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Capitol to fully manage Carmen watersystem
By: Mylen P. Manto | Published Friday, January 8, 2021
During the open forum with town officials, barangay captains and residents of Carmen on Friday, January 8, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia announced that the Cebu Provincial Government will operate and manage the Level 3 waterworks system in Carmen to finally give the Carmenanons their needed water supply. (Tonee Despojo)

To ensure that residents of Carmen get their needed water supply, the Cebu Provincial Government will manage and operate the new Level 3 waterworks system in the northern Cebu town.

The decision came after majority of Carmen’s town councilors did not give Mayor Carlo Villamor authority to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Cebu Manila Water Development Inc. (CMWDI) for the bulk water supply.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia announced this to the residents of Carmen during an open forum held Friday, January 8, at the Carmen National High School attended by Mayor Villamor, the 21 barangay captains and councilors, barangay health workers, and residents of the town.

“Di man gyud muhatag og awtoridad sa mayor nga mopirma sa orihinal nga MOA. Busa nakahukom ko, og paminaw mo’ng tanan lakip na kadtong naninguha nga babagan kining maong proyekto tungod kay namulitika mo, inyo nasad gusto paantuson ang katawhan diris Carmen sa inyung mangil-ad nga pamulitika,” she said.

“Ug unsay akong hukom, pinasubay sa Local Government Code, Republic Act 7160 Section 17, mahimo nga mo operate ang probinsya og usa ka inter-LGU waterworks system. Karon, mosugod na pag-operate ug unahon dinhi sa Carmen," she announced, to which the audience applauded.

To carry this out, the Cebu Provincial Government's Economic Enterprise Council passed a resolution creating an Inter-Local Government Unit (LGU) Waterworks System that will manage and operate the water distribution all over the Province.

Its first job is to take charge of the Carmen water distribution and ensure that there is water supply in every household.

Garcia said there is a provision in the Local Government Code that allows the Provincial Government to operate an Inter-LGU Waterworks System. She also asked the support of the Cebu Provincial Board to adopt the EEC Resolution in a special session which will be held next week.

Once this is created, the memorandum of agreement will only have to be signed between the Province of Cebu and the Cebu-Manila Water Development (CMWD) and will no longer need the consent of the municipal council.

"Dili na nila magapos ang Mayor, ug dili na nila magapos ang katawhan sa Carmen," she added.

The Capitol allotted a total of P50 million for the development of the town’s Level 3 water system seen to benefit the eight barangays that have been suffering from a lack of water supply.

These barangays include Barangays Cogon East, Cogon West, Poblacion, and Baring, Luyang, Dawis Sur, Dawis Norte, and Puente.

The Carmenanons expressed their gratitude to the governor for taking care of them and for addressing their water problem. 

Ranulfo Ybañez, former barangay captain of Dawis Sur also lauded the open forum initiated by the governor as it gave them the opportunity to inquire about the issue at hand. (Mylen Manto)