MCWD Corporate Planning head John Macabenta (extreme right) spoke before the members of the Lapulapu City council to explain the water supply situation in the Mactan island.

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines- Joining the fray, the Lapulapu City council also hit the Metro Cebu Water District (MCWD) for its poor services to its consumers.

It passed a resolution on Thursday that the city is dissatisfied of its services as an officer of the firm admitted the lack of water supply for the entire Mactan Island.

Authored by city councilor Ricardo “Rico” Amores, the council also conveyed to the appropriate government agencies to investigate the water firm and file corresponding cases against its officials if needed. “Invite the attention of the appropriate government agencies to conduct investigation and file corresponding case against MCWD’s officials if findings warrant,” a portion of Amores resolution reads, the council’s chairman of its committee on environment.

Prior to the approval of the resolution, the council members including Vice Mayor Celedonio Sitoy took turns in lambasting MCWD who sent some of its officials led by John Macabenta, MCWD Corporate Planning head.

Macabenta himself admitted that the water firm had shortage of supply in Mactan island as it can only generate 30, 000 cubic meters out of the 100, 000 cubic meters daily demand.

Vice Mayor Sitoy pointed out that the lack of water supply in Mactan island which included the town of Cordova has been there for years citing his personal experience as had been a councilor for Cordova town and eventually as Mayor spanning for 23 years.

Now that he has transferred to Lapulapu City and has been its Vice Mayor since June this year, the lack of water supply problem has not been addressed. “Dugay dugay na kong nawad-an ug pagsalig sa MCWD. Nagsugod kog reklamo sa MCWD konsehal pa ko sa Cordova, na Mayor na lang ko biente tres ka tuig didto, naabot na lang ko dinhi sa Lapu-lapu hangtud karun wala gihapon masulbad ang problema, wala gyud mo makahatag ug maayo nga serbisyo (it has been quite long that I lose trust with MCWD.

I started complaining with MCWD when I was still councilor of Cordova, I became its Mayor for 23 years there, now that I am in Lapulapu until now the problem is not solve, you really did not give good service),” Sitoy said.

Macabenta said for his part that MCWD is working to tap other water supply sources either brackish or sea water, which he said is most ideal for the entire island. He said that there are offers for a desalination plant but they are looking for others as it is not yet a done deal. Macabenta described the desalination plant water source as the “ultimate solution” for the water supply shortage in the area.

“The desalination plant is the ultimate solution for the water supply here in Mactan” Macabenta told the council members. Macabenta said an additional daily supply of at least 3, 000 cubic meters is expected next month, October, but it could only serve Barangay Agus and Babag.

The supply coming from Mactan Rock could happen starting October 15, Macabenta said. Asked about the road diggings of MCWD, Macabenta told the council members to report it to their office as it is their policy to fix it right away once repair or installation work is done in a particular area.

Citing a digging somewhere in Barangay Ibo which could turn off tourists who are staying in a known resort hotel in Lapulapu City. “It really caused traffic as that road lead to the road where the tourism is, the five star hotel. It is not a good semblance for the tourist here in Lapulapilu especially the first timers,” Amores pointed out.

Macabenta said an incident like what Amores has revealed could be immediately acted once it will be reported to their office. The resolution of the Lapulapu council came as the Cebu Provincial Board (PB), and the Cebu City and Mandaue City councils have earlier castigated MCWD for its poor services and its failure to provide supply to its consumers.

Board member Glenn Soco has asked the office of the Ombudsman to explore the possibility of filing charges against responsible MCWD officials for the water supply crisis that is happening in Metro Cebu./AAJ



The resolution authored by Lapulapu City councilor Rcardo Amores that assailed the poor services of MCWD