Water firms welcome in Iloilo City

Councilor Plaridel Nava said he would welcome any company that wants to provide water services in Iloilo City.

“There is no problem with the entry of water players here as long as it is for the good of the Ilonggos,”  Nava told reporters.

According to the councilor, there’s no such thing as exclusivity when it comes to water distribution.

Nava, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s (SP) public utilities committee, said Manila Water Philippine Ventures (MWPV), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manila Water Co., Inc., also wanted to operate in the city.

Una pa ni gani sila ka submit sang franchise application sa Prime Water [Infrastructure Corp.],” he noted.

The Ayala-controlled water company submitted its application in December last year. It was referred to the committee on public utilities, which was previously chaired by Councilor R Leone Gerochi.

Nava said officials of Ayala complained that their application seemed to have been ignored by the SP.

The councilor assured that MWPV’s franchise application would undergo the same processes as  Prime Water’s.

On Dec. 12, the SP approved on first reading an ordinance allowing MWPV to distribute water in the districts of Mandurriao, Molo, and Arevalo.

“Next year, maconduct kita public hearing,” Nava said.

On the other hand, the franchise of the Villar Group’s Prime Water was approved by the Council on third and final reading on Dec. 11.IMT