The row at the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) took a turn for the worse
yesterday after three of the directors named a new Officer-in-Charge to replace
General Manager Atty. Juliana Carbon, who they suspended for 30 days but who has
defied what she called an "illegal" order.
Resource speaker, organizing officials, and some attendees during the
"Colonial" Art Forum at WNU. In photo: (from left) Dr. Maria Christina Bagundol,
Gil Alfredo Severino, Mario Gabuya, Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, Dennis Gupa,
Susan Grandeza, Carlo S. Descutido, and James Sy Jr. Not in the picture is Ionie
Lacson of the office of SPM Batapa-Sigue.* (CMAS photo)
Former bank manager Darwin Destacamento took his oath of office following his
appointment through Board Resolution No. 178 passed by BACIWA chair-man Lawrence
Villanueva and directors Lorendo Dilag and Marichi Ramos.
However, BACIWA’s department heads and the employees’ union have refused to
acknowledge Destacamento’s appoint-ment as the Local Water Utilities
Administration (LWUA) has begun investigating the row on the request of Bacolod
City Mayor Monico Puentevella.
A message was sent out informing BACIWA’s employees that "all instructions
must only come from" either Carbon, Assis-tant General Manager for
Administration Engr. Samuel Penado and Acting Assistant GM for Operations Engr.
"Any instructions coming from somebody else must be referred first" to the
three, the message added.
Reacting to Destacamento’s appointment, Puentevella said: "That is illegal
because Ramos, according to LWUA and the Professional Regulation Commission
(PRC), is not a bonafide board member and has no right to sit in the board. That
issue is still with the court right now."
He also said the LWUA board is expected to arrive at a decision on the BACIWA
row today, Friday.