UP CIDS executive director, AltDev convenor write on failure of water privatization

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University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS) Executive Director Teresa S. Encarnacion Tadem, Ph.D. and Program on Alternative Development (AltDev) Convenor Eduardo C. Tadem, Ph.D. discussed the failure of the privatization of water services in the Philippines in a commentary published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on 14 March 2019.

The authors assert that “the goals of Philippine water privatization continue to fall short of its promises,” as manifested in problems such as the high prices of water services, inadequate and unreliable coverage, use of public funds for water privatization, and the weakness of regulation. Executive Director Tadem and Professor Tadem argue that “it is time to rethink the privatization policy and give back to the public sector the ownership and control of public services, particularly the provision of water services.”

Read the rest of their commentary here.