LWUA confirms 3 directors backed by Mayor Labella

THE Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) has confirmed the appointment of three of the five members of the Board of Directors (BODs) recommended by Mayor Edgardo Labella for the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD).

Among those approved were lawyer Jose Daluz III as representative for the Professional sector, lawyer Frank Malilong Jr. in the Educational sector, and Miguelito Pato in the Business sector.

However, Acting Administrator Jeci Lapus did not approve the appointment of former Cebu City mayor Alvin Garcia who was representative of the Women’s sector because the LWUA wanted a female member of the board.

In Garcia’s Facebook post, he accepted the LWUA’s decision and said that although he may not be a member of the board of directors, he is still willing to offer his ideas if consulted. He also congratulated his colleagues.

“I was named to the MCWD Board to represent the Women’s sector. LWUA rejected my nomination because I’m not a woman. They have the right to do so and I accept,” Garcia said in his post.

“Please be informed that per LWUA Memorandum Circular 005.16, the appointee for the Women’s sector should be a respectable citizen of the female gender to represent Women’s organization,” Lapus ruled.

The approval of lawyer Manolette Dinsay as representative of the Civic sector is still pending at the LWUA office since more documents are needed to determine if the CFI Community Cooperative, where is a board member, is a Civic organization.

“We could not favorably act on his appointment pending submission of a certified true copy of the By-Laws of CFI Community Cooperative to prove the organization’s affiliation as a civic organization,” read part of the LWUA’s verdict.

City Administrator Floro Casas Jr. and City Attorney Rey Gealon said they have prepared alternatives for LWUA to reconsider their first decision.

Prior to Garcia being nominated, the first to serve in the sector was former City Councilor Procopio Fernandez, who was among the five members whose services were terminated by Mayor Edgardo Labella because he was “dissatisfied” with the service of the Metropolitan Cebu Water District. (PAC / RSR)