What is LWUA?
Local Water Utilities Administration, more commonly referred to
as LWUA, is a government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC)
with a specialized lending function mandated by law to promote and
oversee the development of water supply systems in provincial cities
and municipalities outside of Metropolitan Manila.
holds office in its own building at the MWSS-LWUA Compound located
at Balara, Quezon City.
It is run by an Administrator assisted by a Senior Deputy Administrator,
a Deputy Administrator for Finance & Investments, a Deputy Administrator
for Area Operations, and a Deputy Administrator for Administrative
Services, under the guidance of a five-man Board of Trustees where
the Administrator is an ex-officio member.
LWUA was created through Presidential Decree No. 198, also known as The
Provincial Water Utilities Act of 1973, which was signed into
law on May 25, 1973.
law that created LWUA in the national level also provided for the
establishment of Water Districts in provincial cities and municipalities.
Thus would be put into motion a development partnership called the
LWUA-Water District Concept that would revolutionize
water supply provision in the countryside. In 1987, LWUAs
mission and area of responsibility was expanded to include provision
of Level II service (communal faucet system) through the Rural Waterworks
and Sanitation Associations (RWSAs) in areas where Level III systems
(individual household connection) were not feasible.
a lending source, what makes LWUA advantageous over other sources?
is the only lending institution whether in the public or
private sector with the financial, technical and institutional
development competence to enable a water districts water supply
project to generate return-on-investments.
LWUA treats countryside water supply development not simply as a
financial venture, nor as a mere waterworks construction project,
but as a comprehensive development endeavor that factors in the
communitys economic and cultural nuances, among other things,
to assure residents of a water supply service that is both reliable
and lasting. LWUAs comprehensive expertise has been responsible
for turning Philippine countryside water supply development into
the working model for Asia that it is today. Water Districts benefit
from this comprehensive expertise through LWUAs various assistance
what aspects of water supply development is LWUA the acknowledged
is the only Philippine water supply institution with full expertise
in developing Level III (individual household connection) water
supply systems. Its competence spans the financial, technical, institutional
development and regulatory aspects of water supply development.
It is also an expert in developing Level I (communal well) and Level
II (communal faucet) systems. This expertise is often availed of
by other government institutions involved in the development of
these water supply systems.
is LWUAs financial expertise?
LWUA since 1973 has been financing water supply projects through
funds secured from national government subscriptions, bilateral
and multilateral fund sources, and from internally-generated funds
and second generation funds. Recently, government and private financing
institutions have been tapped as new fund sources. Traditionally,
these sources are inaccessible to water districts. LWUA then allocates
and relends these funds to water districts at competitive terms.
Some funds, meanwhile, are extended as grants. Under recent enhancements
to its charter, LWUA is also tasked to assist water districts graduate
into creditworthy status and access non-traditional sources of funds.
LWUA know-how also includes the determination and implementation
of socially responsive and financially viable water rates, and tariff
review to determine its adequacy to meet WD expansion needs.
is LWUAs technical expertise?
teams of engineers and technicians have undergone extensive studies
and trainings both here and abroad, and have gained an unequalled
competence in water supply and sanitation development through actual
experiences in the field. Their expertise includes all phases of
planning, design, construction supervision, and operations and maintenance
supervision, including identification and development of water sources
and systems efficiency improvement.
is LWUAs institutional development expertise?
the overall success and sustainability of a water district in mind,
LWUA extends institutional development assistance in the form of
advisory and managerial services; transfers policy-making, managerial
and technical competence to the pertinent WD personnel through training
interventions; designs and provides water districts with commercial
practices systems for a smoother commercial operation.