ILOILO CITY: Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog on Tuesday assured that the city government is willing to take over the responsibility of water distribution to concessionaries should the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) gives the function to the local government unit.
“We are willing and we are ready to take over the distribution function to more than 20,000 concessionaires and other local government units covered by the MIWD franchise may follow the same,” said Mabilog after learning that bulk water supplier Flo Water Resources In and Prime Water Ventures stopped supplying to MIWD on August 9.
The bulk water suppliers claimed MIWD failed to pay them for the distribution of water in the last 18 months amounting to more than P7 billion. However, the suppliers resumed the supply by past 4 p.m. on the same day after MIWD paid P5 million.
However, Mabilog said the situation will remain as it is as the city is fast preparing for hosting of two important Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation ministerial meetings next year.
Mabilog, disappointed with the present MIWD Board of Directors, said the board must give solutions to solve long water crisis that recently pulled down the city’s competitiveness ranking.
“Kon wala man lang sila sing mahimo sa sini nga problem, maayo pa maghalin na lang sila dira [If they could not do anything to solve the problem, they better get out of MIWD],” Mabilog said.
Mabilog has instructed the city legal office to file the complaint against MIWD as a public utility for dereliction of duty and failure to fulfill its service and mandate to provide water to the city as provided in the General Welfare Act.
The complaint will be filed with the Office of the Ombudsman, Civil Service Commission and Office of the President. The city will also identify the container trucks delivering water and will talk with Flow Water not to suspend delivery to the city due to the Apec hosting.
Copies of complaint will also be provided to the Senate and Congress for them to know what is happening in the city, Mabilog said.