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PIA Press Release
2010/06/21

Comval set to join GK Singapore Summit

by Fe Maestre

The challenge: One-to-one for every house pledged

Davao City (21 June) -- On his unfailing drive to provide for more shelters to the homeless and the poorest of the poor in Compostela Valley, Gov. Arturo "Chiongkee" Uy and his Uswag-Gawad Kalinga (GK) team is set to join the 2nd GK Global Summit in Singapore come June 25-27.

"Hopefully, with a global audience, we can have more donors by the time we present to them what we have done so far in our province," he said. Gov. Uy refers to the series of 5 Bayani Challenge that was so far conducted in Maco, Monkayo and New Bataan where thousands of volunteers helped build the 272 houses for the poor within two years time.

"The best part is, we will challenge our Global bayanis (heroes) to help us build more homes for our people. That is, we shall double their pledges for every one house that they will pledge," he added.

Aside from the volunteer builders who will help in the actual construction of the houses, the generous donors are also an important component in the realization of the houses as they are the ones who unselfishly provide for the financial aspect. A unit house pledged cost about PhP85,000.00 or 2,657 Singaporian Dollar.

Dedicated to the eradication of poverty in Asia, the 2nd GK Global Summit is co-hosted by the School of Humanities, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy, National University of Singapore. (ids comval) [top]

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