Panay News

Bacolod bizmen stunned

-  By Dominique Gabriel Bañaga

BACOLOD City – The Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce a n d I n d u s t r y ( MBCCI ) voiced disapprova­l over the recommende­d wage increase for Western Visayas.

MBCCI chief executive officer Frank Carbon said he felt he was going to faint after hearing the increases approved by the Regional Tripartite Wage and

negotiatio­ns on the new pricing bogged down.

On Sunday Defensor and Treñas sat down with MIWD and Flo Water executives to avert a water supply shortage.

“The parties, in the presence of Governor Defensor and myself, agreed to an interim supply contract of six months,” Treñas told Panay News.

Within this six-month period, MIWD and Flo Water would continue haggling until they could

come up with mutually acceptable terms, said Treñas.

I n t he i nterim s upply agreement, both parties agreed to P21 per cubic meter as Flo Water’s selling price to MIWD, according to a report of DYFM Bombo Radyo Iloilo yesterday afternoon.

Flo Water and its partner, Iloilo Prime Water Ventures Corp., supply 30,000 cubic meters of water daily (20,000 by Flo Water and 10,000 by Prime Water) to Metro Pacific Iloilo Water’s (MPIW) 19,000 to 20,000 service connection­s in Pavia, Leganes and Iloilo City.

MPIW is the joint venture of

MIWD and Metro Pacific Water for the operation, rehabilita­tion and maintenanc­e of water distributi­on and wastewater management facilities of the water district.

Engineer Rob Cabiles, chief operating officer of MPIW, previously disclosed that Flo Water sought an increase in the price of water it delivers. It asked for P25 per cubic meter – more than double its current per cubic meter price of P11.72.

“We could not agree to such a price (P25 per cubic meter). Our customers will suffer for that very high price of water,” Cabiles had said./ PN

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