Maynilad Water Services
The Maynilad Water Services Inc. (Maynilad) is the provider of water and wastewater for the 17 cities and municipalities that comprise the West zone of the Greater Metro Manila area.
Maynilad serves 7.2 million Filipinos in:
- Las Piñas
- Manila (except San Andres and Sta. Ana)
- parts of Quezon City (west of San Juan River, West Avenue, Edsa, Congressional, Mindanao Avenue, the northern part starting from the Districts of the Holy Spirit and Batasan Hills)
- a part of Makati (west of South Super Hi-way)
- Cavite City
- Rosario, Cavite
- Imus, Cavite
- Noveleta, Cavite
- Bacoor, Cavite
- Kawit, Cavite
The corporate history of Maynilad began with the successful privatization of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) in 1997. Before then, MWSS was the government corporation in charge of providing water supply and sewerage disposal services in the greater Metro Manila area.
In a highly anticipated bidding that drew the attention of the global water community, the partnership of Benpres Holdings Corporation (Benpres) and Ondeo Water Services, Inc. (formerly Suez Lyonnaise de Eaux) was awarded the exclusive right to run the water and wastewater operations in the West Zone of Metro Manila.
Towards its 10th year, after a string of financial, legal, and regulatory disputes, Maynilad went through a change of ownership, with the consortium of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) and DMCI Holdings, Incorporated (DMCI) acquiring 83.96% of the water company’s shares. Lyonnaise Asia Water Limited (LAWL) held a 16% share.
The MPIC-DMCI consortium took over on January 24, 2007, and immediately worked on the financial and operational rehabilitation of Maynilad. In August of the same year, the consortium signed a prepayment and settlement agreement with Maynilad’s creditors and MWSS.
By January 2008, the new owners of Maynilad had already paid off the company’s outstanding debts, which had then reached $240 million. An aggressive catch-up plan was also implemented to increase company revenue, improve water service operations, and drastically cut commercial losses.
- Samahang Tubig Maynilad – Launched in May 2009 to address the problems of water inaccessibility and irresponsible water use in Maynilad’s concession area. Under the project, residents of urban poor communities are organized and given training to make sure that they are capable of sustaining the water management programs in their communities.
- Bayan Tubig – First conceived in February 1999, the Bayan Tubig program facilitates the delivery of safe and low-cost water to poor communities in the West Zone, through individual household service connections.
- Bayanihan Bayan Tubig – An offshoot of Bayan Tubig is the “Bayanihan Bayan Tubig” program. True to the spirit of Bayanihan, beneficiaries help themselves and one another by contributing time and physical labor to the program. Under the supervision of Maynilad engineers, the beneficiaries install the pipes that will bring water to their communities. This not only cuts the cost of the pipe installation project, it also fosters a stronger relationship within the community while instilling a sense of ownership of the project among the recipients.
- Lingkod Eskwela – Maynilad’s Lingkod Eskwela project is intended for West Zone public schools that have no access to clean and potable water. It involves the construction of drinking fountains, clean-up of water reservoirs or tanks, and regular sampling of drinking water to check its quality. Under the project, Maynilad also conducts regular desludging of the schools’ septic tanks to ensure proper sanitation.
- MAYNILAD WATER SERVICES, INC. Philippines (Accessed 28 March 2010)
- Maynilad to provide free sewage services to Paco residents ABS-CBN News. (Accessed 28 March 2010)