DCWD has always been keen on the well-being of the communities inside and outside its served areas. This is strongly manifested through the various initiatives that encompass its corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Supporting Davao's Brightest Students
Since 1993, the utility has been granting academic scholarships to bright but underprivileged youth. These scholars are enrolled at the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP), Obrero campus taking up engineering and technology courses. As of 2011, more than 20 scholars had successfully completed their engineering courses. In 2005, DCWD also launched the grant of tribal scholarships to youth belonging to the indigenous communities. These scholars are enrolled at USeP-Mintal Campus taking up business and public administration and agriculture courses. All scholars are recommended by the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).
Educational Assistance in Watershed Communities
To ensure abundant and sustainable water supply, the water district has long been protecting and preserving the three most important watershed areas in Davao City, namely, Malagos, Mt. Talomo-Lipadas, and Tipolog-Tamugan Watersheds. In this endeavor, DCWD has teamed up with various People's Organizations (POs) in the said watershed areas for the effective implementation of community-based watershed related endeavors. Annually, the utility implements an educational assistance program through distribution of basic school supplies such as bags, notebooks, and raincoats to POs' children. Part of the program is conducting lectures on Environmental Awareness and the Rights of the Child. As of 2011, about 3,700 school children in the watershed communities have benefited from the project.
Improving Lives through Health and Wellness
In keeping with its corporate social agenda, DCWD launched its Free Medical and Dental Clinic Program during its 30th anniversary celebration. Annually, this program is carried out around the barangays of Mt. Talomo-Lipadas, Malagos, and Mt. Tipolog-Tamugan Watersheds, in cooperation with the different medical team volunteers, local government and the private sector. As of 2010, about 6,000 residents of Tungkalan, Daliaon Plantation, Manuel Guianga, Malagos, Tambobong and the surrounding communities have availed of the various services offered, such as oral health care and dental services, medical clinics and circumcision, all free of charge. This coming November 2011, the utility will be re-conducting the said activity to continue promoting health and wellness.