Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Who's in the MWSS board?

Kung mayroon pa silang kahit kaunting hiya na natitira – sana kusa na lang silang magbitiw sa puwesto. - PNoy referring to the MWSS Board of Trustees in his 1st SONA

GMA appointed her political adviser, Gabriel Claudio, to head the MWSS Board last May. The midnight appointment was immediately met with criticism not just because of the nature of the appointment but because Claudio apparently lacks qualifications. The law creating the MWSS requires every board member to be a duly licensed professional with competence in engineering, business management and finance, or in law and with at least 10 years’ distinguished experience in his or her field of expertise. Claudio has a degree in AB Communication Arts from the Ateneo de Manila University.

Another members of the board is Ferdinand Mahusay. He is the brother of Udong Mahusay of the Jose Pidal controversy. In 2003, Udong alleged that then First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo signed a check as Jose Pidal. He later retracted it.

Other members of the Board are Albert Balingit, Aurora Arnaez, and Raul Ragandang. They too are  reportedly friends of Ms Arroyo and her family. They too, according to MWSS insiders, are not "licensed professionals'. (source: the Inquirer, MWSS website)

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