Metropolitan Cebu Water District

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About Us

Ever since, inadequate potable water supply has always been the primary problem of the people of Metro Cebu. The defunct Osmeña Waterworks System (OWS) which used to operate and manage the water facility could not cope up with the water demand of the people it served. It even suffered financial losses despite the fact of being subsidized by the city government. So, in 1974, Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) was created.

Now, 26 years later, MCWD's daily water production is 139,602 cu. m. serving 83,822 registered water concessionaires. In 2001, it realized the highest Systems Recovery Rate (SRR) ever attained, an annual net revenue of up to P692.2 million and total asset of P2.3 billion.

MCWD supplies potable water to the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Lapu-lapu and Talisay and the towns of Consolacion, Lilo-an, Compostela and Cordova.

MCWD continues to be true to its Mission-Vision to protect and sustain Metro Cebu's limited water sources, while living out its commitment to provide safe, potable and affordable water to Metro Cebu.

MCWD is presently managed by General Manager Dulce M. Abanilla, and her five (5) Assistant General Managers. It's Board of Directors is chaired by Ruben D. Almendras.


The year 2001 was another significant year for the Water District. It's highlights are not only focused on past accomplishments and future projects but also on its achievements as well.

For January, MCWD Quality Management System's (MQMS) Internal Quality Audit conducted a quality audit on the existing procedures that has been already been documented whether they were actually followed or the actual work is following the business procedures that has been documented in preparation for the ISO 2000 certification project.

It was also on this month that the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) tapped the services of MCWD to undertake the construction of rural water supply projects under the Lingap Para sa Mahirap Program Fund. LWUA was tasked to develop and implement the program in various barangays nationawide.

On February 1, MCWD celebrated its 26th years of service to the public. It also inaugurated the pipeline expansion project in Sitio Cogon-Looc, Lilo-an, Cebu last Feb. 7 as part of the Memorandum of Agreement entered into by MCWD and the Municipality of Lilo-an.

On March 5, full implementation of desiltating activity in Jaclupan Valley started.

On June 17-21, MCWD General Manager, Dulce M. Abanilla attended the AWWA in Washington, DC.

In August, MCWD implements the 5S program.

On September 19 - The Civil Service Commission awarded the Metropolitan Cebu Water District as the "Most Outstanding Accredited Agency in Region VII" in recognition of its valued role in advocating and religiously following the tenets and doctrine of the merit and fitness principle in the Civil Service which contributed greatly to effective, courteous, and productive public personnel administration and governance. The award was given during it's 101st Anniversary celebration. It was the second time that MCWD received such award. The first was in 2000.

On October 19, MCWD launched the first ever oratorical contest participated in by different public and private high school students in Cebu City with the theme: "Water Quality, A New Dimension in Watershed Management". A second year student from University of Cebu bested among the other 10 contestants. The winner was MCWD's bet to the regional level oratorical contest.

On November 19, MCWD hosted the Central Visayas Water Information Council's (CEVWIC) regional level oratorical contest held in MCWD Auditorium. Five (5) water districts joined the said contest. Among the five contestants, Metro Cebu Water District's bet topped them all and she will represent Region VII to the national oratorical contest to be held this January 2002 during the PAWD National Convention in Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City.

In December 10-14, MCWD thru its Human Resources Department conducted an orientation seminar to all regular and casual employees regarding the Civil Service Commission-approved revised MCWD Merit Selection Plan.


With all its efforts and achievements, the "Most Outstanding Water District" award (in the Very Large Category) was given to MCWD by the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) for its 1996 and 1998 exemplary performances in providing water services to its community with sustained superior levels of institutional and financial viability.

Moreover, the Civil Service Commission also awarded MCWD as the "Most Outstanding Accredited Agency in Region VII" for two consecutive years. The first was in 2000 and the second was in 2001, in recognition of its valued role in advocating and religiously following the tenets and doctrine of the merit and fitness principle in the civil service which contributed greatly to effective, courteous, and productive public personnel administration and governance.

Its training center was cited as the Most Outstanding Training Center in 1990, and was accredited by the Civil Service Commission as a "Training Institution in the area of Skills Development Training" per Civil Service Resolution dated April 25, 2000.

Further, the LWUA approved the reactivation of MCWD's Training Center's operation as one of the Water Resources' Research and Training Center-Regional Training Center (WRRTC-RTC) in Sept. 2000.

Furthermore, the water district gained a Hall of Fame award being the "Most Outstanding Firm with Family Welfare Programs in the Philippines" from 1993 to 1995.

It is also the first utility firm in the country to use a radio-based system in monitoring and controlling the operation on some of its pumping stations while in the main office called the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System or SCADA; and the only one in the whole Visayas and Mindanao to acquire a state-of-the-art meter test rig.

MCWD's water laboratory, too, was one of the first laboratories in the Philippines to be recognized by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It's laboratory is one of the most complete and up-to-date in the Philippines.


Because MCWD is committed to serve and to provide adequate, safe, potable and affordable water and effective sewerage system for Metro Cebu, it continuously embarked on one project or program after the other, year after year. These can be witnessed by the following accomplishments:

(a) the completion of the Mactan Beach Resorts Water Supply Project's four (4) wells supplying 1,000 cu. m. more per day;

(b) the operation of the Lilo-an Wellfields where 16 pumps produced 20,000 cu. m. daily;

(c) the completion of the Cordova Water Supply Project in Cordova, Cebu and the 4,000 cu. m. per day booster pumping stations (with three booster pumps and a 150- cu. m. sump tank) in Mandaue City, which further improved Mactan Island's water supply;

(d) the commissioning of the seven (7) additional pumping stations in Lahug, Guadalupe and Canduman;

(e) the completion of the P700M Mananga Phase I Project with its 15 pumping stations, 7-meter high diversion weir, sedimentation and infiltration facilities producing 33,000 cu. m. per day, benefiting 19,000 more households;

(f) the commissioning of two new wells in Ayala complex which produced an average of 3,000 cu. m. per day;

(g) And finally, the completion of the pipelaying at the 2nd Mandaue-Mactan Bridge.