Water for the Moro People

by Anjo Bacarisas for RMP-NMR

Iligan City—These days, the residents of the Moro village of Lanipao in the hinterlands of this city need not to walk a far distance to get potable water.
A water system project was turned over by the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines - Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR), Inc. to the local populace on 22 June 2013 to benefit around 233 families.
‘Moro’ is a slang for ‘Bangsamoro’ that means ‘Moro Nation.’ ‘Bangsamoro’ is a collective term for the Islamized 13 ethno-linguistic tribes of Mindanao.
The around Php2M-project was constructed to address the needs of the community after TS Washi destroyed their water system on 16 December 2011.
The intervention was a part of the ‘Assistance to the Populations Most Affected by TS Washi in the Philippines’ Phase 2 Project of RMP-NMR in partnership with ACCORD, Inc and CARE-Nederland and supported by the European Commission-Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO). The water project also received additional funding from AXA and Metrobank Foundations.
Earlier, other Iligan TS Washi-whacked villages such as Mandulog, Kalilangan, Lanipao, Dulag, and Digkilaan, and several villages in the city of Cagayan de Oro and the town of Baungon, Bukidnon, also benefited from various types of water projects from the same consortium.