Gam­boa urges Baciwa to stop joint ven­ture ne­go­ti­a­tions

Sun Star Bacolod - - Topstories - BY MERLINDA A. PEDROSA

BA­COLOD City Coun­cilor Wil­son Gam­boa Jr. urged the Ba­colod City Wa­ter Dis­trict (Baciwa) to stop their ne­go­ti­a­tion with the Prime Wa­ter or any pri­vate com­pany for a joint ven­ture through pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship.

Gam­boa, who led the in­for­ma­tion dis­sem­i­na­tion at Baciwa yes­ter­day with the So­cial Ac­tion Cen­ter (SAC), Baciwa em­ployee’s union and other con­sumers group, said that Baciwa should con­sider the sen­ti­ments of the con­sumers group and the LOBACOLOD cal gov­ern­ment unit.

“The con­sumers or the gen­eral pub­lic should join in this is­sue so that we can stop the plan of Baciwa to pri­va­tize the wa­ter dis­trict,” he said.

He added the pub­lic should be aware on what’s hap­pen­ing now at Baciwa.

Gam­boa noted that Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte also ear­lier or­dered the re­view of all the wa­ter con­ces­sion­aires con­tracts en­tered into by the gov­ern­ment to re­move any oner­ous pro­vi­sion detri­men­tal to pub­lic in­ter­est.

Gam­boa said the joint ven­ture with the Prime Wa­ter is not an answer to ad­dress the wa­ter prob­lem in Ba­colod.

“It’s not for the ben­e­fit of the con­sumers, but it is for the ben­e­fit of the pri­vate com­pany or the Prime Wa­ter. Let’s study is­sue and the back­ground of the wa­ter con­ces­sion­aires,” he said.

Gam­boa ear­lier called on the board of di­rec­tors of Baciwa to re­sign from their posts for fail­ure to pro­tect the con­sumers’ rights.

Gam­boa said the Baciwa man­age­ment is now fi­nal­iz­ing the pro­posed joint ven­ture or pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship be­tween the Prime Wa­ter.

He said Baciwa also failed to con­duct pub­lic hear­ing on the pro­posed joint ven­ture on pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship be­tween the Prime Wa­ter.

“They should con­sult us as well as the lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit. We have the right to op­pose this con­tract,” he added.

Mean­while, the Baciwa man­age­ment could not be reached for a com­ment as of press time.*


DENR-PENRO Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal joins in the na­tion­wide ini­tia­tive by the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion's Bri­gada Eskwela with this year's theme "Matatag na Bayan para sa Maun­lad na Paar­alan". IEC Ma­te­ri­als, brooms, trash bins, paint and some in­struc­tional ma­te­ri­als were dis­trib­uted to Gen­eroso Vil­lanueva Sr. Na­tional High School. Per­son­nel from DENR-PENRO Ne­gros vol­un­teered in help­ing-out clean­ing and preparing some class­rooms be­fore the open­ing of classes.

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