Water district told: Put public interest above personal pride

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013


SENATOR Franklin Drilon asked members of the old and new board of directors of the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) to place public interest above personal pride and find a win-win solution in the distribution of water supply to water consumers.

Iloilo City is still reeling from water shortage from MIWD and the City Government is still delivering water to unserved areas such as the waterfront villages and Barangay Obrero.

Drilon admitted talking to MIWD members of the board during Labor Day and said the problem lies mainly on the water distribution due to internal squabble between the old and new members of the board, the governing, and policy body of the water district.

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He said many national big investors are ready to come to Iloilo to solve the water problem but are hesitant because of the opposing boards of directors.

The new board is appointed by the Local Waterworks Utility Administration while the old board is appointed by the city mayor based mainly on the MIWD charter.

Drilon said the opposing position of the two boards stood on legality. He asked them to render service of public interest and put aside personal gains.

He said the government’s P11.2-billion Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project has a water supply component out to provide additional water supply to the city and help solve the water shortage. (LCP)

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