Despite a restraining order issued by the Court, Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella yesterday said that by November 15, he will decide who will sit in the Bacolod City Water District Board.
He said he is expecting to receive a list of recommendations on the 15th on the possible replacement of Marichi Ramos as member of the Board of Director of BACIWA.
The Regional Trial Court granted a 20-day restraining order prohibiting the implementation of the Oct. 14 order of the Local Water Utilities Administration that denied the confirmation of the appointment of Ramos as director of BACIWA.
Ramos had filed a petition, with prayer for temporary restraining order, against LWUA officer-in-charge Manuel Yoingco, Office of the Acting LWUA Administrator officer-in-charge Eduardo Santos, and Juliana Carbon, BACIWA general manager, to prevent them from implementing the order of Yoingco for her replacement/removal pending further orders from the Court.
The petition stated that neither Yoingco nor Santos have authority or legal basis for the denial of her confirmation and for ordering her replacement/removal as director of BACIWA.
Puentevella said the TRO is just a limited number of days so by November 15 he will decide on who will sit at the BACIWA board.
Puentevella said the Presidential Decree is very clear that only the mayor can appoint and has the right to remove anybody.
It was the LWUA that ordered her removal from BACIWA and not him, he said.
He will be careful in selecting appointees at BACIWA because he does not want the same mistake to happen, he added.
Meanwhile, Puentevella said the 10-kilometer airport access road, which he claims to have started, and was only followed up and finished by Negros Occidental 3rd District Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez will be inaugurated on November 15, with the presence of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson.
He said he and Benitez recently met with Singson and they have agreed to inaugurate the access road on Nov. 15. The airport access road will significantly reduce travel time in going to the Bacolod Silay Airport and also to Silay City proper.
He said the President wrote him that in case he could not come, he will send Singson.*CGS