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.
|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|
|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 September 2021, Buenavista Water District had successfully serve 22 out of 25 barangays with 7,797 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 – 2019, 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.