LWUA readies shortlist for interim Baciwa GM

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Friday, August 15, 2014


THE Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) will appoint an interim general manager for Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) amid a leadership crisis after three directors suspended general manager Juliana Carbon the other week.

The Board of Directors, led by chairman Lawrence Villanueva, met with LWUA officials in Manila Tuesday and agreed that an interim general manager will be appointed next week.

Villanueva said the LWUA will release today, August 15, a shortlist of candidates.

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As this developed, Director Marichi Ramos appealed to LWUA not to appoint another Carbon.

“Please don’t give us another Carbon,” she implored on the heels of reports that Engineer Byron Carbon, brother-in-law of Juliana Carbon, will be assigned as interim general manager.

Byron Carbon is connected with the LWUA Engineering Department.

Ramos said that she and her fellow directors Villanueva and Lorendo Dilag have been asking for the appointment of an interim general manager by LWUA.

The three directors voted for the resolution suspending Carbon due to various offenses, and late last week, they held an emergency meeting where they appointed former banker Darwin Destacamento as officer-in-charge of the Office of the General Manager.

Although Carbon and the other managers refused to acknowledge Destacamento’s appointment and even barred him from entering the Baciwa premises, Ramos said he stays until the interim general manager from LWUA arrives.

Moreover, Ramos continued to express resistance to the appointment by LWUA of a sixth member of the Board in the person of Engineer Alfredo Bayanan.

However, since the case involving Bayanan is still with the court, they have to wait for the decision, she said.

While Villanueva, Dilag and Ramos voted to suspend Carbon, their three colleagues, including Bayanan, Cecilia Henares, and Ma. Aida Torre declared support for Carbon.

In a notice issued Friday last week, the three other directors said that Carbon will remain in her position as general manager.

They said the resolution passed by Villanueva, Dilag and Ramos to suspend Carbon is considered invalid as the meeting of the three directors does not constitute a quorum.

Under Presidential Decree 198, four votes are required to pass a resolution, and three votes were not enough to pass a resolution to suspend Carbon, they added.

The order to preventively suspend Carbon for 30 days was illegal and invalid having been made by only three members of the Board and was done in violation of the Civil Service Commission rules on administrative cases, they said.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 15, 2014.

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