By LITO RULONA
Committee on Budget, Finance and Appropriation of the City Council has questioned and asked for an immediate accounting of the P6 million per year being paid to Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) for the past 13 years by the city government.
Committee chair, Councilor Edna Dahino, also asked COWD management to furnish them the accounted papers on the projects worth P78 million that they implemented related to waterworks as financed by the city government.
Under City Council’s Resolution No. 7732-2006, COWD established a P6 million fund per annum for various water system projects or water services improvement in the city and for suspending the 10% surcharge on the “city water bills” which was passed and approved on Jan. 30, 2006.
“Dugay naman kini nga problema nga nasinati sa siyudad nga dili tanan area ang adunay tubig especially ang Barangay Indahag. Louy na kini sila kayo og dugay na nga nangandoy nga adunay tubig apan wala man bali-baliha sa COWD,” she said.
Dahino said she is claiming in behalf of the affected residents considering that the city government has been paying religiously to COWD since 2006 up to the present.
She said an estimated amount of P78 million has already been paid by the city government to COWD for the past 13 years.
“Where is this money, where are these projects? Naa ra man kini sa COWD. Ingon ana na ba gyud diay kahinay ang ilang services,” said Dahino.
Dahino said the members of the city council are serious to claim what is due to the city government especially to the residents living in the hinterlands.
“Asa naman ilang dapat ihatag sa siyudad. Income generating ang COWD then wala sila’y na-implement. Atong i-clarify what is COWD doing,” she pointed out.
In the resolution, the city found such corporate act worthy of the city’s recognition considering that such fund reserve would go a long way in providing the people their basic need for potable water.
Among the city councilor’s who passed the resolution were incumbent city councilors Annie Daba, Ian Mark Nacaya, Zaldy Ocon and former city councilors Jose Benjamin Benaldo, Alvin Calingin, Edgar Cabanlas, Alfonso Goking, Maryanne Enteria, Simeon Licayan, and Alexander Dacer.