Buenavista Water District – Brief History

October 1, 1981 the SANGGUNIANG BAYAN (SB) of Buenavista passed a Resolution No. 35-81 forming the BUENAVISTA WATER DISTRICT (BWD) in pursuance from P.D. 198, otherwise known as “Provincial Water Utilities Act of 1973, as amended.” The Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), its Regulatory Board, issued the Conditional Certificate of conformance No. 406 last July 5, 1989. From 1989 to 1995 the BWD is non-operational due to financial reasons. Last October 26, 1995 the SB of Buenavista passed Ordinance No. 05-95 known as “Municipal Water System Act 1995” and operate the BUENAVISTA WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM(BWSS) by rehabilitating the old facilities of defunct NAWASA. This entails a cost of P 2,042,000.00

July 31, 1996, Municipal Ordinance No. 06-96 was passed repealing Ordinance No. 05-95 and turnover and conveys the BWSS operation and facilities to the BWD with its new set of Board of Directors.

Mr. Aligonde B. Duglas Chairman
Mr. Felipe M. Maneja Vice Chairman
Dr. Margaret C. Pegenia Secretary
Mrs. Concepcion P. Jalop Treasurer
Mrs. Rufina B. Gaballo Member

Engr. Breo Amoroso, LGU’s Administrative Officer, was designated as General Manager to temporarily supervise its operation.

The BWD commenced its operation at the start of office hour on October 24, 1996. It operates as a Government Owned and Controlled Corporation (GOCC) since the Supreme Court declares that all Local Water District is a GOCC, last September 13, 1991.

The growing number of concessionaires led the BOD’s decision to hire a full time General Manager, in the person of Engr. Conchito E. Quimzon, a Civil Engineer, to manage the operation and prepare all documents for categorization of the Water District.

May 4, 1999, the BWD was initially categorized as Small Water District. At that time, there were only 598 active connections. The Organizational Structure/Staffing Pattern, Position Allocation List, Plantilla of Positions was then approved by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), copies of which are furnished to other agencies such as the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and Commission on  Audit (COA). For four (4) years, personnel of the BWD finally have their security of tenure as regular employee of the BWD.

From the start of its operation up to present different figures from different sectors set as Board of Directors of the BWD.

PREVIOUS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Name Represented Sector Date of Start/End
Mr. Felipe M. Maneja Education January 18, 1999 - December 31, 2002
Mrs. Concepcion P. Jalop Business 1996 - March 1999
Mrs. Rufina B. Gaballo Women January 1, 1999 - July 2002
Mrs. Estella P. Charlon Women July 2002 - December 31, 2014
Mr. Aligonde B. Duglas Civic 1996 - March 1999
Mrs. Estelita B. Kinanahan Civic March 1999 - December 31, 2002
Mr. Rodrigo R. Asistido Civic January 1, 2003 - September 2007
Mrs. Visitacion S. Espere Professional January 1, 2003 - December 31, 2014
Mr. Ramon A. Sio Socio Civic January 1, 2009 - December 31, 2014
Mrs. Necita R. Lim Education January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2016
Dr. Margaret C. Pegenia Women January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2016
Mr. Raymundo A. Aviso Business Sector 1999 - December 2018

INCUMBENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Engr. Avelino B. Duglas Professional Sector Chairman
Dir. Florida A. Hordista Socio-Civic Sector Vice Chairman
Dir. Laudita J. Arapan Women's Sector Secretary
Dr. Merly P. Abiva Education Sector Member
Dir. Heidi C. Boaquiña Business Sector Member

October 2001, the BWD through the cooperation of the LWUA finally availed a loan from ADB-STWSSP amounting to Php 13,765,603.89, for the complete rehabilitation of pipelines, additional pumping stations, standby generator, water treatment facilities, valves and fittings, blow offs and others. Target areas were Barangay Poblacion 1 – 10 and Barangay Malpoc. Alng with this rehabilitation assistance from Congressman Roan I. Libarios, Deogenes S. Osabel, of Party List Alagad and Rep. Ariel A. Zartega of Party List AKO also came in.

With the Technical Supervision from LWUA personnel, the project formally started last 2002 and was completed last July 2004.

After the completion of the project, the BWD continue its effort to serve neighboring Barangay not covered in the loan. Below listed are the successful projects undertaken by the BWD, to wit:

Name of Project Year Implemented Amount (Php) Area Served
Sacol Pipeline Expansion Phase1 2004 200,000.00 Bliss and Mahayahay
Sacol Pipeline Expansion Phase 2 2004 138,521.60 Bliss and Mahayahay
Matabao Pipeline Extension Phase II 2004 320,000.00 Brgy. Matabao
Service Line Extension 2005 35,000.00 Sitio Dumorog
Matabao Pipeline Extension Phase III 2005 323,277.90 Brgy. Matabao
Brgy. 1 Line Extension 2006 89,100.00 P6 Brgy. 1
Matabao Pipeline Extension Phase IV 2006-2007 208,000.00 Brgy. Matabao
Manapa/Rizal Pipeline Expansion 2008 4,925,791.00 Rizal, Manapa, Talo-ao, Toll Bridge
P8 Brgy. 3 Pipeline Expansion 2011 50,840.00 P8 Brgy. 3
P5 Brgy. 4 Pipeline Expansion 2011 73,860.00 P5 Brgy. 4

For the past 20 years, the BWD with assistance from the Local Government Unit, Butuan City Water District (BCWD), Nasipit Water District (NWD), fulfill its vision to be a partner in sustaining life and development by providing safe and potable water to the community. Personnel were also equipped for the operation through trainings and seminars. As of May 2017, Buenavista Water District had successfully serve 22 out of 25 barangays with 5,552 concessionaires.

But our mission is far from complete; there are still waterless communities that need our services. We have to extend water to this communities. We understand that God will help us serve those who need our service. But how long can we sustain providing water to these communities if WE will not complete our mission. We are committed in the PROTECTION, DEVELOPMENT and SUSTAINABILITY of our water resources.

This marks the beginning of our MISSION. The incumbent Board of Directors strongly supports the management program to plant, care and maintain trees every year. From 2007 – 2016, six (8) model farms were already established. Four (6) of which are located in Brgy. Sangay and the other two (2) hectares was established at Brgy. Macalang. For the next 10 years, we are hopeful that our dreams will be realized, with the full support of our partner government and non-government agencies.

We are here to restore what GOD created in the beginning.