The Meat of the Matter
NEEDS TO EXPLAIN. Contractors are very controversial creatures and many who complain believe their attention has to be called on many issues.
For one, as we have pointed out, the Kabankalan to Bacolod vice-verse highway construction has been a subject of many controversies, one of which is the clearcut slippages which has resulted in the change in the dates for its being finished. In contractors’ language, they call this delay, slippages and could be due to various reasons, primary of these, the incompetence and inefficiency of construction companies, both local or Filipino-owned or foreign funded.
We in the Whistleblowers’ Association for Reforms and Responsible for Nationalist Transformation (WARRANT) have become knowledgeable about the many reasons for slippages or delays, even more so, reasons why construction work of especially government infrastructure projects are done in substandard manner. Or why infrastructure projects become easily destroyed in few years’ time.
CLASHING IMPERIALISTS. US President Barack Obama is to pay a visit to its client-states in the Asian region and which of course, refers to its puppet states to include Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. The visit will be on April 28, with a historical (once again), program or plan of ensuring that military bases or all shapes and sizes be established in the Philippines without the benefit of a treaty agreement.
This would actually be a return to its previous open role as lackey par excellence of the US, and as further implementation of the US rebalancing and pivot to Asia policy, with the Philippines’ role being primordial, our country being on the crossroads of oceans including the Pacific Ocean in this part of the world, a vital gateway to Asia and sentinel of US American hegemony in this part of the world, and most especially with China trying to establish a dominant, imperialist hegemony to rival that of the US.
TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK TERRIBLE. The traffic gridlock in the Pahanocoy and Sum-ag Villages is worse, if not terrible and horrible.
But, of course, we always make distinctions when it comes to those responsible for the road situations in those areas. For Mayor Monico Puentevella, or to be fair, former Mayor and now Bacolod Congressman Evelio Leonardia has really nothing to do about the road in that area, nor had former Congressman Golez had something to do about this. It is just simply because the road and bridges construction projects which are part of the Bacolod-to-Kabankalan construction is a government construction project funded by a multimillion loan from the People’s Republic of China. The construction company Qing Jian is really incompetent, nay, inefficient.
And foreign-funded construction projects like these are even more so dependent on subcontractors which are most local construction companies but such are anomalies attending foreign construction projects. This is because the Philippine government pays for the loans oftentimes with huge interests to the foreign governments with other onerous conditions thrown in for comfort.
FOR CONCRETE UNDERSTANDING AND CLARITY. We are behooved by our commitment to victims of human rights violations which we are also a part of, to once more explain for clarity as we are being ask so many times about the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Compensation Fund, to ensure nobody is still in the dark and to have a full complete understanding of the provisions of RA 10368 as a nine-man member board of directors have already been appointed by President Benigno Simeon Aquino, III.
And the nine-man director of the compensation fund which is to come solely from the $700-M Swiss Bank recovery which part of it was allocated for victims of human rights violations during the Marcos regime and which they are to avail of.
WHY WAS IT DISAPPROVED? Bacolod Mayor Monico O. Puentevella, has pushed for the approval of the redistricting measure for Bacolod City which he said just a few days ago, was already approved by the House of Representatives’ 15th Congress or during the last Congress after it was introduced by then Bacolod City Lone District Congressman Dr. Anthony Golez.
SURFACE OF SPRING WATER BENEFITS ALL. We have been discussing the issues surrounding the circumstances linked with the Bacolod City Water District for months on end, and lately we have come to a conclusion that we have been right all along, with the most telling being our contention on irregularities attending the water firm, and the water we have been taking from our pipes daily for many many years.
Anomalies have been attending LWUA-BACIWA Operations with the succeeding members of the BACIWA board, remissed in rectifying these errors and instead, worsening it. One issue for one the taking out of a P547-M loan from a Japanese international lending agency which practically went to naught. A seven-kilometer pipeline built with the use of the loan and other projects carried out through the loan have all went to useless alleged and supposed development endeavors.
IS THE PROBLEM ITSELF. On the Salvador Benedicto Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP) for one, we are now once again, told that the PAMB Board will discuss the matter and issue its recommendation. On many other issues, these are what time and again, we have been informed.
This is also the case of areas already of targeted landholdings for agrarian reform, but how many complaints on this matter have cropped up with government and specifically the DAR-MARO, not carrying this out?
Or the encroachment of such "development" and investors building structures without business permits, manipulating the titling of lands on already declared land reform areas such as in Alangilan Village or in foreshore communities where small fishermen and seashell gatherers are deprived of livelihood? There are now similar and innumerable cases all over the country, with procrastination as the culprits of maldevelopment.
SOME TELLING POINTS. This Sunday morning, a few hours before the epic boxing combat between Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, and Timothy Bradley, the "Running Man".
Our observations/points are actually take-offs from comments points made by Pacman trainer, Freddie Roach and even from Bradley himself with some analysis thrown in.
Both sides also made these observations based on the twos previous bout, where Pacquiao lost by few measly points to Bradley in what many people said were biased judging and which was even criticized by the Nevada State Boxing Commission because the evident conscious biasness of one of the judges was evident.
Now that Bob Arum, the boxing promoter has arranged a return bout between the two, a load of speculations about the possible results of their fight a few hours from now has, of course, ensued.
AS WATER LEVEL DROPS. Fears are once again being expressed all over the country, in every province and in areas where water supply comes from huge dams. These are dams such as Pantabangan, Magat and Angat Dams in Luzon.
In Bacolod City, concerned BACIWA officials especially whistleblowers and owners of springs in hinterlands of Bacolod and Talisay expressed concerns that with the persistent use of deepwells to supply water to concessionaires, time would not be far off when the groundwater deepwells would dry up and seawater would invade former groundwater deepwells and we would experience the problem Cebu City is facing, lack of groundwater, or freshwater sources because of overuse of groundwater as main sources of water, potable for washing, and for various usage.
That alarm has already been raised by various studies released previously.
Lawyer Roger "Brick" Reyes whose family owns a freshwater springs in the Alangilan Village area, says the BACIWA gets its supply of the commodity to Bacolod residents.
THUS, THE APPEAL. Thus, in a press conference recently when she won the signal victory of being favored in a fair decision by RTC Judge Franklin Demonteverde, in an appeal for the issuance of a restraining order and preliminary injunction on her removal by LWUA officials and with the collaboration of half of the water district’s members of the board, she also issued a fervent appeal to Mayor Monico Puentevella to let things be as she had nothing against the City government’s top honcho who, she said, is a close relative.
When she was appointed member of the BACIWA board representing the professional sector, what was on her mind was to do her duty and be of service to the people, the consumers of Bacolod.
Her fiscalication of the water district was but part of her responsibility and her obligation and that what she was doing was not directed against the mayor. And she has no intention of having any conflict with him or anybody in the City Government but that like them she has a mandate to serve the interests of BACIWA consumers.