City readies position on water district privatization PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 July 2012 14:19

Mayor Celso Lobregat has expressed reservations on some provisions of the bill that seeks to privatize water districts in the country, as he said that the City Government is currently preparing its position for submission to the bill’s sponsor.

Mayor Lobregat said the City Legal Office has been tasked to prepare the document containing the city’s position on the matter and to be submitted to Office of Senator Edgardo Angara, principal author and sponsor of the proposed Water Sector Reform Act or WSRA or Senate Bill No. 2997.

The bill, submitted for consideration of the Senate, seeks to privatize all water districts in the country. Various groups specifically water district employees associations in various parts of the country have opposed the measure saying its enactment would put consumers at the mercy of profiteers and deprive them of their right to a basic resource.

According to Mayor Lobregat, the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) through its board of directors is submitting its position on the matter and that the City Government is preparing its own stand on the issue for consideration during senate deliberations on the proposed measure.

He disclosed that he has talked with Senator Angara concerning the issue and expressed reservations on various provisions of the proposed law.

Employees from the ZCWD have staged protest moves recently expressing apprehensions on the negative implications of the proposed bill.

In reports from the national level, Senator Angara stressed that proposed reforms to the water sector “will not result to the outright dismantling or blanket privatization of the country’s water districts.”

In fact, he said, the move will “bolster initiatives to improve the service levels of water districts in terms of water supply and sanitation.” — Sheila Covarrubias