DAYS after the water supply in their municipal hall as well as in the other government buildings of the town had been cut off, the municipal officials of Sibonga, a town in southern Cebu, has resorted to using a firetruck to supply water in these buildings.
This comes after reports about the buildings’ lack of water supply had lead to issues about the smell coming from the comfort rooms of the buildings.
According to a municipal worker in the town who refused to be named, a firetruck has been used to supply water in these government buildings since Monday, after the supply has been cut off on February 11. “Naputlan pero naa pa’y tubig,” he said.
“Naa man ta’y initiative na gibuhat karon. Naa ta’y firetruck and naa man sad ta’y gikwaan ug tubig. So karon, ang kadtong mga buhatan nato nga importante kaayo like public market, slaughterhouse, nagbutang gyud mi og limpyo nga tubig,” he said.
The municipal worker explained that the town has two firetrucks, but only one is being used to supply water.
In a previous interview, Arceli Guaves, chairman of the board of the town’s local water supplier, Sibonga Waterworks and Sanitation Service Cooperative (SIWASCO), said they stopped the supply of water to the municipal hall after the local government unit failed to pay its bill for January of this year, on top of its other unpaid bills from the previous years.
The issue of non-payment of water bills by the LGU had been contested in court starting 1999.
Guaves said the town’s unpaid water bills go way back in November 1995.