Educating our youth about water thru PAWD PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 February 2013 15:54

Congrats to local genius kids, 4th-year Justin Bryce M.  Torres of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School and Grade-6 Alwira Hannah Sheridan S. Jalil of Guiwan Elementary School, who won in the local Philippine Association of Water Districts (PAWD) Science & Math Quiz. They will represent Zamboanga City in the 2nd PAWD National Science & Math Quiz on February 06, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Manila.

Both students are representatives of our Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) and of the Western Mindanao Water Districts Association (WEMWADA) in the national contest. They received cash prizes, medals and certificates while the non-winners received consolation cash prizes and certificates of recognition.

Thirty seven (37) students from private and public schools, within ZCWD’s service area, joined in the local competition held last November 26, 2012. The contest was open to students of the two levels. Immediate family members of ZCWD Board of Directors and employees were disqualified to join.

The competition which was conducted for the first time by ZCWD was played in a five-round format, Easy, Average, Difficult, Semi-Final and Clincher. Coverage of the contest was science and history of water, computation, laws and jurisprudence of water districts in the Philippines and history and profile of ZCWD.

Dr. Joseph San Juan of the Department of Education (DepEd), Mrs. Rosemarie Salazar from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and ZCWD’s Engr. Marli Acosta-De Fiesta comprised the 3-member Board of Evaluators. ZCWD Board Director Edwin Caliolio formally welcomed and shared words of inspiration to the students, coaches/trainers and guests before the start of the competition.

ZCWD is confident that more schools will be joining its succeeding competition which is scheduled to be held sometime in November of this year. The contest is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities of our local water district.

I am glad that they have this kind of contest to educate our youth about our local water management and how to appreciate importance of water.

By Dante Corteza