The city water district said it will only bill its consumers for their actual consumption of water and will not impose penalty charges during the extended quarantine.

Puerto Princesa City Water District (PPCWD) information officer Jenn Rausa said that what they will collect will only cover the period that is part of the quarantine per board Resolution No. 20-20-032.

“Within the duration ng ECQ na yon, so I think yong from March to April yan — dalawang buwan. Parang yong una kasi namin release nong March bago itong ECQ ay isinama na namin ang buong consumption ng March hanggang ito nga, April,” she said.

Rausa added that since the start of the quarantine period on March 16, their “bayad centers” have also closed — one of the reasons they are not going to impose penalties.

“Yon din ang reason kung bakit di na kami nag-impose ng penalty, wala rin naman sila pagbabayaran kasi close din, ngayon ay skeletal lang din kami,” she said.

Meanwhile, she said that the PPCWD has also released a new schedule for four barangays where most of complaints are coming from.

The barangays of Mandaragat, Matahimik, Bagong Pag-asa, and San Isidro were originally included in Area 1 with 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. schedule. Now they have been transferred to the Area 2 schedule (effective April 12) from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 noon.

“Masyadong malawak kasi itong Area 1, maraming consumers, mataas ang demand tapos kakaunti lang ang tubig sa area na ito. So ang ginawa, based sa observation namin, yong patubig natin sa Area 2 ay maganda yong supply, nakakapuno pa ng reservoir,” Rausa said.

“Kaya inilipat namin sila doon para mas ma-accomodate, hopefully, maging effective itong paglipat sa kanila para mabigyan sila ng tubig,” she added.

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