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History of Water District

Bacolor is located in the central part of Pampanga, bounded on the North by Porac and Angeles City, in the East by City of San Fernando, in the West by Sta. Rita and Guagua and in the South by Minalin and Sto. Tomas. It is a high level flat terrain, composed of 21 barangays with a total area of 7,110 hectares.

By virtue of the Certificate of Conformance No. 160 of the Local Water Utilities Administration dated September 4, 1981 issued to the Bacolor Water District (BWD), Management was transferred from the Municipal Government of the Bacolor to this new entity.

In the year 1981, under the administration of Hon. Emerito de Jesus, Mayor of Bacolor, the BACOLOR WATER DISTRICT was therefore organized, piloted by the following: Mr. Peter Sangalang, General Manager, a set of Board of Directors composed of Engr. Rodolfo M. Nacpil, Chairman, Mr. Recto G. Padilla, Vice-Chairman, Mr. Jesus M. Pallasigui, Secretary, Mrs. Marina N. Catacutan, Treasurer and Mr. Diosdado Nicdao, Member. On the other hand, Miss Luciana R. Capili, Billing Clerk, Mr. Emiliano Mangiliman, Collector, and Mr. Rudy Gregorio, plumber/operator were among the staff of GM Sangalang. During this period, the area covered by the BWD were seven barangays. The seven barangays covered were Cabambangan, Cabetican, Sta. Barbara, Sta. Ines, San Vicente, Parulog and Cabalantian. There were four pumping stations: one (1) each in Cabetican, Cabambangan, Sta. Barbara and Cabalantian. The BWD consumers started from 200 and rose to 2,000 until the onslaught of lahar in 1991 due to the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. The minimum water rates then were P35.00 up to P45.00. The BWD was at its peak of operation when lahar struck Bacolor.

Amid changes of municipal government administration under Mayor Norberto G. Blanco, Mr. Pascual Malgapu and Mr. Jesus M. Pallasigui were appointed Chairman of the Board and GM, respectively. Engr. Rodolfo M. Nacpil assumed as Technical Adviser, the late Miss Ceferina Y. Carreon as Secretary-Treasurer and the late Mr. Norberto Galang replaced the late Mr. Diosdado Nicdao as member. Also appointed member was Mrs. Marina Catacutan.

Undaunted by the devastating effect of Mt. Pinatubo, the BWD resumed its operation and has undergone rehabilitation. Shortly thereafter, GM Pallasigui resigned and GM Luciana R. Capili took over and now moving to a new era under the new management of GM Engr. Pedrito l. Luzung.

As result of the mass evacuation of the people in Bacolor affected by the eruption, the total population decreased from 31,618 to a mere 4,768. Most of the residents went to different resettlement areas in Pampanga.

At present, Bacolor Water District have a total of 4,475 active concessionaires from seven (10) (Cabalantian, San Isidro, Cabambangan, Cabetican, San Vicente, Sta. Barbara and Sta. Ines, San Guillermo Village, Tinajero, Macabacle).

It has four (4) existing operational pumping stations, one each in Brgy. Cabalantian, Brgy. Sta. Ines, Brgy. San Isidro and in the public market. The minimum water rate is now P204.00. The BWD continues to rise from the ashes of Mt. Pinatubo.

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