The Bacolod Bulk Water Inc.will inaugurate its water treatment facility and will turnover to the Bacolod City Water District a water tanker, as part of their joint venture on bulk water today in Brgy. Granada, Bacolod City.
However, General Manager Juliana Carbon said this is not an assurance that the company could deliver water to BACIWA and its consumers right away.
In an interview yesterday Carbon said the company has not yet given the go-signal and instructions on how and where they will inject the water pipes, as it is part of the contract.
She also said BBWI should deliver water on Oct. 16 this year, which is 18 months after the notice of award was given to them to start the bulk water project.
Earlier reports in the DAILY STAR have also said that BACIWA had also requested the Office of the Government Corporate Council to give its opinion on or before October 10 on the proposed amendment to the contract for injection point 1 of the bulk water supply project.
They sought the opinion of OGCC as to whether they can allow the BBWI to temporarily connect to the mainline of the water district going to its reservoir, in the meantime that the contractor is trying to secure the right of way to lay their pipes leading to the reservoir, she said.
But, Carbon also said OGCC is still reviewing the case and BACIWA is still waiting for their decision, being their official legal adviser in this situation.
Carbon said that although there is a need for additional water supply, they cannot disregard legal matters. So they sought the opinion of the OGCC as whether to amend the contract or not.
If there is any delay, BBWI will be meted liquidated damages as provided in the contract, she said. However they hope that BBWI will be able to secure the right of way and be able to lay the pipes, she added.
“We do not have a definite decision for BACIWA, whether to accept their proposal to amend or not,” Carbon said.
She also said that the right of way is still under negotiation but the land owners have already shown willingness on the matter.
If the bulk water will be supplied, areas of Burgos-Granada Road, Downtown, barangays 19 to 35 and Banago will benefit from this project.
The inauguration will be attended by Mayor Bing Leonardia, Rep. Greg Gasataya barangay leaders, and officials of both BACIWA and BBWI. * MLG
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