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Cebu City mayor sacks water district board directors

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CITING “WIDESPREAD” customer dissatisfaction, Cebu City Mayor Edgardo C. Labella has terminated the members of the Metropolitan Cebu Water District’s (MCWD) board of directors. Notices of termination were sent to Chairman Joel Mari Yu, Vice Chairman Ralph Sevilla, Secretary Cecilia Jugao-Adlawan, and members Procopio Fernandez and Augustus Pe, Jr. on Oct. 15. The five have chosen not to issue a statement. “It is a fact that the consumers of MCWD have been greatly dissatisfied with its present service. This has prompted local government units, such as the Cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Talisay and the Municipalities of Consolacion, Lilo-an, Compostela, and Cordova, and the Province of Cebu through their respective Sanggunians, to issue Resolutions expressing their dissatisfactions and calls for action on the matter. It is for this widespread dissatisfaction over the services of MCWD that I am constrained to terminate your services as a Director,” reads the notice sent to Mr. Yu. Under the law that created MCWD, the Cebu city mayor has the authority to appoint or remove the members of the Board. The Local Water Utilities Authority (LWUA) did not object to Mr. Labella’s decision. LWUA Acting Administrator Jeci A. Lapus, in a letter to the mayor, said his action is within the bounds of the law. The MCWD board has five members who each serve a six-year term. Except for Mr. Fernandez, who was appointed during the term of former mayor and now Vice Mayor Michael L. Rama, the rest were appointed during the term of former mayor Tomas R. Osmeña. — The Freeman

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