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GM Engr. Eduardo P. Tejada receives Rockstar-Leader General Manager Award

The Philippine Association of Water District (PAWD) handed out the Rockstar-Leader General Manager award to Engr. Eduardo P. Tejada during the awards night of the 44th PAWD Convention held at the SMX Convention Center Manila last April 14, 2023.

The ROCKSTAR-LEADER GM award is given to the general manager of a local water district who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and management skills by fostering a creative and healthy work environment with awe-inspiring compassion for public service; a trailblazer of vision and inspiration who leads by example and consistently exemplifies the standards of behavior expected of public servants and employees. Only one GM from Category C (Luzon) was adjudged as Rockstar-Leader.

PAWAD considered Engr. Ted Tejada’s accomplishments as remarkable and worthy of recognition and emulation. Casiguran Water District (CWD), with GM Tejada at the helm, truly attained greater heights. PAWAD gave weight to CWD’s status as a water district offering one of the lowest water rates in the Philippines at P 88.00 minimum. CWD also supplies water in bulk to neighboring municipality and city. Being innovative and resourceful, CWD is operating a resort: Orok Cold Spring Resort, utilizing excess water from its spring source. CWD has an Employees Cooperative initiated by the GM. Incidentally CWD is a consistent Performance Based Bonus (PBB) compliant. Way back year 2016, CWD was also adjudged as one of the Most Outstanding Water District in the Philippines as conferred by the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA).

GM Tejada, GM of Casiguran Water District,  is also the Interim GM of another water district: Sorsogon City Water District which is currently in a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with Primewater Infrastructure Corporation. Even with this complicated arrangement that he inherited, he managed to turns things around. SCWD is now enjoying a respectable 80% satisfaction rating, attained in three (3) years with GM Tejada as head of the management. He started with 34% satisfaction rating recorded on the first quarter of 2020.

Casiguran Water District and Sorsogon City Water District are now ISO 9001:2015 certified, another feather on GM Tejada’s hat. The charismatic GM envisioned his water districts to be at par with best in the industry, practicing world-class services and constantly improving while maintaining risk-based thinking at all times and sustaining healthy financial position.

The indefatigable GM, a recipient of Most Outstanding Government Official Award from Civil Service Commission (CSC), conveyed his sincerest gratitude to his officemates, conveyed during flag ceremony, saying that the PAWD award is not for him alone but rather to every CWD and SCWD employees and BOD members of two water districts who helped him attained the feat. The award will serve as an inspiration, a challenge and source of pride to his co-workers in government, the GM added.

Engr. Tejada is truly a Rockstar-Leader GM, a low-key official who leads by example; he is the epitome of a moder-day public manager, in words and in deeds. The CWD and SCWD employees lavishly demonstrated their jubilation and extended warmest congratulations to their very own GM Ted. With the latest recognition, the famous employees’ battle cry – “Serbisyong Bulahos Para sa Gabos” has gained an even stronger meaning, energy and vitality.