Water district opens nomination for board directors-A A +A
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
THE Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) has opened the submission of nominees for board of directors representing its five sectors.
These sectors are the educational institutions; business, commercial or financial organizations; civic-oriented service clubs; professional associations and women’s organizations.
MIWD said the nominee must be a resident of the water district franchise areas which are in Iloilo City and in the municipalities of Pavia, Sta Barbara, Cabatuan, Maasin, Leganes, Oton and San Miguel.
Heads or authorized representatives of institutions, organizations or associations falling within the sector are requested to submit the names of their nominees.
The nomination should be submitted to the Corporate Secretary not later than November 8, 2013.
Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor will appoint the selection of board members after he was authorized by Judge Danilo Galvez of a regional trial court (RTC).
The RTC judge based his ruling on Presidential Decree No. 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. However, if the total number of concessionaires in the city is below 75 percent, the appointing authority shall be the governor.
Galvez affirmed the findings of a commission he created to look into the number of active concessionaires of MIWD to determine who has power to appoint members of the MIWD board of directors.
According to the commission’s findings, the entire MIWD coverage area has a total of 32,000 concessionaires with Iloilo City having 21, 130 or 66.14 percent. The seven franchised towns in the province only have 10,818 or 33.86 percent of the grand total concessionaires.
The interim members of the MIWD board of directors are mostly officials of the national Local Waterworks Utilities Administration (LWUA) based in Manila and those appointed by LWUA chairman Rene Villa.