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Water Watch manifesto inked

A manifesto declaring solidarity as watchdogs against water rate increases, unreasonable fees and the imposition of arbitrary and capricious policies and measures that would violate the rights of consumers adversely was signed by the conveners of the Bantay-Tubig group (Water Watch) yesterday.

The group led by Labor representative Wennie Sancho and Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. is a multi-sectoral alliance of the Bacolod City Water District’s consumers formed to protect the rights, interest and welfare of their fellow consumers.

The Water Watch said the BACIWA management and Board of Directors should make public their transactions, particularly on the terms and conditions, sharing and repayment scheme of loans and project cost of all proposals from private entities relevant to its non-revenue water projects and expansion programs.

It said BACIWA consumers should be fully informed of BACIWA Board Resolutions affecting the rights and welfare of the consumers.

It also said consumers should have official access to official records of BACIWA documents and papers pertaining to its official acts, transactions and decisions made by the BACIWA board in line with the consumers’ right to information on matters of public concern.*APN

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