Baciwa bill payments in 4 Bacolod villages open-A A +A
Monday, March 21, 2011
THE Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) is now accepting bill payments in four big barangays of the city aside from its main office along corner Galo and San Juan streets.
The collection desks are situated in Barangay Granada gym, which accept payments from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, every first and third Wednesday of the month; Handumanan barangay hall every second and fourth Thursday of the month; Barangay Felisa hall every first and third Friday of the month; and at the Mansilingan barangay hall every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.
Baciwa Senior Customer Services Officer Arlene Chua said that to date, the water utility has around 39,805 active connections. It also has two spring sources (Bocal-Bocal and Boro-Boro), 43 operational wells and five reservoirs.
Pipeline extensions have likewise been installed to waterless communities in Barangays Sum-ag, Punta Taytay, Handumanan, Alijis, Felisa, Barangay 35, Pagla-um Village, Barangay 40, Mandalagan, Barangay 7, Purok Simbahan, Seaside in Tangub, Sitio Aning, Sum-ag, Fortune Towne Relocation, Prk. Rosal in Taculing, Calong-Calong 1-3 as well as in Villa Esperanza.
Long-term plans include additional district metering areas, surface water development, conduct of socio-economic programs, watershed protection and improvement, continuous training of personnel, information and education campaign on water conservation, and continuous implementation of the non-revenue water (NRW) reduction program.
Engr. Jenelyn Gemora, Baciwa Engineering Department manager, earlier reported that “one of the primary problems besetting old water districts in the country like Baciwa is the reduction of its NRW.”
Cognizant of this problem, the Philippine Water Revolving Fund Support Program (PWRF-SP), together with the Philippine Association of Water Districts (PAWD), established a water operators’ partnership (WOP) grant, which includes a twinning partnership and a peer to peer learning arrangement. “Essentially, the mentor twin will teach or impart experience to the recipient twin the knowhow on a specific topic, in this case the NRW management.”
As per the agreement, Gemora said “MIYA/Maynilad will help Baciwa develop a strategy and work plan to address NRW management problems.
The advisory assistance will be pro-bono and the work plan comprises a water audit; the development of a NRW strategy, including financial and organizational plans; training-workshops; exchange of advice and coaching to support Baciwa in systematically addressing NRW in water production and distribution systems.” The WOP will end November 2011. (CGC)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 21, 2011.