- Nanay Anit advocates education for the T’boli in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato while KFPDAI works to rehabilitate areas of conflict
- Awardees each received a trophy and P400,000 for their dedication to uplifting lives of people in their communities
A retired teacher and former rebels may not look like they have anything in common, but their passion for uplifting the lives of the people in their communities brought them together as awardees of the 6th Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) Triennial Awards.
The Triennial Awards, according to RAFI President Bobby Aboitiz, serves as recognition of the people who “stepped up to challenges and worked every day to make the country a better place.”
Anita “Nanay Anit” Castillon earned the Ramon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary Individual for her work with the T’boli tribe of Lake Sebu in South Cotabato where she established a private school and three indigenous learning schools for the tribe children.
RAFI awarded the Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution to the Kadtabanga Foundation for Peace and Development Advocates, Inc. (KFPDAI) for their work in rehabilitation and improvement of conflict areas. Composed of former Moro National Liberation Front combatants who laid down their arms when a peace agreement was reached in 1996, the KFPDAI is a powerful voice in advocacy of peace, order, and rehabilitation in Mindanao.
The two awardees Nanay Anit and KFPDAI, represented by its executive director Hadja Giobay Diocolano, were each given a trophy and over P400,000 in a ceremony held on August 14 at the Grand Convention Center in Cebu.
Nanay Anit will share her prize money with her beloved students and their families by constructing a water system for the schools and purchasing a carabao to supplement the farming program in the area.
Diocolano, for her part, said the recognition will motivate the people behind KFPDAI to work harder and will use the cash award to set up a microfinancing program for the people they serve in Maguindanao.
Summing up the spirit of the RAFI Triennial Awards, Mr. Aboitiz hoped that recognition strengthens the awardees’ passion and affirm their purpose of serving others.