Just get things done

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

THE problem I have with the Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) intramurals is that people think the conflicts are tied to personalities.

On one side, we have general manager Juliana Carbon, two members of the Board of Directors, even the middle management and the union, and on the other side, the three directors. Even politicos are getting into the picture, making the intramurals a proxy war.

Now an external element might join the fray. The Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) might take over the operation of the Baciwa with the option to appoint a sixth member of the Board if the parties can’t get their acts together to work for the progress, peace and harmony in the water district.


Well, fine. Who would disagree with attaining progress, peace and harmony and all that jazz within our public utilities?

Carbon warned that LWUA might go for a full takeover, change the composition of the Board of Directors, and appoint an interim general manager.

And why is that a problem? If that can solve the problems are belly-aching from Baciwa’s lousy performance in serving its consumers, why not? I’ll go for it.

For some strange reason, however, the pro-Carbon side seems to avoid the issues on the proposed Murcia Water District Bulk Water Supply, 750 KVA generator, and non-disclosure of Baciwa’s P241 million retained earnings.

I have yet to hear her side on these charges. Not even a peep of denial. All her press statements home in on the nullity of the majority Board decision to suspend her or on insistence to install the sixth Board member.

Samuel Penado, assistant general manager for administration, said the problem is not Carbon but the three directors.

Really? How can Penado explain the points that Director Marichi Ramos raised on “the perennial problems of…no water, turbid water, favored consumers, and weak water.”

I don’t know Ramos from Eve. But I agree with her. I complained on my columns from the perspective of a harassed consumer who has enough of the lack or even lack of water during daytime and recently even nighttime.
And oh, Carbon’s baldé solution to store freshwater is not even good enough when our faucets become as dry as the Sahara desert. When our baldés do get water, we get turbid water, or what seems a clear freshwater turn out to be stained water.

In fact, I even had a personal dialog with Engr. Jenelyn Gemora, assistant general manager for operations, a few months back. I mentioned all these issues. She promised to look at these issues, but she assured she has heard the issues before.

Well, nothing much happened. We are back to square one. In our barangay, we are still kilometers away from Baciwa’s mission statement that says “Provide safe, abundant, affordable and potable water to the most number of Bacoleños.”

Just look at our bathroom after several days. We get yellow stains on the baldés and the walls. At home, I do most of the cleaning. Since the Kasambahay Law, we have to learn how to do things on our own.

Safe and abundant water? I’d rather err on the side of caution when I see in my home what seems like urine stains on the walls and the baldés.

Frankly, I don’t really care if its Carbon or Tom, Dick, or Harry who manages Baciwa so long as the institution fulfills its mandate. As Nike might say, just do it. Get things done, according to its mandate.



Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 27, 2014.


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