Bacolod expects PrimeWater can deliver enough water

“WE EXPECT that PrimeWater Infrastructure Inc. can do right and well for the satisfaction of the people of Bacolod.”

This was stressed by Councilor Renecito Novero on November 19, 2020, after the Villar Group’s PrimateWater Infrastructure Inc. took over the operation and management of Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) in the city.

Novero said they expect that PrimeWater will serve and deliver enough water for the city’s concessionaires.

“We don’t have a choice because they are already there, so we are hopeful that they can also deliver to the areas that, until now, have no water supply. Let’s expect and pray that they will do right and well. If there will be any wrongdoings, we can also correct them,” he said.

PrimeWater took over Baciwa after the court earlier dismissed the Instant Petition for the Declaratory Relief and Declaration of the Nullity of the Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) between Baciwa and Primewater Infrastructure Inc. for failure to state a cause of action.

The petition was filed by Councilor Wilson Gamboa.

Lawyer Rodel Lumibao, counsel for PrimeWater, earlier said since there is no more legal impediment, the JVA has officially commenced on November 13 and Baciwa is now under the said agreement.

He said the Baciwa Board held a special session on November 12 and formally turned over Baciwa to the new JVA management.

Lawyer Lorendo Dilag, Baciwa board chair, earlier said the reasons why Baciwa entered into a JVA with PrimeWater are because they are necessary, practical and beneficial to consumers.

He said the court's decision is not a victory of the Baciwa board nor PrimeWater but of the consumers.


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