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PIA Press Release
2009/06/24

Villafuerte leads GK Vision 2024 unveiling in Boston, USA

by DC Abad

Pili, Camarines Sur (24 June) -- Governor LRay Villafuerte joined the "prime movers and shakers" who graced the unveiling of the Gawad Kalinga's 2024 vision held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, last June 12, in time for the celebration of the Philippine 111th Philippine Independence Day.

The vision presented by GK founder Tony Meloto at the Boston summit focused on putting an end to poverty some 5 million poorest Filipino families are going through, furthermore, building a First World Philippines.

"Our target is to take the Philippines out of the third world status by 2024. We want to share the GK way with like-minded global citizens to help expand our work," Meloto explained.

Gawad Kalinga ("to give care"), organized in 1995 by Meloto with the help of Couples For Christ (CFC) volunteers initially to make life better for slum dwellers and now diversified into education, livelihood and other development ventures, is conceded to be the biggest nation-building volunteer movement in the Philippines nowadays.

Meloto said GK selected Camarines Sur way back October 2008 as the country's first "designer province' and cited Villafuerte recognizing the broad-based community development activities initiated by the province's chief executive among GK communities.

He added there is at least one GK village in every town of the province.

During the Boston summit, Meloto urged everyone not only to put their stakes in reducing poverty incidence among Filipinos but also to build a first-world Philippines

In a related development, GK earned another world recognition as a genuine model of poverty alleviation vehicle when an article about GK and Meloto published by Jeepney magazine recently won the Best Interview category at the 2nd Annual International Street Paper awards in Bergen, Norway.

The International Network of Street Papers is a global network addressing poverty, unemployment and homelessness by connecting 101 street papers from 37 countries worldwide.

"We will showcase the best practices of GK in the Philippines and abroad recognizing partners from the government, business and civil society. Outstanding governors and mayors will present their development plans to build trust, attract grants and investments, and encourage tourism in their respective areas," Meloto said. (PIA CamSur) [top]

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