Several San Antonio villagers are accusing their leaders of playing politics around the issue of water supply. This week we brought you an interview with Toledo West Area Representative, Oscar Requena who accused the Ministry of Rural Development of contracting incompetent workers on the water board. According to other information received, Requena had exaggerated the situation and is using the struggles of the villagers for his political agenda. Toledo Correspondent, Paul Mahung was in the village earlier today and filed the following report.
Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: Water supply system remains operation as villagers continue daily lifestyle practices in San Antonio Village Toledo. Information from the San Antonio water board personnel indicated that the village water system was not operational for a short period on October 1 as explained by San Antonio Village water board acting chairman Magdaleno Ah.
Magdaleno Ah, San Antonio Village Water Board Chairman: “On October first, that is on a Tuesday there was no water in San Antonio for roughly about four hours, that is from five in the morning to eleven in the morning. So the problem for that was that the operator had not been paid and I was not even the acting chairman at that time, the reason being that I have resigned and there was no board at that time. So what happened is that the operator was unable to be paid for that time and that is the reason why the operator did not turn on or release the water for San Antonio hence I told the operator to release water for San Antonio at that time provided that he will be paid that same evening and from there on we have water for San Antonio up to this time. Coming from the representative of the rural development from PG, the person responded for Toledo West actually we are not getting anything from that person but coming from Mr.Banner, Dr.Coc and Mr.Wade and Mr.Cus they have been assisting me in a lot of ways for example we were able to put in the pipes three more lengths in to the well that that was a problem before as well as there were valves that were in place for over twenty three years that we replaced and all of these people were effective in helping us, the water board of San Antonio in putting this into work. That is the reason why we have water in San Antonio.”
Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: During a visit to the village the water system operator Juan Chun also spoke to Love News.
Juan Chun, Water System Operator: “Yes on October first I went on a strike because on Monday the thirtieth when they collected the fees for the water they didn’t pay me in the evening because there was no board member to witness my little stipend but it never did happen so I got a little bit upset and I said I would strike and would not release water but I filled the tank the night, the tank was full so the next morning it was ready to be released but I just held on to it until somebody from authority to come and tell me to release the water. So it did happen on October first then the village chairman Mr.Avery Griobol reached at my home and told me to release the water because the kids needed water and the kitchen needed water as well so he told me to release the water which I did and I released the water at 11am and until then this village of San Antonio has water until now. Presently good news, Dr.Simeon Coc, the standard bearer for Toledo West had talked to Mr.Banner the head of the rural development department and then they told Mr.Magdaleno to step in to this post and now he is working as the chairman again.
Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: All indications at the village are that San Antonio, San Luis Rey RC School was in regular class session as students and teachers were at work in a comfortable and productive school environment with water as a necessity provided through the San Antonio Village water supply system and the village water board.