Daluz reelected as MCWD chairman

LAWYER Jose “Joey” Daluz III got a fresh mandate to lead the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) as chairman of the Board of Directors (BOD).

During the first board meeting for the year earlier Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2022, Daluz opted to start it with an election considering that there are two new members who joined the BOD — lawyer Earl Bonachita who replaced lawyer Francisco Malilong Jr. as representative of the education sector and lawyer Danilo Ortiz replacing lawyer Manolette Dinsay as representative of the civic sector.

Engineer Miguelito Pato nominated Daluz as chairman and the nomination was immediately closed by Ortiz and seconded by Bonachita.

Pato, who represents the business sector and acted as the BOD secretary last year, was elected as the vice chairman, which was formerly Malilong’s position.

Jodelyn May Seno of the women’s sector replaced Pato as board secretary.

Bonachita earned his Political Science degree from the University of Philippines Cebu in 1989 and finished Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of San Carlos in 1993. He was formerly the president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Cebu City Chapter from 2011 to 2013. He was nominated by Cebu Eastern College to represent the education sector.

Ortiz, on the other hand, finished his Political Science degree at the Ateneo de Manila University and graduated Bachelor of Laws from UP College of Law in 1977.

He was connected with SyCip Salazar Hernandez and Gatmalian Law Office before he became managing partner of Ortiz Law Office. He was nominated by Rotary Club of Guadalupe as representative of the civic group.

During this morning’s meeting, Ortiz expressed that he is open to MCWD forging partnership with the private sector in implementing major projects.

The MCWD board commits to continue implementing its priority programs which include developing new water sources to increase the water district’s demand coverage, installation of new distribution lines to reach more consumers within the service area, and reduction of non-revenue water by rehabilitating dilapidated pipes in order to achieve stronger financial standing. (PR)