Manila Bulletin

Orani Wa­ter Dis­trict’s loan ques­tioned

- By MAR T. SUPNAD

ORANI, Bataan — Con­sumers in the ser­vice area of the Orani Wa­ter Dis­trict (OWD) here are urg­ing the Lo­cal Water­works Util­ity Ad­min­is­tra­tion (LWUA) to look into what they claim is a ques­tion­able 100-mil­lion loan by the OWD man­age­ment.

Mayor Ben­jie Ser­rano Jr. con­firmed yesterday that his of­fice con­tin­ues to re­ceive com­plaints from con­sumers here op­pos­ing the said gar­gan­tuan loan and “out­side” pro­ject of the OWD.

He said the OWD is in­stalling a large pipe all the way to nearby Sa­mal town in what ap­pears to be an ex­pan­sion pro­ject of the wa­ter com­pany.

How­ever, con­sumers are up in arms against the OWD em­bark­ing on such a pro­ject de­spite the al­leged poor ser­vices it has been ren­der­ing to its lo­cal con­sumers, the mayor said.

Ser­rano said the OWD has also been the sub­ject of com­plaints be­cause of the in­con­ve­nience to traf­fic caused by its dig­gings on the streets of the town, which have been un­der­taken with­out con­sul­ta­tion and co­or­di­na­tion with lo­cal lead­ers.

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