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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, July 12, 2019
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SAC to hold forum Monday
on privatization of Baciwa
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

 

The Social Action Center will hold a forum on the privatization of the Bacolod City Water District 2 p.m. Monday at the the Saint John Marie Vianney Hall, of the San Sebastian  Cathedral Complex, Bacolod City.

It will also commemorate the United Nations Declaration to Human Right to Water and Sanitation on July 29 to be followed by a 12 p.m. mass action at the Baciwa grounds.

The SAC will also hold a press conference tomorrow at the SAC Conference room. The panel will be composed of members of “Amlig Tubig”, an alliance of concerned consumers from different sectors.

Meanwhile, the Governance Commission for Government Owned or Controlled Corporation (GCG), Office of the President, received a letter from Bacolod Water Watch, Inc. on July 4, enclosing various resolutions relative to the predicament of Baciwa and its accountability to the people of Bacolod City, a press release from the Office of Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. said yesterday.

The GCG assured Gamboa, chair of the Bacolod Water Watch, Inc., that his letter has been forwarded to responsible GCG officer for appropriate action, it said.

Gamboa said that GCG is the appropriate national government agency under the Office of the President to receive the three resolutions he authored, the first of which requested Baciwa chairman Lorendo Dilag to explain their approved unsolicited proposal of Prime Water for a 25-year Joint Venture Contract (SP Resolution no. 87, s. 2019).

In his letter he said that, aside from the in-house proposal, Baciwa rejected unsolicited proposal of certain water utility companies  namely Metropac, Prime Water and Manila Water; eventually, for some unknown reason to this date. Baciwa re-evaluated the Prime Water unsolicited proposal and is already in the formulation stage for the terms of reference.

In his letter, Gamboa also said that the re-evaluation is not consistent with the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Joint Venture Guideline which could have exposed Baciwa to violations of the law thus the need for its chairman to explain.

The other two resolutions cited in Gamboa’s letter to GCG are for the Philippine Congress to conduct inquiry as to why Baciwa cannot provide clean and potable water to 80 percent of its franchise area and for the Office of the Solicitor General and/or the Department of Justice through President Rodrigo Duterte, to check and review the Joint Venture Contracts entered into and/or will enter into by the BACIWA with private water concessionaires.*

 

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