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BA holds successful Goodbye Gutom Day!
by admin on Aug.04, 2010, under Community Building, Volunteer Support
By Marjorie Ann Duterte
BICOL region – Bayan-Anihan, GK’s food sufficiency program, held a successful Goodbye Gutom day on July 24, 2010 at GK Bongliw, Puro Obias Hernandez village in San Jose, Camarines Sur. The event brought together Bayan-Anihan’ s multi-sectoral partners from the government, corporations, academe, the private sector and the GK kapitbahayan (community).
Mayor Antonio Chavez welcomed the hunger warriors to his town while Pilipinas Shell Foundation program manager Pam Castro affirmed their partnership with BA as one of the programs that Shell greatly believes in, for providing the sustainable solution to hunger in the Philippines.
Ronnel Lucero from the GK Bongliw community shared how having his own farm-plot augmented the needs of his family. He said that he no longer had to borrow to buy food since his family can already harvest vegetables from their own farm. Whatever expenses he saves on food, Kuya Ronnel uses for the education of his children and to pay for the motorcycle he uses for his work as a door-to-door salesman.
Department of Agriculture chief field operations OIC Rose Imperial also graced the event. “Being mandated to produce more food, we cannot do this without our partnership with Bayan-Anihan, ” she said. GK Bayan-Anihan and the Agriculture Department were able to build 400 farms in 2009 which yielded 65,000 metric tons of vegetables. They are now targeting to build 1,000 farms in 2011 to feed 500,000 people for life.
“With Bayan-Anihan, we are able to set higher targets, for a hunger-free CamSur, of the 45 GK Shell farms in the Bicol Region, 23 can be found here,” shared Ms. Imperial.
“The war against hunger has begun. We are marching towards a hunger-free Philippines, ” she said. The Agriculture Department provides the GK communities with seedlings, fruit-bearing trees, medicinal plans and fertilizers.
The Central Bicol State University of Agriculture represented by Professor Jess Oses related how their students lived for 6 weeks in the GK communities as part of their course to share and apply their knowledge with the GK kapitbahayan. He rleated that faculty members and their students felt the relief that GK families expressed in having their own Bayan-Anihan farms.
Delia Hernandez Aladin, shared on behalf of the Obias family who donated the 1.3 hectares land to the GK community encouraging the residents to take care of their farms, so that they will not be hungry again.
Gawad Kalinga father Tony Meloto noted that we are now preparing for the next generation. “Ang pagbabago ng Pilipinas ay nasa pamamagitan ng pagmamahal, tiwala at pagkakaisa.” (Change in the Philippines will come through love, trust and unity).
“Ito po ay pagmamahal sa Diyos, pagmamahal sa bayan. Pangarap natin hanggang 2024, in 6 years we will end hunger,” he said. (This is love for God, love for country. Our dream is until until 2024, in 6 years we will end hunger).
“This is now the season of hope, we will bring the country out of hunger, out of endlessness, and out poverty,” Meloto declared.
Goodbye Gutom day which happened simultaneously in 4 sites namely Camarines Sur, Tarlac, Davao and Bacolod, ended with a symbolic soil ceremony where the people grabbed soil with their hands and made the oath of commitment to carry on the movement’s ideals and aspirations by serving as sources of inspiration, encouraging more and more people to join in the country’s fight against hunger.
Reflections on GK Global Summit
by admin on Jul.05, 2010, under Community Building, Volunteer Support
by Fr. Savio
“REJOICE THAT YOUR NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN”
(2nd Gawad Kalinga in Singapore June 25 – 27, 2010)
I thought I’d share with you a powerful experience I had when I attended the 2nd Gawad Kalinga Global Summit last June 25 – 27, 2010 in Singapore . We were hosted by two schools – Ngee Ann Polytechnic and the National University of Singapore. I had the good fortune of being invited for the summit because I and Bishop Honesto Pacana S.J. serve as spiritual directors for Gawad Kalinga in the province of Bukidnon . My fascination with Gawad Kalinga has grown since that very first day I was introduced to a Gawad Kalinga village in Natid-asan, Malaybalay. It was then that I saw very accomplished people, local and foreign, literally dirtied their hands and carried bricks to build houses for the poor of Malaybalay. What thay did is simply brilliance in the eyes of God! Gawad Kalinga, the movement, has as its goal the eradication of poverty in our country not just by building houses for the homeless but also by providing them education, values formation and livelihood(to mention a few of their programs) so that each village may be self-sustaining and thus provide leadership and example for other villages. It was because of Gawad Kalinga that its founder, Mr. Tony Meloto, received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership.
In the spiritual classic “The Imitation of Christ” we read that “It is not deep words that make a man holy and upright. It is a good life that makes a man dear to God. I’d rather feel contrition than know the definition thereof. I may know all the books of the Bible and all the sayings of the philopsophers but all these won’t profit me if I do not have the love of God.” It is not hifaluting words that endear us to God. It is faith in practice. It is love in the concrete. This is what I’ve always seen in Gawad Kalinga! One of the speakers in the summit workshops is an Englishman – Dylan Wilk. He is known to have been the 9th rrichest man in Britain when he was just 25 years of age. This was possible because of the computer games he sold through the internet or direct mail. But that business and his lavish way of life was not meant to last. He was introduced to Gawad Kalinga in the Philippines and the great work it is doing for the poor of the land. Dylan realized that even though he was filthy reach he never really did something significant for his own people. In fact, he thought of his business as pointless and useless. He sold his BMW and used the money to build 80 homes for Gawad Kalinga. What he is telling all of us is that there is no deep satisfaction and fulfillment from all the riches this world offers. Jesus did say, “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?” This has been the constant refrain of the speakers during the summit in Singapore . You have a Tony del Rosario who is CEO of Coca-Cola in Singapore , Malaysia and Brunei who found the missing piece in his heart when he was introduced to Gawad Kalinga. Or a Tony Olaes who is a veteran in the apparel industry in the US and who supplies imprinted shirts to Walmart, Target and Kohl’s but who realized that even though he can buy anything he wants there was something lacking in his life. Gawad Kalinga was the answer and now he serves as chairperson of Gawad Kalinga USA .
The summit began June 25 which happens to be the 16th jubilee of my ordination to the priesthood. The opening program was at 6:00 pm. Since it was my ordination anniversary I thought I would not attend the opening night but just go for Mass in a church nearby. And yet I came to the conclusion that it was God’s will that I attend the opening ceremony because that was the reason why I came to Singapore . It was God’s will that I join the summit all the way. And I most grateful for having attended that evening’s ceremony because the talks alone blew me away. Moreover, the summit as whole taught me another way of looking at the Mass. In the Mass, we are reminded of Jesus’words. “This is My Body which will be given up for you. This is My Blood which will be shed for you and for all men. Do this in memory of Me.” That is what I saw in Gawad Kalinga- all those volunteers from all over the world giving literally their body, blood, careers and their whole life in the service of the poor. Theirs is the Eucharist in the concrete. And they are most happy with this divesting of their lives because Jesus said, “Greater love no man has than that he lay down his life for his brothers.”
Gawad Kalinga speaks of love of God and love of nation. Just when so many of us have become cynical of our country and a great number leave the country for greater opportunities abroad, Gawad Kalinga haunts us of our love and responsibility towards our motherland. Why not stay and rally behind a nation ravaged by poverty in the so many forms it surrounds us. What can we do for our country? What can we do for our fellowmen in need?
Jesus in today’s Gospel cautions us not to rejoice even though the evil spirits are subject to us but to rejoice rather that our names are written in heaven. Our names will only be inscribed in Heaven if we reach out to the poor around us because that is what it means to truly love God. As the monk and philosopher St Basil the Great said,
“The bread you do not use is the bread of the hungry.
The garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of the person who is naked.
The shoes you do not wear are the shoes of one who is barefoot.
The money you keep locked away is the money of the poor.
The acts of charity you do not perform are the injustices you commit.”
GK Founder Antonio Meloto turns down Aquino offer to be housing czar
by admin on Jun.29, 2010, under Community Building
By Kristine L. Alave
Philippine Daily Inquirer
original link: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100627-277793/Meloto-turns-down-Aquino-offer-to-be-housing-czar
SINGAPORE—GAWAD KALINGA (GK) founder Antonio Meloto said the post of housing czar was offered to him by President-elect Benigno Aquino III but he turned it down.
In a media interview on the sidelines of the second Global Summit of the GK Community Development Foundation held here, Meloto said he discussed the offer with Aquino’s sisters, Ballsy Aquino-Cruz and Pinky Aquino-Abellada, recently.
At the end of the talks, Meloto said he refused the offer to join the Aquino Cabinet because he felt he would be more effective as a private citizen and philanthropist.
“I can do more for my country by not being a Cabinet official,” said the 2006 Ramon Magsaysay awardee for community leadership.
Meloto was also the Inquirer’s Filipino of the Year in 2006.
Aquino, who won the presidential elections last month, is putting together his political family and has revealed some of his Cabinet appointments that included former Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, La Salle Br. Armin Luistro, and Commission on Human Rights Chair Leila de Lima.
Aquino will take over from President Macapagal-Arroyo on June 30.
Meloto is the second RM awardee offered a post in the Aquino government. Former Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo, the 2000 RM awardee for government service, was also offered the post of heading the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Meloto said he would rather focus on strengthening and promoting GK, which is expanding its projects to other Asian countries.
GK is a nonprofit organization that builds houses and develops livelihood programs for poor communities in the Philippines and other developing countries.
Movement for nation-building
According to Meloto, developed countries like Singapore and Australia recognize GK not just as a charity organization but also as “a movement for nation-building.”
Schools and government agencies in these countries send students and representatives to the Philippines, through GK, to learn skills for community-building and conduct research studies.
Some companies send investment projects and financial assistance to the Philippines also via GK.
Another GK volunteer
Meloto said foreign governments and organizations were willing to support GK because it is a private, nonprofit organization not connected to the government.
If he joined the Aquino government, Meloto said foreign governments might not trust GK anymore.
“They don’t trust politicians,” he said.
The man Meloto was supposed to replace, outgoing Vice President Noli de Castro, said he would join GK as a full-time volunteer after his stint in government.
De Castro, the country’s housing czar, has been helping GK for seven years.
“I will continue to be a supporter of GK. As a private citizen, I will be active in GK activities and programs. I have been supporting this movement for the past seven years and it’s been a learning and a rewarding experience for me,” he said in his speech at the opening of the GK summit on Friday night.
“So now, you can all start calling me Tito (Uncle) Noli,” De Castro said, referring to how senior GK officials are addressed.
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The vice president commended GK for helping alleviate the housing problems of the poor and fostering “partnerships” that promote “nation-building.”
De Castro chairs the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-Ibig Fund) which provides loans to Filipino homeowners.
When his term ends next week, De Castro is reportedly looking forward to returning to broadcasting.
The second Global Summit of GK Community Development Foundation which opened on Friday at Ngee Ann Polytechnic and the National University of Singapore was attended by over 500 delegates from Singapore, the Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, the United States and Australia. They came to hear different speakers from the academe, the business sector and government share about their involvement in nation-building and community development.
GK began with Couples For Christ (CFC) as a ministry to help the poor, but has since grown to a larger movement focused on nation-building and engaging all faiths and cultures. Today, it has touched almost 2,000 communities in the Philippines and has started to build villages in Indonesia, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea. Last year, the GK Hope Initiative (GKHI) was set up in Singapore to be the hub for the movement’s growth in Southeast Asia.
GK has been recognized as the Asian template against poverty. With universities from around the world now taking interest in its ground-up development, the organization is moving from its first phase called Social Justice (seven years addressing landlessness, homelessness and hunger), to Social Artistry (the next seven years of excellence, design and sustainability).
GK has a 21-year development timeline that started in 2003. Divided into three phases, the last phase is Social Progress, which aims to end poverty for five million families in the country by 2024.
GK FOUNDER MELOTO CALLS ON FELLOW ASIANS TO HELP ERADICATE POVERTY
by admin on Jun.29, 2010, under Community Building
by PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE
original linK: http://www.newsflash.org/2004/02/hl/hl109829.htm
[PHOTO AT LEFT - Ramon Magsaysay awardee and Gawad Kalinga founder Antonio Meloto]
SINGAPORE, JUNE 28, 2010 (STAR) By Helen Flores – Ramon Magsaysay awardee and Gawad Kalinga founder Antonio Meloto called on fellow Asians to help developing countries eradicate poverty.
Meloto, together with representatives from the public and private sector in the Philippines, launched here over the weekend Gawad Kalinga as the Asian model of development against poverty.
“We urge Asians to rise above our divisions and ensure that our economic gains will close the gap between the rich and the poor and ensure that no one gets left behind,” Meloto told participants of the 2nd Global Gawad Kalinga Summit held at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic here.
“This is the GK way: Asians caring for Asians, Asians ending poverty in Asia,” he said.
Meloto said GK’s strategy is to create a template in every town and to replicate this in every village (barangay) with support from the local government units.
In 2006, Meloto received the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership.
Meanwhile, Camarines Sur Gov. Luis Raymond Villafuerte, who was one of the speakers in the summit, has thrown his support to GK in its effort to help other Asian countries in combating poverty.
“Asians ending poverty in Asia starts with Filipinos ending poverty in the Philippines,” Villafuerte said.
Villafuerte said he himself was inspired by GK to eliminate poverty in his province.
“If there is one thing that binds Gawad Kalinga and CamSur, it is our common belief in responsible development. Our projects are not only progress-oriented, they are purpose-driven. Our people are not only conscientious workers, they have the conscience and the compassion for the poor,” he said.
Villafuerte said CamSur has the biggest GK communities in the country.
He said GK homes in his province have been transformed into mini-economic centers that promote local tourism.
“From building homes, we are now re-building lives. From building communities we are now building a sustainable and self-reliant future for our people,” he said.
Villafuerte said CamSur is hosting the biggest marathon in September which aims to benefit various non-government organizations, including Gawad Kalinga.
With this year’s theme “Gawad Kalinga Summit 2010: Icon of Hope against Poverty,” GK honored outstanding Asians, including the late former President Corazon Aquino, who have made heroic sacrifices to grow the GK movement.
It also honored GK village builders from Singapore, particularly students of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Ngee Ann Polytechnic who have just finished their internship in GK communities in the Philippines this year.
Since 2007, Gawad Kalinga has been providing internship program to students of the NUS and Ngee Ann Polytechnic in its GK communities in the Philippines.
Ngee Ann Polytechnic principal Chia Mia Chiang said the study trips “have transformed our students.”
“As an example, they have learned the importance of finding happiness in simplicity and the value of friendship,” he said.
Meloto said GK aims to build homes for 700,000 families living in extreme poverty this year.
SPEECH OF VICE PRESIDENT NOLI DE CASTRO
by admin on Jan.20, 2010, under Volunteer Support
BABATIIN KO SANA NG ISANG MATUNOG NA “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” SI TONY. PERO SABI KO SA SARILI KO, ANO PA ANG KABULUHAN NG BATIIN SI TONY NG “HAPPY BIRTHDAY”? HINDI BA’T ARAW-ARAW NAMAN PARA KAY TONY AY “HAPPY”?
HINDI BA’T ANG SABI NGA NG BOOK OF PSALMS, “HAPPY IS THE MAN WHO LOVES THE LORD, HAPPY IS THE MAN WHO WALKS IN HIS WAYS”?
KAYA’T PAUMANHIN, KASAMANG TONY. HINDI KO NA SASABIHING “HAPPY BIRTHDAY”. WIKA NGA, UNDERSTOOD NA IYON.
AT HINDI NA RIN KITA BIBIGYAN NG MGA KARANIWANG BIRTHDAY WISHES, GAYA NG “MAY YOU HAVE MANY MORE BIRTHDAYS TO COME”.
SA HALIP, GAGAWA AKO NG MGA HILING PARA SA IYO NA HINDI MO MARAHIL MARIRINIG SA IBA.
UNANG HILING PARA SA IYO: NA SA DARATING NA MGA TAON, LALO KA PANG MAGING DISKONTENTO SA KALAGAYAN NG MGA KABABAYAN NATIN. I WISH THAT “CONTENTMENT” MAY NEVER SETTLE IN YOUR HEART BECAUSE IT IS THE DISCONTENT THAT HAS FUELED YOUR PASSION FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED AMONG US.
PANGALAWANG HILING PARA SA IYO: MAY GOD INSULATE YOUR HEART FROM THE PRAISES YOU HEAR ABOUT YOUR WORK. GAWIN KA SANANG BINGI NG PANGINOON SA MGA PAPURING TINATANGGAP MO DAHIL SA IYONG GAWAIN.
ITO AY HINIHILING KO DAHIL ALAM KONG SA PUSO MO, IISANG PAPURI LAMANG ANG NAIS MONG MARINIG — ANG MGA SALITANG “WELL DONE, MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT”.
AT CONSISTENT SA AKING HILING, NAIS KONG MALAMAN MO TONY, NA WALA AKONG BALAK PURIHIN KA SA ARAW NA ITO.
SA HALIP, IKAW AY AKING “SUSUMBATAN”.
ITO ANG AKING SUMBAT: IKAW, TONY ANG ISA SA DAHILAN KUNG BAKIT TINALIKURAN KO SA NGAYON ANG PULITIKA.
BUKAS, KASAMANG TONY, IKAW AY MAGIGING ISA NANG “SENIOR CITIZEN”.
AT DAHIL SA IYO, SA TAONG ITO, AKO NAMAN AY MAGIGING ISA NANG “PRIVATE CITIZEN”.
HAYAAN MONG IPALIWANAG KO, KAIBIGANG TONY, KUNG BAKIT ISA KA SA DAHILAN NG HINDI KO PAGTAKBO.
KUNG MATATANDAAN MO, NAKASAAD SA PAGE 148 NG IYONG LIBRONG “BUILDER OF DREAMS” ANG MGA SUMUSUNOD NA KATAGA. BABASAHIN KO:
“HOW COULD I MAKE A DIFFERENCE? I FIGURED THAT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, I HAD TO BE DIFFERENT. MY PERSONAL CREDIBILITY WAS CRUCIAL TO THE LIVES OF MANY WHOM I WANTED TO HELP. MY LOVE FOR MY COUNTRY HAD TO BE BEYOND POLITICS OR PROFIT.
FIRST, I MUST HAVE NO DESIRE FOR POWER OR PROFIT FOR MYSELF. I MUST NOT SEEK ANY PUBLIC OFFICE OR ENGAGE IN BUSINESS FOR PERSONAL ADVANTAGE.”
GALING SA IYO ANG MGA SALITANG IYAN, TONY. ALAM KO IISIPIN MO, “AKO NAMAN IYAN EH.”
OF COURSE, I WILL NEVER BE A TONY MELOTO. THERE IS ONLY ONE TONY MELOTO.
BUT THAT STATEMENT GOT ME INTO SERIOUS THINKING. KAYA NGA KAHIT MAY HUMIHIRAM O HUMIHINGI NG LIBRO MO, HINDI TALAGA AKO PUMAPAYAG.
I AM FACING A CROSSROAD IN MY LIFE, COME JUNE THIS YEAR. SIYEMPRE PO, MAY PAG AALANG-ALANG. MAY PANGANGAMBA. KAHIT PAPAANO, CHANGE WILL ALWAYS BE DAUNTING. BAGONG SIMULA ULI. ANG INIISIP KO: “WHAT’S IN STORE FOR ME AFTER JUNE?” SALAMAT SA DIYOS, HINDI PUMASOK SA ISIP KO NI MINSAN ANG “WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?” INIISIP KO LAMANG ANG MGA MENSAHE NI TONY.
BUT LIKE YOU, I WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
KAYA MALINAW, KAIBIGANG TONY, NA “GINULO” MO ANG BUHAY KO. . . IN A POSITIVE WAY OF COURSE.
NGUNI’T ALANGAN NAMANG AKO LANG ANG MAGING “BIKTIMA” MO. HINDI AKO PAPAYAG.
KAYA’T DADAGDAGAN KO NG ISA PA ANG AKING HILING PARA SA IYO: NAWA, KAIBIGANG TONY, SA DARATING NA MGA TAON, MARAMI PANG MGA PULITIKO AT MGA LIDER NG GOBYERNO AT BUSINESS SECTOR ANG “GUGULO” ANG BUHAY DAHIL SA IYO.
MAY YOUR DISCONTENT REGARDING THE PLIGHT OF OUR FELLOW FILIPINOS BE EVER MORE CONTAGIOUS.
AT MARAMI PA SANANG MGA PULITIKONG MAHIHILIG SA KAPANGYARIHAN ANG MAGULO MO ANG BUHAY. AT SANA SILA DIN AY MAGHANGAD NA MAGING . . . PRIVATE CITIZENS NA.
NAIS KONG SABIHIN SA IYO NA, KUNG HINDI PA SAPAT ANG “PANGGUGULO” NATIN PARA MAGKAROON NG DALAWANG LIBONG GAWAD KALINGA VILLAGES SA ATING BANSA, BALAK KONG SAMAHAN KA SA “PANGGUGULO” UPANG ANG BILANG NG MGA G.K. VILLAGES AY UMABOT PA NG LIMAMPUNG LIBO SA PAGSAPIT NG TAONG 2024.
MAGKASAMA NATING “GULUHIN” ANG ATING DARATING NA MGA MAMBABATAS PARA MAGLABAS SILA NG MGA PATAKARANG TUTULONG SA PAGKAKAROON NG MGA VIABLE AT SUSTAINABLE G.K. VILLAGES SA BUONG BANSA PARA SA LIMANG MILYONG PAMILYANG PILIPINO.
AT PARA SA IYO, KAHIT NA AKO AY PRIVATE CITIZEN NA, “GUGULUHIN” KO PA RIN ANG MGA SHELTER AGENCIES NG NATIONAL GOVERNMENT — LALO NA ANG NATIONAL HOUSING AUTHORITY — PARA PATULOY NA TULUNGAN ANG PANGARAP AT LAYUNIN NG GAWAD KALINGA.
LET’S WORK OUT A PARTNERSHIP, THROUGH A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT, BETWEEN NHA AND GK ALLOWING GK TO WORK WITH NHA IN ADDRESSING THE VALUE FORMATION NEEDS OF THE FAMILIES IN OUR RELOCATION SITES. ITO PO ANG PROYEKTONG NAHIHIRAPAN AKONG IWANAN — ANG TUGUNAN ANG PANGANGAILANGAN (BEYOND THE HOUSE AND LOT) NG HUMIGIT KUMULANG SA 95,000 FAMILIES NA AMING NAILIKAS DURING MY STINT AS CHAIRMAN OF HUDCC. MAIIBSAN PO ANG AKING KABA AT CONCERN KUNG ALAM KO NA SUPORTADO KAMI NG GK.
NORMALLY, I SHOULD THANK YOU FOR THOSE MANY FRUITFUL AND PRODUCTIVE YEARS OF PARTNERSHIP, TONY.
BUT INSTEAD OF SAYING “THANK YOU,” I WILL LET MY DEEDS AND ACTIONS AS PRIVATE CITIZEN DO THE EXPRESSION OF GRATITUDE FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF YOUR FRIENDSHIP AND PARTNERSHIP.
I WILL NOT ENUMERATE THE MANY WAYS BY WHICH YOU CHANGED THE WAY I VIEW LIFE AND OUR WORK. INSTEAD, I WILL LET MY CONTINUING COMMITMENT TO HELPING OUR COUNTRYMEN REALIZE THEIR ASPIRATIONS, BE THE EVIDENCE OF THAT TRANSFORMATION.
WALA AKONG MAIAABOT NA REGALO SA BIRTHDAY MO, TONY.
NGUNI’T AKO AY NAG ORDER NG CAKE. MASARAP DAW ITONG CAKE NA ITO. EH, DI MAS MASARAP KUNG PAGSALUHAN NATIN HINDI LAMANG ANG CAKE, KUNDI ANG NAKASAAD DITO PARA KAY TONY AT SA GAWAD KALINGA: ANG ATING COMMITMENT TO SUPPORT THE VISION OF “GK 2024.”