School building reconciles Maranaw clans PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 June 2014 11:11

There is a community project in Balindong town in Lanao del Sur that ushered the reconciliation of feuding Maranaw families and brought peace among local folks.

Thanks to the “bayanihan” style construction of a World Bank-assisted school building project in Barangay Salipongan in Balindong, more than a dozen families supposedly hostile to each became friends anew, proud of having helped construct the building now being used by their children.

The two classroom building Maranaw villagers constructed in Barangay Salipongan is just one of dozens of projects of the World Bank in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, implemented via a conduit, the ARMM Social Fund Project.

Alim Manalocon, president of the government-accredited People’s Organization in Barangay Salipongan, said Maranaw families constructed the two classroom building based on a project design they formulated with the help of technical personnel of ASFP.

Manalocon said the project brought all together the Maranaw families in the barangay, some of them locked in “rido,” which means clan war in the local dialect.

“Peace, reconciliation and unity filled the air when they gathered together to construct the school building,” Manalocon said.

He said the project, completed recently with the support of the Balindong local government unit, is now being used by Maranaw elementary pupils.