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Baciwa seeking legal opinion
on bulk water contract changes

The Bacolod City Water Districthas requestedthe 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.

Baciwa general manager Juliana Carbon yesterday said their letter of query was officially received by the OGCC Monday.

They sought the opinion of OGCC as to whether Baciwa can allow the Bacolod Bulk Water Inc. to temporarily connect to the mainline of the water district going to its reservoir,for the meantime that the contractor is trying to secure the right of way to lay their pipes leading to the reservoir, she said.

So, from their line from the Ngalan Riverin Brgy. Granada tothe supposed injection point 1, BBWI will connect to the main line of Baciwa and to its reservoir, she added.

Carbon said that although there is a need for additional water supply, they cannot disregard the legal matters. So they sought the opinion of the OGCC to determine if they can amend the contract or not.

They hope there will be no delay in the delivery of injection point 1 of the bulk water project, she said, adding that they have helped BBWI in the negotiation for the right of way.

So hopefully the lot owner will allow BBWI to lay its pipes, she added.

Carbon said that if there is any delay, BBWI will be meted liquidated damages which is provided in the contract.

They hope BBWI will be able to secure the right of way andbe able to lay the pipes, she said.

BBWI had announced that the ribbon-cutting for injection point 1 will be held on October 12.

Carbon said they will compute the liquidated damages for injection point 2 because BBWI said it will deliver in December or, in aworse case scenario, in March.

BBWI, is a consortium of Mactan Rock Industries, Inc., TubigPilipinas, and TGV Builders.*CGS



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