The Water Resources Research and Training Department

The Water Resources Research and Training Department (WRRTD) was formally established in 1979 to implement and coordinate the training of water district personnel, a major function which is mandated by the Charter of LWUA. WRRTD’s training programs reflect LWUA’s strategy of promoting and strengthening local institutions for the effective administration of water supply and sanitation systems around the country.

WRRTD’s function was based on the principle, made early in the process of establishing water districts, that officials and employees in the newly formed districts -- comprising policy-makers, technical staff and operators – have to be trained in their respective task for them to function effectively. Training insures a water district’s institutional health, which in turn determines its capacity to generate funds for continuous operation and maintenance, for repayment of capital loans, and for providing sustainable services to its consumers.

Starting in 1981, Regional Training Centers (RTCs) were organized in strategically located water districts (WDs) to bring training facilities closer to other water districts, At present, there are six RTCs situated in the cities of San Pablo and Baguio in Luzon, Cebu City in the Visayas, and Cagayan de Oro, Davao and Zamboanga in Mindanao. As extensions of the WRRTD, the Regional Training Centers are normally staffed by a training director and two to three training officers on concurrent capacities as water district personnel. They maintain and operate the RTCs, implement training programs with the support of LWUA.

The WRRTD constitutes a department of LWUA headed by a department manager, and consists of three divisions. The Training Division implements the WRRTD's training programs and coordinates with the Regional Training Centers. The Research Division concentrates on computerized ground water data banking and in maintaining the LWUA Technical Standards Manual and the Water Supply Feasibility Study Methodology Manual. The Commercial Practices Systems Division installs the prescribed commercial practices systems and procedures for water districts through personnel training including on-the-job instruction, and conducts regular monitoring and evaluation for the districts. The CPSD also assists WDs in computerizing their commercial operations.


WRRTD-RTC Program Implementation

In recent years the WRRTD and the RTCs have been training an annual average of almost 1,500 water district personnel who log over 50,000 training hours in more than 60 policy-making, management and technical courses.

A significant part of this yearly accomplishment consists of training conducted through the RTCs. As a matter of development strategy, LWUA through WRRTD encourages the RTCs to take on an increasingly bigger role in the planning, implementation and coordination of training programs for the water districts.

Expertise in the many areas of water supply training is provided mostly by the staff from other LWUA departments who serve as resource persons in most WRRTD-RTC training courses.

Courses employ a variety of training methods. Lectures are kept to a minimum, giving emphasis to demonstrations, case studies in the water district setting, group exercises, and experience sharing. Study visits illustrate and reinforce classroom activities.

Certificates of Competency are awarded to training participants in courses where trainees undergo formal evaluation to demonstrate their level of skills and knowledge. Certificates of Satisfactory Completion or Certificates of Attendance are granted to participants in courses where no post-course testing/evaluation of trainees is conducted.

The LWUA Library

The LWUA Library is administered by WRRTD and carries a substantial collection of materials for study, research and training in water supply technology and management.

Included in the collection are books, journals, local and foreign official publications, feasibility studies, audio-visuals and microfiche. Part of the collection is bibliographically described in computerized database for easier document search.

Among the Library's training material holdings is the UNDP/WB package, Information and Training for Low Cost Water Supply and Sanitation, and EDI's Multimedia Training Materials for Water Supply and Sanitation in several modules, both featuring slide-sound shows and films.