City willing to distribute water-A A +A
Monday, August 11, 2014
ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has assured that the City Government is willing to take over the responsibility of distributing water to concessionaries in the city should the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) gives the function to the local government unit (LGU).
“We are willing and we are ready to take over the distribution function to more than 20,000 concessionaires and other LGUs covered by the MIWD franchise may follow the same,” said Mabilog after being informed that Flo Water Resources In and Prime Water Ventures stopped supplying water to MIWD last August 9.
The bulk water suppliers claimed that MIWD failed to pay them for water distributed in the last 18 months amounting to more than P7 billion.
However, the suppliers resumed the supply by past 4 p.m. on the same day after MIWD paid P5 million.
However, Mabilog said the situation will remain as it is, as the city is fast preparing for hosting of two important Ministerial Meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) in 2015.
Showing his disappointment with the present MIWD Board of Directors, the city mayor said the board must give solutions now to the long water crisis that recently pulled down the competitiveness ranking of the city.
“Kon wala man lang sila sing mahimo sa sini nga problem, maayo pa maghalin na lang sila dira (If they could not do anything to solve the problem, they better get out of MIWD,” Mabilog said.
Mabilog admitted he has already given instructions to the city legal office to file the legal complaint against MIWD as a public utility for dereliction of duty and failure to fulfill its service and mandate to provide water to the city as provided in the General Welfare Act.
The complaint will be filed with the Office of the Ombudsman, Civil Service Commission and Office of the President. The city will also identify the container trucks delivering water and will talk with Flow Water not to suspend delivery to the city due to the APEC hosting.
Copies of complaint will also be provided to the Senate and Congress for them to know what is happening in the city, Mabilog said.