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WATER REPUBLIC A Quarterly Publication of General Santos City Water District • July-September 2017


WHAT’S INSIDE? 4-16 News

•GSCWD Achieves 95% Satisfaction Rating • 200 Marawi Evacuees Receive Relief Assistance • Bajo, Ondok Gawan ES Receive Classroom Donation • Steel Tank to Supply Water to Brgy. San Isidro • Care for the Coast • Trees for Life • GSCWD at 30 • GSCWD unveils new logo • Pay-and-Win Raffle Promo Year 3 • Dugong Bigay, Dugtong Buhay • GSCWD Joins 3rd Sugbahan sa Dalan • GSCWD Champs CSC Larong Pinoy, Forestry Assistant is GSCWD’s Newest Engineer


Engr. Emmanuel Fortunato D. Yaphockun Chairperson

17 Report • Bacteriological Examination for the 3rd Quarter 2017

18 Feature

• Newfangled: Ang mamatay ng dahil sayo

19 Country’s Pride • Miguel Malvar Y Carpio

18 Brain Teaser

Dr. Francisco N. Lorenzo Vice-Chairperson

Marjorie Bandolon-Cartojano Secretary

Engr. Leonardo W. Teves Treasurer

Isaias L. Golez Public Information Officer

TOP MANAGEMENT Engr. Arn B. Gellangarin


General Manager

The General Santos City Water District envisions playing a vital role in upgrading the life of its people by providing safe, potable, reliable and affordable water service.



We commit to fulfill this vision through sound management, professional staff, efficient service, sustainable development and active participation and partnership with the community in the protection of our water resources.


We,the officials and employees of General Santos City Water District are committed to the highest standards in furtherance of our mission of providing safe, potable and reliable water service to the public. We are committed to value: Respect, Integrity, Innovation, Service Excellence, Empowerment and Efficiency.

Accounting and Finance

Francisco R. Alolod, Jr., CPA, CESE Commercial Services

Ferdinand S. Ferrer, MPA General Services, Procurement and Property Management

Engr. Rogelio A. Besana, Jr. Engineering and Operations


The General Santos City Water District, a water service provider committed to the highest standards in furtherance of its mission in providing safe, potable and reliable water service to the public. In order to ensure quality of service, we, as a team, will practice the following principles: 11.1 Adopt new systems and procedures for continuous, efficient and innovative service to obtain highest customer satisfaction possible; 11.2 Conscientiously adhere to service standards and strive for excellence towards operational efficiency in customer service; 11.3 Comply with all applicable statutory and legal requirements; 11.4 Provide well-balanced communication to all employees and stakeholders; 11.5 Engage competent personnel and provide continuous personnel training and development; 11.6 Consistently implement all the controls identified in all our processes. And for its continual improvement, we shall regularly review the performance of our Quality Management System. The results of which shall be our basis for our actions.


General Accounting and Payroll

Sharon Cejas-Gadayan, MPA Customer Care and New Service Connection

Samcelle B. Valenzuela, MPA Billing and Accounts

Jeremias A. Reyes, Jr., MPA

Building and Grounds, Transportation and Water Meter Maintenance

Engr. Cornelio T. Turija, Jr. Water Distribution and Restoration

Engr. Michael G. Gabales Planning and Design Division

WATER REPUBLIC: The official publication of General Santos City Water District. You may submit your contributions at the GSCWD Community Relations Unit.

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Engr. Ma. Celia N. Dandan

Mainline Expansion, Rehabilitation and Civil Works Division



EDITORIAL BOARD Sharon Cejas-Gadayan, MPA Editor-in-Chief Vanne Thea G. Balboa Associate Editor WRITERS: Vivian L. Catalan Emiliano Rafael C. Moredo Cathy Jane J. Martizano Tessa Mae M. Alejado Deocyth A. Sarsalejo Maricel P. Tumaning Catherine Mae Tomeldan, MPA CONTRIBUTORS: Ma. Rita B. Barriesses, RMT Jannene S. Garces Rica Mae O. Alima, CPA Alvin Pomperada ADVISER: Francisco R. Alolod, Jr., CPA, CESE

About the Cover In the Cover is GSCWD’s new logo. Each component has a meaning which embodies the water utility’s commitment to provide safe, potable and reliable water service to the people of General Santos City.



30 Years of Shared Commitment and Shared Success


t was on August 21, 1987 that Sangguniang Panglungsod of General Santos organized General Santos City Water District through Sangguniang Panglungsod Resolution no. 116 as amended by Sangguniang Panglungsod Board Resolution No. 224 series of 1987 pursuant to the provision of Sections 3, 27 and 45 of Titles I & II of Presidential Decree 18 as amended, otherwise known as the Provincial Water Utilities Act of 1973 signed by former President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Following a year after, on November 29, 1988, the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) issued a Conditional Certificate of Conformance (CCC) No. 370 on the establishment of General Santos City Water District, hence, its birth. Exactly 30 years later since its inception, GSCWD has serviced 52,367 service connections and has served to more or less 250,000 populace of General Santos City. The tremendous growth and development of GSCWD has immensely contributed to the city and its people. Hitting the milestone of serving the people for three decades is a manifestation that General Santos City Water District has continually exploring and implementing endless possibilities to deliver exceptional quality public service. Thus, 30 years of public service delivery is no small feat. Unparalleled partnership with different stakeholders in the city and the unprecedented recognition from other government agencies like the LWUA and Civil Service Commission to name a few have brought much confidence to the men and women of General Santos City Water District to be more passionately committed to deliver innovations and excellence. Expect stronger and much dedicated workforce for the next 30 years and counting leaving no stones unturned and keeping relentless service to the public our top priority. 30 years couldn’t be more gratifying without thanking our valued concessionaires who have been our focus of our existence. Hence, this quarter’s issue has staged different thank-you activities to our valued concessionaires who have journeyed with us throughout 30 years and beyond because we believe we have responsibly shared commitment, thus, success is being shared along the way. Long live, GSCWD!



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water bills is “just right”; “fast” On Water Bill Statement Receipt: 96% said that they receive their water bill statement regularly on a monthly basis Response time on Complaints: 80% said that their complaints were responded within 6 hours Response time on Requests: 81% said that their requests were responded within 6 hours On Service Personnel: 95.5% said that GSCWD Personnel (Officer of the Day 97%, Office Personnel 92%, Field Personnel 95%, Call Receiver 98%) are courteous On Speed in doing the Job: 91% said that GSCWD Personnel are fast in doing their job (Field Personnel 90%, Office Personnel 92%) On Awareness and Info Sources: 56% said that they are aware of GSCWD’s Website 22% confirmed the receipt of text messages from GSCWD 77% said that they are aware of the GSCWD Hotline Number (From top to bottom picture) GSCWD efficiently caters the payment of its concessionaires thru its Electronic Queuing system. The office also assigns an officer of the day to assist its concessionaires.


he General Santos City Water District (GSCWD) achieved a high satisfaction rating in its recently concluded Customer Satisfaction survey conducted from May-July 2017. The said survey had a sample size of 1,500 respondents, the distribution of which is pro-rated based on the number of water connection per barangay. A total of sixteen (16) barangays are being serviced by GSCWD. It covered different concerns on the District’s operations such as payments, receipt of water bill statements, responses on complaints and requests, service personnel, awareness on GSCWD information sources, water rates, and on water quality and quantity.

SURVEY RESULTS On Payment: 82% said that the time spent in paying their

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On Water Rates: 59% said that rates applied by GSCWD is expensive On Water Quantity: 96% said that water is available all throughout the day On Water Quality: 95% said that they are satisfied with the water provided by GSCWD Overall: 95% said that they are satisfied with GSCWD’s service “We are pleased to know that our concessionaires are highly satisfied with our services. This inspires us to continuously better our services”, said Francisco Alolod, Jr., Manager for the Commercial Services Department. Notre Dame Business Resource Center Foundation, Inc. (NDBRCFI) was commissioned to conduct said survey. By Rica Mae O. Alima, CPA A QUARTERLY PUBLICATION OF GENERAL SANTOS CITY WATER DISTRICT


Marawi Evacuees Receive Relief Assistance

200 families from Marawi City gratefully receive relief assistance from General Santos City Water District.


00 families benefited from the relief assistance General Santos City Water District gave to the internally displaced families from Marawi City last July 21, 2017 at Brgy Bula. 200 packs of food supply and basic hygiene essentials were distributed to said families. The supplies were composed of noodles, canned goods, biscuits, soap, shampoo and toothpaste. “For a long time now, we have been giving assistance to those communities who are in great need. This case is no different. Our brothers and sisters were displaced and we can only imagine how difficult it must have been for them to lose everything they worked hard for. We want to help them in any way we can�, said Engr. Arn Gellangarin, General Manager for GSCWD.

and Development Office recorded a total of 788 IDPs who sought shelter in this City. These families were accommodated by their relatives and were located in the different barangays of this City. By Vanne Thea G. Balboa

The Prayer Tears were falling after one of the victims of the Marawi siege led the prayer. It was in their prayer that the war would finally stop so that they may eventually be able to rebuild their beloved City again. It can be remembered that in May 23, the ISinspired Maute group tried to take hold of Marawi City which as a result led to the displacement of more than 400, 000 people.

As of July 14, 2017, the City Social Welfare



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Bajo, Ondok Gawan ES Receives Classroom Donation

General Santos City Water District turns-over the key of responsibility to DepEd during the ceremonial turn-over. (from left: Orlinda F. Lascuña, GM Arn B. Gellangarin, DepEd OIC Asst. Schools Division Superintendent Mario Bermudez, Ondok Gawan ES Principal Mamerto Orquia and Brgy. San Jose Brgy. Capt. Abdul Rahim S. Paidumama.


n its 3rd year of giving support to the betterment of the Philippine education system, General Santos City Water District donated classrooms to Bajo Elementary School and Ondok Gawan Elementary School last September 12, 2017. Each schools were given a complete package of one-classroom building consisting of fifty (50) pcs chairs, one (1) set of teacher’s table with chair and four (4) pcs ceiling fans. This year’s donation also included one bookshelf for each school. Ms. Beng Cunanan, Principal for BAJO ES, shared that their 9-month old school started with makeshift classrooms salvaged from their previous location. “God brought you in to answer our need for classroom… On behalf of Bajo Elementary School pupils, and teachers and parents of Purok Udagri, Barangay Conel, I humbly accept the classroom building donation from the General Santos City Water District”, she said. She also said that they shall be good stewards of the donation. On the other hand, Mr. Mamerto Orquia, principal

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for Ondok Gawan Elementary School promised that the building will serve the purpose of its existence. “It is our vision to play a vital role in upgrading the lives of the people of General Santos City. We fervently hope that through this, we will be able to achieve such”, said Engr. Arn Gellangarin, General Manager for GSCWD. By Vanne Thea G. Balboa A QUARTERLY PUBLICATION OF GENERAL SANTOS CITY WATER DISTRICT


Steel Tank to Supply Water TO Brgy. San Isidro

With a capacity of 150 cu.m, the elevated steel tank at Pump Station 4 now services the different areas of Barangay San Isidro.


eneral Santos City Water District inaugurated its elevated steel tank last July 17, 2017 held at Pump Station 4, Purok Masunurin, Barangay San Isido this City. Said tank has a capacity of 150 cubic meter which will service the following areas at Barangay San Isidro namely Prk. Masunurin, Caseres Subdivision, NLSA Road, Botanic Compound, Andrade Subdivision and some portions of Yumang Street. The tank was originally located at Pump Station 3 in Barangay Lagao to cater Alpineville and its neighboring area. However, the high iron and manganese content of the water in the said area made it impossible for the water utility to service the people in the said barangay. In order to maximize the use of the steel tank, the management has decided to transfer it at Barangay San Isidro purposely to address the needs of the residents of the said barangay who were experiencing low water pressure. Some local government officials, board members and selected employees, witnessed the said event. The ribbon cutting ceremony which was one of the remarkable parts in an inauguration was led by Engr. Arn Gellangarin, the general manager of GSCWD, Engr. Manuel Yaphockun, board chairman of the same office A QUARTERLY PUBLICATION OF GENERAL SANTOS CITY WATER DISTRICT

and Barangay Captain Frederick Eduard J. Yumang of barangay San Isidro. An overview in regards to the transfer of the elevated steel tank from pumping station 3 to the said station was briefly presented as well by Engr. Rogelio A. Besana Jr. followed by an inspirational message that was rendered by Vice Mayor Shirlyn BaĂąas-Nograles through her representative Mr. Nar BalofiĂąos. The vice mayor and the rest of the local government unit of General Santos headed by our honorable mayor Ronnel Rivera extended their congratulation to GSCWD for another milestone that it had reached. They consider it as another step forward in regards to the continuation of the improvement of public services to deliver a vital and basic human need to the parched barangays in the city. Vice Mayor Nograles also informed about the present deliberation of the Sangguniang Panlungsod concerning the approval of the rehabilitation of water systems at different purok and barangay in the city. She ended her speech commending the advocacy of GSCWD in not only improving water access to all households but also sanitary and hygienic habits of every General as well. By Tessa Mae M. Alejado JULY-SEPTEMBER 2017

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Care for the Coast

The employees of GSCWD together with some of the local government agencies cheerfully participate in a Coastal clean-up and Mangrove planting at Purok Minanga, Brgy. Buayan.

One of the highlighted activities of General Santos City Water District (GSCWD) in its 30th Anniversary Celebration was the coastal clean-up and mangrove planting. Aside from providing safe and potable water to the City of General Santos, GSCWD have also been involved in different community building activities. With the agency’s 30th year in public service, what better way to celebrate it than to take part in activities that enables the local communities to manage their own natural resources efficiently and effectively just like its recent activity which was the Coastal Clean-up and Mangrove Planting. According to studies, some of the importance of mangroves in our environment includes coastal protection, filter pollutants, prevents shoreline erosion, absorb excess nutrients from run off, trap sediments, fish nurseries as safe haven for juvenile marine species, restoring fisheries habitat as an essential source of food for thousands of coastal communities, and other beneficial sustainable multiple community use purposes. With the city’s sea water as one

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of its source of living, GSCWD helps in making sure that Gensan’s marine life remains healthy. This was one of the reasons why they conducted a Coastal Clean-up and Mangrove Planting last August 28, 2017 in the mangrove sanctuary of Prk. Minanga, Brgy. Buayan, this city. The activity started around late afternoon with an estimated number of 250 participants. This was in cooperation with GSCWD Management, GSCWD Employees Association (GSCWDEA), City Environment & Natural Resources Office (CENRO), City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC), partners from Community Involvement Services, with the affirmation of Hon. Melencio Ortiz, Brgy. Chairperson of Brgy. Buayan, and lastly, with a military convoy (12 RCDC ARESCOM) who were also assigned to secure the area during the activity. The Coastal Clean-up and Mangrove Planting was the culminating activity of the month long celebration of GSCWD’s 30th year anniversary. by Deocyth A. Sarsalejo A QUARTERLY PUBLICATION OF GENERAL SANTOS CITY WATER DISTRICT


Trees for Life

The employees of GSCWD are all smiles after planting 200 Narra seedlings at Sitio Tinefulan, Barangay Maligo, Polomolok, South Cotabato

General Santos City Water District once again conducted its annual tree growing activity last August 18, 2017 held at Sitio Tinefulan, Brgy. Maligo, Polomolok, South Cotabato. The said activity was actively participated by GSCWD employees headed Engr. Mario L. Pelobillo, head of Watershed Management Project. 200 Narra seedlings were successfully planted at the site and are expected to be full grown in the coming years. Through this, GSCWD aimed to promote environmental awareness to its employees in the protection of our water resources by growing trees. “Tinefulan is part of the Mount Matutum Protected A QUARTERLY PUBLICATION OF GENERAL SANTOS CITY WATER DISTRICT

Landscape (MMPL). Part of the water that we are extracting from underground comes from Mt. Matutum which is one source of the City’s water”, said Ergie Pabon, Forestry Assistant for GSCWD. Because of this, GSCWD adopted and rehabilitated it as one of its watershed areas. From 2.9 hectares in 2010, GSCWD is now protecting 114.2 hectares of land. “We do this activity with the aim of protecting our adopted watershed. It was such a fulfilling activity to give back to nature the care it deserved”, said Engr. Pelobillo. The said activity was in celebration of GSCWD’s 30th Anniversary celebration. By Maricel P. Tumaning JULY-SEPTEMBER 2017

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n celebration of the 30th anniversary of General Santos City Water District, the month of August was jampacked with different activities for the employees and customers. This year’s celebration mostly involved showing gratification to its valued concessionaires. Surprises were in store for its clients. On the 3rd year of its Pay and Win raffle promo, customers were given the chance to bring home exciting prizes upon paying their bill at the office. The raffle lasted for a week and so were the smiles evident on the surprised faces of the customers. Further, as a water service provider, it has been a practice of the GSCWD to help in preserving our natural resources. Speaking of which, all the employees participated in an annual Tree Growing Activity conducted at Sitio Tinefulan Brgy. Maligo Polomolok, South Cotabato. The GSCWD Employees Association also initiated a bloodletting activity in celebration of the anniversary. The blood donation took place at the GSCWD lobby wherein employees, as well as concessionaires, donated blood as a form of help to those who were in need of blood donations. The said activity was in partnership with the Red Cross. The celebration ended with a Coastal Clean-up and Mangrove Planting Activity at Purok Minanga, Brgy. Buayan General Santos City. Hand-in-hand, the management and the employees planted 700 mangroves on the vast mud of Purok Minanga. Of course, the celebration could not be completed without the merriment designed for its employees. Sports activities, such as basketball and bowling, were organized wherein employees participated in the battle of strength and strategies. A good sense of sportsmanship was indeed evident during the sports activities of the employees from the different departments. 30 years after on the day of the establishment of the GSCWD, a new logo was also launched. This logo embodies the water utility’s commitment to the people of General Santos City. It was also on this day that employees who exemplified excellence on their respective works were given due recognition. It has already been 30 years since General Santos City Water District has been serving the generals by providing water services to different barangays. But according to its pioneers, it’s as if August 21, 1987 was just yesterday when it was established by the Sangguniang Panlungsod of General Santos City in order to address the needs of its growing community. “30 years of service was not an easy thing to do but with the help of the people who continue to believe in the quality of service that the GSCWD gives, 30 years of hard work seems to be 30 years of best work”, said Engr. Arn Gellangarin, GSCWD General Manager. by Tessa Mae M. Alejado





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NEWS General Santos City Water District revealed its new logo during the utility’s 30th anniversary celebration last August 21, 2017. Each component of the logo has a meaning which embodies the GSCWD’s commitment to the people of General Santos City. The new logo was determined through a logomaking contest. Participants were encouraged to send their entries in a digital format. Entries were judged according to their concept, originality, creativity and impact. Out of the 14 entries, Jayson Cunanan’s Pristine Water won the 1st place. (From left: BOD Secretary Marjorie Cartojano, Jayson Cunanan, BOD Vice-Chairperson Dr. Francisco Lorenzo & GM Engr. Arn B. Gellangarin

By Vanne Thea G. Balboa





The concessionaires feel grateful upon winning different home prizes through the Pay and win Raffle Promo Year 3.


or the past years, GSCWD has been generously expressing its gratitude to its valued concessionaires for their huge contribution on the growth and development of the District. This year, together with the celebration of its 30th Anniversary, General Santos City Water District continues to give fabulous instant prizes to its concessionaires through the Pay and Win Raffle Promo Year 3 held last August 14-18, 2017. Concessionaires who paid their water bills at the office during the promo period were given the chance to bring home lots of instant prizes. The activity was spearheaded by the Commercial Department together with the employees from other departments who willingly helped during the whole activity. The customers were participative during the event and were given an equal chance to win the said prizes. Who A QUARTERLY PUBLICATION OF GENERAL SANTOS CITY WATER DISTRICT

would have thought that the prizes they got were even more than what some of them have paid for their water bill. More than two thousand eight hundred (2,800) concessionaires cheerfully brought home prizes like washing machines, blenders, electric kettles, gas burners, over toasters, rice cookers, stand fans, whistling kettle, flat irons, household and grocery items. The winners came from different barangays in General Santos. Just as how grateful and happy the winners were, the employees also felt good seeing the beautiful smiles of its customers as they handed the prizes to them. The event lasted for a week but GSCWD assures that they will continue to create programs that promotes the welfare of its concessionaires. By Vivian L. Catalan JULY-SEPTEMBER 2017


NEWS The employees of General Santos City Water District headed by the GSCWDEA partner with the Philippine Red Cross in a Bloodletting activity.


ne of the many activities prepared for the month-long celebration of GSCWD’s 30th Foundation Anniversary was the Blood Letting Activity. The “DUGONG BIGAY, DUGTONG BUHAY” blood donation drive was sponsored by General Santos City Water District Employees Association (GSCWDEA) and it was successfully held last August 17, 2017 at GSCWD lobby, in coordination with Philippine Red Cross - SarGen Chapter. Out of the many interested and willing donors, a total of 18 GSCWD employees plus some walk-in concessionaires who paid their bills that day have passed the screening and voluntarily donated their precious blood. Aside from the happy feeling that they were able to save lives through their donated blood, the successful donors were also treated with a hearty Filipino congee arrozcaldo. “I believe that the decision to donate one’s precious blood is one of the noble acts that a person could do for his fellow men. Not only that, it is even more beneficial to the donor himself because blood donation stimulates production of new cells. Imagine changing oil into your vehicle, how does it affect the condition and performance of the engine? Such mechanism is similar to donating blood. And you know what? The



A lot of GSCWD’s employees and concesionaires volunteer to donate blood during the said activity

bone marrow is stimulated to produce new blood cells which in turn make the blood forming organs function more effectively.” said Ma. Rita Barrieses, Medical Technologist. “To all the blood donors, you are indeed the real heroes. Much thanks also to the PRC - SarGen Chapter and GSCWDEA officers who initiated and made such activity a success. We hope to see you next year for another change oil schedule!” Atty. Ryan Mark Santander, GSCWDEA President. By Emiliano Rafael C. Moredo A QUARTERLY PUBLICATION OF GENERAL SANTOS CITY WATER DISTRICT


GSCWD joins 3rd Sugbahan sa Dalan


eneral Santos City Water District, together with other government agencies and local companies, joined this year’s third Sugbahan sa Dalan as the city also celebrated the 19th Tuna Festival last September 5, 2017. This year’s celebration was dubbed as “A Peacetival of Fun: Bida sa Saya, Bida sa Tuna”. A night of celebration happened at the stretch of Pioneer Avenue where more than one thousand kilos of fish were grilled. The event started at 4:00 in the afternoon as grillers began to fill the air with the smell of mouth watering grilled seafood. Local performers such as Kuerdas Band and Mikee Jorolan Dulay also serenaded the crowd during the event. Sugbahan sa Dalan gave Generals, as well as local and foreign visitors, a chance to enjoy and be jam-packed together. It was an activity that brought people together not just to share food but to share smiles and celebrate the abundant blessing of the sea.

The men of GSCWD enjoy grilling together with other government employees during the 3rd Sugbahan sa Dalan.

The women of GSCWD on the other hand prepare a mouth watering “Boodle fight” presentation of the food.





Forestry Assistant is GSCWD’s Newest Engineer

GSCWD has yet again produced another professional. Ergie Dondoyano Pabon is one of the 630 out of 1304 examinees who passed the recently concluded Agricultural Engineering Licensure Exam

last August 23-24, 2017. Pabon, who was promoted early this year as Forestry Assistant, has been with the GSCWD since 2012. He is assigned at the Watershed and Environmental Management Division under the Engineering and Construction Department. Fondly called as Nonoy, he admitted that this achievement is a fulfilment of his dreams. But before becoming an Engineer, he admitted that he loves culinary arts and hopes to bask in the

kitchen as an iron chef. “But I have learned to love what God has given me. We must be ready to accept and appreciate the things that do not go according to our plans.”, Pabon added, “But most importantly, it is not just hardwork and perseverance. Prayer is the most powerful tool that could lead us to attain our goals”. This 30-year old lad is truly a lad in pursuit of knowledge as he plans to pursue a Masteral degree soon. By Catherine Mae Tomeldan, MPA

The employees of General Santos City Water District show off their prizes for winning most of the Larong Pinoy games during the CSC Sportsfest.

The celebration of the 117th Foundation Anniversary of the Civil Service Commission has become more colorful with the Larong Pinoy Sportsfest held last September 6, 2017 hosted by Mindanao State University-General Santos. The celebration has the theme “Tugon sa Hamon ng Pagbabago: Malasakit ng Lingkod Bayani”. Participants came from the different government agencies all



over the City of General Santos and the province of Sarangani. Public servants gave their best in playing traditional Filipino games (Larong Pinoy) and were eager to bring home the bacon for their team. GSCWD grabbed the first place in Tug of War (Men and Women), Kadang-Kadang (Men and Women), Jumping Rope (Mixed), Sack Race (Men and Women),

and Bakya Race (Women), second place in Hula Hoop Women (50 kilos) and third place in Patintero (Mixed). In the end, GSCWD was hailed the Over-all Champion for the said event. The celebration took place at the campus of the host University in Brgy. Tambler. By Cathy Jane J. Martizano




To determine the safety and acceptability of drinking water supply, appropriate laboratory examinations should be conducted on representative samples of water taken at all critical stages in the production and consumption of water supply. The Philippine National Standards for Drinking Water (PNSDW) has set the standard for water utilities in the supply of water in every community. Intentional and intensive monitoring of the water being supplied to the community of General Santos City by the GSC Water District conforms and even go beyond the required number of bacteriological examinations monthly to ensure the public that GSCWD has its own laboratory to check the water quality for the benefit of our concessionaires. The Physical & Chemical analysis is also done in Davao City every six months as required by the Department of Health. The listed sampling points were collected and examined for the last three (3) months yielding a satisfactory and acceptable results of potability. The General Santos City Water District will closely monitor every activity set forth by the authority in the system of monitoring the quality of water in all phases of production and distribution for the public.

By: Ma. Rita B. Barriesses, RMT





Newfangled adjective : different from what one is used to; objectionably new : something fresh and unusual

(spoken word poetry by Alvin Pomperada) Ang watawat ay sumisimbolo sa ating kalayaan, Ang kalayaan na magmahal sayo. Kaya itinuring kitang watawat ng buhay ko. Kasi tinitingala kita, binibigyan ko ng respeto Inaalayan ko ng kanta, kumabisa pako ng liriko. Kasi para sakin ikaw yung babaeng ginigiliw na itinuring kong perlas ng silangan, Hinanap kita sa Lupang Hinirang na sinabi mong ating tagpuan Ngunit nung ako nay nakarating iba ang aking nasilayan, Duyan ka ng lalaking magiting, masaya ka pang hinahalikan Sabi mo sa akin ako lang, ubod ka ng taksil Akala ko pa naman sa mga manlulupig ay di ka pasisiil Ako pay nag lakbay sa dagat at bundok sa simoy at sa langit na bughaw. Sabi mo akoy iyong tala ngunit tatlo pala kaming bituin pinapaikot mo sa araw. Dahil dun akoy umibig nasaktan at nagpaka Rizal Upang sumulat ng dilag ang tula at awit sa paglayang minamahal Ilang taon ang lumipas kagandahan mo parin ay patuloy na nagniningning Heto naman ang pag-ibig ko sayo kelan may hindi magdidilim Iniibig parin kita ikaw parin ang hanap ng aking puso Handa na akong magpakatangat ibigay lahat ng yung luho Binigyan mo ko ng tali na akala ko sa puso mo patutungo Ngunit watawat ka nga dahil nung hinala ko ang tali unti unti kang lumalayo. 18


Akoy na ngay nagpakatibay ngunit ikaw parin ang hanap ko palagi Wala palang silbi ang puso kong bakal kung puso moy batobalani Kung ako’y magpapaalam na sa huling hantungan ko Lupang Hinirang parin ang gusto kong patugtugin, dahil masaya ang mamatay ng dahil sayo.

GSCWD gives opportunity to the aspiring writers in the city by featuring their literary works in the official publication of the district. For interested writers, you may submit your contributions at A QUARTERLY PUBLICATION OF GENERAL SANTOS CITY WATER DISTRICT

(1865 - 1911) fighting for.

When the revolution started off and reached Sto. Tomas, Batangas in August of 1986, Malvar gallantly led a group of men who fought with the Spaniards. They attacked and took over Spanish garrisons. He directed the uprisings in Indang, Bailen, Magallanes and Alfonso at Cavite. He was appointed Commanding General in Batangas on March 31, 1897 because of his skill and bravery. The signing of the Pact of Biak-na-Bato ended the hostility between the Spaniards and the Filipinos. The Spaniards surrendered Manila to the Americans on August 13, 1898. However, the attained peace was short lived. Another uprising threatened the freedom the Fiiipinos had just started to enjoy. Malvar once again gathered men who were willing to offer their lives for the country. In May 1899, the Malvar Batangas Brigade was directed to attack an American garrison in Muntinlupa. They succeeded.

Miguel Malvar y Carpio was remembered in history as the last Filipino general who surrendered to the Americans. He was born in San Miguel, Sto. Tomas, Batangas on September 1, 1865. His parents were Maxima Malvar and Tiburcia Carpio. Miguel was the eldest among three children. Malvar came from a wealthy family. He could have studied in Manila but he had to help his parents manage their properties and workers. He even had to stop schooling to concentrate on the family business. He was only able to finish second year high school. In 1885, he married Maula Maloles, a childhood friend. He was attending some business transactions in Manila when he learned of the secret society founded by Andres Bonifacio. He joined the organization because he believed in what it was A QUARTERLY PUBLICATION OF GENERAL SANTOS CITY WATER DISTRICT

It was only in January 1900 when Malvar’s army suffered defeat from the Americans. They endured continuous defeats, hunger, fatigue, ailments and lack of arms. His men started to get sick. Being a humble leader, Malvar, his loyal followers and their families laid down their arms together and surrendered to the Americans for the sake of his men. This was April 16,1902. Since then, Malvar lived as an ordinary farmer with his family. He died on October 13, 1911.

This section is intended to give recognition to the people who had great contributions to our country. GSCWD hopes that the young generation of today learns to value nationalism thru the people featured in this section.




Miguel Malvar y Carpio Salipada K. Pendatun





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