Saturday , June 23, 2018

Sanchez: Test run

I CAN’T say I’m happy with Bacolod Bulk Water Inc. starting its test run on delivering water to the Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa). The run covered Burgos-Granada Road, Villamonte, Banago and Barangays 18 to 32.

After months of being deprived of running water, I have yet to utter a humongous, Wow! So far, I’m happier that we have some water running from our faucets at 9 a.m.

In other words, I like the pre-bulk water situation more. At least, most of the time, there’s no need for a baldé alternative.

Baciwa’s assistant general manager Jenelyn Gemora told us, “We cannot yet expect the whole city to be provided water since this is just delivery point 1 covering the northern portion of Bacolod while delivery point 2 is not yet operational.”

BBWI chair Ryan Yapkianwee bragged that their facility is capable of delivering up to 30,000 cubic meters of potable water.

Please, stop the bragging. You’ve done that before, and the bulk water project fell flat on its face. You missed your August deadline, you missed October 12.

For all the boasting, this time Mr. Yapkianwee didn’t mention any timeline. Less talk, less mistake no talk, no mistake. At least, he learned to be more prudent.

But I appreciate Engr. Randolf Guintos who yesterday texted – even called me – at the Philippine Mediation Center to ask me for feedback.

Good public relations, I have to admit, getting the opinion of an ordinary concessionaire. Even if access to clean water is still unimpressive.

Since we’re talking of deadlines, I echo Bacolod City Councilor Ricardo Tan who questioned the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on the deadline of the construction and rehabilitation of the drainage system projects.

The councilor noted that “Delays in the completion of these excavations do not only disturb the flow of traffic along the major roads and highways, but also hamper the business activities of various commercial establishments.”

He added that these excavations, which consist mainly of open canals, have proven to be the causes of various vehicular and other forms of accidents.

DPWH assured Bacolod Traffic Authority Office that the DPWH aims to finish the drainage construction before the MassKara Festival.

Well, MassKara is over. So too, Undas. But the drainage project is still far from over. So when can cars and pedestrians reclaim Gatuslao Street?

Don’t tell me the roads will still be under construction by Christmas.