SOUTH Cotabato — While the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao was having another significant milestone in the conduct of the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law, the peace-loving ‘tri-people’ communities in Tantangan, South Cotabato continues to nurture peace by working together. The people have chosen to find a solution to a decades-long problem of lack of potable water and respect each other’s differences.
Thus, in a matter of months, a water system was finally ready to serve the needs of the community. A turn-over ceremony of the Matimos Community-Managed Water System Rehabilitation and Expansion to the Muslim-Christian Water System Association was held at the grounds of Luayan Elementary School of Purok 5, Barangay Dumadalig, Tantangan, South Cotabato on Jan. 23, and in the absence of their parents, the school children sat and witnessed the occasion.
“Naranyag na Tantangan,” said Luayan Teacher In-charge Evelyn Nono during her welcome address, who, like Teacher Perlita Belenson and their pupils, were all overwhelmed with the dream of having clean water to drink now coming to reality.
According to Amaris Cabason, Program Officer for Basic Social Services of Peace and Equity Foundation, the project was made possible through the Scaling Up Program for Social Enterprises for Water Services Program of the Peace Equity Access for Community Empowerment Foundation. It began in July 2016 through a grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation, Inc., with PEF providing its own counterpart fund. (davaotoday.com)