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Sunday, January 15, 2012


Comval gov vows to pursue Gawad Kalinga vision

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, Jan. 15 (PIA) -– Compostela Valley Governor Arturo T. Uy vowed Friday to pursue the Gawad Kalinga (GK) vision of “nation-building by way of building communities” in his province.

Gov. Uy declared his determination to reach the GK finish line in his brief message during the “Uswag Gawad Kalinga Strategic Planning” held at the Molave Hotel in Tagum City on January 12-14, 2012.

“Inumpisahan natin ang GK noong 2008, kailangang lubus-lubusin na natin,” the governor told the gathering of more than 140 Compostela Valley government volunteers in the strategic planning activity.

Gov. Uy thanked the provincial employees led by Uswag GK Action officer Raul C. Timogtimog for embracing the program.

He noted that the GK way of building communities through volunteerism was shaping the way to some projects like infrastructures that are being implemented in the province.

The Gk way, he said, has reinforced his administration’s advocacy of finding ways and means to help the government instead of relying heavily on it for help.

The governor said that by making innovations, the provincial government could stretch its funds and save money that would be used to address the other needs of the people.

Uy said most governors had been sceptical when the province built a one – unit two classroom school buildings in two weeks. The classroom was built through the GK way.

He assumed to help other provinces with Compostela Valley’s best practice.

“We will share our advocacy, technology, best practices para rin makinabang ang constituents nila,” Uy said.

But the province will not stop there. Since 2008, USWAG has built through volunteerism in already nine of the province’s 11 municipalities.

Uy has pledged to saturate all the province’s municipalities with GK communities.

The town of Mabini will host a GK build on April this year. It will be followed by Mawab, the last town that will complete the GK house build next year. (IDS-Comval/JPA/TSS)

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