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Councilor asks water district to show financial status

ANGELES City Councilor Jesus “Jay” Sangil has urged the management of the Angeles City Water District (ACWD) to present to the people, through the city council, the firm’s current financial standing following reports of privatization.

Sangil and Councilor Alfie Bonifacio, chairpersons of the committees on public works and engineering and public utilities, respectively, said two water trucks purchased by ACWD have been allegedly “overpriced” by P15 million.

The councilors alleged that the two trucks were approved by the ACWD board and purchased by the management at P10 million each at the Subic Bay auction.

The original price of the same units amounted to P2.5 million per truck, a total of P5 million for the two trucks, according to Sangil.

The councilor said records he gathered at the ACWD revealed that P20 million were released for the two trucks.

A few weeks ago, Sangil and Bonifacio bared the privatization or joint venture plan of the water district with a big water firm.

The councilors said the big water firm was reportedly permitted to conduct feasibility study and allowed data meter logging activity in its several pumping stations which they claimed is “highly questionable and illegal” process.

The two councilors said they have to protect and safeguard the interest of their constituents since they are the consumers of the ACWD.

“That is why we also requested COA and LWUA to conduct an audit because of alleged wrongdoings of some ACWD officials. Kung wala naman dapat itago hindi sila dapat mangamba,” Sangil said.

ACWD general manager Reynaldo Liwanag belied the two councilors’ allegations and refused to issue additional statements.


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