August 2, 2019. For a flood-prone communities like Brgy. Buliok, Pikit, North Cotabato and Brgy. Kudal in Pagalungan, Maguindanao, water is not a problem only that it is not potable for drinking. People have to buy water to ensure safety for their health, which is quite expensive.
Now, the long-awaited moment for both barangays has finally came when they received solar-powered water system project (level II) that respond to one of their basic needs in their communities.
In Brgy. Buliok, the community formally received the project on August 3, 2019 through a ceremonial turn-over organized for this event.The project was funded by various donors (through the Mindanao Trust Fund) such as the European Union, the government of Sweden, Australia, Canada, United States, New Zealand and the World Bank, which also serves as Trust Fund Administrator and Secretariat.
In Brgy. Kudal, the turnover of the project was on Aug. 2, 2019 witnessed by various stakeholders in the community like municipal and local government units, people’s organization, community members, women, youth, and the elderly and BDA and CFSI.
JTFCT chairman told the community that “this project is yours, so take care of it to benefit everyone”.
The project in Brgy. Kudal is funded by the Spanish Cooperation for International Development (AECID).
Both conflict-affected communities, the people of Brgy. Kudal and Buliok are grateful for this kind of assistance extended to them through the MTFRDP/2 with BDA and CFSI.
For them, such project is a big step to a journey in moving on from conflict to productive, progressive and peaceful community.
Woman-board member of the Kudal Farmers and Fisher Folks Association, believes that the water system project is very significant for the development of their community.
Mindanao Trust Fund- Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2) is program partnership signed between BDA and CFSI that aims to improve access of targeted communities in the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao to basic socio-economic infrastructure and alternative learning system. Moreover, this is in line with the Normalization Aspect of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).