• Corruption derailing Butuan water project

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    The water extraction system of the Butuan City Water District (BCWD) at Taguibo River may have been sabotaged, thereby exacerbating the effect of Typhoon Seniang in December last year and reducing by 40 percent BCWD’s production output.

    This possibility surfaced after engineers of BCWD discovered that the steel cover of its manhole in the river was missing, allowing sand and other debris to penetrate the infiltration gallery thereby clogging the passage of water towards the main transmission pipeline.

    BCWD spokesperson Ramil Barquin said in a statement that “the possibility the steel cover was intentionally removed to worsen the effects of Seniang on their facility cannot be discounted because it was unlikely that high currents at the river could dislodge the heavy cover.”

    “The infiltration gallery is a network of perforated pipes located five meters below the river. It is used to collect the water through intervening sand and gravel filters going to the main transmission line. BCWD closes the gallery during heavy rains, thus the removal of the steel cover had very serious negative effects as debris entered the system,” Barquin said.

    As to who would have the motives to sabotage BCWD’s facility, several sources in Butuan have said that no less than top city local officials had been particularly allegedly interested in BCWD projects, including BCWD’s public-private partnership (PPP) program—P565-million Bulk Water Supply and Water Treatment Project awarded to and wholly financed by Taguibo Aquatech Solutions Corp.

    The sources also said that local city officials had allegedly tried to exert pressure for the award of the project to the firm, Abejo Waters of Cebu, in spite of its failure to comply with the basic requirements set for the PPP project.

    Other local city officials even brought in Korean investors while another councilor participates in the bidding of other BCWD projects have banded together in attacking BCWD’s latest PPP project.

    The top local city officials were also seen allegedly influencing the Sangguniang Panglungsod into opposing the project, while an agency under the city government through its Environmental and Natural Resources Office issued an “inaccurate report” that delayed but did not stop the project proponents from securing an Environmental Clearance Certificate.

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    1. Corruption in Butuan City and Agusan provinces have gone beyond repair that even the source of life, Water it is being sacrificed, pawned made as source of vote buying money to the annals of lunacy because politicians and Kingmakers wanted to get a bigger pie of their share The truth is this reporter’s news story is true but half truths and half lies because maybe he did not investigate the information feed to him. Here’s the truth, the PPP deal was actuallymeant PERA PERA PERA period

    2. Corruption and Agusan provinces in Butuan City has gone beyond repair that even the source of life, Water it is being sacrificed, pawned to the annals of lunacy because politicians and Kingmakers wanted to get a bigger pie of their share The truth is this reporter’s news story is true but half truths and half lies because maybe he did not investigate the information feed to him. Here’s the truth, the PPP deal was actuallymeant PERA PERA PERA period

    3. You think BCWD that the people in Butuan don’t know that YOU ARE NOT COOPERATING with the current city administration head when they called for a meeting to investigate the water problem? You were being called many times but all answer you gave were lame reasons. If not because of the people who started gathering signatures to file a case against you, you wouldn’t give a credible reason of soil erosion in the area of Taguibo river because of mining and illegal logging. But nevertheless, that millions (or billions perhaps) that was loaned to you in 1999 should have made a much credible water gallery that even soil erosion can’t ruin the water supply.

      Just so everyone will know, the loan that was given to BCWD was not during under the current city administration. The current Mayor Amante only started his term in 2010. I repeat: The millions of pesos loaned to BWCD was given in 1999. many of us has access to the internet. You can research who was and from who’s family the city official sitted then as Mayor in Butuan.

      To you our dear reporter on this article and to the Manila Times, huge favor. Dig in deeper to this report. Investigate, interview both sides. If you only asked the BWCD, obviously they will point finger on to the current administration because there are people in BCWD who are still supporting the old city administration head. The current Mayor have many great plans for Butuan City but inside the city hall there are still a lot of people who doesn’t do their job well just to hamper the good plans of the current administration. So our dear reporter, be a journalist who doesn’t take sides. Interview and report also the side of the current city mayor.

    4. Hhhmmm….. The reporter is saying top officials. Which one? Officials before? Or now? As what I heard the money that was loaned for the City’s water project was granted in 1999. And as what I’ve heard again, there are people in BCWD now that are pro to the previous city officials. BCWD, Just because Butuan residents now are on the move to file charges against you in the higher courts, you are gathering excuses for your incompetence and corruption? STOP BEING CORRUPT AND DO YOUR JOB!

    5. This is very TRUE!!!

      The local government of butuan as well as the people governing BCWD works underground. This is the reason why butuan is lacking water and even do not reach to its consumers.