Inquiry on Iloilo water shortage set on March 6

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

THE House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability will lead an inquiry on March 6 into the mess spawned by water shortage in Iloilo City and other towns covered by a franchise to serve by Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD).

The congressmen will also dig deeper into the reason why MIWD failed to pay the bulk water supplier as provided in an agreement.

The House probe will be presided by committee chair Congressman Oscar Rodriguez and to be attended by Iloilo congressmen Arcadio Gorriceta (2nd District), Arthur Defensor Jr. (3rd District), Niel Tupas Jr. (5th District), and Guimaras congressman JC Rahman Nava.


The hearing will be facilitated by City Lone District congressman Jerry P. Treñas.

Also invited to attend the hearing were dismissed water district general manager Le Jayme Jalbuena, members of the interim Board of Directors, reinstated Board, Iloilo governor Arthur Defensor Sr., and Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, who will be represented by Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa III.

Treñas assured a fair and square hearing to hear the explanations of both sides, that of the old board and suppliers of bulk water such as Flo Water Resources Iloilo Inc. and Iloilo Prime Water Ventures Inc. on the unpaid P80 million owed by the water district.

The bulk water suppliers have started delivering more that 22,000 cubic meters of water per day out of its contracted 25,000 cubic meters, claiming that they could not supply the water as contracted in the injection points for the valves were closed by the MIWD former GM.

The reinstatement of the old Board was facilitated by the Iloilo governor which immediately placed Jalbuena in a 90-day suspension last January 3.

However, Jalbuena was outright dismissed last February 28, 2014 for the board had “no trust and confidence on him.”

Similarly, the reinstated Board, through Chairman Danilo Encarnacion said that 50 percent of the water supply ended up as non-revenue water lost to pipe leakages and pilferages including choked water flow due to closed valves.

The reinstated board said they are doing everything to solve the water problem and serve the more than 32,000 water concessionaires in the franchised area.

Iloilo City has more than 22,000 concessionaires while the other covered areas like the municipalities of Pavia, Leganes, San Miguel, Oton, Sta Barbara, Cabatuan, and Maasin have more than 10,000 concessionaires.

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