Gam­boa calls for Baciwa board of direc­tors to re­sign

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BA­COLOD City Coun­cilor Wil­son Gam­boa Jr. has called on the board of direc­tors of Ba­colod City Wa­ter District (Baciwa) to re­sign from their posts for fail­ure to pro­tect the con­sumers’ rights.

Gam­boa, who joined a rally at Baciwa with So­cial Action Cen­ter (SAC), Baciwa em­ploy­ees union and con­sumers group yes­ter­day, said that Baciwa man­age­ment is now fi­nal­iz­ing the pro­posed joint ven­ture or pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship be­tween the Prime Wa­ter.

“They are now dis­cussing the terms of ref­er­ence of the pro­posed joint ven­ture and there’s a pos­si­bil­ity that they will sign the con­tract be­tween the Prime Wa­ter any­time,” he said.

He added that it’s the sen­ti­ment of the em­ploy­ees’ union, SAC and con­sumers group to op­pose the pri­va­ti­za­tion of Baciwa.

Gam­boa noted that they will dis­trib­ute fly­ers to­day at Baciwa to in­form the con­sumers the ef­fect of the pri­va­ti­za­tion of Baciwa.

“I’m call­ing for the res­ig­na­tion of the Baciwa Board of Direc­tors be­cause they failed to per­form and to pro­tect the con­sumers’ rights and pub­lic in­ter­est,” Gam­boa said.

He said the board of direc­tors are the ones who are push­ing the pol­icy direc­tions so they should also con­sider the con­sumers rights.

Gam­boa pointed out that Baciwa failed to con­duct pub­lic hear­ing on the pro­posed joint ven­ture on pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship be­tween the Prime Wa­ter.

SAC head Fr. Chris Gonzales ear­lier said that once the wa­ter district will be pri­va­tized, it will be a dis­ad­van­tage to the con­sumers.

He said the im­pend­ing joint ven­ture is ob­vi­ously with­out the full knowl­edge of the con­ces­sion­aires and the con­sum­ing pub­lic.

He added the con­sumers have the right to full dis­clo­sure on any move or plan that Baciwa un­der­takes, like the projects on bulk wa­ter which aims to ef­fi­ciently de­liver wa­ter to its con­sumers.

Wen­nie San­cho, sec­re­tary-gen­eral of Wa­ter Watch Ad­vo­cate, also said they con­demned the stand of the board of direc­tors of Baciwa be­cause they vi­o­lated the full dis­clo­sure pol­icy which was stated on the Philippine Con­sti­tu­tion.

“The consumer de­serves to know what is go­ing on, but why is it un­til now we are not in­formed. We do not know the terms and con­di­tions of this joint ven­ture. This move was done sur­rep­ti­tiously with­out the ben­e­fit of suf­fi­cient con­sul­ta­tion with the Baciwa stake­hold­ers,” he said.

He added the pri­va­ti­za­tion is grossly dis­ad­van­ta­geous to the con­sumers./map

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