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Editor’s Note

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From the GM’s Desk

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We are PRIMEd!

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Model Employee of the Year 2017

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Stars on 45!

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Personnel updates

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.

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2018 Plan and Programs

Corporate Philosophy

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Bulk water supply project updates

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World Water Day celeb highlights

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Water safety excellence upheld

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Vision Best and gender-responsive water and wastewater service provider with utmost care for the people and the environment.

Mission

Service with Dignity and Honor

Our ISO 9001:2015 Quality Policy To attain Customer Satisfaction, Davao City Water District is committed to do the following: • Provide drinking water that is safe, affordable and adequate; •

Ensure services at a high standard;

Efficient management of operations, complying with all pertinent regulatory and statutory requirements;

Continually improve the effectiveness of its quality management system adopting riskbased thinking at all times to meet changing customer expectations and business climate.

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Editorial Board ABOUT THE COVER The cover marks DCWD’s milestone year, fortified at 45.

RUTH G. JABINES Editor-in-Chief JOVANA CRESTA T. DUHAYLUNGSOD Managing Editor JAMAE CONCEPCION G. DELA CRUZ Copy Editor KATRINA BELEN M. ROBLE Features Editor

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The official publication of Davao City Water District. Crystal Flow recounts the transparent and high quality service of DCWD. No part or whole of this magazine may be printed without prior approval.

JONAS A. CAPUTE, JR. Art Editor SHAIRA ANGELICA S. MAGNO CAMILLE MARGARETTE U. SOLON Editorial Assistants JERELL J. LEONIDA Circulation Manager This issue’s contributors: MAY LISSA G. DEOCAMPO HOPE D. OLIVO


Editor’s Note

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e celebrate 45 years of service with dignity and honor! Through the years this corporate philosophy primed us all to reach greater heights and make a difference, marking the milestone year of DCWD’s existence with that seal of service excellence.

Hence, this issue takes the reader to the milestone achievements of DCWD brought about by the efforts of the employees whose prime purpose of being in this family is to bring honour and take pride to every contribution that made DCWD what it is now. The Level II accreditation by the Civil Service Commission on the Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM) gives authority to our General Manager to act on appointments and other personnel movement. Indeed we are primed! Significant highlights in this issue are the approval of our Water Safety Plan by the Department of Health and our acing of the proficiency testing of our water testing laboratory. With much pride we also feature the talents of our employees in different arena such as the photo contest of the Local Water Utilities Administration and the conviction to mark a difference in our gender and development program. GAD moves indeed! Truly, there are too many reasons to celebrate! Accomplishments and achievements are the firsts to spell out this big A mark. But then again, we go back to the basic reason for making it to the best mark. It’s always P.Y.O.L.O (People: the Young Ones & who Lived here Once) - the relentless efforts of these employees who are the most important asset of DCWD. These men and women who are worth-celebrating and worth-honouring! Kudos to all P.Y.O.L.O! Happy 45th anniversary DCWD!

RUTH G. JABINES

Officer-in-Charge, Community Relations and External Affairs Department publicinfo@davao-water.gov.ph

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From the GM’s Desk

Fortified Happy 45th Anniversary DCWD! Our success in the water industry has been driven by the undying commitment of our women and men towards achieving a shared goal. We take pride in the overwhelming support of our employees especially in meeting the demands of our various stakeholders. This is where our culture of growth and excellence is imbibed from the top leadership down to the ranks. We basically believe that nurturing our employees’ well-being first translates to greater outcomes and productivity for the organization. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion has brought more potential to the exemplary talent and expertise of the District’s workforce. We continuously provide learning and development opportunities for our employees to address their learning needs across times and seasons. We continue to nurture the potential of our employees despite the inevitable changes in the business climate. This has allowed DCWD to expand as an organization and be responsive to the ever-changing environment. For the many years of challenges we have handled as an organization, we embrace success today not just because of the accomplishments we have had, but because we have endured the process. We have worked hard together to reach the pinnacle of success and will continually do so for the next generations to come. We are indeed fortified at 45 years of service to the people. Thus, we celebrate the people, the employees of DCWD in this huge milestone. We honor them. We value them. We put our trust in them as they carry the torch of DCWD to our City and our beloved communities.

ENGR. EDWIN V. REGALADO General Manager ogm@davao-water.gov.ph davaowater@yahoo.com

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We are PRIMEd! May Lissa G. Deocampo

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CWD remains attuned to the agency requirements for Level II Accreditation of the Civil Service Commission’s Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM), specifically in the four core systems: Recruitment, Selection, and Placement (RSP), Performance Management System (PMS), Learning and Development (L and D), and Rewards and Recognition (R and R). This is according to the three-day PRIME-HRM On-Site Assessment conducted by the Civil Service Commission on November 15 to 17, 2017. Four PRIME-HRM evaluators conducted a twoway assessment of DCWD’s key HR systems and mechanisms – the “Tell Me” and “Show Me”. Fifty-one employees including key HR personnel and top management were randomly selected for the one-on-one “Tell Me” interview and focused-group discussions on their perceptions, knowledge, and experiences on existing Human Resource practices and programs. The “Show Me” part scrutinized the details in the manuals of procedures, policies and guidelines in all HR areas, and the randomly picked 201 files and folders of DCWD

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employees. In this manner, the evaluators looked into the evidences validating all statements of the interviewees. During the exit conference, the CSC highlighted the sound management of HR records and documents; well-defined recruitment, selection, and placement program; effective performance management system; comprehensive learning and development programs; responsive rewards and recognition system including employee discipline, retention, welfare, and benefit programs. All these are institutionalized with HR as the strategic partner of management. Also noted were the consistent and precise answers of employees and officials during the interview process, a manifestation of awareness, efficient communication channels, and continuing learning interventions. After the CSC evaluation, DCWD garnered 100% in all indicators of each HR system with intermediate proficiency. As such, DCWD has been conferred with Level II Accreditation in all four core systems under the PRIME-HRM. With the best HR practices in place, DCWD continues to advance towards Maturity Level III (Integrated HR Management). Indeed, we are PRIMEd for excellent public service. CRYSTAL FLOW

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Model Employee May Lissa G. Deocampo

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he Search for Model Employee of the Year is one of the anticipated recognitions the whole DCWD organization looks forward to. It is one of the employee rewards granted through the Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) approved by the Civil Service Commission. For year 2017, nine employees from different departments were nominated. After evaluation by the Human Resource Department based on the eligibility requirement, seven pre-qualified nominees were endorsed to the MEY selection Committee. The selection committee looked into the competencies and effectiveness of nominees. These were affirmed during the interview process covered by the following criteria: Performance Efficiency (80%) which refers to employees’ competence, dependability, initiative, job knowledge, quality and quantity of work, team work, and attendance; Personality (15%) which refers to the sound condition of the nominee; and Achievement (5%) which refers to the employees’ creative contributions and worthy ideas, suggestions, and inventions.

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Jovana Cresta T. Duhaylungsod OIC, Public Information / Relations Division Community Relations and External Affairs Department

Of the seven, five candidates garnered an overall rating of at least 95% for their commendable work attitude, innovations, and initiative — a prerequisite to qualify for the final evaluation and selection. The MEY runner-ups in the Supervisory Level and Office Category – Non-Supervisory Level are both from the General Services Department for their contributions towards the success of the Calibration Laboratory’s ISO 17025:2005 accreditation. For the Supervisory Level, the runner-up is General Services Chief B Engr. Froilan P. Estrellado who spearheaded the proficiency testing of the DCWD Calibration Laboratory. A very hardworking supervisor, he was able to deliver 100% of the targets of the Water Meter Maintenance for year 2017 and efficiently handle various technical concerns on water meters from internal and external customers. For the Non-Supervisory Level, the runner-up is Data Encoder – Controller Aleda B. Mamhot. Having great attention to details and passion for research, her skills in documentation and control procedures was acclaimed “excellent” by the Philippine Accreditation Board of Assessors during the ISO assessment. Indeed, the MEY 2017 award recipients are outstanding employees who embody the vision, mission, and strategic goals of DCWD; produce quality work; and consistently display characteristics valued and appreciated by coworkers and the whole organization. They carry on professionally as effective conduits continually taking DCWD in the direction of its goals and aspirations. Their accomplishments highlight significant marks in the annals of DCWD’s operations and throughout its history. 6

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JC has been very instrumental in various accomplishments DCWD received for year 2017. This includes the award on Freedom of Information (FOI) wherein DCWD was the first water district to go on board the FOI portal. She introduced new strategies on quad media promotion, ensuring timely and accurate information dissemination of DCWD’s services and operation. Aside from improving the call center operations, JC was also involved in the drafting of DCWD’s offsite customer support protocol, and is also constantly tapped as a member or a Chairperson in various working committees, special events, and activities. JANUARY-APRIL 2018


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Non-Supervisory Level - Office Category

Eliezer L. Fernandez

Engr. Josie E. Mamac

Senior Instrument Technician, General Services Department

Senior Engineer A, Engineering and Construction Department

Eliezer was able to streamline and develop effective processes on management of returned water meters, which contributed to the success of the ISO 17025 accreditation of the DCWD Calibration Laboratory. A noted “extra miler”, he was able to achieve outstanding rating in water meter inspection, inventory, and proper handling of water meters in year 2017.

Josie is a Specialist in Hydraulic Modeling and is notable for her contributions particularly in developing solutions to address water quantity problems and in the improvement of existing water supply systems. She handled various projects under Gender and Development – client focused programs at barangays Gatungan, Lacson, and Gumalang. Josie is also active in attending community dialogues, and is a constant member of various working committees.

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Bulk water supply project updates Camille Margarette U. Solon

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avao City Water District already accomplished around 50% of the infrastructure and pipelaying works for the Part B of the Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project with the completion of five more pipelaying works in various parts in the city in the first quarter of 2018. This is in addition to the nine projects finished in 2017. The newly laid pipes will be used to distribute the bulk water supply in Mintal, Ma-a, Matina, Buhangin, Mamay, Sasa, and Panacan areas.

Meantime, while awaiting for the completion of the bulk water project, some of these pipes will already be operated to improve water service in these areas. The bulk water project is a partnership with Apo Agua Infrastructura, Inc. wherein Apo Agua is charged with Part A or the construction of bulk water supply facilities to supply 300 million liters of water per day to DCWD. In turn, DCWD will handle the distribution to the customers, thus the construction of off-take points, storage facilities, and pipelaying activities.

Among the perceived benefits of the project include improved water availability and pressure among DCWD customers with Cabantian and Panacan as priority areas and expansion of water service from 112 to 120 barangays of the 182 barangays in the city. Further, this project can help prevent the irreversible environmentdamaging effects of excessive groundwater extraction as DCWD will rest majority of its 74 production wells to allow the aquifers to replenish.

Pipeline Improvement Project along Palm Drive from Buhangin to junction Palm Drive -J.P. Laurel Avenue completed on January 22 to improve water service among 4,800 service connections within Buhangin area

Laying (L) and welding of the 700mm diameter Epoxy Lined Epoxy Coated Steel Pipeline (ELECSP) along Palm Drive Street

Pipelaying Project along Ma-a Riverside from corner Ma-a Diversion Road to GEM Village and along Ma-a Road to corner Ma-a MacArthur Highway completed on March 12 to improve water service among 7,600 existing service connections within Ma-a area.

Road restoration works along Ma-a Road after the laying of 600mm diameter transmission line

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Part IV of the Pipeline Improvement Project at Northern Part of Dumoy WSS (Buhangin to Panacan Reservoir and Mamay Road to Davao-Agusan Road) completed on March 14 to improve water service among 9,500 service connections within Buhangin and Angliongto area

(L) Welding of the 700mm diameter ELECSP along Buhangin Road and (R) laying of the 600mm diameter ELECSP along Mamay Road

Pipeline Improvement at Tulip Drive and Acacia St. Juna Subdivision completed on April 30 to improve water service among 6,000 service connections within Bucana and Matina Crossing area

(R) Tapping works of the 300mm diameter Cement Mortar Lined Epoxy Coated Steel Pipeline (CML-ECSP) to the existing 600mm diameter Centrifugal Cast Iron Pipeline at corner MacArthur Highway and Tulip Drive and (L) laying of the 300mm diameter pipeline along Tulip Drive

Pipeline Improvement from Mahayahay RCGR to Mintal Poblacion to Bago Oshiro completed on January 25 to supplement the existing transmission and distribution pipelines of Tugbok Water Supply System form the offtake point (reservoirs at Sitio Mahayahay) down to the main service areas

Laying of 400mm diameter CML-ECSP at (L) Mintal Poblacion and (R) Sitio Mahayahay JANUARY-APRIL 2018

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World Water Day celeb highlights Shaira Angelica S. Magno

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avao City Water District celebrated World Water Day on March 22, 2018 at SM City together with representatives from the Local Government Units, government agencies, Women and Environment in the Barangay, and schools. Highlighting the event was the launching of the 2018 2Big Campaign which is the banner program of DCWD’s year-round public relations strategies to promote its services, operation, and environment advocacies. DCWD frontliners accommodated various water service related concerns on-site with the 2Big Caravan where the participants and mallgoers were encouraged to enroll their mobile numbers to DCWD’s text blast system so they can receive water service updates real-time and to join DCWD’s Water Patrol Facebook Group to become part of DCWD’s network of information multipliers.

Representatives from government agencies and organizations join AGM-A Alfonso E. Laid (6th from L) in launching the 2018 2Big Campaign.

Educator and environment advocate Rex Alon talks about nature-based solutions to counter water challenges.

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Partners from Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) also received application to Landbank’s online payment channels to allow DCWD customers to pay their water bills online.

DCWD cashier Joni Mae L. Bermejo (L) of the Finance and Property Department together with LBP personnel assist a customer in applying to Landbank’s online payment facility. JANUARY-APRIL 2018


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Intensifying its environment advocacies, DCWD ceremoniously opened its 2Big Campaign plastic waste year-round collection to all sectors. These plastic wastes will be recycled into school chairs to be donated to DCWD’s partner schools. In the environment forum, educator and environment advocate Rex Alon gave inputs on various nature-based solutions that the participants can implement in their respective communities to counter water challenges. Capping the event was the awarding of winners of the #conservewaterdavao video making contest which showcased short public service advisories on how to conserve water. In first place was Snake Productions, followed by OCN Lights in second place, and SBS Production in third place. DCWD employees also took part in the celebration by joining the Local Water Utilities Administration’s National Photo Contest among water district employees. Placing third was Engr. Mariebeth D. Braza of the Engineering and Construction Department (ECD) with her photo entry Unconstrained where she challenged everyone to take action on the reality of unsafe water in some areas.

Customer service assistants Shyan P. Ganapin and Percival C. Calla of the Commercial Services Department entertain queries and requests regarding DCWD services.

Unconstrained Mariebeth D. Braza

Sustainable access to safe drinking water is essential in order to satisfy the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generation to meet their own needs.

Snake Productions, first placer of the #conservewaterdavao video making contest receives the prizes from AGM-F Mildred G. Aviles (R), FPD manager Bernadette A. Dacanay (2nd from L), and PI/RD OIC Jovana Cresta T. Duhaylungsod (L).

This photo challenges us on how we will address the reality of unclean and unsafe water penetrating lives due to inaccessibility of potable drinking source for everyone. Many of us get potable water at home, but, how about the likes of this child? This is beyond being a mandate of every water district; this is a challenge we must take, an issue we must conquer, a promise to every customer we must and will fulfill.

GM Edwin V. Regalado (R) commends LWUA National Photo Contest third place winner Engr. Mariebeth D. Braza during the employees convocation. With her is ECD manager Engr. Oscar C. Dela Cruz. JANUARY-APRIL 2018

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Shaira Angelica S. Magno

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avao City Water District bags back-to-back recognitions for the conduct of its water safety procedures. These recognitions are testaments of DCWD’s commitment to ensure topmost water quality among its customers. Among these is the excellent rating of DCWD’s Water Testing Laboratory in the Proficiency Testing Scheme for CY 2017. This test is among the requirements of the Department of Health (DOH) for the renewal of all water testing laboratories in the country. In said test, DCWD laboratory personnel perfectly responded to the situations provided for by the National Reference Laboratory and Health Facilities and Service Regulatory Bureau.

attests the competency of DCWD’s laboratory staff to conduct water testing and analyses and the accuracy of DCWD’s laboratory procedures and results. Another recognition is DOH’s conferment of the Certificate of Water Safety Plan (WSP) Acceptance to DCWD’s WSP with an 89.80% overall recommendation. With the WSP, DCWD has already put in place appropriate measures to prevent any natural and man-made water hazard, avoid contamination in the source, treatment, storage, distribution, and customers’ supply, and ensure that the final quality of water reaching the customers meets the Philippine National Standards for Drinking Water.

The laboratory has maintained excellent rating for this test since 2009. This consistent exemplary performance

Production Department current manager Engr. Rey C. Chavez (3rd from R) and former manager Engr. Noel C. Montaña (2nd from R) together with the Water Quality Division staff headed by manager Hydie R. Maspiñas (5th from L) present the Certificate of Proficiency to GM Edwin V. Regalado (rightmost).

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DCWD empowers youth through environment camp Shaira Angelica S. Magno

AGM-A Alfonso E. Laid (6th from R, 2nd row) poses for posterity with Community Relations and External Affairs Department OIC Ruth G. Jabines (4th from R, 2nd row), DCWD staff, and water ambassadors during the opening program.

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avao City Water District together with its Water Ambassadors and DCWD Youth volunteers conducted its annual Youth ECOngress on April 26 to 27, 2018 at DCWD’s Malagos Park. The camp aimed to educate and raise the awareness of the youth in watersheds, water safety, and disaster risk reduction management. All of this year’s 143 participants came from the watershed areas maintained by DCWD and were beneficiaries of the Tulong Aral ng DCWD, a learning intervention that provides monetary incentives to DCWD’s elementary and high school scholars. Lectures were given by DCWD forestry assistant Elven S. Apor who pointed out the significance of watersheds as the source of water in the City; quality control assurance chief Alma Judith J. Canson who presented DCWD’s efforts in ensuring that the water that reaches the customers is in good quality; and the Office of the Civil Defense’s Recovery and Rehabilitation Management Unit head Eirene S. Canlom who discussed disaster preparedness and risk reduction and the implication of disturbances in the

watersheds in people’s security. In all these lectures, the speakers highlighted the key roles that the youth play in every topic, which the participants and teachers affirmed during the commitment ceremony as part of the fellowship night. On the second day, the Suroy sa Kinaiyahan or an ecotour was done as part of the camp. In this tour, the participants visited some of DCWD’s facilities including the Malagos dam and the slow sand filtration system where they learned how DCWD transports the water from the watershed to the households through its surface water source. Capping the event was the Proyekto Para sa Kinaiyahan. The participating schools were asked to craft environmentdriven school-based campaigns that would answer existing environment problems in their communities. These campaigns are to be part of the second year of #YouthActTayo later this year, which is a citywide competition that recognizes the environment initiatives of the youth.

Student participants listen intently to the briefing before the start of Suroy sa Kinaiyahan. JANUARY-APRIL 2018

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Hope D. Olivo

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he DCWD Gender and Development (GAD) program has been in existence for more than 20 years now. This recounts its evolution filled with challenges, bold explorations, commitment, and support as it turns into a more comprehensive and worth replicating initiative. Where we were before? The focus of DCWD GAD program in its early years was only to support women in the rural areas. It started in 1996 in the form of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs as these were beyond the mandate of DCWD. These programs were administered by the Community Relations Division (formerly Community Relations Unit) of the Community Relations and External Affairs Department (CREAD). DCWD partnered with several groups that also advocated GAD to provide projects and activities for women in Davao City. Among these were Womyn Network Group and Women and Environment in the Barangay. In 2009, DCWD widened the scope of its GAD implementation involving employees along with the women in the community as beneficiaries. This gave birth to the GAD Core Group composed of CREAD which handled GAD External programs intended for the community and Human Resource Department (HRD) which supervised the GAD Internal programs designed for employees. Most of the GAD programs

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for employees during this time were on welfare and benefits such as family planning, maternal and reproductive health, child care, concerns with old age, cervical and breast cancer awareness, and the likes. The GAD approach was still focused on supporting women in the community and within the organization. However, one significant innovation was the conduct of gender concept awareness exclusively for men. In 2014, DCWD GAD efforts made a more remarkable development with the creation of the GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) as per Board Resolution No. 14-279 with its new organization structure, policy statement, and framework. This is pursuant to the Memorandum Circular 2011-01 by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) which provided guidelines for the creation, strengthening, and institutionalization of the GFPS for catalysing and accelerating gender mainstreaming in the government agency as mandated under the Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women. For the first time, the DCWD Board of Directors and the top management and some department managers took part as the GAD Focal Point and the members of the Executive Committee, respectively. With their involvement, the new composition has become more strategic. The GAD implementation had some drastic changes in 2015 with the strict monitoring of GAD budget by the PCW and the Commission on Audit. DCWD JANUARY-APRIL 2018


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increased its allocation for GAD programs from PhP160,000 to around PhP15,000,000. DCWD also used the GAD Plan and Budget standard template provided in the Joint Circular 2012-01 of the PCW, the National Economic and Development Authority and the Department of Budget and Management. In spite of these positive developments, DCWD still had more room to cover as it still needed to identify gender issues as bases for GAD programs to maximize the approved GAD budget, and in turn, comply with the appropriation of 5% GAD budget out of the annual total appropriation of the agency. Hence, series of consultations with external GAD experts and conduct of gender analyses to determine gender issues within and outside the organization became the main focus in 2016 to 2018 while continuously implementing GAD programs committed within these years. Where are we now? 2018 saw a new and improved GAD implementation as it has been forged with the commitment and support of those who have power to legitimize change, the continuous research and capacity building of those who are involved in making such change, and the willingness of people to contribute. This paved for the shift from women-focus to a more inclusive approach challenging gender relations and involving men and other genders in the development process, and from CREAD and HRD implementation to mainstreaming GAD in the whole organization. JANUARY-APRIL 2018

With the mainstreaming, some departments that act as implementers initially saw the GAD program as a foreign undertaking since only CREAD and HRD were implementing GAD programs. Thus, the priority agenda for DCWD has been to lay the basics and set directions towards gender mainstreaming which includes formulation and issuance of GAD policies within the organization, planning or designing gender mainstreaming guidelines and procedures to be adopted by the agency, continuous capacity building of program implementers, setting concrete gender equality targets and indicators, and continuous collection of related data. In this new chapter, the DCWD management approved the creation of the GAD Unit as per Office Order 2018-0403-001 to harmonize and monitor all DCWD GAD efforts. Where are we going? DCWD is headed for a paradigm shift with the goal to be more gender-responsive as an organization, mainstreaming gender in all its Programs, Activities and Projects (PAPs). With this shift, DCWD’s public service will be more people-centered taking into consideration the varying needs and interests of all people (including men, women and all genders) in formulating and implementing PAPs, ultimately gearing towards customer satisfaction. The birth pains of any endeavour can be challenging and arduous. However, with DCWD’s commitment to be at the forefront of gender and development and public service, everything is within its reach. CRYSTAL FLOW

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The Sweet Escape Ruth G. Jabines

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he day that was…November 16, 2017: my first day as department head of the Community Relations and External Affairs Department or CREAD.

Well, I had to spell it out to resound the meaning of CREAD as I used to call it as just a tongue twister when I was still in the Human Resource Department. The transfer was a 180-degree shift in terms of location and space allocation, so to speak. Work-wise, it was totally different too. Before, I used to deal with internal clients, while in this department my exposures are more with the external customers and that includes communing with the natural environment. The daily episodes of my work life in this new department was somewhat bumpy and hilly, in the sense that everything was new and strange, and I had to devote more time to understand the practices, learn the procedures, and of course, know the people I’m working with. In all honesty, nothing excited me except for 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Yes! There’s life after 5 indeed! It was a long ordeal of my dailies. Days turned to weeks and weeks turned to months. The unending “what ifs” slowly crept in then the chances and choices were all within my reach. It was like a déjà vu of what happened to me in year 2008 when I left for Dubai. But this time, the drive was not about finding a better economic life but rather a substantial and meaningful life. Sign of aging or maturity maybe, all I wanted was just to breathe! And then the breather came in, an invitation to attend the Asian Association of Public Administration Conference in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. There I went in March of 2018, literally marching out from the discomforts and nuisances brought about by that personnel movement…that was the sweetest escape I thought I needed. The unravelling of realities started the moment I stepped on the land of Yogyakarta, a place I never imagined I would step into that soon. “What brought me there?” “Why am I here?” “Where do I go from here?” These were the questions that occupied my mind throughout the course of my stay. It dawned unto me that I was right when I said that I was there to escape - escaping from the realities of frustrations, pains, and disappointments was the unspoken purpose. Such a costly escape! Costly as it was, I managed to give justice to the resources spent for that long recess. With conscious efforts, I tried to figure out what went wrong, what could have been and not, and what’s next. Let me recount starting from the “what went wrong?” My work before as head of the human resource is commonly labelled as the most stressful, risky, and taxing but also the most fulfilling and rewarding. Everything excites me in fact! In that kind of work, I found the reason for my being and every task I had was worth doing. So when asked what went wrong, all I can say is nothing, except for the fact that reality sometimes is not 22

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on our favour and all we can do is to accept it with much ardour. What could have been and not? As I’ve said the chances and choices were laid before my very eyes and they’re all within my reach. I could have considered offers from other agencies and laterally continued the government service; or I could have concluded my government service and started anew in private practice; or I could have pursued another field like the academe and have a fresh start with the youth; or I could have returned to Dubai and settle the unfinished version of my personal life. All these “could-have-beens” now form part of my past because I opted to do the “could have not been” or shortly saying, I opted to stay with DCWD. Looking back to that day that was until that sweet escape I had, I realized I had skipped important moments which I ignored because I succumbed to the idea of “I’m the victim of circumstances” and I have all the right to be sad and angry. I lost the chance of hearing the words of encouragement from the officemates and friends I left behind. I missed the times when meals were shared with hearty laughters and sensible chats. I failed to appreciate the wisdom behind that adversity. In totality, that escape cost me to skip some important moments that is part of life I have with DCWD, my second family. So, what’s next? My return last April 1, 2018 happened to be an Easter Sunday in time for the coming back of our Risen Lord together with His promise of redemption. It came down to reach my senses that I, His good child must also come back. And so I listened, and I allowed myself to come back with a bounce and a kick. A paradigm-shift from “why is this happening to me?” to “what is this trying to teach me” was the key. I may have moments lost and missed with that escape but never will this change the landscape of my being, my purpose, my reasons, and my dreams. I am letting go of the past and I am letting God guide me as I live in the present. Amazingly, my return was an answered prayer because shortly, we transferred to the new building in Matina, our new abode. My resentment before on the location and space allocation was turned into contentment. Then slowly, the people in CREAD that were once strangers, now became family-- worth living with, in this new home. The nature of work started to nurture my whole being, giving me a different and wider perspective of life. Clear-headed, I thrive on getting things done. Now, I am never hijacked by impossible goals and am always willing to search for solutions. I can even declare now that I am a veteran of overcoming difficulties. Skilled in the arts of adjusting and setting priorities, I sort through the visions for wings that I will make each new task fly.

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and we just have to gladly work with that purpose. We can harmonize with change, knowing it as a means of freedom and growth, and we can choose to see the best in ourselves and others so that we can respond to virtue with virtue. For all we know, we are capable of staying serene and become more gracious and confident in the midst of change. After all, the sweetest escape is not by skipping any phase of our life, but rather, it’s keeping that faith no matter how and no matter what.

Fun and Games

Like any other employee, I had my share of sentiments and achievements. All these form part of our true value as DCWD employees. In many instances though, trials rock our loyalty and we begin questioning our relevance to this organization. However, the temporary feeling of being disheartened because things happen not on our way cannot be relieved by conceding or giving up. We just have to face it! So in times when you begin to ask the unending questions of “what if and what could have been”, I invite you to re-think and realize that there is purpose in the course of time and events,

GUESS THE WORD! Use the image clues to guess the phrases!

FILL IT OUT! Fill out each row and column with letters – M – A – T – H. Each letter can only appear once in a row or column.

M

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T

A

A

M

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A M T

Fill it out! Guess the word: (from the top, left to right) back to square one, a cut above the rest, small talk, painless operation, cross breed, half hearted, bigger and better, & summary Answers:

M

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A

H

M

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T

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M

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Sources: http://www.fun-with-words.com/rebus_puzzles.html and https://fun. iavinash.com/can-you-fill-rows-and-columns-with-m-a-t-h/ JANUARY-APRIL 2018

CRYSTAL FLOW

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ntegrity

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cultivating among the people the highest ethical standards by practicing accountability, honesty, loyalty, credibility, responsibility and transparency in the utility’s daily operations

WATER ITY DCWD

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trusting and cooperating with colleagues in pursuit of a common goal

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xcellence

exhibiting high level of competence, professionalism, dedication, commitment in all facets of the organization with passion for innovation

tewardship

building a sense of ownership over corporate assets and resources

Profile for Davao City Water District

Crystal Flow 2018 January - April  

Crystal Flow is the official publication of the Davao City Water District.

Crystal Flow 2018 January - April  

Crystal Flow is the official publication of the Davao City Water District.

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