Church calls for new dialogue with Baciwa execs

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Saturday, August 23, 2014


SERVE with sincerity and set aside prejudice.

This was the advice of Bishop Vicente Navarra, and Rev. Fr. Ernie Larida, director of Social Action Center of the Diocese of Bacolod, to the board of directors and management of Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) as they called for another round of dialogue to intelligently discuss issues hounding their actions and decisions.

The Church leaders have noticed that the dispute among the water district officials and employees have widened, they said in a letter address to the board and the management.

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The letter came after the three directors, namely chairman Lawrence Villanueva, vice chairman Lorendo Dilag, and director Marichi Ramos, voted to suspend general manager Julian Carbon, causing a leadership crisis in Baciwa. They subsequently appointed an officer-in-charge, but after a meeting with the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) chief Andres Ibarra, they agreed that an interim general manager be appointed.

LWUA is expected to name the interim general manager anytime soon.
Moreover, the Church leaders said: “Dialogues have been called in the past but sadly, because of prejudices, preconceptions and the absence of sincerity and openness to truly inquire and listen to each other, these dialogues failed.”

The common good has also been ignored and relegated to the background, they added.

They also “gently reminded” the board and the management that “Baciwa was established to serve its consumers, not to burden them with harms and troubles that arise due to the refusal of one another to listen to each other and sincerely work for the resolution of the problem.”

"You are not enemies but rather brothers and sisters in Christ. You cannot put your own advancement over the rest of your family, the consuming public," the Church leaders stated.

They added: “It is in this light that the Church would like to once again call on both Baciwa management and directors to sit down with a clean slate, throw away prejudices, truly talk and listen to each other as members of the Christian family, who have no agenda but the good of everyone concerned and lastly, faithfully serve as Christ has served His people.”

"We pray that we treat each other with kindness and love as our Father in Heaven has commanded us," Bishop Navarra and Fr. Larida said.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 23, 2014.

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