Last September 16, 2021, the staff and members of the Board of Directors of MIWD celebrated their 43rd Anniversary, but this time, instead of celebrating it by themselves as has been traditional, this year the Water District decided to celebrate outwardly and share its blessings: by procuring sacks of rice and donating it to the less fortunate.
The MIWD, like most companies, annually celebrate their foundation day with a small yet festive gathering among its workforce. However, this year of 2021, when the world is reeling and exhausted from the global COVID 19 pandemic and its economically crippling lockdowns, the Water District Anniversary Committee and the Management have decided that instead of using the annually prepared budget for any anniversary festivities, the budget would be best served by sharing it to those who might need it the most: those families most hard hit with the COVID-19. The Water District instead purchased 56 sacks of rice and donated them over to the City Government and the Provincial Government of Iloilo, with both LGUs receiving 28 sacks of rice each for distribution among those hard hit with the COVID-19 pandemic, with the MIWD staff dividing into two teams to distribute the rice sacks.
Even with just the meager early morning thanksgiving mass and without the usual festivities, the MIWD staff was still treated to many unexpected surprises, particularly with prizes donated by members of the Board of Directors, who raffled off myriad of prizes from appliances, umbrellas, custom made shirts, gift cheques and cash prizes to lucky winners. All MIWD staff—from the Management to the job orders and security details—were able to nab prizes from Chairperson Maravilla, Board Members Lloyd, Tiu, Sebastian and Acanto. MIWD’s JV partners, the Metro Iloilo Bulk Water Corporation and Metro Pacific Iloilo Water, and former MPIW COO Eric Gita also sent in raffle prizes ranging from major appliances to cash prizes, adding glee to the MIWD staff, with no single staff going home that night empty handed. Further proof that, the more one gives, the more the universe gives back, as well.
A video presentation of the day’s activity can be found here: