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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, October 13, 2017
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Bulk water delivery setbacks seen

The delivery of water from the Bacolod Bulk Water Inc. to the Bacolod City Water District may face some setbacks despite the inauguration of the Ngalan water treatment plant at Injection Point 1 of the bulk water supply project yesterday in Brgy. Granada, Bacolod City.

Baciwa general manager Juliana Carbon said they have requested the Office of the Government Corporate Council to give its opinion on the proposed amendment of the contract between BBWI and Baciwa yesterday, butthere was a complain it had to act on.

Aside from their request, there are two pending cases in the National Water Resource Board involving the bulk water project. One is for the cancellation of the Ngalan water permit filed by John Sy and a petition for lease of the Ngalan River permit of Baciwa, which have not been resolved until now, she said.

BBWI had proposed to inject water from its treatment plant to the pipeline of Baciwa without passing through the water district's reservoir in PurokLoygoy, Brgy. Granada.

The contract provides that water supply from the treatment plant should pass through the reservoir of Baciwa before passing through its pipeline.

Carbon said the willingness of Baciwa to accept water is there, but some employees of the water district and members of the Baciwa Board will be prone to cases so she has to protect them.

But then the final say will be with the Baciwa directors on whether the BBWI caninject water to the mainline with or without the OGCC opinion and with or without an amendment to the contract, she said.

BBWI chairman Ryan Yapkianwee said they are ready to supply an initial of 15,000 cubic meters of potable water to Baciwa anytime the water district gives them the go signal.

He said thefacility was constructed within 11 months and completed ahead of the committed delivery date which is Oct. 16.

Yapkianwee said the water will go to the reservoir of Baciwa because the pipe of the water district is connected to it.

They have already invested a lot into the project and into the pipe-laying, so to put up their own pipeline is no problem since the stretch to the reservoir is very short, he said.

However, the landowner still has to settle some issues with Baciwa based on some previous negotiations and commitment, Yapkianwee said.

They have encountered oppositions from private individuals and these are coming from people who have no business in the water sector, he said

Yapkianwee said Baciwa is asking for the OGCC opinion because they want to be on the side of caution since there are private individuals questioning the project, or who do not want it to succeed. They don't want BBWI to succeed because they want to sell at a higher price and have no plans of putting up their own plant. While BBWI is supplying one of the lowest rates in the Philippines at P8.95, he said.

Yapkianwee said they are capable of delivering clean and potable water to the people of Bacolod. They believe the bulk water is the first step in solving the water crisis in the city, he said.

Carbon said they are trying to find a solution to the problem now. Whether legal or technical, there should be a solution so there will be delivery of water and they will be able to solve the water woes of the people of Bacolod City.

BBWI also turned over a water tanker to Baciwa yesterday.*CGS




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