There is hope with water project in Basilan

“ Youth Working for Change, led by its president, Nasiba Salip, vice president, Fatima Asad, and their adviser, Rico Tura, received their plaque and P30,000 cash prize from Coca-Cola Foundation president Cecile Alcantara in Zamboanga City. “

Now that the government is propagating a nationwide development and not just about centralized projects in major cities, it is time that a group of young volunteers in Basilan are taking on the challenge of changing lives in the small province. The development of a simple method that enables access to water towards the upland communities is the goal of Youth Working for Change.

This year’s Ten Accomplished Youth Organization (TAYO) Awards’ Coca Cola Barkada Awardee. The Coke Barkada Award is a special recognition for youth organizations whose goals are aligned with the sustainability initiatives of the Coca Cola company. Since 2011, the beverage company has been knee-deep involved on programs that help communities achieve its thrust of 100 percent water replenishment by 2020. The Coca Cola Agos Program is one of the charitable advocacies that brings water access to various rural places around Philippines. With the aid of a mechanical and sustainable hydraulic pump. Youth Working for Change has already installed water systems in Lamitan and Tipo-Tipo towns. This October, the group’s President Nasiba Salip vice president Fatima Asad, and adviser Rico Tura, received their plaque and P30,000 prize from Coca-Cola Foundation president Cecile Alcantara at the Western Mindanao State University in Zamboanga City.

As life in underdeveloped country such as the Philippines, it is given that there are still a lot of areas especially in Basilan that has a difficulty in accessing water. Moreover, the development of water infrastructure in the island is also halted due to security risks in the area.

What Youth Working for Change dreams

In order to get moving with better projects, Tura wants to officially and legally register the organization with the Security and Exchange Commission to make it a legal company. By becoming a formal organization, it will be easier to enter into agreements with other stakeholders, Tura said.

Although its impeding that the current safety situation in Basilan will not be changed sooner, they aim to at least improve the lives of the local dwellers by addressing other important aspects. Water is such a basic necessity in every human being’s survival and fighting for this kind of advocacy will really create a huge impact in the society. The TAYO Awards caps the country’s premier search for outstanding youth organizations.

The search for nominees to the 14th TAYO Awards is ongoing and deadline for submission of entries is on September 15, 2016. Interested applicants may visit for more information.

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