Construction of restroom for Manobo Tribe

Posted by | Apr 21, 2020 |

Before the COVID Pandemic District 385, the biggest project was the construction of 10 cubicle comfort rooms which was spearheaded by Inner Wheel Club of Pagadian for the Manobo Tribe at Magpet Kidapawan Cotabato.

The Ubo Manobo Tribe lives at the foot of Mt. Apo with 127 families, plant camote, sayote, corn as their means of livelihood before the 6.9 earthquake that struck Kidapawan last October 20 & 29, 2019. A landslide resulted leaving them homeless and farms destroyed.

It was during our visual inspection for our Operation Paglingap last November 7, 2019 for the 6.9 earthquake victims at Kidapawan where we observed that this area has no descent and proper waste disposal. They used the Canal covered with trapal as their comfort room. The chieftain talked to us that aside from donating relief goods they really need comfort rooms with water system where they were relocated to maintain good hygiene and sanitation and so another project was conceptualised with the IWC Club of Pagadian to lead the project.

With the funds raised construction started January 5, 2020, hired carpenters from Valencia and bought all the materials at Kidapawan, hired Elf to deliver it at the area. The Manobo for their part do the digging and shoveling of the grounds, carry all the materials at the site. Reported to be finished on January 30, 2020 but was able to finish January 20, 2020, 10 days ahead of the target.

Handover rites done with the Manobo tribe ritual beheading the chicken and the blood spread throughout the area of the 10 CR ended it with drinking of “Sioktong”. Handover of the keys to the chieftain opening of all the 10 Doors of the comfort room were done. A very fruitful day notwithstanding the long hours of driving to and from the site (Gensan – Kidapawan – and back) unmindful of all danger along the road by our National President Bibie and company, members from District 385 (representing all the clubs) ended this occasion with all our hearts full of happiness.

Araceli Mendoza & Khristtine Ngo