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Baciwa: We did not get
bulk water firm's billing

The Bacolod City Water District has not yet received any request for payment from the Bacolod Bulk Water Inc. as of yesterday, Baciwa general manager Juliana Carbon said.

Carbon said her office has not received any recommendation for payment for water delivered by the BBWI.

This will be tackled by the Project Management Unit headed by assistant manager for operations JenlynGemora and the Finance Department, she said.

BBWI chairman Ryan Yapkianwee, earlier, said they have started to deliver 15,000 cubic meters of water a day since October last year but have not collected anything from Baciwa pending the resolution of the issue on the delivery point.

Carbon said the Board and the management have nothing to resolve. The bulk water supplier only has to comply with the provisions of the contract.

“Actually our Board and the management are extending help to them to enable them to comply with the provisions of the contract, although it is supposed to be their responsibility and obligation,” she said.

Carbon said the Board had passed a resolution allowing the bulk water supplier to inject water to their 600 millimeter pipeline to reach their reservoir.

It was a product of brainstorming during September 21, 2017 because it was found out that they were supposed to deliver water last Oct. 16 based on the contract, but they have no pipeline leading to the reservoir, she said.

So Baciwa helped them by allowing their water supply to pass through its pipeline for a period of six months, based on the recommendation of AGM Gemora and assistant general manager for administration Samuel Penado. So they sought the opinion of the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel if BBWI can temporarily pass through their pipeline, Carbon said.

After the six months period given them to lay their pipeline, all subsequent deliveries must be to the reservoir based on the advice of the OGCC and the resolution of the Board, she said.

Carbon said their only obligation, based on the contract, is to wait for water to be delivered to their reservoir at the required volume and flow rate, and with the desired water quality.

Her work is ministerial so if there is no audit problem, and there is a recommendation to pay, BBWI will be paid because there is a budget for it, she said.

Carbon said she is not a decision maker. Her role is only to ensure compliance with the contract.*CGS



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