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Baciwa needs P2B to address problem
BY MAX N. MACAHILO


The Bacolod City Water District is sourcing out a fund of P2billion to address problems, it managers said.

At a meeting Wednesday with business leaders of Bacolod City at the L’Fisher Hotel,  Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Incorporated regional director for NIR and Western Visayas Frank Carbon, said Baciwa general manager Mario Macatangay talked about fixing the problems that besiege the management but they are sourcing funds to correct it.

Carbon saidMacatangay did not specify what plans they have to correct problems of water wastage which estimates claim, cost the management 35 to 40 percentin  water leaks. 

The loss of revenue due to wastage is blamed on old pipelines and the absence of rights for the bulk water to operate and tap water from the source.

Carbon said Baciwa has already identified its water sources such as the Ngalan River for its injection in Granada, Sum-ag River for  Mansilingan and Caliban River in Murcia for its second injection.

He, however, said they cannot start the construction works because they have to first secure a permit of rights from the National Water Regulation Bureau or NWRB. Baciwa has rights for its sources but the validity to assign these rights to the bulk water is up to the decision of the NWRB.
He said the management lacks forward planning,pointing out that in ten months since the bidder won the project, Baciwa has not prepared and secured the rights for the source.

“The question now lies on who will secure the rights from the NWRB, is it Baciwa, the winner of bulk water project, or the Murcia LGU?” Carbon added.

Adding to their woes is the cease-and-desist order by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources on its wells due to lack of Environmental Compliance Certificate, or ECC. “There is a problem about coordination with the DENR that conducts environmental regulations”, Carbon said.*

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