Saturday August 18, 2018

Solon to hold meeting with Baciwa board

BACOLOD City Lone District Representative Greg Gasataya said Sunday, October 15, that he will meet with the Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) Board of Directors anytime this week.

“I will request a meeting with the Baciwa board to address the water problem in various areas," Gasataya said.

Last week, netizens posted on Facebook, hitting the Baciwa management for insufficient water supply, especially at the downtown area.

“Let’s see what we can do to address this problem because we have now a big problem on water supply in Bacolod,” Gasataya said.

The lawmaker had earlier filed House Resolution No. 1382 urging the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) to immediately conduct an assessment of the current situation of water supply in Bacolod.

He also asked LWUA to formulate and implement a comprehensive plan that will ensure quality and adequate water supply within the city.

On October 12, the Bacolod Bulk Water Inc. (BBWI) inaugurated its treatment plant in Bangga Bagol, Barangay Granada, but the schedule of its supply delivery to Baciwa remains uncertain.

Baciwa general manager Juliana Carbon earlier said they have yet to know if the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) will allow the BBWI to temporarily connect their line to the pipes of Baciwa going to the reservoir in Purok Loygoy, also in Barangay Granada.

Baciwa is still waiting for the opinion of OGCC on the proposed amendments in the contract.

BBWI, a consortium of Mactan Rock Industries Inc., Tubig Pilpinas, and TGV Builders, had earlier proposed to directly inject water from their treatment plant in Bangga Bagol to the water pipes of Baciwa without passing through Baciwa’s reservoir in Purok Loygoy.

Carbon said the BBWI is still negotiating with the landowners to get a right-of-way for their pipes to pass from its water treatment plant to Baciwa's reservoir in Purok Loygoy.

Gasataya said they will study the issues or the technicalities, stressing that the correct process should be followed.