by LWUA annually
since 2004, by besting the water district national winners in the other
size categories, garnering a total of 95.52 points out of possible 100
based on six major criteria. It won over the water districts of Bacacay,
Albay, national winner in the small category, which garnered 94.4 points;
Metro Kalibo (Large WD) with 94.18 points, Tagkawayan, Quezon (Medium
WD) with 92.99 points; Dasmarinas, Cavite (Very Large WD) with 91.16
points.; and Sipocot, Camarines Sur (Average WD ) with 89.17 points.
By virtue of its being named as the country's overall best in 2005,
the SMWD also automatically bagged the most outstanding water district
board chair and general manager awards with SMWD chair Alicia C. Santos
and general manager Benjamin R. Ensomo personally receiving the awards
from LWUA board and management officials led by Chairman Francisco Dumpit
and Administrator Lorenzo H. Jamora.
Arturo Villasan and Romeo Calara, chairman and president respectively
of the Philippine Association of Water Districts who spearheaded the
more than 500-strong water district delegation who came for the affair
from various parts of the country witnessed the awarding proceedings.
The performance and operation of water districts in the previous year
were evaluated by LWUA based on six major criteria, namely operating
ratio or their capability to generate sufficient revenues to cover operating
expenses; billing and collection ratio or their effectiveness in collecting
water bills from concessionaires; water quality or their capability
to provide potable and safe water; revenue water or optimized use of
water produced; served population or the ability of the water district
to serve the people in their area of jurisdiction; and service connection-to-employee
ratio or effectiveness in the utilization of human resources.
Leading to the announcement of the national winners and the lone winner
of the country's most outstanding award, the LWUA also named the outstanding
awardees per geographical area in their respective categories. They
include the water districts of Guinayangan, Quezon, Bacacay, Albay and
Bayugan, Agusan del Sur as outstanding water districts in the small
category for Luzon, Bicol-Visayas and Mindanao, respectively; Teresa,
Rizal, Sipocot, Camarines Sur and Nasipit, Agusan del Norte (average
category); Tagkawayan, Quezon; Gubat, Sorsogon; and Tandag, Surigao
del Sur (medium category); Tanza, Cavite and Floridablanca, Pampanga
(tied); Camarines Norte and Surigao Metro (big category ); San Jose
del Monte City, Metro Kalibo and Metro Kidapawan (large category) and
Dasmarinas, Cavite, Metro Cebu and Zamboanga City (very large category).
Apart from the
outstanding water district awards, LWUA likewise handed out special
awards namely the Integrated Watershed Development Program award that
were given to the water districts of IIocos Norte, San Jose City and
Munoz in Nueva Ecija; San IIdefonso, Bulacan; San Pablo City, Calamba
City, Laguna Metro, Lemery and Rosario in Batangas; Calauag, Quezon;
Camarines Norte; Metro Naga, Metro Iloilo, Pandan, Sibalom and Tobias-Fornier
in Antique; Metro Cebu, Dumaguete City, Catbalogan City; Bislig City
and Tandag in Surigao del Sur; San Francisco, Agusan del Sur; Valencia
City, Metro Kidapawan, Davao City, Metro Cotabato, Digos, Davao del
Sur and Zamboanga City.
The 100 % Service Coverage ( by barangays) award went to the water districts
of Sta. Cruz, Laguna; Bato and Pili in Camarines Sur; Dumaguete City,
Claveria, Misamis Oriental; Valencia City and Cotabato City while the
Outreach Service award went to the water districts of Camarines Norte,
Metro Naga and Metro Roxas for their efforts at extending potable water
to the depressed, isolated sitios and barangays under their jurisdiction
that include a few islets.
Awards were also given to water districts with the lowest non-revenue
water or system loss namely Sibalom, Antique (3.15 % non-revenue water),
Tanza, Cavite (4%) and Placer, Surigao del Norte (9%); highest collection
efficiency namely: Sta Rosa, Nueva Ecija with 99.72 %; La Carlota City
(99%), Valencia City and Panabo City, both with 98 % collection efficiency;
and lowest operating ratio namely: Camarines Norte and Legaspi City
tied for first with 40% operating ratio, San Francisco and Gen. Santos
City, both 40 % and Floridablanca, Pampanga, 57 % operating ratio.
Citations were also given to water districts that introduced innovations
in their projects or operations, namely: Dingle-Pototan, Iloilo and
Valencia City for' fabrication of low-cost water treatment facility
for reduction of iron and manganese using local materials; Pandan, Antique
for utilization of spring source run-off as source of LGU/WD-operated
resort; and Isabela City, Basilan for utilization of idle water source
for productive and profitable use.
The Davao City Water District (DCWD) Regional Training Center (RTC)
was named the Best RTC of the year.