Sanchez: Nada, nada!

AS THE Spaniards would say, “nada, nada” (nothing, nothing)!
Nothing, nothing is right. Since March 4, we have not been getting any water from our taps from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. – 16 hours!

Daily calls to Bacolod City Water District’s (Baciwa) customer relations produced the same thing – nada, nada. It’s as if the customer complaints forwarded to production/maintenance went straight to the waste baskets.

I called engineer Iden Villaruz. She received no complaints this week. Really now? What did they do with daily complaints I filed since last Monday?

The responses I got from Baciwa was the usual reason: the Sunday brownout. How convenient. Blame it on Central Negros Electric Cooperative although the power utility has its own frequent power outages.

Since that Sunday there has been no prolonged power outages. But water? Nope, the water outage failed to come back.

The past weeks may not be the best, but at least the trickles from the taps can be a bit tolerated. This week, however, it’s a different kettle of fish.

Are Alijisnons children of a lesser god? Last I checked the Bible, we are all born made in the image of God. But why in the eyes of Baciwa we are reduced to second-class citizens?

I go to downtown, water supply is a non-issue. At night, water supply is abundant in Alijis – but only if residents stay up early – in the wee hours of the morning.

Last year, a panel of judges composed of Architect Felino Palafox, Convergys Philippines Services Corp. Chair Marife Zamora, Wilcon Depot Director Rosemarie Bosch-Ong, and P&A Grant Thornton Tax Advisory and Compliance Division Head Eleanor Roque chose Bacolod as the country’s most liveable urban center.

I think these judges should revisit Bacolod again. Let them come to Alijis and some barangays linked to the Boro-Boro water sources in Alangilan. After all, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

Freshwater is a basic necessity. It should serve as a criterion for urban living. If these judges missed out on water service delivery, there must be something wrong in their judgment calls.

So now what Baciwa? Is this a reprise of last year when Alijisnons are deprived of water on a regular basis?

(bqsanc@yahoo.com)