THE Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD), tagged as the first water district created in the Philippines, celebrated its 37 years of existence on August 1, 2010.

Centered on the theme “Strengthening Our Commitment to Serve,” the celebration was highlighted with the giving away of snacks on Monday, August 1, to clients at COWD’s main paying station in Corrales St.

Ladele A. Sagrado, acting head of COWD’s public relations information division, said they also distributed free medicines for fever in partnership with The Generics Pharmacy to COWD clients.

Doding, a COWD concessionaire who was about to pay his water bill, was a bit surprised with the freebies he received.

“I should take this paracetamol they gave which might possibly ease my headache because of the huge bills that I have been paying every month,” Doding jokingly said.

As part of the celebration, free health services such as blood pressure monitoring and blood glucose testing were also conducted.

“Unfortunately, a doctor from The Generics Pharmacy wasn’t able to come for a free check up,” Sagrado said.

Other activities were also conducted which served as highlights of the celebration. These include tree planting and clean-up drive in Barangay Calaanan by COWD employees on August 5; poster making and essay writing contests on July 29 and 30; and the giving of awards to employees who have served the water district for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years.

The awarding ceremony was held Friday.

The COWD was created through Presidential Decree 198 or the Provincial Water Utilities Act of 1973 issued by former president Ferdinand Marcos. Engr. Ernesto B. San Juan, COWD’s first general manager, was recognized as the godfather of all water districts in the Philippines.

article by Loui S. Maliza of Sun Star CDO

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