Table Talk: Zamcelco and ZCWD PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 September 2011 14:30

BY Mike S Apostol

Water is not only a very basic necessity but it is life itself. A few minutes without water at home or anywhere, makes life very, very hard. Everything in life is dependent on water. From personal hygiene to waste disposal to cooking food and most of all human beings need water in their bodies to sustain life. This is what the city’s water district role in the community is all about. In their shoulders and in their water district offices, the very life of the city’s populaion is also highly dependent for survival including the water district employees.
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With this set-up, Water District General Manager Mr. Chito Vasquez owe it to the people of Zamboanga City, his dedication in service by embarking on a massive information campaign, when there is water interruption, even for a few hours in the city so that everybody from the richest to the poorest Zamboanguenos, from their mansions installed with several water pressure pumps to the nipa hut of a poor employee with only one pail where to store water will be able to prepare and store water. GM Chito must inform everybody and not only those who are responsible in his appointment as GM.
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Up to this writing, going three days now, there is no water in almost the whole area of Zamboanga City except those areas where influential, powerful local politicians and their friends live. This is not only unjust but cruel for the Water Disrict hierarchy to adopt. Water is not generated and bought but GOD given for everybody to share. If they reason out that the Water District sells water because they spend for its distribution and ensuring its safety as a potable water, there are more than meets the eye in this reasoning, because it is government’s responsibility to distribute water to the population and by all means fairly and justly. The water district be they cooperative or quasi-government is still a public trust because nobody can own vital natural resources like water otherwise we can have absolute ownership and title to rivers, lakes, seas etc...
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On the other hand why is it that whenever Zamcelco goes on a brown-out, there is also no water in our faucets. Is it possible that the two vital utilities are in cahoots to make life in Zamboanga City very hard as a retaliation for all the expose’, scandals and scam thrown by the people against them? Zamcelc’s NEA assigned OIC GM Engr. Jess Castro should find time to have a better assessment on his officials and rank and file of the coopeartive,    Engr. Castro will be surprised to learn that most of his officers who decide for the cooperative are “amor propio” employees and the Water District organization is in the same boat occupied by employees similar to Zamcelco’s. It is better that an urgent amendment to the Zamcelco by-laws should be endorsed by Engr. Jess Castro that all Zamcelco directors must represent a segment the city’s profession, a shortlist must be endorsed by the Zamcelco GM and appointing authority should be the city mayor but authorized by the City Council to sign appointments. The present clustered barangays as a  District Area represented by a director should be maintained as District Electrification Officers like the present DECO. This will promote quality and better policy makers at the board and the monopoly of the barangay chairmen as directors will be stopped and not make Zamcelco look like an extension of a Barangay Council.
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Sorry folks, this will be my last column for this month of September we will be back by early October. I am again on a mission for the majority and the oppressed. See you then...