This year Mount Apo Foundation turned sixteen years old. Looking back on the past years triggers lots of memorable birth pangs, unforgettable dynamic interactions and dramatic transformation of perspectives and beliefs.
The past sixteen years of Mount Apo Foundation was a story of determination by the founding members of the foundation to push what is good and noble despite initial hovering dark clouds of doubts. It was a journey of commitment and clarity of purpose. Amidst perennial fund constraints and temptations towards what is easy and to do for what only looks or sounds good, the foundation never waivered in the pursuit of what really works for the community it served. Through the years, all its actions were guided consistently by the singular vision of total development for the upland dwellers of Mt. Apo.
In the past 16 years the policy makers of the foundation acted firmly on how to make development intervention works with clear measurable results. It warms the heart to be in accompany with these men and women who can unselfishly focus their talents, skills and knowledge for rational thought and deliberations in the service of those who have less in life. These are the people who can “walk their talk” in the pursuit of what is fair, just, efficient, effective and good for our target beneficiaries. The convergence of these purpose-driven people (policy-makers, management staff, project partners and community leaders) in Mount Apo Foundation, Inc. is a strength and a blessing that we need to thank for.
We will celebrate the sixteen years of existence of the foundation in silence for we still have a long way to go in chasing dreams for the people and the communities around Mt. Apo. All we have for now is the inspiring realization that the sweetness of any endeavor lies in the fruits of good intentions.