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Mayor Slams BACIWA Board

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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. Jenelyn Gemora.

"Any instructions coming from somebody else must be referred first" to the three, the message added.

MAYOR’S REACTION.

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.

LWUA Eyes Interim GM for BACIWA

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Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino and Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) administrator Andres Ibarra will meet today to finalize courses of actions on the continuing standoff at the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA).

Aquino’s Chief of Staff Aris Goyena told NDB last night that the meeting between the senator and the LWUA administrator will formalize the plan to appoint an interim general manager for the water district.


GAWAD SAKA regional awardees including six from Negros Occidental stand proud holding their trophies during the 2014 Gawad Saka Regional Awarding ceremony at the Midtown Hotel in Iloilo City.*(EAD-PIA6/OPA photo)

Goyena also told NDB that among agreements made yesterday between Aquino and Ibarra that will be formalized today will include an investigation of allegations and charges against BACIWA General Manager Atty. Juliana Carbon.

SUSPENSION

The BACIWA Board of Directors, in a vote of three in favor and two against, last week ordered the preventive suspension for 30 days of Carbon.

Chairman of the Board Lawrence Villanueva, Vice Chair Atty. Lorendo Dilag, and Treasurer Marichi Ramos voted for the suspension of Carbon on 10 charges they wanted the GM to answer.

They said the suspension is not a penalty but a move to prevent her from entering her office and influence the outcome of an impending investigation.

A three-man investigation team is yet to be formed.

GM CARBON

On her part, Atty. Carbon said certain rules were violated for her suspension.

Carbon said there is not a single charge whatsoever that was filed against her to be suspended.

BPI ATM Fraud, BCPO OIC-Chief

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Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) OIC-Director Sr. Supt. Pedrito Escarilla must admit that BCPO lacks manpower.

It also lacks full PNP national office support in terms of budget.

It also needs improvement, like newer strategies to improve its anti-crime prevention, police visibility and quick response capabilities.

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Bacolod MassKara Preps Being Felt

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Negros Daily Bulletin’s (NDB) office hopes to finally be able transfer to its new site one block from its current Hernaez-Locsins Streets location in Bacolod within the month.

Some unforeseen technical issues, among other requirements, are still being complied with for its new Rosario-Locsin Streets location.

Such have caused months of delay in the transfer although some printing machines are already in the bigger and wider office.

PRC Mobile Team at Bacolod City People’s House on Aug. 7 & 8

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The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Iloilo Mobile Team will be at the Bacolod City People’s House (formerly New Government Center or NGC) on August 7 and 8.

The team will process applications for initial registration of new nurses, and applications of Licensure Examination for criminologists, nurses, and others, as well as renewal of professional card.

Service delivery starts at 11AM on Aug. 7, and 8AM on Aug. 8.

All interested parties are enjoined to come not later than 8AM.

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