Cebu City – Residents here have reason to rejoice after City Hall reportedly agreed to pay for their water consumption bills under an innovative subsidy program in conjunction with the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD).
Herein, an estimated 35,000 residents stand to benefit as they would be relieved of the problem of having to pay for their respective monthly water bills when Mayor Edgar Labella reportedly green-lighted a proposal to earmark P200 million in the city’s 2022 budget, and succeeding years, for this purpose.
Last June 23, the MCWD board approved a resolution creating the Water Subsidy Program in agreement with City Hall and the Office of the Mayor.
According to the agreement, City Hall will pay P200 million yearly to MCWD for residents covered by the program, for the renovation of the existing water resources in the city.
Reports said the subsidy plan, which starts this July, will affect only those households consuming not more than 10 cu. m. of water.
This includes the basic water charge of P180, as well as other appurtenant fees. Those consuming 11 to 30 cu. m. would be charged correspondingly, excluding the basic water charges.