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City Water District's success story
long time ago, the old Davaoeños relied on mother nature - the
Davao river and the rain for their water needs. Since these were not
enough, the first waterworks system came about in 1921. Called the Sales
waterworks System, it tapped the Malagos creek to serve about 10,000
consumers. As the populace grew, studies for improvement were made and
so in 1968, the water system was placed under the National Waterworks
and Sewerage Authority (NAWASA). This signaled the construction of better
water facilities. Demand for more potable water proportionately grew
with the increasing population.
The DCWD has -- ever since its inception -- been the biggest water district in the Philippines, now having over 130,000 active service connections and is still fast growing. Through three years, it has continuously widened its horizons beyond basic water delivery. The water utility actively networks with many GOCCs, private and public agencies and even private individuals for water and environmental concerns and gender development. It also takes on scholarship and various outreach programs that benefit the less privileged constituents of the city. It has also been a godfather water district to all water utilities in Region 11 and to all its counterparts around the country that come or it may reach for assistance and guidance in operation and technology.
The Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) has more than once awarded DCWD as Most Outstanding Water District (very large category), the distinction it holds to this day. In 1996, DCWD also ranked fourth among the 12 Asia-Pacific countries with the most successful efforts in reducing unaccounted-for-water. In addition to its laurels, in 1997, the Asian Development Bank's Second Water Utilities Data Book ranked DCWD number one among 50 water utilities in the Asia Pacific Region. It shared equal glory with Singapore and Johor Bahru of Malaysia. Indeed, DCWD's service record has remained unsurpassed nor unequalled as being the country's most progressive water district in Philippine history.
The Davao City Water
District faces the challenges of the 2000s through expanded and better
water service to all Davaoenos. Since 1973, DCWD holds the prestigious
record of being the biggest and most progressive water utility in the
Philippines, a status never surpassed nor equaled even at the close
of the 20th century. Consequently, its efforts have been documented
in the numerous awards, citations, and honors it has received from various
entities, a few of which are cited hereunder:
There is no stopping
to DCWD's continuous and unwavering fulfillment of its vision, mission,
and corporate philosophy. And so for as long as there is left one single
Davaoeno's thirst to quench, water will continue flowing along with
its: VISION: To be the best and most efficient water utility in Asia,
providing quality water at reasonable cost and excellent service, satisfying
its customers, employees and the community, and ensuring water resource
sustainability; MISSION: We commit to supply potable and affordable
water 24 hours a day, deliver reliable service, operate efficiency,
and take proactive stance in environmental concerns; and CORPORATE PHILOSOPHY:
Service with dignity and honor.