For some time, traditional and community leaders, academicians and organizers based in Kabacan, North Cotabato had been seriously talking about a collective effort in helping empower their community. It is a common understanding that the Moros and the Lumads are left behind when it comes to empowerment geared towards societal change. Thus, the idea of utilizing a bottom-up approach in community organizing was put forward as a tool to empower the people that will contribute to uplift their living conditions.
The realization of Moro People’s CORE was facilitated when a Moro woman-leader and seasoned Community Organizer was invited by a Los Angeles-based, federally recognized not-forprofit organization, People’s Community Organization for Reform
and Empowerment (People’s CORE), to have her as a keynote speaker to a Southern California conference on May 14, 2011. Subsequently, she became a member of the Board of Directors of People’s CORE and designated as the International Liaison
for Asian Affairs.
With the support from People’s CORE, Moro People’s CORE’s concepts and principles were officially adopted, and its programs and projects were further developed.
The institutionalization of Moro PCORE was supported through a modest logistical and capability build-up support by People’s CORE and finally, the Moro-woman initiator became its founding Executive Director.
With the support of Moro People’s CORE legal team and the rest of the BOD members, Moro People’s CORE was officially issued a Certificate of Incorporation by the SEC on July 11, 2011.