Saturday, May 28, 2011

Gawad Kalinga now serves poor families in 8 towns

ILOILO – The strength of Gawad Kalinga (GK) is “growing exponentially” and currently, its presence can be felt in eight Iloilo towns, according to GK-Iloilo coordinator Joey Mempin.
GK now has 16 villages in the towns of Ajuy, Concepcion, San Joaquin, Pototan, Barotac Viejo, Janiuay, Dingle and the latest is New Lucena.

Another village will soon be established in Dumangas.

“Here in Iloilo, the number of poverty incidence is a little bit high. We hope to eradicate poverty by 2024 by providing not only decent homes (but) livelihood and education,” he said.

GK is planning to cover the entire province even down to every barangay.
“GK is becoming like an infectious disease…people are starting to believe in the spirit that we need to solve the crisis of poverty,” he added.

Mempin explained that GK Villages in Iloilo are established through counter-parting between the local government unit s(LGU) which provide the site and GK which look for funds and target beneficiaries with the sweat equity.

However, he said GK is also making available its Legacy Village for private persons who wish to help where they purchase the lot and build houses. The GK just comes in to manage and operate.

Mempin stressed that beneficiaries of the GK Village are carefully screened to ensure that those who will be awarded are deserving poorest of the poor.

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