Court resolves MIWD board appointment-A A +A
Monday, September 23, 2013
A COURT ruled that Governor Arthur Defensor will be the one to select the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) board members, but the governor said he will reach out to Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog first.
Defensor acknowledged Mabilog as head of a local government unit with more water consumers than the combined number of concessionaires from seven municipalities covered by the MIWD franchise.
He said it is Iloilo City that needs water from MIWD with 21,130 or 66.14 percent of the total number of concessionaires, while the towns of Maasin, Cabatuan, Sta Barbara, Pavia and parts of Leganes, Oton, and San Miguel have only 10,818 or 33.86 percent of the total of more than 32,000 in the entire MIWD coverage area.
Defensor said that in respect to the City Government, both heads of the city and province will have to work out in the composition of new MIWD board of directors with sectoral representation to be appointed by the governor to take over the functions of the interim board appointed by the Local Waterworks Utilities Administration.
Mabilog, on the other hand, said he is ready to abide with the court ruling and hopes to work with the governor regarding the availability of sufficient water supply in the city.
The ruling, issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 24 Judge Danilo Galvez, affirmed on September 16 the findings of a commission created by Defensor to look into the number of active concessionaires of MIWD to determine who has the power to appoint the members of the MIWD board of directors.
The RTC judge based his ruling on Presidential Decree 198 or the Local Water District Law, which provides that if more than 75 percent of the total concessionaires are found in the city, the appointing authority shall be the city mayor. But if the total number of concessionaires in the city is below 75 percent, the appointing authority shall be the governor.
Mabilog was reported to be planning to impose his position as city chief executive before the end of the year against MIWD by calling barangay captains to submit an affidavit of no MIWD water in their respective area.
Meanwhile, the MIWD failed to deliver potable water supply to 39 barangays out of the total 180 barangays with 17 villages without MIWD pipeline and 22 with pipeline but without water.
Also, 65 barangays suffered water rotation service every other day and three are partially served. Only 73 barangays in the three city districts are fully served with MIWD water supply.
Mabilog said that Flo Water Resources and Primewater have the capability to supply water but the main problem is on the water distribution lines of MIWD.