His childhood experience with ill-equipped schools in the provinces inspired businessman Napoleon Co to build toilets for poor Muslim and Christian kids in Mindanao.
Napoleon Co, owner of construction superstore chain Home Depot remembers the restrooms in his elementary school:
“Feces were splattered over the cracked tiles, and water barely spewed out of the broken faucets”.
Co admitted to holding the call of nature until he got home as a child— an unfortunate habit he found hard to break while studying in provincial schools in Cebu.
“Tending to withhold bowel movement for years as a child, I was 14 years old when I started seeing pools of blood whenever I used the toilet. Until I was about 35, the hemorrhage did not stop,” he laments.
He vowed never to let his children experience the same thing.