PAL allays fears; Pasay residents hit Maynilad

October 10, 2019

First of all, condolence to the family of SPO2 Manuel ‘Batotoy’ Pimentel and Ludy Bermudo of Pilipino Star Ngayon for the passing of their father, Benjamin A.  Pimentel.

His remains lie in wake at the  Samson Funeral Homes & Chapel at Barangay San Francisco, Gen. Trias, Cavite.  Interment will be on October 12, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Heavenly Garden Memorial Park in Trece Martires City, Cavite. Again, deepest condolences from your MACHRA (Manila City Hall Reporters’ Association) family.

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Residents of Pasay City are urgently appealing to Maynilad authorities to act on the ‘water problem’ which had been plaguing their area for more than six months now.

According to an e-mail complaint from Charles Bryan Javier of  2910 (D) E. Rodriguez St. Malibay, Pasay City, they helplessly rely only from the water tanker being provided for their daily water needs for lack of choice.

What makes matters worse for them, Javier said, is that their street is the only one that has this kind of problem.

‘We tried everything - hotline, email and social media but nothing happened. They always close the ticket/complaint then inform us that problem was resolved already even it’s too far from being solved,’Javier complained further.

‘No water at all morning until night. Water supply resumes usually by 12 midnight then ends again by 4 a.m. We tried to contact them (Maynilad) multiple times and we even went to their office. Whenever there’s some Maynilad representative in our area, they tell us that it will be fixed soon but we’ve been waiting since Holy Week.

There’s one person from Maynilad who even told us that the reason is they diverted the supply because another barangay will lose supply. This means that we should suffer for the benefit of others rather than solving both?’

I’m sure those running Maynilad operations also use water.  As such, they know how difficult it is to carry out one’s day-to-day activities without the availability of water anytime you need it.

Among private companies, there is what you call ‘corporate social responsibility or CSR, being practiced regularly. It is defined in an article written by one James Chen as a ‘self-regulating business model that helps a company to be socially accountable  to itself, its stakeholders and the public’ and that ‘to engage in CSR means that, in the normal course of business, a company is operating in ways that enhance society and the environment, instead of contributing negatively to them.’

As a public utility company, Maynilad should do more and be more conscious of accountability. Judging from the complaint of Javier, it seems that Maynilad doesn’t give a damn about their customers. This is bad business.

To Javier,  I suggest you and the other residents in that street gather and file a class suit in order to make Maynilad accountable and pay for the damages it has caused you and your neighbors.

It might also help if you seek help from the Senate because for all you know, you might not be the only ones suffering from this kind of water supply problems.

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THE country’s flag carrier,  Philippine Airlines (PAL), is assuring its countless passengers that pork meat dishes loaded and served in-flight are ‘free’ of African Swine Fever (ASF) and therefore safe for consumption.

PAL spokesperson Ma. Cielo Villaluna also said that food wastes from PAL flights are  not being used as swine swill feed. Instead, she said food wastes collected from PAL are used as feeds for vermiculture purposes.

‘After each flight,  food waste is collected by PAL’s solid waste service-provider for proper handling. Food wastes are not being used as swine swill feed,’ Villaluna said.

She added that food wastes are subjected to fermentation and the fermented waste is used as feeds for worm culture. This is followed by a process of creating compost which is used as plant fertilizers.

According to her, all of these procedures are being done in line with the Bureau of Animal Industry’s  Memorandum Order No. 22-2018.  Said memo   particularly prohibits the use of catering food wastes/leftovers from international and domestic airports and seaports as swine swill feed throughout the country. So, there!

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