Baciwa joint ven­ture dis­ad­van­ta­geous, says union leader

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“THE pri­va­ti­za­tion of Ba­colod City Water District (Baciwa) is re­ally dis­ad­van­tage to the con­sumers as well as to the water district em­ploy­ees.”

This was stressed by Leny Espina, Pres­i­dent of Baciwa Em­ployee’s Union, yes­ter­day af­ter the Baciwa man­age­ment is now fi­nal­iz­ing the pro­posed joint ven­ture or pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship be­tween the Prime Water.

Espina said they are thank­ful to Coun­cilor Wil­son Gam­boa Jr. for join­ing them to fight against the pri­va­ti­za­tion of Baciwa.

“We are op­pos­ing the pro­posed joint ven­ture or pri­va­ti­za­tion be­cause this is not good for the peo­ple of Ba­colod that the pri­vate com­pany will han­dle the water district. This will af­fect the water rate so it should be man­aged by the gov­ern­ment,” she said.

She added that pri­va­ti­za­tion will also af­fect the 510 em­ploy­ees in­clud­ing the job or­der ca­su­als be­cause they do not have an as­sur­ance if they will be ab­sorbed by the new man­age­ment.

Espina noted that their se­cu­rity of ten­ure will be put at stake.

“Pri­va­ti­za­tion is not the an­swer to ad­dress the water sup­ply prob­lem in Ba­colod be­cause Baciwa has an ex­ist­ing con­tract with the Ba­colod Bulk Water to im­prove its ser­vices to our con­sumers,” Espina said.

How­ever, she said the Ba­colod Bulk Water In­jec­tion Point No.2 in Murcia is still un­op­er­a­tional due to some un­re­solved is­sues.

On Thurs­day, Gam­boa de­liv­ered his priv­i­leged speech dur­ing the reg­u­lar ses­sion at the City Coun­cil urg­ing the lo­cal gov­ern­ment of Ba­colod to re­view and scru­ti­nize the man­age­ment of Baciwa.

Gam­boa said it is imperative to the city gov­ern­ment to re­view and scru­ti­nize the man­age­ment of Baciwa in terms of rev­enue op­er­a­tion, per­son­nel man­age­ment and the most im­por­tant one is on how the funds of Baciwa is be­ing handled and man­aged.

He said re­ports have it that Baciwa board is set to fi­nal­ize the terms of ref­er­ence to con­tract with Prime Water by the end of the month of June this year.

He added that this is an ur­gent task which must be car­ried out with de­ci­sive­ness, res­o­lute­ness and col­lab­o­ra­tive power of Baciwa em­ploy­ees union, con­sumers-stake­hold­ers, cause-ori­ented groups, con­cerned or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­sti­tu­tions, ad­vo­cate LGU’S and in­di­vid­u­als.

“To the em­ployee’s union of Ba­colod, hold your ground for the best in­ter­est of the City of Ba­colod. Don’t be swayed by the ex­ces­sive, big and scan­dalous of­fer of sep­a­ra­tion pay and early re­tire­ment pack­age reach­ing to as high as 450 per­cent. It is the time for the em­ploy­ees of Baciwa to tran­scend its per­sonal in­ter­est and em­brace and high­light pub­lic in­ter­est for cheaper, safer and ef­fi­cient water ser­vice,” Gam­boa dis­closed./map

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