Stop counting on rain

WATER companies in the country should invest more in producing water instead of relying on the rain. 

These firms including the Ayala-led Manila Water have to increase their spending on modern technology so they can help fix the current water supply problem.

After all, they reap huge profits from the water business with the help of consumers. They should return the favor by coming up with the right solutions to the consumers’ dilemma.

Its disappointing that water companies have become too reliant on rain to supply its millions of Filipino customers when there are other ways to do so with the use of science and engineering.

The dry season always come once in a year as we know it but water companies are too laid back to make the necessary preparations.

They need to spend part of their revenues for  research and development so they can discover other ways to supply water. They owe that to us consumers who have enriched them for so many years.

With water companies willing to invest for solutions, technologies on desalination, water reuse and treatment can be tapped to make water supply abundant.

Infact, we’re not even supposed to run out of water from the rain even during summer if these giant companies have invested in building catchment areas and adopted advanced methods in rainwater harvesting.

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Starting July 2019, the  Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)  will require government agencies to submit remittance documents electronically and will no longer accept the submission of printed remittance lists (RLs).

The complete shift to paperless transactions reduces paper production cost and yields savings in government resources. More than that,  a  paperless working environment enhances data organization, storage, and retention which are all vital in  protecting the privacy and security of members’ records, GSIS president and general manager Jesus Clint O. Aranas said.

With this development, government agencies will be able to  fully  utilize GSIS’s  web based facility, dubbed Electronic Billing and Collection System (eBCS), by downloading their billing files on the first day of the month and uploading their respective RLs electronically on or before the 10th day of the following month.

Introduced in July 2014, eBCS aims to ensure the seamless and timely posting of GSIS members’ premium and loan payments.

After almost five years since eBCS was implemented, remitting officers of government agencies have been adequately trained and should be prepared by now to maximize the use of the system.  Thus, hard copies of remittance files are no longer necessary, Aranas said.

By working online through eBCS, agency remitting personnel will save  time and resources that would be otherwise spent in personally  going to  GSIS offices to submit remittance documents.  By going paperless, they may  download and upload files in no time.

Good job.

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