Mayor renews call for water district privatization-A A +A
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is reiterating the call for privatization of the city's sole water distributor Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) amid the current issue of severe water shortage in the city.
This time, Mabilog said the City Government will take over and spearhead the privatization plan in deference to the mandate and right of the local government unit to take over the water utility for the interest of its people.
Mabilog said the services of MIWD have not been dependable for a long time, as it kept the water consumers hostage for several years for its inefficient and incompetent water services.
The city chief executive said what is happening now at the MIWD between the contractor-supplier and its sub-contractor is a clear example of incompetence on the part of MIWD management for not anticipating the problem that leads to no water supply for the city's water consumers.
"MIWD should have a Plan A and Plan B for its projects to provide water for its concessionaires. But just the same, we are left with no water despite all the announcements of MIWD and the water district is finding an easy way out of the problem," Mabilog said.
He said the privatization plan will undergo a fair bidding process to get someone with a good track record in water delivery servicing. Supply is not really a problem but the main problem is on distribution of water.
On the other hand, a grant from the World Bank through the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) provides advisory services by way of conducting a study and rapid assessment report on the PPP options in the water district based in Iloilo City.
The Castalia Final Assessment Report conducted in 2010 documented the findings of the study “Assistance to Metro Iloilo Water District in Exploring Options for the Provision of Water Supply and Sanitation Services" and will be the basis of privatization of MIWD through a public private partnership.
The report showed that PPP is most suited for MIWD in effectively managing, operating, improving and maintaining its water supply facilities aimed to respond to the water, sewer and sanitation needs of the ever growing populace of its service area in Iloilo City.
The water district is serving the water needs of more than 700,000 people in Iloilo City and in the municipalities of Pavia, Sta Barbara, Cabatuan, Maasin, San Miguel, Oton, and Leganes. The bulk of water consumers are in Iloilo City with more than 32,000 water connections.