Bacolod Permits and Licensing Division head Vicente Petierre III said he has issued a warning against water refilling stations operating in Bacolod City without a permit from the National Water Resources Board to extract ground water.
Petierre said his office will cancel their Mayor’s Permit if they have no clearance from the NWRB.
“For those who have not yet secured Mayor’s Permits, our office will give them time to process them, but we will make sure that they secure a clearance from the NWRB,” he said.
Petierre said that, based on their discussions with the NWRB, it will take between 30 to 60 days to process an application.
“If, after 90 days, they still have no clearance, we will give an extension to those whose applications with the NWRB are delayed,” he said.
If they have been issued Mayor’s Permits and they did not apply with the NWRB, his office will cancel their Mayor’s permit and recommend the closure of their business for non-compliance with the required NWRB clearance, Petierre said.
There are 157 registered water refilling stations in Bacolod City aside from those not registered, he said.*CGS