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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, January 26, 2019
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Retirement at Baciwa
looms with joint venture


About 300 employees of the Bacolod City Water District could be offered early retirement after Baciwa approved the unsolicited proposal of Prime Waters for a 25-year joint venture agreement.

Members of the joint venture selection committee (JVSC) are aware that the partner company will be offering compensation for the early retirement of regular employees of Baciwa even before the start of negotiations between it and Prime Water for a joint venture agreement,

in an interview over ABS CBN, Genelyn Germora, Baciwa assistant general manager for operations, said they will have to discuss the offer of the private company which she considers quite attractive. They believe that the items for negotiation must be in favor of the employees, she said.

Members of the Baciwa Employees Union (BEU) met yesterday to discuss their status of employment under the joint venture partnership.

Meanwhile, Bacolod Councilor Dindo Ramos said he will call for a public hearing next week to ask for inputs from resource speakers regarding the joint venture proposal.

Possible resource speakers he will invite are representatives from the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, BEU, barangay captains, and City Legal Office, he said.

Earlier, Bacolod Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. requested the Board of Directors of Baciwa, through its chairman LorendoDilag, 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 Gamboa said Baciwa is a government- owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) and is imbued with public interest.

Gamboa said Section 26 of the Local Government Code provides that GOCC’s like Baciwa should consult local government units, non-governmental 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 Local Government Code also provides that “no project or program should be implemented by government authorities unless the required consultations are complied with, including prior approval by the Sanggunian concerned, he added.*


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