ComVal 7th GK Bayani Challenge On
by admin on May.03, 2011, under Volunteer Support
Philippine Information Agency
COMPOSTELA, Compostela Valley, May 1 (PIA) – The province is on its 7th Gawad Kalinga (GK) Bayani Challenge, aiming to build 38 houses in Barangay Osmeña, this town.
The teams of the summer bayani volunteer builders have started building houses on April 26, and are expected to finish construction on May 3.
At the opening ceremony, the banging of the drum signaled the start of the challenge, after which a unity dance and passing of hollowblocks (pasaload) followed as a community kick-off.
Activities for the builders are held every night, and special awards will be given at the culmination day.
The identified house beneficiaries will come from the three barangays of San Miguel, Osmeña and Poblacion, who will form the Kahiusahan SOP USWAG GK Village at Barangay Osmeña.
Said village is among the GK Villages that Governor Arturo T. Uy, together with the province’s officials, GK partners and movers are determined to put up in all the eleven municipalities of ComVal.
Uy said the province received pledges of 26 GK houses for the province during the GK Global Summit in Singapore, after rendering his favorite song “Munting Hiling,” which he said touched the hearts of the summit participants.
Recently, the ComVal Team emerged as champion for completing first the construction of their assigned house within five days at the GK National Build in Bantayan Island, Cebu.
Meanwhile, the province has agreed to host the 2012 GK National Build. It can be recalled that in 2010, the province was also the host of the Highway of Peace, an annual national GK caravan. (IDS-ComVal, Grace Almedilla/PIA-11, Carina L. Cayon)
Team Comval champions in house building
by admin on May.01, 2011, under Volunteer Support
by Mai Gevera
DAVAO CITY, April 22 (PIA) – Team Comval championed in house building as the team finished first in building a house in barely five days in the recently held 6th National GK Build at Bantayan Island, Cebu.
Gawad Kalinga is a partner of the administration of President Benigno Aquino III in building houses for the homeless poor. Local government units also embraced the GK way of house building as their strategy in helping the poor build a home.
The 6th GK Bayani Challenge 2011 is a 5 day journey of love of God and country towards rebuilding a nation through building of homes, island greening, farm build, health mission, school build and paraisong pambata. Last April 4-9, about 1,700 volunteers rocked Bantayan Island and built hope and new found relationship with the people of Sta. Fe, Madridejos and Bantayan.
For the province of Compostela Valley, this has been the priority project of teh current administration embracing the GK way to provide houses especially those who have been victims of landslide and other calamities.
Provincial USWAG-GK Coordinator Raul Timogtimog said that Team Comval has had a good experience in building houses in the past.
The staging of the GK Build was held in the three towns of Bantayan. Twenty houses were built in Madridejos where Team Comval was stationed. Eight houses were built in Bantayan while the town of Sta. Fe was made as the base camp for Bayani Builders.
Aside from the House Build, there were other activities initiated in said period such as the Farm Build, Island Greening, Repair and Repainting of Schools, Medical Mission and others.
Country’s leading educational institutions also sent their entries for the 6th National GK Build like the Ateneo de Manila University, De la Salle University and Siliman University. Some teams from the international community like United States of America, Australia and Singapore also joined the competition.
These are among the official entries sent by 30 provinces nationwide.
Of all entries, only Team Comval finished building a house within five days as set by the contest organizers.
The said competition is in line to Gawad Kalinga’s vision called GK20124, a 21-year vision which provides the roadmap towards a First World Philippines. The emerging Asian model for development is unveiled to the world at the first GK Global Summit in Boston, with friends from India and Columbia in attendance to see how this Asian model for development can be adopted to end poverty in other developing nations in the world. (PIA-11/Mai Gevera/PR)
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.”
Affirmations of A GK Volunteer/Community Organizer
by admin on Jul.04, 2010, under Community Building, Volunteer Support
By: Seth Claire “Kuya Doydoy” R. Sanchez, Community Builder
For a little less than 5 years today, I heard mass from the very parish that, I might say, awakens my theoretical Christianity, from learning the Catholic catechisms to appreciating the routinary “Christian Obligations”, as they say. As the mass celebrant-priest read the passage of the Sunday Gospel; “the harvest is many but the laborers are few, so ask the master of the harvest to send more laborers for this harvest”. There and then, I was again affirmed of the direct relationship of Christianity and nation Building. I have always believed that my biggest inspiration for having this great passion for service in GK is the church teachings that affirmed the many things that I do in GK. I believe that Christianity is not just about appreciating those”Christian Obligations” towards the church itself, but more on being bold enough to follow and put to action the very same principles that Jesus Christ based His life when He walk the very Earth we lived in today more than 2000 years ago.
In relation to the gospel, Christianity encourages us to become evangelizers of the Gospel of Christ just as the disciples were when they where enlightened by Christ’ teachings. Become our brothers’ keeper, so to speak, so that they would as well experience living a life of fullness in Christ. In GK, our battlecry is”WALANG IWANAN” or “NO ONE IS TO BE LEFT BEHIND”. GK will always be there until there is no slum left to develop and its homeowners completely appreciate the GK way of life. The very foundation of GK is the relationship among its homeowners and its caretakers, a bond no different from that of families, from that foundation, holistic programs to community development are implemented on site with homeowners ultimately handling such programs, a manifestation of the KB’s empowerment to lead the community. Doable, quantifiable and replicable development programs allow GK to expand in massive scale. From one slum community years ago to more than a thousand organic GK sites at present.
Later in the day, I shared about servant leadership to a group of Bayanihan Action Team (BAT) Leaders in one of our GK Sites. GK always believe that to be able to produce peaceful & prosperous GK communities, empowerment of the Kapitbahayan is crucial; an empowered KB is one where leaders put the interest of the community above their own personal interest. Contrary to what we commonly see in government & corporate leadership, we impress to KB BAT leaders a new culture of service to others, which is “Christian Leadership” as shown by Christ in the washing of the feet, His passion & death on the cross. I shared some values that if put to action and become their way of life, leaders will be able to gain a sense of self worth & self respect. I believe that when all leaders gain such a lifestyle, then in no time we will rise as a people & become a strong nation.
Pinoy environmentalists helping Gawad Kalinga bag HSBC YEA award
by admin on Jul.01, 2010, under Community Building, Volunteer Support
By JACKY LYNNE A. OIGA
original link : http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/264714/pinoy-environmentalists-helping-gawad-kalinga-bag-hsbc-yea-award
Young Filipino entrepreneurs with a socially responsible initiative to reduce plastic waste and provide sustainable livelihood for Gawad Kalinga (GK) communities bagged third place honors in the recently-concluded Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Corporation Young Entrepreneur Awards (HSBC YEA) held in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
The Philippine’s Delta Eco team presented an environmentally-friendly business plan to provide a cheaper, more durable alternative to concrete paving through the use of non-load-bearing bricks made from residual plastic wastes or paver blocks. At the same time, the commercially viable business idea is aimed to address plastic waste management problems in the country.
The idea sprang from a project of the Ateneo de Manila University in partnership with GK, a poverty alleviation movement in the country. The local government units, which are primarily responsible for collecting garbage waste within the community, are also key to the team’s business plan since they will be providing plastic resources for the bricks, which in turn lessens the expense of the government for waste management.
“Our goal is really to alleviate the lives of the people through Gawad Kalinga. Not only will we provide a more durable paving for their homes, we will also employ them to make the bricks and provide financial opportunities for their families,” said Delta Eco’s Maria Isobelle Lacsamana, a fourth-year management engineering student in Ateneo de Manila University.
During the local HSBC YEA competition, where the team competed against over 120 teams from different universities in Metro Manila, team Delta Eco was somewhat confident that their business plan will place in the local finals because their business has been running for six months already.
“From the beginning this social entrepreneur project was developed for GK. Win or lose we will continue the business and GK is there to support it. We would also want to give credit to Barangay Chairman Raulito Datiles from Barangay Bagong Buhay in Quezon City who started the paver blocks idea in his own baranggay. We got that idea for him and we developed a mechanized production plan for the business,” said Wylie Emille Datu, Delta Eco team member and a fourth-year management student from Ateneo de Manila University.
Mukhtar Hussain, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad said that YEA represents HSBC’s institutional commitment in promoting entrepreneurship and promoting the role of the youth in entrepreneurship.
During the Regional Competition of YEA team Delta Eco won H$ 10,000.00 which they will use to fund their paver block business.
They competed against teams from Bangladesh, Brunei, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Thailand.