By Felix “Boy” Espineda, Jr.
CASIGURAN, Sorsogon – The grip to monopolize local water district by Prime Water may soon end by 2021 when its Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with Sorsogon City Water District (SCWD) will be reviewed as mandated in the JVA. The mandatory review after five years to determine the obligations of Prime Water to the concessionaires of the city water district is an opportunity to validate if the conditions in the Joint Venture Agreement was fully complied by Prime Water given the daily complaints of its concessionaires.
In video footage, Engr. Eduardo Tejada, SCWD Interim General Manager said, Prime water is responsible for the operation, maintenance, sourcing of new springs collection of payment financing but failed to remedy the lack of potable water supply.
Alternately some areas of SCWD operated by Prime Water experienced twelve (12) hours with dried faucets while others have which could have been remedied using a generator on its pumping stations. This simple solution was never done. The slow development of springs as water sources has left serviceable areas with reliance on deep wells as their source and its potability is questionable. The lack of definite action from the Villar Group has peeved local officials which if nor remedied may lead to a hang man’s noose for Prime Water.
The complicated Joint Venture Agreement will be reviewed on October 17, 2021 by the SCWD Board and the recommendation of the Interim General Manager will be weighted.
When the Villar Group Prime Water was negotiating an entry with the city water district in 2016 four petitioned the court opposing its entry but it fizzled out because of the withdrawal of three petitioners and it was only Franco Eric Ravanilla now a city council member who stood against its possible entry but his Don Quijote posture was reduced by the political maneuvering in Manila by people whose interest was obvious. [Bicol Today]