-bago. Tuloy ang klepto-korapsyon. Wala nang pag-asa ang Pilipinas.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IJIUASZHAVUI2ADFY75TX5276A ALFREDO ALEX

     BITAYIN!!! IPAKAIN KAY LOLONG ANG MGA WALANGHIYANG YAN!!! DAPAT TUTUKAN NI PNOY ITONG ISSUE NA ITO AT SAMPAHAN NG KASO ANG MGA GANID NA YAN AT BITAYIN NA!!!

  • Don

    kurap. walang hiya.  gahaman. matakaw.  baboy. kriminal.  

  • Batz61

    Garapal talaga, no conscience, human crocodiles, human piranha and the worst of all kinds of predators whatever these may be.

  • Atagalong

    If what is said of the accusation is true, then those consultants and directors must reimburse the money they got unlawfully. My! Eight (8) per day vice 4 each month plus emergency meeting! It looks like it is indeed a blatant disregard to the rules.

  • Jeremiah_CheGuevara

    Where’s the matuwid na da an ni noynoy!!! Corruption is unravelling in noynoy’s administration after 2 years. The reign of greed that seems to afflict every public official has started to show its ugly head…. Tsk tsk…

  • TinimbangNgunitKulang

    Buwaya pa rin ang mga namumuno pero bakit naman merong meal allowance na P150/day yung mga rank and file employees. Di ba dapat sa sweldo nila manggaling ang pagkain nila. Wala namang ganyang allowance yung ibang government employees. Lahat sila sa MWSS puro nagsasamantala.

  • Jeremiah_CheGuevara

    kaya tuma ta as ang water bills!!!! conspiracy between MWSS and the 2 private water concessionaires which has been going on since the water privatization ushered in by Fidel Ramos.

  • kaya_natin

    436 consultants? . parang number of employees lang yan a. di naman na yata tama  yan reduce it to 6 and maybe 1 or board meetings in a month is acceptable! gumanda ba ang serbisyo sa tubig dahil sa consultants? o mga tauhan ng government din yan?

  • kidgan27

    what about Meralco, ERC and DoE’ Almendras, i heard from Mr. Uriel “jojo” Borja that they have been overcharging the consumers for so many years. With the rates being the most expensive in the world not enough they are opting for an increase amidst the floods. I learned that a small electric company in Mindanao, Iligan Light, catering 60T household or consumers or so were and still charging very low and still they have a good profit, what’s so special w/ meralco they’re supposed to be cheaper w/ their wholesale discounts. Borja’s another expose that meralco is passing to the consumers the cost of one station like @ P200M+ when the real cost of a station is only P30M. And we are talking here of the cost anomaly of the post only, what about the cost per kilowatt they are charging, is this for real? Maybe Bagong Henerasyon Partylist should include this in their investigation, maybe Sen. Honasan should know the details of the case of Mr. Borja against Meralco, this would be a good platform for reelection if he is running again for, clash of minds against fellow senator and exposes in the senate as indirectly implied by Mr. Borja. Paghatihatiin na lang tong coverage ng meralco, we should give the large part to the company running Iligan Light para mabawasan ang pasakit  sa mga mamayan at mabawasn din ang kita ng mga korap na consultants at official at pating na mga kompanya!

    • wawa2172

       What so special with Meralco? Simple, you don’ have to be so intelligent to get an answer. It is owned by the Lopezes and Noy will never touched on the issue. His utang na loob is high heaven and he cannot pay them more than enough. The Lopez media outfit is almost the unlimited mouthpiece of Noy with Kris and Koring leading the lead. What Meralco charging the people of Manila is just tip of the iceberg. Kaya nagalit ang mga Lopezes kay The Pandak is because Meralco was ask to refund its consumers billions of pesos for overcharging. I guess its one of the accomplishment of The Pandak admin then including the expose that consumers shoulder the power consumed by the offices of Meralco itself which cost to millions of pesos. Perhaps the practice of overcharging and charging to consumer the multimillion power consumption of Meralco itself is passed on the people again. Its weder-weder and Meralco is on the graces of the person holding the power in the palace. So kahit pala ang substation or power plant cost is past on to the consumers, galing talaga nang strategies nang Meralco. Well I believe in the power of karma and sana tamaan kayo nang bad one.

  • gyvv

    trabaho na, negosyo pa, henyoitic talaga… iba talaga ang pinoy!

  • paulmart

    Let us expose all anomalies, malpractices, extravagance, corruption, and arrogance of all these GOCCs. Naghihirap ang mga taong bayan samantalang sill ay nagpapasarap.

  • Noel

    Same dog with different collar.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LLPTRPFUTYJXKI3KJS4B2UO4LI Jim De Garman

    anu ba ang qualifications na maging consultant sa MWSS at makapag apply na rin..para magkapera at yumaman..Mr. Alikpala gusto ko rin na maging consultant ng mga collectors or janitors sa MWSS hati na lang tayo sa aking per diems at mga allowances..hehe

    • wawa2172

      Iba na talaga ang consultants and member of the board nang MWSS. Their positions is temporary so they are grabbing all the opportunities at the expense of the Filipino people. I could sympathized with the MWSS rank and file about the extravagance of the board and consultants. Noy appointed this guys to MWSS as payment attitude. I am not so sure, but how is Mr. Alikpala related to a broadcaster of ABS-CBN? Kapal talaga and its expected to happen especially that they are K of Noy. So if the allegations of MWSS employees are true then dapat patalsikin at kasuhan ang mga corrupt that is kung kaya nang power ni Noy against his K.

  • WAJ

    Unnecessary meetings just to collect per diem pay, benefits and allowances contributes into a society of hypocritical greediness of the rank and file, it is also a sort of corruption in the government. The administration must take action of this complaints. Reimburse the money they fraud the government, terminate their employment and impose severe punishment.

    Why do you need consultants for MWSS? Are they Civil Service or contractors? This position could be a waste of money. The government must evaluate this also position.

  • randyaltarejos

    Ang kapal talaga ng mga mukha nitong mga MWSS officials na ito. While the government is introducing cost-cutting measures, they are feasting on the taxpayers’ money for their personal interests. Mr. President, it is now up to you what you will do with these corrupt officials and opportunists at the MWSS.

  • speedstream2

    Meetings four times a day (20 meetings each week?), four times a month? To discuss what? And to what end? Doesn’t it look to you like a money-making ploy with legal basis designed to get around the law and perhaps make it to a world record list? What about those 436 consultants? An attempt to also make it to another world list list at the expense of taxpayers and the consuming public? Is there an OGCC representative in the MWSS board? Where’s the resident auditor in all this eye-popping figures? Here’s a thought: why doesn’t PNoy meet with the MWSS board with members of the tri-media as observers and on top of the agenda would be for the board chair to explain what all these meetings are about?

  • billy31

    matuwid na daan?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/A4MTRLTQ4RTCZNVZE7E5F53XNM yahoo-A4MTRLTQ4RTCZNVZE7E5F53XNM

    guys, super react naman kayo sobra nang di inaalam kung ano masasabi ng mga officials tungkol dyan sa issue. sana alam ng lahat na kahit gaano karami sila mag meeting sa isang araw, may salary cap sila, pati na rin cap sa allowances, bonuses (wala na yata bonus mga officials) at other perks. balita ko from 70 months salary ng mga empleyado sa MWSS, binaba nila sa 30+, so i’m sure dami disgruntled employees na umaalma dahil dito. dinadaan na nga sa matuwid, sila pa yung may gana mag reklamo!

  • GustoKoHappyKa

    HAHAHAHAHA kanya kanyang siraan ang mga hinayupak na nagtrabaho sa MWSS oh…bat yung driver nyo nabisto P97,000 -> P38,000 nalang ang sweldo..

  • Warm Pilipinas

    TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGTH REGARDING THE ISSUE OF “MWSS CONSULTANTS.” WE RECEIVED A COPY OF “AUDIT OBSERVATION MEMORANDUM” ADDRESSED TO MWSS.
    (SUMMARY OF THE LETTER DATED MAY 23,2012)
    We have audited the Consultancy Services Account (793) for the calendar year 2011 in the amount of P5,134,403 (annex1) and observed the following defficiencies:
    1. CONSULTANTS WERE HIRED DESPITE MORATORIUM ON THE HIRING OF THE NEW CASUALS/CONTRACTUAL, INCLUDING PERSONNEL ON CONSULTANCY/JOB ORDER BASIS IN ALL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES whose rationalization plan has not been approved as provided under section 7 of Executive Order no. 366 and section 13 of its implementing rules and regulations.
    2. THE PROCUREMENT OF THE CONSULTANCY SERVICES WAS DONE WITHOUT AUDIT BIDDING REQUIRED AS A GENERAL RULE UNDER RA 9184.
    3.THERE ARE AVAILABLE MWSS PERSONNEL WHO CAN PERFORM THE DESIGNATED DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE HIRED CONSULTANTS, NEGATING THE NECESSITY OF HIRING.
    4. Payments of consultancy fees were approved by the MWSS BOARD OF TRUSTEES ONLY ON OCTOBER 25,2011 after the actual services were rendered. In one instance, NO contract was executed for services renderd and paid.
    SIGNED BY ANGELA B. BULOSState Auditor 1VOIC Team 1-MWSS-CO
    PRISCILLA DG.CRUZState Auditor VSupervising Auditor
    ————–
    “ganito po ba ang ibig sabihin ni Ginoong ALIKPALA na “DAANG MATUWID” sa mga patakaran ng MWSS Board of Trustees?”
    Baka nakalimutan ni Ginoong ALIKPALA na ang lahat ng ito ay pera ng WATER CONSUMERS!”

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