What was the defining moment that you led to this innovation?
Its mainly because of the current situation of our lake.. which one American author even made a book about our lake.. the title of the book is "Our lake for Others." The Lake generates about 70% of electricity to almost whole of Mindanao. But no preventive measure was done by the some officials of our land to protect our heritage.
Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.
I met Prof. Pipalawan Naga, who is an advocate of the Save Lake Lanao Movement or SALLAM (meaning PEACE) since the 1980's. He had been fighting for this cause for almost whole of his life but seems nobody and none from the stakeholders are interested to listen to him. He have the same advocacy of giving something for the lake if not everything. We have not yet been introduced formally, only on the social internet website "facebook" though we live on the same province and at the same community. I am now presently in Dubai and will give up my day job for this cause, for this event. This is my little contribution for his noble intention and I had promised him that I will do everything I can to help him. Let me tell give some background reference of "Kaka Pip" ( I called him that way as a sign of respect "KAKA" meaning elder brother) The highlight of his career as an advocate was when he became the sole representative of the Lake Lanao on the 13th World Water Conference in China, which for over 12 conferences no one had been a representative of the Lake of Lanao, and as one of the ancient lakes of the world, like no one from us ever cared. Even I myself was trying to be one of the representative, but I was not that lucky. I learned that he will be attending the conference. But he made it possible, a dream I was trying to achieve but it is like having those dream when I heard that his statement was loud during the conference. Until now he is still connected in saving the lake. And this project will be his début project in wide scope after 26 years in SALLAM. HE has done many conferences but not a fund-raiser project same as this.
How did you first hear about Changemakers?
Web Search (e.g., Google or Yahoo)
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