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‘OGCC recommends Miya
negotiations with Baciwa’

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

A member of the Bacolod City Water District Board of Directors yesterday said that the Office of Government Corporate Counsel has issued an opinion recommending that BACIWA proceed with the evaluation and negotiation with Miya Maynilad

Director Marichi Ramos said she was informed by chairman of the Board, Lawrence Villanueva, of the opinion of the OGCC, which means that they can proceed with stage two of the negotiations on the unsolicited proposal of Miya-Maynilad to undertake its non-revenue water and expansion program.

Ramos said this means that they will start evaluating the proposal and negotiate with the proponent on what is beneficial and advantageous to the water district.

BACIWA general manager Juliana Carbon had said they have sought the opinion of the OGCC if they can proceed with stage two of the negotiations since they have not received any revised proposal from Miya Manila Water Projects Inc. after Maynilad withdrew from its partnership.

Miya signified its intention to proceed with its unsolicited proposal with BACIWA to undertake its NRW and expansion project, even after Maynilad withdrew.

Ramos said the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers will help them go about things especially on how to improve the services of the water district by way of addressing the NRW and the expansion program.

She said their acts are according to the guidelines of the National Economic Development Authority, and that they have not violated any law.

She said she also believes it is high time to institute reforms in the water district because people need to be served with potable water.

Ramos said Bacolod is a highly urbanized city, so the need and demand for an efficient and 24/7 potable water supply also increases.

She claimed that Baciwa is losing a million cubic meters of water or NRW.

In 2003, they lost 32 percent in NRW and 47 percent in 2012, and that there was a time when BACIWA lost 52 percent in NRW, Ramos said , adding that it is their job to do something about it.

Ramos said they do not have technical expertise and financial capability to handle the NRW and expansion program, that is why they need outside help.*CGS

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