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PIA Press Release
2007/09/22

Gawad Kalinga to construct 96 houses for Tabuk's homeless

TABUK CITY (22 September) -- The Gawad Kalinga (GK) is constructing 96 houses for homeless Tabukeņos at Agbannawag, the gateway barangay to this City.

Dubbed as ANCOP-Canada-Matagoan Gawad Kalinga Community village, it is the first housing project in the province participated in by the Couples for Christ, the local governments of Tabuk and Agbannawag, and ANCOP-Canada.

Sponsoring stakeholders converged last September 14 at the project site to witness the blessing and laying of cornerstone. This coincided with the birthday of City Mayor Camilo Lammawin Jr, GK Minister, who is now on vacation in Canada.

In his message, OIC City Mayor Rainier Sarol thanked volunteer members of Gawad Kalinga and assured the group of the City's continuing support for the project.

"LGU Tabuk always supports joint government-private sector endeavors. In this particular project, we are looking for its expansion," he said.

The city government donated 3.1 hectares from the municipal park at Agbannawag for the project and allocated a total of P650,000.00 for site development.

Sarol said the project is not only for members of the Couples for Christ but for homeless families regardless of their religious affiliation and ethnic membership. "This is a project for and of the people of Tabuk," he said.

He said the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) has seen the good concept of this project the reason of its full support hoping it will be replicated in other barangays.

City Information Officer Oliver Gacuya said the SB passed Res. 2007 on October 3, 2005 authorizing the Mayor to enter into a memorandum of agreement with GK Kalinga Community Development Foundation Inc. He said Res. No. 234 was also passed donating 31,491 square meters from the municipal park reservations located at Agbannawag as site of GK housing. In 2006, LGU-Tabuk allocated the amount of P350,000.00 for site development of which P18,875.00 was spent for fencing, he said.

He informed that the LGU allocated this year P300,000.00 for further site development and validation of beneficiaries by the City Social Welfare and Development.

Last September 7, CFC-GK Northern Luzon Director Elmer Cadiz visited the site to launch the ANCOP-Canada Matagoan GK housing village.

Cadiz called the project a partnership endeavor of Filipinos working together to provide housing for the homeless, sharing love and care through a movement to make the Philippines great again. "The greater objective is to develop common values among Filipinos to help this country towards progress," he said.

The project requires beneficiaries to render free labor counterpart for the construction. Line agencies were also urged to help like the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to designate a community forest, Department of Agriculture for a common garden, Department of Agrarian Reform under its CARP to provide crop lands.

Housing is a priority project of this administration under the '8 in 08' agenda.

Joseph Aguilar, CFC Team Leader for Kalinga said the vision of GK is to build 700,000 homes in 7,000 communities in 7 years. He said there are 245 GK sites all over the country. GK is counting on 1 million volunteers to help. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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