The local government unit of Corella announced that it would continue to pursue measures to nullify its contract with the Bohol Water Utilities, Inc. (BWUI) that would allow the LGU to solely take profits from the municipalityâ€™s water supply which is distributed to neighboring towns.
According to Corella Mayor Nicanor Tocmo, the move would greatly benefit the third-class municipalityâ€™s coffers as the BWUI currently gets majority of the income generated from the townâ€™s water supply.
The LGU intends to conduct the distribution of its water supply to neighboring towns without BWUI which currently serves Tabgilaran City and the towns of Panglao and Dauis with water sourced from Corella.
The BWUI currently pays the government of Corella 25 centavos per cubic meter, which earns the municipality a measly P80,000 each month, Tocmo said.
The contract between the BWUI and Corella could remain in effect until 2029, Tocmo said, but added that LGU is awaiting the decision of a regional trial court which could annul its agreement with the water company.
It was the former Corella administration which agreed to the current terms between the LGU and BWUI.
Tocmo said that the LGUâ€™s 25 centavos per cubic meter earning is low compared to the set ordinance that marks the sale at P1.50 per cubic meter, prompting the municipality to file a case in court.
Other than the BWUI, South Bilabago Waters also pays Corella for water extracted in the twown which is being sold to resorts in Panglao.
The water company however pays the LGU with a higher amount of P2 per cubic meter. (Allen Doydora)