AT A GLANCE
The Alicia Water District is a quasi-public corporation established pursuant to PD 198 on November 14, 1981 through Sangguniang Bayan Resolution No. 127 enacted by the Sangguniang Bayan Council of Alicia, Isabela approved and adopted by Hon. Mayor Lorenzo Dasig Sr. and correspondingly received from the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) its Conditional Certificate of Conformance Number 198 on May 28, 1982. The provisions of PD 198 as amended provided that once a Water District is formed it becomes autonomous, not falling under the jurisdiction of any government entity but operates only pursuant to the relative provisions of the law.
Initially, the late Nestor Molina was appointed as the General Manager of the Alicia Water District who concurrently represented the interest of the Alicia Water District with the LOCAL WATER UTILITIES ADMINISTRATION (LWUA) which is the national agency tasked by PD 198 in overseeing the creation, registration and providing financial packages in terms of loans for the development of water districts. GM Molina served the district from 1981 to March 1990.
The first Chairman of the Board of Directors was Engr. Gerardo Alejandro.
On January 15, 1987, a P9.045M Interim Improvement Program Loan (IIPL) was granted by LWUA to the Alicia Water District as a regular loan at 10% per annum for the P2M; 12% for the next P5M and 14% for the excess payable in 26 years.
An additional P3.662M soft loan was granted on June 01, 1988 for the over-drawing on its IIP loan. No interest from the start of construction period until the fifth year. On the 6th up the 10th year, interest was 10% per annum. Amortization Period is 20 years to the start on the 11th year. For small water district with high investment cost, the Alicia Water District failed miserably in paying its loan amortization.
Over the years, the district’s operation had not been profitable as the WD was constantly beset with technical and financial problems. During its early years of operation, a super typhoon hit the area. Worse, water production of its four wells diminished until two wells eventually became unproductive. These unforeseen events placed the district into financial difficulties that later led to the WD’s inability to settle its debt service requirement to LWUA.
In 1995, LWUA granted a financial relief assistance in the form if debt restructuring where its then P3.1 Million unpaid debt service was converted into a new loan. This same form of assistance was again given in 1999, and lastly in 2006, when its biggest debt service arrearages as of May 2006 totaling P11.176 Million including penalties as of July 2005 was converted to a new loan. Payment is on staggered basis, interest-free for a nine-year and 10 month period starting June 2006, and no penalty charges from August 2005 to May 2006.
Though the district was in financial turmoil on the basis that the projections in the feasibility study were not realized since its start-up, the district had made payments from 1990 to 2013 amounting to P23,932,528.71 to its loan obligations.
In 2007, the district received P7.5 Million grant from Japan International Cooperative Agency (JICA) to finance the construction of a 50 meters deep test well (stand-by source), booster pump, elevated tank, transmission and distribution lines, electrical and mechanical facilities. Thereafter, service coverage was extended to the nearby barangays of Sta. Cruz, Aurora, Apanay and Sta. Maria. But despite all these favorable developments, the district’s operation hardly improved.
Ms. Ma. Nimfa Abuan served the district from 1989 to 2009. She started her stint as Acting General Manager on April 1990 and was confirmed as a full time General Manager on May 1992. Prior to her work as GM, she was the field supervisor during the construction of the facilities of the Alicia Water District and subsequently appointed as Commercial Section Supervisor from 1989 to March 1990. In May 2009, the Board of Directors dropped from the rolls its General Manager, Ms. Ma. Nimfa Abuan, due to Absence without Official Leave (AWOL). There were several cases that were filed by Ms. Abuan against ALWAD at the court and the Civil Service which were all decided favorably to ALWAD.
Dir. Jeorge Tomas became the Officer-In-Charge of the Alicia Water District in 2010 when the district was beset with problems after the removal of Ms. Nimfa Abuan. He officially resigned as board of directors in April 2011 and subsequently was appointed as General Manager on May 5, 2011. With the collaborative effort of the board of directors and management, the 1,216 service connections in 2009 was increased to 2,841 as of December 31, 2015 or an increase of 1,625 new service connections in just a span of five years.
In November 2009, the district applied for the Non-LWUA Initiated Fund (NLIF) at 90% grant and 10% loan scheme for the expansion project in three barangays. Then the grant-loan mix scheme was amended into 50-50 grant-loan mix scheme. LWUA then approved a P28.8 Million expansion project to ALWAD under the NLIF specifically through the Presidential Social Fund (PSF) which supposedly will expand its services to barangays Paddad, Mabini, and Linglingay. However, the project was only 76% completed because LWUA only releases P19.575 Million. To make the project operational, the district through its ICG (Internal Cash Generation) financed some parts of the project.
At the onset after the change of administration in 2010, the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel advised LWUA that all Memorandum of Understanding relative to NLIF is null and void. At this point, LWUA informed all water district grantees that all PSF-funded NLIF shall be converted into 100% soft loan at 2% per annum payable in 25 years.
It was in the early morning of March 14, 2014 when its office was razed by fire which apparently, as per Fire Incident Report, was caused by faulty electrical wiring. There was nothing left but ashes. The incident did not stop the district from performing its mandate, hence, it temporarily set-up a tent as its temporary office just beside the razed building. Several water districts extended financial assistance through the PAWD and CAVAWAD. LWUA also donated used office equipment.
The LGU offered the district to occupy a part of the Senior Citizens’ Building where it held its office for almost four months and finally it transferred to its present office at one of the rooms of the left wing of the LGU Building.
The district constructed an extension office to accommodate the increasing number of consumers as well as its employees. It signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Municipal Mayor to occupy the said office for two years (2016-2017) without any rental fee and the next ten years (2018-2027) will require the district a monthly rental of only P500.00 in lieu of the expenses incurred in the construction of its extension office.
At present, the district utilizes, three (3) deep wells in Calaocan and Antonino operating at an average of 18 hours a day and two stand-by well both located in Calaocan and one booster station in Apanay. It also maintain three (3) steel elevated tank in Calaocan, Apanay and Paddad and two (2) concrete elevated tank in Midtown Subdivision and Iselco Village in Paddad and Victoria, respectively. The WD is serving 16 out of 34 total barangays of the Municipality with 4,189 service connections as of January 31,2019.
Total Population of Alicia …………………………………79,136
Total Barangays ………………………………………….. 34
Total Households………………………………………….. 18,778
Barangays with Water Service-Connection ……………. 16
Total Service Area Population ……………………………43,804
Total Service Area Household……………………………… 10,132
Total Service Connections ………………………………… 4,189
Served Population …………………………………………… 15,775
% Served Population (covered barangay)………………. 47%
% Served Population (municipality)……………………… 20.37%