LUPON WATER DISTRICT HISTORY

The Lupon Water District (LWD) was created under PD 198, otherwise known as the Provincial Water Utilities Act of 1973, as amended, which created the water districts nationwide. L and was formed in 1989 by a Sangguniang Bayan Resolution No. 88 s. 1988 dated 1988 during the leadership of the then Mayor Francisco M. dela Cruz.  It was issued the Conditional Certificate of Conformance (CCC) No. 428 on January 31, 1990 by the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA).

Despite the approval from LWUA, the Members of the Board of Directors and the General Manager failed to function because of some political predicaments and in 1993, after the expiration of four (4) Members of the Board and the last Member who ran for Mayor in May 11, 1992 Local Election. The incumbent Mayor decided to appoint the new composition of the Board of Directors from the list of nominees and the new Board, appointed the General Manager in the person of Ricardo C. Vicente in October 15, 1993.

The new General Manager accepted the challenge and started its job alone by way of conducting physical inventory of all the existing water facilities turned-over by the Local Government Unit (LGU) of the Municipality of Lupon to the Lupon Water District.

The turned-over water supply systems are the following:

1.      Production Well No. 1 – Aguinaldo cor. K. Baratua Sts., Poblacion

Casing Size:                      125mm Steel

Depth:                               73 meters (240 ft.)

Pump Size:                        3 Horsepower, Submersible Pump & Motor

Riser Pipe:                         50mm (2 in.) G.I. Pipe

Reservoir:                          2 – 40 cubic meter twin tank cylindrical elevated steel

Height:                              4.5 meters

Distribution Lines:            None

Control Room:                  5 square meters (2.5m x 2.0m)

Serv. Connections:            None

2.      Production Well No. 2 – Public Market, Market Avenue, Poblacion

Casing Size:                      125mm Steel

Depth:                               73 meters (240 ft.)

Pump Size:                        5 Horsepower, Centrifugal Pump

Riser Pipe:                         38mm (1-1/2 in.)

Reservoir:                          25 cubic meter cylindrical elevated concrete

Height:                              4 meters

Distribution Lines:            48 meters – 50mm (2 in.) G.I. Pipe

Control Room:                  6 square meters (2.0m x 3.0m)

Serv. Connections:            15 consumers (Sub-standard)

3.      Production Well No. 3 – National Highway, Poblacion

Casing Size:                      125mm Steel

Depth:                               73 meters (240 ft.)

Pump Size:                        1.5 Horsepower, Submersible Pump & Motor

Riser Pipe:                         50mm (2 in.)

Reservoir:                          25 cubic meter rectangular elevated concrete

Height:                              7 meters

Distribution Lines:            250 meters – 75mm (3 in.)

120 meters – 38mm

  60 meters – 25mm

Control Room:                  4 square meters (1.0m x 4.0m)

Serv. Connections:            None

Results of the physical inventory asserted that all the above water systems needs improvements from Level II category (Communal faucets provided for 3 – 4 Households) to Level III Category (Individual service connections with proper metering).

The Management then hired the services of a Plumber with a compensation of Php 500.00 only per month to assist in the repair and maintenance of the system and subsequently decided to repair the existing reservoir and its appurtenances.
Pull-out the 75mm pipes installed at Del Pilar St. reduced to 40mm/ 32mm and 25mm solvent type pipes extended to Townsite area and transfer it to the strategic location at Purok Hayahay, Panuncialman St., Poblacion, Lupon, Davao Oriental.

In April of 1994, after 6 months of preparation, LWD immediately started the distribution of water services to only 2 consumers who first applied for connection after the above activities using the National Highway JICA funded water system by paying the power bills.

with only 2 service connections when it took over the management of the defunct NAWASA or the Municipal Waterworks System in 1993. The expected average water production was only 155 cubic meters per day distributed to consumers through distribution lines ranging from 25mm – 75mm, total length of 470 meters only.

In short, in 20 years LWD has grown around 24 times more in service connections, 10 times more in water production and as much as 12 times more in pipeline length. The safe potable water LWD serves to the public comes from the 3 wells distributed in Poblacion. Production major facilities include three (3) major Pumping Stations and eight (2) reservoirs.

As of December 2014, LWD already has over 1,524 service connections. Its service area is spread over the Poblacion alone.

LWD, which became a government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) in March 1992.

Problem

despite its independence, was able to transform itself from near scratch to an organization clothed in efficiency, competence, credibility and success.

LUPON WATER DISTRICT HISTORY

BACKGROUND

The Lupon Water District (LWD) was formed pursuant to Sangguniang Bayan Resolution No. 158-88-A dated October 24, 1988. On January 31, 1990, Certificate of Conditional Conformance No. 428 was issued by the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA).

The operation of the Water District is manned by seven (7) employees, two (2) regular and five (5) casual personnel. With 1691 concessionaires, the District is under Category D pursuant to the Revised Local Water District Manual on Categorization. The following are the incumbent members of the Board vis-a-vis their term of office as well as the sectors they represent:

NameTerm of OfficePositionSector
Wilbert C. NgoJan. 1, 2007Dec. 31, 2012ChairmanEducation
Bromia C. LimJan. 1, 2009Dec. 31, 2014MemberWomen
Rosalinda SibugonJan. 1, 2009Dec. 31, 2014MemberCivic
Benigno A. Kuan TiuJan .1, 2011Dec. 31, 2016MemberProfessional

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

The financial profile of the Agency for the year 2012 is summarized below
together with the previous year’s data:

 20122011Increase
(Decrease)
Percentage
Financial Condition
Total Assets35,503,954.6531,309,669.824,194,284.8313.39%
Total Liabilities11,332,085.8311,959,284.26-626,198.43-5.24%
Total Equity24,171,868.8219,350,385.564,821,483.2624.92%
Results of Operation
Income9,062,657.708,248,760.56813,897.149.87%
Expenses7,013,305.936,651,491.14361,814.795.44%
Net Income2,049,351.771,597,269.42452,082.3528.30%

SCOPE OF AUDIT

A financial and compliance audit was conducted on the CY 2013 accounts and operations of Lupon Water District (LWD), Lupon, Davao Oriental pursuant to Office Order No. 2014-144 dated July 9, 2014.

The objectives of the audit are:

1. To ascertain propriety of financial transactions and compliance of the District
to existing laws, rules and regulations;
2. To ascertain the accuracy of financial records and reports of the district; and
3. To ascertain the fairness of presentation of the financial statements.

AUDITOR’S REPORT

The Audit Team rendered an unqualified opinion on the financial statements of the District for CY 2012.

SUMMARY OF OBSERVATIONS AND RECOMMENDATION

1. The District’s Pumping Station with generator set totaling P632,884.00 was not properly insured under the General Insurance Fund of the GSIS in accordance with COA Circular No. 92-390 dated November 17, 1992, and the Property Insurance Law, Republic Act No. 656 as amended by P.D. No. 245, thus depriving the agency to recover the cost of the assets in case of fire or theft. We recommended that the management of the LWD to insure all insurable assets with the GSIS to cover for the cost of the properties in case of theft or loss due to fire, in compliance with the COA Circular No. 92-390 dated November 17, 1992 and the Property Insurance Law, Republic Act No. 656 as amended by P.D. No. 245, The Sr. Accounting Processor B shall also be required to include in the Corporate Budget the necessary funds for the payment of insurance premiums for the properties in the ensuing years. 2. Several properties of the District amounting to P386,096.08 determined to be unserviceable were still included in the PPE and Inventories accounts due to non-disposal and non-dropping from the books of said unserviceable assets resulting to an overstatement of the PPE and Inventories accounts, contrary to Section 79 of PD 1445 and NGAS Manual.

We recommended that management shall require the Inventory/Appraisal Committee to conduct and complete the inventory taking, prepare the Inventory and Inspection Report of Unserviceable Property and cause the proper disposition of these unserviceable properties and equipment in accordance with the above-cited rules and regulations. 5. Registry of Budget Utilization (RBU) as prescribed under Section

2 of COA Circular No. 2006-004 was not maintained by the District to control and monitor budget utilization giving rise to difficulty in reconciling disbursement against approved budget.

We recommended the following:

1. Maintain a Registry of Budget Utilization to monitor the status of budget and its utilization. BUR and RBU Forms are herein attached marked as Annexes B and C.

2. See to it that Budget utilization shall be within the approved amount and that revision of budget shall be duly approved.

3. Explain why the disbursement for personal services exceed the approved budget as shown in the report submitted.

 

STATEMENT OF AUDIT SUSPENSIONS, DISALLOWANCES AND CHARGES

As of December 31, 2012, The Statement of Suspensions, Disallowances and Charges (SASDC) showed a balance of Disallowance amounting to P4,000.00 out of the P36,000.00 beginning balance during the year.

STATUS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF PRIOR YEAR'S AUDIT
RECOMMENDATIONS

Of the two (2) recommendations embodied in the 2011 audit report, one was partially implemented and the other one (1) was not implemented due to lack of personnel complement.


STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

LWD will reliably deliver a high quality water supply and services to its concessionaires in a cost effective manner  to meet their projected demand.

Ensure Effective Utilization of Public Funds and commit to Quality Workforce.

Manage collaboratively by working together to sustain loyal relationships with our workforce, customers and accredited Suppliers.

 


PERFORMANCE PLEDGES

We the Officers and Employees of the LUPON WATER DISTRICT (LWD) pledge and commit to serve the public as promised in this CITIZEN’S CHARTER.

  • Provide adequate, potable and affordable water supply 24/7 to all concessionaires
  • Implement transparency of our policies, procedures, fees and charges
  • Give accurate information and maintain consistency and fairness in applying our Utility Rules and Regulations
  • Serve with utmost courtesy and respond to emergency complaints as soon as possible
  • Wear proper uniform and identification

 

These we pledge, because . . .

WE QUENCH THE NATION’S THIRST

 


FEEDBACK AND REDRESS MECHANISMS

Please let us know how we have served you  by doing any of the following:

  • Accomplish our feedback forms (Concessionaires’ Complaints and Comments Form, Concessionaires’ Recommendation and Suggestion Form) available in the office and drop it in a box provided at the office entrance or to our contact f