Solving the water crisis in Bauang was the immediate concern of Mayor Eulogio Clarence Martin P. de Guzman as he met the representatives of Prime Waters and Metro San Fernando Water District on March 4, 2019 at Bauang Farmers’ Hall.
Prime Waters and Metro San Fernando Water District had ventured into business together last 2016 with the latter to monitor Prime Waters which is owned by Sen. Villar.
With the mayor are Sangguniang Bayan Alexander Romeo G. Obong and Gabriel A. Sotto, the barangay captains, Bauang Tourism Council (BTC) represented by the president, Dr. Peter Nang and residents of Bauang.
The mayor mentioned that part of the agreement made between these two water companies was to provide water till Bauang South District but up to this writing, there was no connection of water made at the south district.
A total of 54% of water production comes from the well dug at Barangay Ballay, Bauang.
“It was very ironical that your pump supply of water comes from Bauang and yet Bauang experiences no water supply in most of the barangays of Bauang North District,” the mayor said.
“This problem on water is affecting adversely both the economic and domestic activities of Bauang. I am giving you a time table for you to supply water in Bauang regularly,” the mayor added.
He demanded from the two water companies to prioritize Bauang since Bauang is one of their sources of water. He added that these companies have the corporate social responsibility. He demanded their commitments. He asked them to provide the mayor’s office a copy of their joint venture agreement, performance audit and their prioritization of Bauang since 54% of their source of water comes from Bauang.
The mayor appealed on behalf of the Bauangenios to these water companies that Bauang must be rationed with water and the town must be their priority and not the other places like San Fernando City, San Juan, Bacnotan and San Gabriel which are also supplied by the two companies.
“Don’t wait for us to do something drastic. I demand within a week an answer. If there is a neglect or a violation on the agreement signed, then don’t blame us if we bring the matter to higher authority,” the mayor said.
“Please take our plea seriously. Nalaka kami a kasarsarita a taga-Bauang,” he told the represenatives of Engr. Robert Cabiles, head of Prime Waters and San Fernando Water District Joseph Anthony Quinto, general manager.
In answer, the representatives of these water companies explained that Ballay to Acao water lines are awaiting approval from La Union Sangguniang Panlalawigan for replacement of old lines. After that, Quinavite to Pagdalagan Sur follows. Two new wells will be dug in April and another new well will be dug in May. These projects will take a year to be finished and pending approval by Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
Mayor de Guzman said that Bauang LGU will be writing La Union Sangguniang Panlalawigan to ask their permission and assistance so that the water problem in Bauang be given solution the soonest possible time.