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‘Shape up’.

This is Mayor Oscar Moreno’s stern advice to the management of Cagayan de Oro Water District in the wake of the scorching public complaints arising from the lingering water shortage in the western parts of Cagayan de Oro City.

We need to level up especially that Cagayan de Oro is a growing city. You can’t support the growth of the city with an anemic water district. Dili na mahimo nga ang pagdumala nila karon sa water district pareho lang gihapon sa una”, a visibly disappointed Mayor Moreno said.

He blurted: “Kinahanglan sa Cowd ang massive rehabilitation, reorganization ug management revamp because it seems to me that it had been insensitive. Napasagdan niya ang iyang obligasyon, wala niya mahimo, and its continuing default has led to all of this (water crisis)”.

“Grabe ang non-revenue water, naguba ang morale sa mga empleyado, and to the point that consumers have even put forward a proposal to take over the water district as early as 10 years ago. From a company that was admired before, it has become subject of severe criticisms which became pointed and brutal over the years”, Mayor Moreno continued.

From his point of view, the mayor blamed the bulk water supply deal between the water utility firm and its supplier, Rio Verde Water Consortium, Inc. as the main reason behind the water shortage problem.

He stressed: “Kini man gud bulk water supply ang culprit diha, pero ang problema ang Cowd has failed to ensure sufficient supply of water. Why need bulk water supply nga pwede man unta maka-source sa tubig nga dili kinahanglan kana? Pero di man niya makaya, misulod ang Rio Verde”, Mayor Moreno explains.

Meanwhile, the city chief executive disagreed with Rio Verde’s claim that the leak of its underwater pipeline in the Cagayan de Oro River was caused by the recent earthquake that rocked Wao, Lanao del Sur.

“Kadtong ilang rason nga naigo sa linog was a lame excuse. To me, that was an alibi. Insulto kana sa katawhan. Wala pa maatiman, unya imo pang tagaan og rason…tuntohon pa ninyo”, Mayor Moreno said in disgust.  

The mayor, however, clarified that he is not into a blame game. “This is not a blame game. All I want to do is for the people to realize where did we commit mistakes so that the Cowd will never commit those mistakes again. I am not blaming the people now. I am blaming the past. Napasagdan kana, and we ought to have learned the lessons from the past”, he emphasized.

Lastly, Mayor Moreno stressed that city needs a stable, reliable water supply, if it wants to elevate its competitiveness and attractiveness to investors. “You can never dream of becoming a very competitive city kung ang imong water supply is inadequate and poor, and worst, inefficient”, he concluded. (IAF-CIO)  


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