Water consumers’ group backs call to oust Ramos-A A +A
Monday, October 28, 2013
WATER consumers’ group Water Watch has passed a resolution expressing support to the call for the removal of Marichi Ramos as director of the Board of Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa).
Wennie Sancho, Water Watch secretary-general, and members Edevia Gamboa, Ma. Luisa Parroco, Sancho Nagar, Agustin Grajo, Rey Padilla, Rolly Torre and Ben Tundag are supporting the letter order issued by the Local Water Utilities Administration dated October 14, 2013 issued by Manuel Yoingco, officer-in-charge, denying confirmation of the appointment of Ramos as board of director of Baciwa representing the Professional Sector.
Water Watch said it agrees with Mayor Monico Puentevella that by having an authority to appoint Board of Directors of Baciwa, he also has the power to remove directors specifically Ramos, citing the mayor's letter dated October 17, 2013.
Ramos is the proponent involving the unsolicited proposal of Miya Maynilad to address the non-revenue water and expansion project of Baciwa to be undertaken by Miya amounting to P924 milion loan, payable within 15 years, to the amount of P7.8 billion.
It is in line with the advocacy of Water Watch to protect the rights, interests and welfare of the Baciwa consumers. It strongly believes that the continued stay of Ramos in the office is grossly disadvantageous to the consumers because of her dogged determination to push through with the implementation of Miya's P924 million loan project that would eventually lead to the inevitable water rate increases in our Baciwa monthly bills, from P29 per cubic meter to P185 per cubic meter, that would compel us to pay an additional P156 per cubic meter if the proposal is implemented.
Honesty and integrity are the hallmarks of a public servant as public office is a public trust. A member of the Board of Baciwa or any other government owned and controlled corporations is like "Caesar's wife, one should be above suspicion," Water Watch said.
"I stay as Baciwa Director," Ramos said.
Ramos said over dyRL Saturday that even if she is physically barred from entering the Baciwa premises, she will stay as a director of Baciwa. Her term will end on 2018 and she will fight for her rights. The implementation of the LWUA order lacks due process, she said.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 28, 2013.