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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, July 11, 2013
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Mayor eyes Baciwa hearing

Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella said he will call for a public hearing if the issues involving the Bacolod City Water District if it will not be resolved by its management and Board of Directors.

He said he will invite representatives of the Local Water Utilities Administration and the Office of the President to the hearing so the issue will be clarified. They also plan to invite the union, management and the Board of Directors of Baciwa, including Miya-Maynilad and other interested bidders.

“I hope they can get their acts together and solve it. If not, we in City Hall will come in,” Puentevella said.

Labor leader Wennie Sancho, earlier, said that a signature drive to manifest their opposition to the public-private partnership allegedly proposed between Baciwa and Miya-Maynilad was launched by the General Alliance of Worker's Assembly.

In a press statement, GAWA claimed that the proposed transaction between Baciwa and Miya-Maynilad is grossly disadvantageous to consumers.

It said the exorbitant cost of this proposed transaction amounting to P924 million for the reduction of water losses and expansion program, payable within 15 years will make Baciwa pay P7.88 billion got the duration of the loan.

Meanwhile, Puentevella said that he will give the teachers their Emergency Cost of Living Allowance and may even increase it, as long as the city has money.

Puentevella said he wants to dispel rumors many people had spread during the election period that the “new mayor” will not give them their ECOLA, but added that they are mandated by law to give it.

He plans to meet with Bacolod Schools Division Superintendent Gemma Ledesma to assure her that they will receive their ECOLA, he said.

Puentevella also bared plans to put up a teachers' village for them.*CGS




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