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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, January 24, 2019
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The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod is requesting the Board of Directors of the Bacolod City Water District, through its chairman, Lorendo Dilag, to explain its Board Resolution No. 282 dated December 8, 2018, that approved the unsolicited proposal of Prime Water for a 25-year joint venture contract.

The resolution, authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr., said Baciwa is a government-owned-and-controlled corporation (GOCC) and the same is imbued with public interest.

It said Section 26 of the Local Government Code provides that it should be the duty of every national agency or GOCC authorized or involved in the planning and implementation of any project or program that may cause pollution, climatic change, depletion of non-renewable resources, loss of cropland, rangeland or forest cover, and extinction of animal or plant species, to consult with pertinent agencies.

The LGC provides that it should consult local government units, non-government organizations, and other sectors concerned and explain the goals and objectives of the project or program, its impact upon the people and community in terms of environmental or ecological balance, and the measure that will be undertaken to prevent or minimize its adverse effects, the resolution said.

Section 27 of the Code also provides that “no project or program should be implemented by government authorities unless the required consultations are complied with, including prior approval of the sanggunian concerned, it added.*


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