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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, February 4, 2016
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UCAN wants clarification
on status of Baciwa GM

The Utilities Consumers Alliance of Negros is asking the Board of Directors of the Bacolod City Water District for clarification on the employment status of Baciwa general manager Mario Macatangay with the Local Water Utilities Administration.

In his letter dated February 1 to the Baciwa Board, UCAN president Fr. Ernie Larida said they have received information that Macatangay's retirement after 37 years of service as an employee of the LWUA will be shouldered by Baciwa.

Larida said the group is not questioning the wisdom of the Baciwa Board in hiring Macatangay but they just want to be clarified on some matters about his status with LWUA and his appointment as general manager of Baciwa.

Macatangay was appointed as interim general manager of Baciwa on August 2014 during a crisis in the water utility firm, before he assumed the post of general manager on December 1, 2015, upon the approval of LWUA, where had been an acting division manager.

 He replaced Juliana Carbon who availed of an early retirement last October.

Larida also asked the Board if Macatangay resigned from LWUA before he accepted the offer of Baciwa to be its general manager, or it was a lateral transfer of employment.

UCAN also want to know about Macatangay's monthly salary from LWUA and the position he last handled before accepting the position in Baciwa and his salary as general manager of Baciwa and other emoluments, allowances, financial and non-financial benefits offered and will be received by him.

Larida said the information will help them explain to the member-consumers of Baciwa the hiring of Macatangay.

Earlier, UCAN also requested Baciwa for the certified true copies of documents covering the bidding and awarding of the bulk water project to Mactan Rock Industries Inc.

Macatangay, who is still in Manila, refused to comment on the matter and would rather leave it to the members of the Board.

Earlier, he had said that he had nothing to explain to UCAN about his acceptance of the position in Baciwa. However, he is open to talk to them if necessary, he added.*CGS




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