Indigenous peoples build new water system in Looy, Maguindanao

Teduray, a group of indigenous peoples in the Philippines built a new water system under the ILO Japan Water and Sanitation Project that will provide access to clean and safe water, at the same time contribute to promoting decent work and building peace in the Bangsamoro region.

Date issued: 13 August 2021 | Size/duration: 02:58

About 500 households and over a thousand schoolchildren will benefit from the new level II water system built by Teduray, a group of indigenous peoples under ILO Japan Water and Sanitation Project in Looy, South Upi, Maguindanao.

The ILO and the Government of Japan have collaborated to create jobs, provide clean and safe water, and promote peace through improved water supply and sanitation services in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). Prior to the project, Looy relied heavily on unsafe sources such as dug wells, rivers, streams and rain.

The project used a local resource-based approach and collaborated with indigenous peoples, the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) and the Ke’minanam Luwey Wayeg Association (KLWA). Indigenous rights, culture and tradition, and the environment were respected and considered in all aspects.