The City of San Fernando Water District (CSFWD), in partnership with PrimeWater Infrastructure, Corp. (PWIC), held three (3) important events during the month of March 2022.
CSFWD 45th Anniversary
The 45th Anniversary of the CSFWD was held last March 7, 2022 in celebration of its valuable accomplishments and contributions to it constituents. The event started with a Thanksgiving Mass at RCASF, Arzobispado De Pampanga, San Jose, City of San Fernando, Pampanga as officiated by Archbishop Emeritus Paciano B. Aniceto.
During the program proper, Mr. Jorge Gumba, CSFWD General Manager (GM), lauded the district and its partner agencies and individuals for achieving their goals despite of the many challenges encountered in the past. The opening remarks of GM Gumba was subsequently followed by the inspirational messages of the Board of Directors,namely: Engr. Ferdinand Z. Caylao, Dir. Sonia Soto, Dir. BeneritoAldana, Dir. Jose Tulio, and Dir. Lourdes Javier.
One of the highlights of the program is the corporate audio-visual presentation which covered the following topics:
- challenges encountered by the CSFWD and its recovery,
- proper regulation of water sources,
- imposition of production assessment,
- expansion, rehabilitation and other development projects,
- gender and development (GAD) activities; and
- water conservation program
Different institutions and individuals who have supported and contributed leading to the realization of the vision and mission of the CSFWD were recognized by awarding plaques of appreciation handed by GM Gumba and the Board of Directors.
A few of the awardees came from the Local Government of the City of San Fernando (P) headed by the Honorable Mayor Edwin Santiago, who also received a plaque of appreciation together with Honorable Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin for their invaluable support and their contribution to the district.
Employees from the PWIC as the CSFWD partner agency,were also recognized by granting Best FrontlinerAwards and Water Warrior Awardsfor having demonstrated extraordinary services and/or exemplary ethical behaviour and dedication in their roles during this time of COVID-19 crisis.
As part of the CSFWD’s continuous support towards gender equality in the celebration of Women’s Month, a Certificate of Commitment was presented to Del Rosario Integrated School as this year’s most deserving school beneficiary of toilet block with handwashing facility to provide access to safe water and hygiene management of pupils, students, teachers and staff.
World Water Day
World Water Day has been celebrated annually on the 22nd of March to focus and raise awareness on the importance of water and the ways on how to preserve it.
In line with this, the CSFWD and PrimeWater Infrastructure San Fernando commemorated the event by hosting a small program to highlight this year’s theme, “Groundwater: Making the Invisible, Visible” which includes the distribution of the collateral materials such as ecobags and water tumblers to their concessionaires and employees at the Commercial Department located at the CSFWD-PrimeWaterMain Office.
Indeed, each and every effort made to conserve water can bring a big change to all of us.
18-DAY CAMPAIGN TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
(November 25 – December 12, 2021)
Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1172, s. 2006, November 25 to December 12 of every year was declared as the “18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW)”.
This advocacy campaign enjoins all government agencies and all other sectors of society to actively support and participate in the protection of human rights of women against violence and all other forms of discrimination.
The campaign theme for the period 2016-2021 is: “VAW-free community starts with Me”. The theme shifts the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW to positive advocacy as it enjoins everyone to pursue the common vision of a VAW-free community, and highlights what can be done to achieve such.
The City of San Fernando Water District (CSFWD) in partnership with PrimeWater (PW) San Fernando held different activities on gender and development in support and participation to the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW), as follows:
1. WEBINAR – “KARAHASAN SA KABABAIHAN SA GITNA NG PANDEMYA”
The webinarwas held on November 26, 2021 which aimed to promote gender equality both at home and in the workplace as well as to help coordinate efforts to prevent and respond to violence against women to different government sectors.
Atty. KrissiShaffina Twyla A. Rubin, the resource speaker, talked about the different laws that will help women fight for their rights and for better legal protections especially during this pandemic. Atty. Rubin discussed the everyday problems encountered by women, the gender based violence, and when and where to seek for help and support.
The activity was attended by different GAD focal persons, officers and employees of the Local Government Unit of the City of San Fernando (P), members of different women’s groups, employees from the Pampanga Association of Water Districts (PAMAWD), officers and staff of CSFWD and PW, and other concessionaires
2. FILM VIEWING RELATED TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AT THE CUSTOMER SERVICE AREA
3. DISTRIBUTION OF GAD COLLATERAL MATERIALS FOR THE EMPLOYEES AND CONCESSIONAIRES
WEBINAR ON MENTAL HEALTH IN TIME OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC and ORIENTATION ON IMPORTANCE AND CONSERVATION OF WATER (September 6-12, 2021)
WOMEN’S WEEK CELEBRATION
WEBINAR ON MENTAL HEALTH IN TIME OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC and ORIENTATION ON IMPORTANCE AND CONSERVATION OF WATER
(September 6-12, 2021)
The past year and a half has been tough for everyone. This is why mental health should be taken seriously and not be considered a stigma or taboo especially in today’s time as we figure out how to go on with our lives with countless uncertainties around us.
In line with this, the City of San Fernando Water District (CSFWD)together with its partner,PrimeWater Infrastructure Corporation (PWIC) , organized and hosted their first webinar series entitled, “Webinar on Mental Health Management in Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic” last September 6, 2021, in support and participation to the celebration of Women’s Week in the City of San Fernando.
The activity has been a suitable opportunity to learn more about mental health during this COVID situation and the importance and related issues of water in our daily lives.Mr. Aylmer AnthonyAlimurong, the Resource Speaker, shared his experience with Covid-19 and how he managed to overcome the stress, fear, and the worry it came with. He also added how this pandemic has had a major impact in all of our lives that involve major disruptions such as closure of schools, physical distancing, away from family and friends, and many more. Despite all these hindrances, we have a choice to rise above the chaos.
The City of San Fernando Water District in partnership with PrimeWater San Fernando joined in the celebration of the National Women’s Month last March 2021 with the theme “We Make Change/Work for Women: Juana Laban sa Pandemya! Kaya!”.It is essentially a month where everyone raise awareness for the impact women have made on history, and to highlight the needs and issues many women face worldwide.
The following were the programs and activities conducted during the Women’s Month celebration:
1. THANKSGIVING MASS
2. AWARDING OF CERTIFICATES OF COMMITMENT TO THE BENEFICIARIES OF ATTRIBUTED PROJECTS
- Provision of a WATER REFILLING STATION to the Northville Women’s Association for the women’s sustainable livelihood, leading to their social and economic empowerment.
- Provision of TOILET BLOCK with HANDWASHING FACILITY to the Sta, Lucia Integrated School in Brgy. Sta. Lucia, City of San Fernando, Pampanga for access to safe water and hygiene management of students and teachers.
- Provision of SAND FILTER UNIT at the Permanent Isolation Facility in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga for the improvement of its water quality, thus giving valuable contribution to the health needs of COVID-19 patients and frontliners.
3. DISTRIBUTION OF GAD COLLATERAL MATERIALS TO EMPLOYEES AND CONCESSIONAIRES
The City of San Fernando Water District (CSFWD) has shown its support and participation to the 18 Day-Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) last November 25 to December 12, 2020 by printing and distributing sixty thousand (60,000) Primers on Republic Act No. 9262: Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act, as Gender and Development (GAD) Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials, to the following:
- All concessionaires of CSFWD in partnership with PrimeWater – City of San Fernando (through the tellers and meter readers)
- All employees and officers of CSFWD and PrimeWater – City of San Fernando
- VAW Desks of Different Barangays in the CSFP
- Pederasyonng mga Kababaihang Fernandino
- LGU-CSFP Women’s Desk
- CSFP – Local Council of Women
- Public Attorney’s Office – Pampanga District Office
- Pampanga Provincial Warden
- CSFP Police Station
- Soroptimist International – Pampanga Chapter
- Girl Scout of the Philippines – Pampanga Council
- Zonta International – Pampanga Chapter
This is part of the CSFWD advocacy campaign for the protection of human rights of women against violence and all other forms of discrimination to pursue the vision of a VAW-free community.
The City of San Fernando Water District (CSFWD) is mandated to promote water consumption and make water more available and accessible to its constituents.
As part of its attributed projects on Gender and Development (GAD), the CSFWD,in partnership with PrimeWater Infrastructure Corporation and Rotary Club of San Fernando P, has donated toilet blocks withhand washing facilities to San Fernando Elementary School (SFES) and Pampanga High School (PHS).
The two (2) projects aim to provide clean toilet facilities and access to safe water to young children who are more susceptible to water-borne diseases.
Female teachers and adolescent students can able to manage menstruation because of available water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in school.
The turn-over ceremonies of both projects to the two (2) schools were held on September 16, 2020.