Nacaya wants solutions to persisting water woes
“AS the work and health of the people have already been affected, it’s about time we appropriately focus on the water concerns not only on the amplified request/petition of the Barangay Council of Macabalan Accretion area but also in all other areas, communities and barangays in the city.”
This was pointed out by Councilor Ian Mark Q. Nacaya in his special report during the regular session Monday presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy.
The councilor was referring to Resolution No. 11-2021 of Barangay Macabalan Accretion Area requesting the Sangguniang Panlungsod to carry out appropriate actions on the complaint by the residents of the Accretion Area of Macabalan as well as those residing in areas and sitios experiencing the shortage of water.
“According to the residents, they have already been sacrificing for the past two years for low water supply and there are times that 24 hours they could not access the pipeline from the COWD so often that when they discharge water from the pipes, dirt and other pollutants come out and according to them, gakabilar na sila,” reported the councilor.
He said the problem is not only experienced in Macabalan but also in barangays Camaman-an, Nazareth, Macasandig, Carmen, Patag, Bulua and other low-lying areas in the city.
Most often, water would come out at nighttime forcing the residents to “vigil” just to store up for their much-needed supply, Nacaya further said.
Considering the recent Supreme Court decision that water utilities and provisions should be open to all providers, the city may now welcome all parties and companies for their services instead of just waiting for the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) to fulfill its promises of water supply for so many years already, he cited.
As requested, the matter was referred to the committees on public utilities chaired by Councilor Teodulfo E. Lao, Jr. for appropriate and immediate action. (SP/JAOclarit)