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.
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.