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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Personnel: 2016 Model Employees

Editor’s Note: One with the global community

Personnel: Loyal and outstanding employees awarded

From the GM’s Desk: We continue to deliver

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Water News: Chairperson Bangayan and Dir. Paguican take oath as DCWD directors

Personnel updates

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2017 Major Plans and Programs

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Water News: DCWD launches Water Safety Plan

Water News: DCWD office opens anew in Toril District Hall

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Water News: PRRD cites importance of WDs, commends DCWD

Water News: Management and employees fora held

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Water News: Watershed rehab completed!

GAD Talks: Gender and Water: an Interchanging Relatity

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Wate News: 2Big campaign highlights World Water Day celebration

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CSR Corner: WaSH programs benefit partner communities

Fun and Games Opis Dey

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ABOUT THE COVER

CRYSTAL FLOW

The official publication of Davao City Water District. Your contributions are welcome at the DCWD Public Information / Relations Division Office. No part or whole of this newsletter will be printed without prior approval.

Cover concept: Jonas A. Capute Jr. The cover encapsulates the information dissemination strategies of DCWD highlighting its services and operations, water conservation, and environment protection.

Ma. Luisa L. Jacinto, MPA Secretary

 Atty. Charmalou D. Aldevera Member  

Helen D. Paguican, CESO V, PhD Member

TOP MANAGEMENT

Mildred G. Aviles, DM-HRM, CPA Acting General Manager

Alfonso E. Laid, CSEE, CPA Assistant General Manager for Administration

Engr. Exequiel B. Homez

OIC-Office of the Assistant General Manager for Operations

DEPARTMENT MANAGERS  

Arnold D. Navales, CPA Special Project/s, Office of the General Manager Atty. Bernardo D. Delima Jr. Community Relations & External Affairs / Official Spokesperson   Ariel L. Noble, MBA Corporate Planning

Finance & Property Roberto S. De los Reyes, LLB General Services Atty. Richard D. Tumanda Legal

Engr. Rey C. Chavez, MAURP

Pipelines & Appurtenances Maintenance

Water and Sanitation the Pathway to Sustainable Future

CSR Corner: DepEd XI commends DCWD’s CSR in education CSR Corner: Davao youth join Eco-camp

Eduardo A. Bangayan Chairperson Atty. Abdul M. Dataya Vice-Chairperson

Bernadette A. Dacanay, DBA, MA-Hum

Legally Speaking: PDS

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Engr. Noel C. Montaña Production Hilton P. Husain, MBA, CPA OIC, Accounting   Engr. Ruth Agnes G. Chavez, MPA OIC, Commercial Services Engr. Oscar C. Dela Cruz, MSERM OIC, Engineering & Construction Ruth G. Jabines, DM-HRM, MBA OIC, Human Resource   Engr. Reynaldo M. Petalcorin OIC, Information & Communications Technology   Engr. Arnold P. Sarabia, MPA OIC, Internal Audit

One with the global community

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he world has become a united community that works hand in hand to address challenges and threats to humanity - all for the purpose of ensuring a better future for the coming generations. These efforts are embodied in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Although these goals intersect, each sector has their specific goal of interest. For water districts, it is SDG No. 6: Clean Water and Sanitation. Aligning our operations in order to support this global goal has been an easy feat considering that even before these international goals were cascaded, we have already set our own targets that address concerns on water and sanitation among our customers and even those communities that we do not yet serve. Thus, this issue covers the various strategies that DCWD has undertaken at the start of 2017 to improve its operations and services as a water utility and support the international call to improve the quality of life. May these endeavors serve as an inspiration to the rest of the water districts in the country as well as other sectors in society that share the same objective, and that is to impact positive change to the world.

EDITORIAL BOARD ATTY. BERNARDO D. DELIMA JR.

VISION Best water and wastewater service provider with utmost care for the people and the environment.

MISSION We commit to supply potable and affordable water 24 hours a day, provide wastewater treatment services, operate efficiently, take a proactive role in environmental concerns and keep a competent workforce.

CORE STRATEGY Efficient and effective management of all resources for water security in Davao City.

CORPORATE PHILOSOPHY Service with Dignity and Honor 2

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Editor-in-Chief

JOVANA CRESTA T. DUHAYLUNGSOD Managing Editor

JAMAE CONCEPCION G. DELA CRUZ

ATTY. BERNARDO D. DELIMA JR.

Manager, Community Relations and External Affairs Department publicinfo@davao-water.gov.ph

News Editor

KATRINA BELEN M. ROBLE Features Editor

JOHN WINSTON ANTHONY C. AJERO II Copy Editor

JERELL J. LEONIDA Circulation Chief

JONAS A. CAPUTE JR. Artist

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From the GM’s Desk

Water News

We continue to deliver

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CWD is actively working on various infrastructure development projects throughout the city as part of the Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project, which upon completion in 2019, will serve as Davao City’s major water source. We are committed to ensure that our consumers get safe drinking water by effectively managing water quality from the sources to their tap. With our customers’ needs in mind, we continue to improve our policies, processes and procedures through Quality Management System. Our social responsibility programs are geared toward forming partner communities as well as encouraging stakeholders and various sectors to take part in our advocacy in water conservation and environment preservation. Our actions toward the rest of the year confirm our commitment for total customer satisfaction. Indeed, the year 2017 is another opportunity for Davao City Water District to deliver excellent public service.

MILDRED G. AVILES

Acting General Manager ogm@davao-water.gov.ph

Chairperson Eduardo A. Bangayan (right) and Dir. Helen D. Paguican (middle) take oath before Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio.

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avao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio reappointed Chairperson Eduardo A. Bangayan and appointed new director Helen D. Paguican as member of the Board of Directors (BOD) of the Davao City Water District. They both took their oath before Mayor Duterte-Carpio at the Office of the City Mayor on December 29, 2016.

Chairperson Bangayan represents the business sector while Dir. Paguican represents the education sector. They will serve for six years from January 2017 to December 2022. Dir. Paguican replaced Serafin C. Ledesma Jr. who finished his term in December 2016. She was formally introduced to the DCWD family during the employees convocation on January 9, 2017. Along with Chairperson Bangayan and Dir. Paguican in the DCWD BOD are Vice Chairperson Abdul M. Dataya representing the professional sector, Dir. Ma. Luisa L. Jacinto representing the women sector, and Dir. Charmalou D. Aldevera representing the civic sector.

Chairperson Bangayan and Dir. Paguican take oath as DCWD directors by John Winston Anthony C. Ajero II

Chairperson Bangayan is a well-respected businessman in the country who is a known visionary not just in Davao City’s business community but as well as in the national water district associations having served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Local Water Utilities Administration, Chairman of the Board of the Philippine Association of Water Districts, President of the Philippine Water Works Association, and Governor of the Mindanao Association of Water Districts. Together with fellow directors, he has efficiently worked hand in hand to advance DCWD’s operations. Among their recent major accomplishments are the initiative to push through the Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project to ensure sustainable water supply in Davao City and the new office building which will improve DCWD’s services.

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Dir. Paguican is a retired public servant who served as the School Division Superintendent and Assistant Schools Division Superintendent of the Department of Education, Division of Davao City. Before working in DepEd, she was a professor at the University of Southeastern Philippines. She has a Masters Degree in Public Administration major in Organization Studies and Doctorate Degree in Development Research and Administration, the former she earned as a recipient of the Civil Service Commission’s Local Scholarship Program. Aside from being a licensed pharmacist, she also passed the Schools’ Superintendent Licensure Examination and is a Career Service Executive Eligible and Career Executive Service Officer V.

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Water News

by Jamae Concepcion G. Dela Cruz

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avao City Water District launched its updated Water Safety Plan (WSP) on January 9 marking its implementation starting with the information dissemination of the plan’s importance and components to DCWD employees, government agencies, and other identified stakeholders. As part of its implementation, among the upcoming activities are the WSP orientation to DCWD employees which is planned to be integrated in the 2017 DCWD Employees’ Forum, the WSP Stakeholders Forum, and the WSP Internal and External Audit. The WSP is a water quality management program designed to ensure the safety of drinking water from source to customers by protecting the water source from potential hazards, preventing contamination during treatment, storage, and distribution, and ensuring that the quality of water delivered to customers meets the Philippine National Standards for Drinking Water (PNSDW). The first edition of DCWD’s WSP was completed in 2011, developed by a 14-member team using the concepts and guidelines introduced by the World Health Organization in 2004 and included in the PNSDW of 2007.

Water News

DCWD launches Water Safety Plan

PRRD cites importance of WDs, commends DCWD by John Winston Anthony C. Ajero II

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o less than President Rodrigo R. Duterte emphasized the importance of water districts in the development of the country in his speech during the 38th Philippine Association of Water Districts (PAWD) National Convention. He also commended Davao City Water District as one of the best entities in Davao City. DCWD hosted the event on February 2 to 3 at SMX Convention Center which was attended by around 1,250 delegates from water districts and key players in the water industry. Themed “Water Districts: Adapting to Change”, the convention served as a platform for various stakeholders to address concerns on water, environment, and other issues that prevail in the water industry. Aside from the presence of the president, other highlights included discussions on water quality, water access, watershed management, water safety, non-revenue water management, septage management, gender development, and leadership. President Rodrigo R. Duterte empahsizes the importance of water districts in the country’s development along with the other priorities of his administration.

Since then, DCWD has been proactively updating the plan per standards set by regulating agencies, which include the Department of Health’s Administrative Order 2014-0027 declaring the development and implementation of WSP by all drinking-water service providers as a national policy and the Local Water Utilities Administration’s Memorandum Circular 10-2014 making the WSP part of the institutional requirements for water districts.

The convention also served as an avenue for water districts to consult matters with the Local Water Utilities Administration and an opportunity for the PAWD members to hold their general assembly and give recognition to loyalty in-service awardees. Also conducted during the convention were the PAWD Water Quality/Assurance Group workshop, PAWD Human Resource Practitioners forum, 6th PAWD National Science and Math Quiz, plumbing skills contest, golf and basketball tournaments, and fellowship among participants to foster camaraderie and goodwill.

The WSP team led by Production Department manager Engr. Noel C. Montaña (9th from R) presents copies of the updated Water Safety Plan to the DCWD Board of Directors and top management represented by Dir. Helen D. Paguican (middle) and acting GM Mildred G. Aviles (9th from L).

DCWD’s Crystal Flow magazine won third place in the Best Publication Award magazine category. Prior to the national event, DCWD hosted the regional eliminations of the plumbing and quiz contests for Regions XI and XII on January 10. The winners for the eliminations competed in the national level during the convention. Representing Region XI was DCWD’s 2016 Science and Math Quiz winner for elementary level.

DCWD Chairperson of the Board of Directors and convention chair Eduardo A. Bangayan declares the convention open with the ceremonial strike to the agong.

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2016 Model Employees

2016 MODEL EMPLOYEE RUNNERS-UP

by May Lissa G. Deocampo

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he inspiring stories of service excellence continue to transpire in DCWD and these are worth affirming. To recognize the efforts of employees who embody this coporate value and those who have positively responded to challenges and change, DCWD conducts the annual search for Model Employees of the Year (MEY).

As DCWD’s targets become more challenging, DCWD also raised the bar higher for the 2016 MEY. The eight 2016 MEY nominees were assessed based on Performance Efficiency (80%) or the employees’ competence at work, dependability, initiative, job knowledge, quality and quantity of work, team work and attendance; Personality (15%) or the sound condition of the nominee; and, Achievement (5%) or the employees’ creative contributions and worthy ideas, suggestions, and inventions.

As Division Manager A of the Water Meter Maintenance Division of the General Services Department (GSD), he spearheaded the crafting of the Meter Laboratory Quality Management System for ISO 17025 Accreditation and GSD’s ISO 9001:2008 aligned Quality Management System. He is known for his innovativeness and leadership and expertise in water meter management and electrical engineering. In 2016, he attained 100% of his performance commitment .

Jamae Concepcion G. Dela Cruz Non-Supervisory Level (Office Category)

Leo Rhey M. Geraldo Supervisory Level

As Public Relations Assistant B of the Community Relations and External Affairs Department, she is one of the creative minds under the Public Information/Relations Division that initiates information campaigns to raise awareness on water conservation and environment protection.

As General Services Chief B of the Transport Operations Unit of GSD, he developed and strategized dispatching procedures to address DCWD’s mobilization needs. He was also instrumental in obtaining certification for DCWD heavy equipment operators from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. He is also a consistent member of various working committees.

Engr. Josie E. Mamac Non-Supervisory Level (Office Category) As Senior Engineer A of the Engineering and Construction Department, she introduced relevant technology applications in hydraulic models. She is also a noted specialist in developing feasible schemes for the improvement of water supply systems, system demand analyses, hydraulic modeling, and preparation of master plans for proposed water supply systems.

Engr. Dennis A. Maningo Supervisory Level

2016 MODEL EMPLOYEE NOMINEES Non-Supervisory Level (Field Category)

Jimmy V. Ayuban

As Utility Worker A of the Pipelines and Appurtenances Maintenance Department (PAMD), he is known to value time and promptness in completing his tasks and is considered one of the efficient field personnel under the Restoration Unit.

As Water Maintenance Man C of PAMD, he can work with minimal supervision. He has consistently accomplished all maintenance orders assigned to him as one of the Leadmen of DCWD’s Basilio D. Cuasito, Jr. Caretaker Team.

As Senior Water Maintenance B of PAMD, he is in-charge of the monitoring and surveying of areas under Restoration Unit. He is a known extra-miler and has maintained good working relationship Chester O. Saavedra with teamates.

As Corporate Planning Analyst B of the Corporate Planning Department, he is remarkable for his valuable contributions in developing the Waterstat Dashboard and Waterstat Interactive which process and customize statistical reports into useful information tools. Aside from being capable of handling numerous tasks beyond his scope of duties, he is also a member of DCWD’s first aid team and among DCWD’s pool of photographers.

Aris V. Cabamungan Non-Supervisory Level – Office Category 8

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Personnel

by John Winston Anthony C. Ajero II

Loyalty in-service and model employees of Davao City Water District were recognized during the 8th Grand Awards Night held at the SMX Convention Center on April 7.

CONGRATUL ATIONS!

Personnel

Loyal and outstanding employees awarded

NEWLY PROMOTED PERMANENT PERSONNEL

EVA FLOR R. APALE Senior Corporate Accounts Analyst Accounting Dept.

MA. CRISTINA S. NUCUM Corporate Budget Specialist A Accounting Dept.

JOSIE E. MAMAC Senior Engineer A Engineering & Construction Dept.

30 Years in Service Awardees

35 Years in Service Awardees

CHRISTINE G. MARIMON Engineer B Engineering & Construction Dept.

Chairperson Eduardo A. Bangayan commends all awardees.

25 Years in Service Awardees

20 Years in Service Awardees

Aris V. Cabamungan Model Employee of the Year winner Office Category 10 Years in Service Awardees

Dennis A. Maningo Model Employee of the Year winner Supervisory Level Category

10 Years in Service Awardees

Nominees for the Model Employee of the Year Field Category

EDWIN R. ROBLES Senior Water Maintenance Man B Engineering & Construction Dept.

NEWLY APPOINTED PERMANENT PERSONNEL

VON RYAN C. MOSQUITE Engineer B Pipelines & Appurtenances Maintenance Dept.

LAVENDER JESAH A. COLOSCOS Industrial Relations Management Aide Human Resource Dept.

Nominees for the Model Employee of the Year Supervisory Level Category Nominees for the Model Employee of the Year Office Category

CHERIE MAY E. MORALES Procurement Assistant A General Services Dept.

ERNEST WILLIAM C. ODCHIMAR Driver General Services Dept.

EMPLOYEES AWARDED WITH CAREER AND SELF-DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVE UNDER THE PROGRAM ON AWARDS AND INCENTIVES FOR SERVICE EXCELLENCE

AIMEE NICHOLE S. BIOL Information & Communications Technology Dept. Electronics Technician Licensure Examination Passer (April 2017)

JAMAE CONCEPCION G. DELA CRUZ Community Relations and External Affairs Dept. Master in Public Administration major in Public Policy Ateneo de Davao University

JASON J. DEMONTEVERDE Community Relations and External Affairs Dept. Master in Public Administration major in Public Policy Ateneo de Davao University

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE WITH DIGNITY AND HONOR!

RETIRED PERMANENT EMPLOYEE ROLANDO R. SALAZAR Water Maintenance Foreman Pipelines & Appurtenances Maintenance Dept. 27 years in service Atty. Bernardo D. Delima Jr. and Stella A. Posadas Lord and Lady of the Night

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Ms. Rizza A. Necessito of the Civil Service Commission serves as the guest of honor.

Acting GM Mildred G. Aviles presents the model employees.

The rebirth of DCWD kwerdas headed by AGM for Administration Alfonso E. Laid (seated, middle).

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Water News

Management and employees fora held

Water News

DCWD office opens anew in Toril District Hall

by Jovana Cresta T. Duhaylungsod

by John Winston Anthony C. Ajero II

The 2017 DCWD management team

Early bird payers pose with their freebies given right after paying their water bills.

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avao City Water District welcomed customers to its new office in the renovated Toril District Hall on March 6. This office accommodates water bill payments, new service connection applications, and other customer requests from Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The inauguration and blessing was held on March 3 officiated by Fr. Lies Simbajon. Gracing the event were DCWD management headed by AGM-A Alfonso E. Laid and customers. Early bird payers received

DCWD management headed by AGM-A Alfonso E. Laid (rightmost) gives freebies to early bird payers.

customized drawstring knapsacks, water bottles, foldable fans, and other IEC materials. Aside from the office in Toril District Hall, DCWD customers may also pay their water bills and transact customer service requests at DCWD Bajada and Matina offices and Victoria Plaza collection center and pay water bills at the Felcris Centrale and SM Lanang Premier collection centers, Development Bank of the Philippines, and through Landbank’s iAccess and weAccess online banking facilities.

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n its continuing commitment to capacitate its workforce, Davao City Water District conducted its annual fora for the management and employees.

First to be conducted was the Management Annual Forum dubbed as Change-Responsive Leaders on March 13 which aimed to enhance the skills of DCWD’s officers from the top management to the supervisors in adapting and responding to change. Speakers from the City Planning Office, the Department of Public Works and Highways, and Department of Science and Technology gave situationers of their present and upcoming projects that would impact the growth and development of Davao City which would possibly affect the operations and services of DCWD. Their lectures were instrumental in helping DCWD review and align its projects to enhance inter-agency collaboration.

The Employees Fora series was held in three weeks time starting in the third week of March until the first week of April. The series focused on capacitating the employees to deliver excellent customer service through a lecture on personality enhancement with good grooming and personal hygiene. All the fora featured the highlights of DCWD’s 2016 accomplishments and 2017 plans and programs serving as avenues for all employees to be clarified of any operation concerns during the dialogue with the management. The employees were also oriented on DCWD’s Water Safety Plan (WSP) by DCWD WSP vice-chairperson and Water Quality Division manager Hydie R. Mapiñas and water utilities management officer Engr. Ricardo P. Corcino. A reminder of the 5S in the Workplace was also given.

Fr. Lies Simbajon officiates the blessing of the renovated Toril District Hall.

The top management clarifies concerns during the management forum.

Employees participate in the group activity in the employees forum.

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Water utilities management officer Engr. Ricardo P. Corcino orients the participants on DCWD’s Water Safety Plan.

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Water News

completed! by Katrina Belen M. Roble

The project started in 2005 when DCWD entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to rehabilitate 530 hectares in Mt. Talomo-Lipadas Watershed, which was completed in 2010. Inspired by this accomplishment, DCWD added another 470 hectares in the same watershed in 2011 bringing the total project site to 1,000 hectares. Aside from the on-going maintenance activities in Mt. Talomo-Lipadas Watershed, DCWD is also conducting rehabilitation, preservation, and maintenance activities in its project areas in Malagos and Mt. TipologTamugan watersheds.

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he 1,000-hectare rehabilitation project site of Davao City Water District in Mt. Talomo-Lipadas Watershed has been successfully completed yearend of 2016. Of these 1,000 hectares, around 150 hectares were not covered by the rehabilitation project since their topography and vegetation limit the rehabilitation activities.

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ighlighting Davao City Water District’s World Water Day celebration themed Why Wastewater? was the launching of its year-round 2Big Campaign dubbed One Call for All on March 30, 2017 at the Matina Town Square. This campaign banners the public relations strategies of DCWD promoting its services, operation, and advocacies on environment protection and water conservation. Its ultimate goal is to collect 3,600 kilos of plastic wastes to be fabricated into school chairs that will be donated to upland schools. Around 300 Davaoeños from various government agencies, barangays, and academe attended the event and 10 kilos of plastic wastes was collected. Linkages were also firmed up with the participants to allow DCWD to set-up collection sites in their offices, barangays, and schools. Everyone symbolically pledged their support to the campaign through the Blue Hands commitment wall.

The successful rehabilitation was made possible through these strategies:

WATERSHED REHABILITATION For watershed rehabilitation, DCWD conducted regular tree planting, parenting, and maintenance activities. DCWD also partnered with People’s Organizations in the project site to conduct nursery propagation, maintenance and improvement projects, project monitoring and evaluation, and community-based water quality monitoring.

Regular monitoring and maintenance activities done by DCWD foresters and community partners.

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MULTI-SECTORAL SUPPORT

COMMUNITY EXTENSION

Instrumental to the success of the rehabilitation was the multi-sectoral support received by DCWD through its Adopt-a-Site Project, which encouraged individuals and groups to provide monetary support every year for five years to subsidize the rehabilitation cost of the adopted sites. One hundred adopters donated around PhP4.2 million for the 183 hectares adopted sites.

Alongside the watershed rehabilitation activities were various community-based Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs implemented in barangays Manuel Guianga, Tungkalan, and Daliaon Plantation. The CSR programs include education, health and sanitation, livelihood assistance, and information, education, and communication campaigns.

DCWD’s Employees Multipurpose Cooperative adopts the last hectare for rehabilitation.

Provision of school supplies to children of DCWD’s partner communities in Brgy. Tungkalan

The whole day activity featured the kNOW H20 interactive exhibit on DCWD’s frontline services and annual World Water Day celebrations, on-site customer support at DCWD’s 2Big Services and Social Security System booths, 2Big Forum on water quality, water conservation, and promoting zero waste and recycling plastic wastes discussed by Water Quality Division manager Hydie R. Maspiñas, Public Information/Relations Division OIC Jovana Cresta T. Duhaylungsod, and CEO and president of Envirotech, Inc. Engr. Winchester O. Lemen, respectively. The DCWD-sponsored Zumba capped the event. Acting GM Mildred G. Aviles thanked the participants and for the positive response to the water utility’s call for multisector support to its advocacies. On March 22, the designated World Water Day, a simultaneous Customer’s Appreciation activity was held in DCWD’s offices and collection centers in which around 600 paying customers received freebies.

highlights World Water Day celebration by Jamae Concepcion G. Dela Cruz

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CSR Corner

REHABILITATED LEVEL II WATER SYSTEM FOR BRGY. MARILOG by John Winston Anthony C. Ajero II

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The project which costs PhP2.5 million is a Level II water supply service, a piped system with a communal water point serving around four to six households within 25 meters. Its components included the installation of pipes, communal faucets, and water treatment facility.

However, this mandate did not hinder DCWD from improving water service to areas not yet reached by its services. Thus, through its Corporate Social Responsibility program under Gender and Development Client-focused, DCWD identified communities with difficulties in accessing safe drinking water and implemented interventions to address the differing needs and challenges of their men and women in relation to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH). The first recipient was Brgy. Marilog.

In same event, DepEd also recognized the 35 senior high school teachers who passed the Plumbing NC II exam conducted in December 2016. These teachers were among the 39 scholars of DCWD’s Plumbing Skills Proficiency for Teachers who were

CAPACITATING THE COMMUNITY By end of 2017, the rehabilitated water supply system will be turned over to Brgy. Marilog. In preparation, DCWD has been helping the barangay and the community to better manage the water supply system. It facilitated the formation of the organization in-charge of the maintenance, conducted community assessments, and scheduled a series of capacity building trainings for the members of the community.

SANITATION FACILITY FOR BRGY. HIZON by Katrina Belen M. Roble

by Jamae Concepcion G. Dela Cruz

DCWD and beneficiaries of Plumbing Skills Proficiency for Teachers receive their awards.

trained by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. As follow-up, they will undergo a Training-of-Trainers to be supported by DCWD in April to May this year. The Plumbing Skills Proficiency for Teachers, developed to respond to DepEd’s challenge to government agencies to support the implementation of the K to 12 curriculum, is one of the interventions under DCWD’s CSR Education Portal.

DCWD crew and project beneficiares take a look at the newly constructed water treatment facility.

These projects support the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goal No. 6 on Clean Water and Sanitation. WATER TANKS FOR SCHOOLS

by Jamae Concepcion G. Dela Cruz

he Department of Education (DepEd) XI awarded a plaque of commendation to DCWD for its continued support to promote quality education through various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs during the Stakeholders’ Forum and Appreciation Ceremony on January 30.

esidents of Brgy. Marilog thanked Davao City Water District for completing the rehabilitation of their water supply system, giving access to safe drinking water to 234 households in Sitio Marahan and 116 households in Sitio Ladian starting January.

GOING THE EXTRA MILE Water utilities are mandated to develop and operate Level III water supply service, a fully networked system with individual house connections providing at least 100 liters per person daily.

DepEd XI commends DCWD’s CSR in education

CSR Corner

WaSH programs benefit partner communities

The participants in DCWD’s Plumbing Skills Proficiency for Teachers during the training.

Other interventions under the CSR Education portal are the College Scholarship Program given to deserving Indigenous People (IP) and non-IP students which has around 36 graduates to date;Tulong Aral for Grades V and VI pupils that gives cash incentives and school supplies to top performing students in public elementary schools in Malagos, Mt. Talomo-Lipadas, and Mt. Tipolog-Tamugan watersheds; and Educational Supplies Provision to students in the watershed areas.

Davao youths join Eco-camp

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round 300 junior and senior high school students all over Davao City took part in the Eco-camp 2017 held on April 21 to 23 at the Malagos Park.

The activity that advocates sustainable watershed management was conducted by the Davao City Water District in partnership with the Watershed Management Youth Council (WMYC).

Malagos Elementary School is among the recipients of a 1,000-liter water tank.

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ater tanks with a capacity of 1,000 liters were given to five elementary schools through DCWD’s Patubig sa Eskwela program in January. Receiving two units was Malagos Elementary School and one unit each were Malalan, Cadalian, Wines, and Gumalang elementary schools. The water tank distribution forms part of DCWD’s school-based campaign for water conservation and rainwater harvesting as alternative source for non-potable use of water. It also aims to encourage proper hand washing and other hygiene and sanitation practices among students to lessen the incidence of water-borne diseases.

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(3rd and 5th from L) DCWD’s Community Relations Division OIC Ellanena J. Gabuya and Brgy. Hizon Kagawad Eric Talili cut the ribbon during the turnover ceremony.

Themed Kilos Kabataan Para sa Kalikasan, the camp launched one of DCWD’s year-round campaigns dubbed the #YouthActTayo in which participating students were encouraged to come up with environmental action plans to be implemented in their respective schools to recognize their stand and actions toward environment protection.

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CWD through its Alay Palikuran Project donated sanitation facilities to Brgy. Hizon on January 23 during a simple turnover ceremony attended by DCWD representatives and Brgy. Hizon officials and residents.

Moreover, the three-day camp served as a learning avenue for the participants to know issues on Davao City’s watersheds, water, and aquatic resources. Other highlights included the Environmental Walk showcasing DCWD’s Integrated Watershed Management Program, Corporate Social Responsibility, and water treatment facilities and process; workshop on using performing and visual arts to portray environmental messages; and, Youth on Leading Others inspirational talk to motivate the participants to protect the environment.

Seventy-six families will be using the two-comfort room sanitation facilities located near the coastal area in Sitio Lizada. Aside from the donation, an orientation on WaSH will be conducted to educate the residents as well as monitoring and evaluation to assess the project impacts. Through this project, DCWD will help reduce sanitation issues and protect water resources from contamination. DCWD has also implemented the same project in barangays Malagos and Tambobong benefitting 57 households.

Youth campers listen intently to speakers discussing issues relating to Davao City’s watersheds, water, and aquatic resources.

The eco-campers actively participate in one of the group activities.

Special guest was Engr. Elisa P. Madrazo of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office who delivered a message on behalf of Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio. Also in attendance was Community Relations and External Affairs Department manager and official spokesperson Atty. Bernardo D. Delima Jr. who inducted the new set of WMYC officers. JANUARY - APRIL 2017

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by Edjan S. Parreño

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n implementing projects under Gender and Development (GAD) Client-focused, the Community Relations Divison conducted Gender Analysis in their target community, particularly to 1,109 respondents in Brgy. Gatungan in Bunawan District and Brgy. Lacson in Calinan, Brgy. Marahan in Marilog District, in barangays Wines, Gumalang, and Tawan-tawan, and in the impact areas of the Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project of DCWD.

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Legally Speaking

Gender and Water: An Interchanging Reality

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by Atty. Fairy Faith R. Augustin

The conduct of the GA was a requirement for DCWD to be GAD Plan and Budget (GPB) ready in 2017 and onwards pursuant to the Philippine Commission on Women Memorandum Circular Order 2015-03 providing two-year GPB moratorium from 2015 to 2016 to local water districts. The results of the GA are now the substance of DCWD’s GPB for 2017–2021. More than a requirement, the GA ensures that DCWD’s GAD programs in the barangays are responsive to the different needs of men and women. In addressing gender issues, DCWD contributes to the overall goals of gender equality. Results of the data gathering revealed varied water situations for each barangay. WATER ISSUES

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DS, or Personal Data Sheet is a very familiar term among government officials and employees. At the onset of the year, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) released a new version.

Common to all the barangays is the lack of water safety plan as water comes from contaminated and hardly accessible water sources.

PDS is an important personal document for anyone in public service. Not only does it contain the official personal information of a public servant, it is also used as a main supporting document for all appointments in government service.

In water scarce areas, the intermittent water supply and the absence of water were factors affecting social cohesion. Because of the limited water supply, barangay residents fight among each other. A blind resident in Brgy. Tawan-Tawan is guided by her young daughter to fetch water from the communal source.

This, in turn, restricts cooperation and hinders possible partnership crucial in realizing the shared goals of the barangay. Moreover, open defecation and lack of sanitation facilities were also common among the barangays and were accounted as one of the major causes of water-borne sicknesses and diseases. GENDER ISSUES Various gender-related biases also emerged in the analysis. The major types include gender stereotyping, political subordination, economic marginalization, and multiple burden. Cases of physical, verbal, and emotional gender violence were also noted.

A mother in Brgy. Mandug washes her family’s laundry with the limited water.

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Thus, it is important for every government official or employee to make sure that all personal information are truthful, including his/her civil service eligibility; work experience; voluntary work or involvement in any civic, non-government, people, or voluntary organizations; learning and development interventions or training programs attended; and, other pertinent information. To ensure that all information included in the PDS are indeed truthful, the CCS issued Resolution No. 1700656 on March 21, 2017 citing that any mispresentation made in the PDS will be subject to administrative/criminal cases. One most unfortunate example of this case was that of Cesar S. Dumduma’s. Cesar worked as a government employee in Philippine National Police. He started as a patrolman in 1979 and rose through the ranks until he became a Senior Police Officer 4 (SPO4) in 1991. On December 15, 1998, he took the Career Service (CS)Professional Examination in Quezon City.

Further, it was observed that women who are empowered to perform productive roles such as micro-enterprise were victims of multiple burden. These women work long-hours as they still need to perform productive and reproductive goals. This lead to shorter rest and deprivation of personal development and enhancement.

In 1999, when Cesar was promoted as a Police Inspector, he was required to fill out a PDS. In said PDS, he disclosed that he passed the CS Professional Exam Computer-Assisted Test in Quezon City on December 15, 1998.

Majority of women respondents could not participate in community meetings and social gatherings because of the reproductive roles they had to fulfill.

However upon verification of the PNP-CSC Field Office, it was discovered that he did not pass said examination and actually just got a 25.82% rating. That prompted the disapproval of Cesar’s appointment on the

ground of spurious eligibility and eventually, the CSC-National Capital Region formally charged him with dishonesty. As expected, he denied it. He said that prior to his examination, he met a certain Salome Dilodilo, who was allegedly a retired CSC director who promised her “total support” in his examination. In return, she asked Cesar to convince his close friend to sell a property to her. On the day before the examination, Cesar and Salome went to the CSC Office located at Kaliraya Street, Quezon City to facilitate an early examination schedule for Cesar. On the day of the exam, Cesar took the CS Professional Examination. A week later, he received his Certificate of Eligibility from an unnamed person who claimed to be Salome’s emissary. The Certificate of Eligibility stated that Cesar passed the examination with a rating of 81%. Cesar then wrote the said information in his PDS, allegedly in good faith that the Certificate of Eligibility was authentic. However, the CSC-NCR found said Certificate as spurious and the act of Cesar indicating such in his PDS is constitutive of the offense of dishonesty. Thus, Cesar was dismissed from the government service. When Cesar filed an appeal before the CSC Commission Proper, the same ruling was also rendered. Aside from finding Cesar’s version to be unbelievable, the CSC also deemed that Cesar failed to rebut the presumption that he was the author of the falsified document. The CSC noted that the standard operating procedure for the CS Professional Examination Computer-Assisted Test is to handover the certificates of eligibility to the passers immediately after the examination. Since Cesar did not get his certificate in the standard manner, he had to explain what merited the unorthodox procedure, which he failed to do. continued in page 22...

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Overall, strong gender disparities were observed socially, politically, and economically.

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WATER RELATED GENDER ISSUES Results showed that water consumption of households situated near water sources was higher compared to households situated relatively far. Men fetched water from far water sources while women fetched water from nearer water sources. This showed that women were more burdened in fetching water since they need to meet the water demand of the high consuming households situated near a water source. DCWD’S INTERVENTION DCWD deliberately engenders a society where water development efforts close major societal gaps caused by water insecurity and gender inequality. With this, water development efforts bring inclusive development and opportunities for all giving even the least among society the ropes not just to survive but to live in security and peace.

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The women of Purok 8 in Brgy. Lacson participate in the community assessment workshop.

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Reiterating his defense of good faith, Cesar appealed to the Court of Appeals. However, the court was not swayed and instead, reiterated the ruling of the CSC Commission Proper citing that “Cesar’s possession and use of the falsified certificate for his own benefit created the presumption that he was the author of such falsification. It was incumbent upon Cesar to overcome the said presumption with controverting evidence. His bare assertion of good faith did not suffice as a rebuttal.” Invoking again good faith and stating that the blame about the spurious Certificate of Eligibility is attributable to the CSC personnel who gave him the same, he appealed to the Supreme Court. The Highest Court was not persuaded and affirmed the earlier decision. It pronounced that Cesar’s contention is inconsistent to his admissions and does not merit belief.

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The defense of good faith in Cesar’s case was not appreciated since the circumtances in which he acquired the Certificate of Eligibility cast serious doubts on his good faith. More importantly, the fact that someone else falsified the certificate will not excuse Cesar from the charge of misconduct for he knowingly used and indicated such spurious Certificate in his PDS. Cesar’s case is not the first time that a government employee had been dismissed from service for falsifying eligibility for appointment or promotion purposes. There are similar cases which were earlier disposed by the Highest Court and consistently of the same trend: penalty of dismissal was upheld. The penalty may seem to be too harsh for a little mistake in filling-out of the PDS. The Supreme Court has this to say: “Only those who can live up to the constitutional exhortation that public office is a public trust deserve the honor of continuing in public service.”

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The Supreme Court then took the occasion to discuss the concept of good faith in administrative cases: “Good faith is ordinarily used to describe that state of mind denoting honesty of intention and freedom from knowledge of circumstances which ought to put the holder upon inquiry; an honest intention to abstain from taking any unconscientious advantage of another, even through technicalities of law, together with absence of all information, notice, or benefit or belief of facts which render [a] transaction unconscientious. In short, good faith is actually a question of intention. Although this is something internal, we can ascertain a person’s intention not from his own protestation of good faith, which is self-serving, but from evidence of his conduct and outward acts.”

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This case serves as a reminder of the old fashioned cliché “honesty is the best policy”. And in a millennial way of saying this: As government employees, we should show to the world, the universe rather, that we are confidently beautiful with honesty in filling-out our PDS.

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