South Cotabato

The needs in South Cotabato

Education
There are private and public schools throughout South Cotabato and the literacy rate in the province is 89% among children under the age of 10. However, as students get older, fewer of them complete each subsequent year of schooling. Many lack the means and motivation to continue their studies.

There is a shortage of educational facilities and teachers for the number of students in the community. There is one classroom for every 40 students in elementary school, while 50 students must share a classroom at the secondary level.

The health and wellbeing of children has a significant impact on their academic performance. Malnourished children have difficulty coping with the demands of the classroom, and are often unable to progress to the next grade or drop out of school altogether.

Health Care
Health care services in South Cotabato were seriously impacted by the shift in governance in 1992, which placed the responsibility for health infrastructure squarely on the shoulders of regional government. Most local units were not prepared to assume control and manage health services in the provinces.

One of the most common health challenges is malnutrition among children, caused by families inability afford or provide food. Malnutrition causes poor health and can lead to physical stunting and developmental delays. The poor health of mothers also impacts the wellbeing of children, as only a little over half of mothers in the area have been immunized.

Despite the existence of local health centres, their lack of facilities and equipment prevent them from responding effectively to health concerns. As a result, preventable diseases are prevalent in South Cotabato. Some children are still not immunized, especially among the community's indigenous populations, because of cultural and traditional practices.

Food
The population of South Cotabato has been increasing exponentially, which has led to a risk of chronic food shortages. Local supplies of livestock and poultry are insufficient to meet the demand, whether families raise their own or purchase from markets.

Economic Development
The number of poor families in South Cotabato is increasing yearly. This is due to many factors including unemployment, a low level of formal education among members of the indigenous population, and the lack of resources and capital available for agricultural production and alternative income-generating activities.

South Cotabato is Mindanao's granary and produces rice and corn as major crops, but supply shortages have been experienced across the province. The decrease in production is attributed to climate change, crop disease and infestation, and the lack of agricultural equipment. The cost of agricultural equipment and materials has also escalated.
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South Cotabato's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 


The South Cotabato community is located in the southern part of the island of Mindanao. The region's geography ranges from flat land to rolling hills to mountain ranges, and is comprised of relatively high mountains, lakes, and some inactive volcanoes.

In South Cotabato, rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year. Temperatures reach between 36℃ and 38℃ during the day, and fall to between 23℃ and 32℃ at night, depending on the elevation. The hottest period is usually from April to May, while August to December is the coolest time of year. Farming is the major source of income in the community, and while South Cotabato is rich in resources, many families experience poverty. The major agricultural crops include rice, corn, coconut, pineapple, asparagus, papaya, and banana.
  • 337 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 25 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being               
  • 5 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 2,920 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 77 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 141 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 2,049 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 170 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 5,096 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 303 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
Education
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Improve the learning environment in schools with improved facilities and access to age-appropriate learning materials.
  • Increase the quality and amount of training and resources available to teachers to improve the instruction students receive.
  • Encourage parents participation in and support of their children's academic activities.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Improve families access to primary health care services.
  • Teach parents and caregivers about proper nutrition and food preparation practices to reduce the rate of malnutrition in children under the age of five.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Increase families access to potable water.
  • Improve sanitation and hygiene practices among community members.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in South Cotabato can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Engage families in diversified farming methods to increase crop yields.
  • Increase community members access to alternative income-generating activities.
  • Improve families access to land for diversified farm production.
  • Increase community members abilities to access savings and investment through community-based savings and credit programs.

Explore South Cotabato

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

South Cotabato,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.