MIWD, FLO Water opt for arbitration
By: Louine Hope Conserva
THE current Metro Iloilo Water District board of directors and FLO Water Resources Iloilo, Inc. agreed to put under arbitration the remaining arrears of the water firm to the bulk water supplier.
“It was agreed during our meeting that the undelivered water and FLO’s claim on the take-or-pay shall be placed under arbitration,” said Dr. Teodoro Robles, MIWD chairman of the board.
Robles said the same setup will be used for their remaining arrears with Prime Water Ventures.
“Although FLO wants us to pay them as they also have debts in the banks, we are looking at how we can address their concern as well as consider our own,” he added.
FLO Water is demanding at least P80 million from MIWD as payment for the undelivered 10,000 cubic meters daily (CMD) supply.
GSO denies hand in clamping MOA
By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.
THE General Services Office of the Iloilo City government denied any role in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with a towing firm that was supposed to help implement the clamping and towing ordinance on illegally parked vehicles in the city.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog signed the MOA with private contractor Leny Garcia of 3L Towing Services but the mayor later withdrew his signature after leaning that the deal did not pass through proper procedure.
GSO chief Joren Sartorio told The Daily Guardian that no copy of the MOA ever reached his office.
“The MOA has not been endorsed to me or my office for any action in connection with its approval. So, how could I be responsible in any way for it?” he said.
Sartorio pointed out that any contract for supplies (including services) or property acquisition by the city goes through his office for processing.
Direct flights to China, Korea possible this year
By: Louine Hope Conserva
THE Department of Tourism said it is possible to have direct flights from Iloilo to China and Korea this year.
Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog announced during the Chinese New Year celebration last month the proposal of AirAsia for direct flights from Iloilo Airport to Xiamen, China and Incheon, South Korea.
“I have yet to talk with Mayor Mabilog about it and I don’t know whether it is chartered or regular flight he is referring to. But it is possible to have it this year depending on our compliance with the requirements,” said Atty. Helen Catalbas, DOT-6 Regional Director.
Catalbas said there are certain requirements and processes which must be complied such as product development, market development, landing rights and airlines to be used.