Bacolod Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. yesterday said he will continue to oppose any attempt to privatize the Bacolod City Water District.
Gamboa said he received a letter from Baciwa yesterday, informing him that the Board of Directors has accepted the unsolicited proposal of Prime Water for a 25-year joint venture contract involving the financing, development, rehabilitation, expansion, improvement, operation and maintenance of the water supply system and septage.
He said he will invite the Baciwa management to appear before the Sanggunian to shed light on the matter.
Gamboa said Baciwa, a water district created by its own charter, will be converted from a government-owned and controlled-corporation into a joint venture stock corporation, which he considers a total betrayal and complete sellout for privatization to the City of Bacolod and its people.
“As l had known, Baciwa will avail of more loans to finance these projects. However, this sudden change has taken us by surprise,” he said.
Gamboa said if Baciwa will be privatized, the employees’ coverage will be converted from Government Service Insurance System to Social Security System, which the union head believes will lead to privatization.
He, earlier, said its privatization will go through a long process and will need approval from the Sangguniang Panlungsod, National Economic and Development Authority, Local Water Utilities Administration, and other requirements.
The Baciwa Employees Union had submitted its position paper last year to the Baciwa Board opposing the proposed privatization of the water district.*
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