By LITO RULONA
Local officials of Barangay Lumbia has requested Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) to replace Kyogo Engineering Service Cooperative as they question the memorandum of agreement signed by the former-barangay chairman.
Barangay Chairman Alexander Torralba on Friday’s committee on public utility meeting chaired by city councilor Teodulfo Lao said they wanted to review a resolution authorizing the signing of water service agreement signed between former-barangay chairman Wilhelm Valencia and water service cooperative Kyogo Engineering Service Cooperative.
In June, hundreds of local residents held a protest and demanded the Kyogo company to return the management to the original provider which is the barangay itself so that there will only be a minimum increase, or just retain the minimum of P168 per 10 cubics of water consumption. Kyogo wanted to increase the rate by P300 per cubic meter.
Pastor Joel Casimero, spokesperson of the protesters said the proposed water rate hike is detrimental to the consumers as the company services are very lousy and water supply is also inadequate.
Torralba said initially they conducted an agreement review and found out that the number of year in providing water services to Barangay Lumbia was too long which is more than 20 years.
He said they wanted they want the Cagayan de Oro Water District to replace Kyogo as their water service provider.
COWD manager Engr. Bienvenido Batar Jr, during the meeting, said barangay Lumbia is included in their expansion program but other water service providers are not prohibited from servicing the area.
Lawyer Dale Mordeno, who serves as legal counsel for the Lumbia residents, said they will question in court a decision by the National Water Board that approved Kyogo’s application for a certificate of public convenience even if the barangay itself was unaware of said application.
For his part, Lao said they will summon former officials of Barangay Lumbia to produce the minutes of their session that resulted in a resolution authorizing the signing of a water service agreement.
Lao questioned whether there was indeed a resolution filed by the barangay council that authorized former barangay Lumbia chairman Wilhelm Valencia to enter into a multi-year water service agreement with Kyogo.
Representatives of Kyogo Engineering Service Cooperative were invited to the committee meeting but they failed to attend.