OVER a thousand residents
of Carmen, a municipality in
northern Cebu, have gathered
at the Carmen National High
School gym on January 8, 2021,
and expressed support for efforts to gain free water from the
town’s own water district and
against the water foundation.
The residents expressed
support for moves of the town’s
councilors who questioned the
support of Mayor Carlo T. Villamor for the water foundation. This developed even as
Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia went
to Carmen town and showed
support for Mayor Villamor.
Since 2012, the Municipality of Carmen, Cebu and CMWD
entered into an agreement for
the Bulk Water Supply Project
of Cantumog-Luyang River.
The MOA will give CMWD the
exclusive right to get and deliver
treated bulk water supply from the Municipality going to Metro
Cebu Water District (MCWD).
Along with the Bulk Water Supply MOA, the Municipality and
CMWD entered into another
agreement for the creation of
the CMWD Foundation Inc.,
headed by the Mayor that time,
Hon. Martin Gerard T. Villamor as Chairman. In both MOA’s,
it was made clear that the Bulk
Water Supply source will only
be the surface water of Cantumog-Luyang River.
The residents aired their
desire to do away with the
CMWD Foundation Inc. due
to the alleged conflict of interest, lack of transparency and
accountability to live up to its
mandate, objectives, mission
They likewise object to
the extraction of ground water without the Sangguniang
Bayan’s approval. They prefer
Provincial officials to leave residents to decide for themselves
about the water sourced out of
Cantumog-Luyang River without interference.
They supported the position pushed by seven councilors, namely Merian V. Buot, Jasmin S. Paden, Carlyle Allen
M. Pono, Vicente A. Tacocong
Jr., Manuel Mari A. Durano,
Arriane B. Pono, and Remegio
On January 7, 2020, the
Sangguniang Bayan successfully override a veto of Carmen
Mayor Carlo T. Villamor of a
Council resolution and pushed
for two things:
1. The CMWD will no longer pay the add-on tariff directly to the CMWD Foundation
Inc. Instead, the CMWD will
remit the money directly to the
Carmen Water Supply System.
The money will be used for repair, maintenance, and rehabilitation of the existing water
2. The availability of potable free water to Carmen residents for one year because of
the illegal construction of deep
wells and other violations committed thereof.
Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia
also went to Carmen town the
next day and announced that
the Cebu Provincial Government will take charge of the
operation and management of
the waterworks system in Carmen by creating the Provincial
Waterworks System invoking
provisions of the Local Government Code.
The governor motored to
the northern town and spoke
before another gathering at one
of the beach resorts in Carmen,
Cebu as a show of support for
Mayor Carlo Villamor. This
transpired after the assembly
of residents at the Carmen National High School Gym.
“Dili na magapos ang
Mayor ug dili na nila magapos
ang katawhan sa Carmen,”
Garcia said during the gathering.