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PIA Press Release
2008/08/23

Pilar mayor allays fears of waterworks project takeover

by Edgardo Salazar

Cebu City (23 August) -- Pilar Mayor Jesus "Jet" Fernandez belied recent reports that the municipal government has taken over the operations of the Gabi-gabihan, Opao-Lanao-Cawit-Panganan (GOLCP) Waterworks Association, a project that provides potable water to the island town.

Mayor Fernandez, in a press statement, said he was just requesting the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate and to file appropriate charges to the culprits who destroyed the submersible pump that used to draw water from the source.

The mayor reported that some parts of the P135,000.00 submersible pump installed at the Gabi-gabihan water source have been stolen which prompted him to seek assistance from the NBI.

He justified his actions in calling the NBI instead of the local police though saying that the damage has exceed P50,000.00, hence, NBI has jurisdiction on the case as provided by law.

In this connection, the mayor informed that the NBI has charged the Board of Directors of the Waterworks Project with serious malicious mischief at the Provincial Prosecutors Office as a result of the investigation.

According to the mayor, his only concern in this issue is to ensure the continued supply of water to his constituents in the island town. He denied having personal motives in initiating such move.

Meanwhile, Mayor Fernandez laid out his plans to preserve and expand the town's watershed to make sure that the town's water source will not run dry. (IO-Pilar) [top]

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