Two years after the siege, the fight to rebuild Marawi continues.
Manila Water Foundation (MWF) joined GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF) in the groundbreaking ceremony of new classrooms and facilities for Datu Saber Elementary School (DSES) in Marawi City. Under MWF's flagship programs Lingap and Ahon, MWF is set to construct a five-faucet hygiene facility and three-cubicle toilet facility, including roofing, gate, and water supply. This initiative is a support to the recommended schools by the Department of Education, which are to be prioritized for rehabilitation. The facilities aim to improve the school's access to water, sanitation, and hygiene, serving 256 schoolchildren.
During the groundbreaking ceremony, MWF Executive Director Reginald Andal turned over the designs for the hygiene and toilet facilities to DSES Principal Mokiim Hadjiisah. Attendees of the event include Undersecretary Tonisito Umali of the Department of Education, Ms. Rikki Escudero-Catibog, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of GMAKF, Col. Romeo Brawner, Jr., 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander, and representatives from the Department of Education - Marawi City Schools Division, BARMM Ministry of Education, Task Force Bangon Marawi, and Local Government Units of Lanao del Sur and Marawi City, among others.
Lingap is MWF's infrastructure development program which provides hygiene facilities and/or drinking facilities in public institutions such as schools and health centers. Meanwhile, Ahon is another infrastructure development program that provides stand-alone water supply or sanitation systems in low-income communities.
Since 2018, MWF has worked with GMAKF in rebuilding two public elementary schools in Marawi City, which are Pendolonan Elementary School (with 383 student beneficiaries) and Camp Bagong Amai Pakpak (with 306 student beneficiaries). MWF hopes that more schools and communities will be reached through this partnership.