Leonardia to BBWI: Secure occupancy permit

BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio Leonardia urged the Bacolod Bulk Water Inc. (BBWI) to secure an occupancy permit for its treatment plant once it is ready to supply water to Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa).

“Everybody will have to follow the law or (comply with) the requirements, although considering the urgency and the need of this bulk water,” the mayor said.

Leonardia issued the statement Friday afternoon after the BBWI and the Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) conducted a test run for the water delivery to various areas.

Engineer Isidro Sun Jr., head of the Office of the Building Official (OBO), said that as of November 10, they have not yet received the application of BBWI.

The occupancy permit will cover the water treatment facility in Bangga Bagol, Barangay Granada.

“The entry of bulk water is welcome, but still they must comply with the requirements,” Leonardia said.

The mayor said that one of the compelling reasons that why he reappointed lawyer Lorendo Dilag, chairman of Baciwa Board of Directors, is because he wanted him to ensure that the mission to improve the water service in Bacolod should happen as early as possible.

He added that he will ask the OBO head to help the BBWI, but not to the extent that they will shortcut the procedure to get an occupancy permit.

Sun, along with his personnel, on Friday checked the treatment plant of BBWI after he received a report that a test run for the water delivery is being conducted.

“If they will operate without an occupancy permit, we will send a notice of violation,” he added.
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