BACOLOD City Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. hit the Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) for drilling six water wells even though the Bacolod Bulk Water Inc. (BBWI) is already on the verge of completing the P1.2-billion Injection Points 1 and 2.
The injection points are expected to be operational between July and October this year.
Gamboa, in a privilege speech during the City Council session on June 28, said that from the feasibility study conducted titled, “Baciwa Feasibility Study on Bulk Water Supply Project through Combined In-House and Contracted Capability (2015-2043),” the continued drilling of deep wells will increase the operation and maintenance costs, exhaustion of groundwater reserves, and affect the ecosystem.
Likewise, it was shown that the appropriate cost for the contingencies and overhead costs for the whole project is only P33.69 million and additional P15. 34 million as capital expenditure after 10 years.
Gamboa said this only means that the amount of P49 million for additional six wells exceeds the budget as projected in the feasibility study conducted for contingencies and overhead.
Aside from having P49 million which is way over the allotted budget for “contingencies,” the cost should be shouldered by BBWI not Baciwa, he added.
Gamboa added that based on the contract BBWI, not Baciwa will bear the cost of the delay of the project by paying liquidated damages and opportunity loss for delays in the delivery.
BBWI responsibilities and liabilities are embodied in the contract, and by projecting and assuming that they cannot deliver the agreed water supply, and make the matter worst, helping them through constructing the six wells at the expense of Baciwa and the consuming public, is highly questionable and highly disadvantageous to public interest, the councilor added.
Gamboa said that Baciwa must be protected from corporate or individual greed.
“That is why we need to come up with good solutions. We have to take our policies and project implementation seriously,” he said.
“I believe that this body, as well as every water consumer, must call the attention of the people in Baciwa. We need to be reminded of the P537 million loan made by Baciwa, wherein not a single drop of water was drawn according to Chairman Lorendo Dilag,” Gamboa added.