2014 GK Bayani Challenge kicks off PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 April 2014 11:30

Mayor Beng Climaco extolled the values of hard work, team work, and dedication as she joined local officials, stakeholders, and the young volunteers of the 2014 GK Bayani Challenge during the official kickoff and groundbreaking ceremonies in barangay Tulungatung Wednesday, April 9.

In her message, Climaco underscored the need for young volunteers to go the extra mile as they dedicate five days of volunteer service in building new and better homes in barangay Tulungatung for deserving families.

“You do not end only in building a house,” said Climaco as she cited the experience of the Team Beng Climaco Group of Scholars in the 2009 Bayani Challenge, where they built accompanying flower boxes as an add-on feature to the GK homes.

“As a young person, trabaha anay,” advised the chief executive.

She also noted how the kickoff of the GK Bayani Challenge in Zamboanga coincided with the Araw ng Kagitingan celebration, an occasion which underscores in particular the valor and courage of the Filipino veterans.

The Bayani Challenge is an annual gathering of volunteers for national immersion and nation-building activities, and for this year, the Challenge seeks to concentrate on helping Zamboanga City, Bohol, and Yolanda-stricken provinces in Visayas, recover and rise up from devastations from the man-made and natural disasters which occurred last 2013.

WESMINCOM Chief LGen Rustico Guerrero also expressed his support and the commitment of the Armed Forces for the Bayani Challenge.

“Makakasiguro po kayo na yung WESMINCOM, and the entire army, air force, and navy in Western Mindanao, together with our partners, will always help Gawad Kalinga accomplish its objective,” said Guerrero.

“Lahat po kayo ay bayani,” he added.

Present during the ceremonies were Head of Naval Forces – Western Mindanao Admiral Jesus Milan, Philippine Air Force Brigadier General Doroteo Junsay, and District I Representative Celso Lobregat.

Also present were the different organizations, student volunteers and community associations, which included the Philippine National Police, Philippine Air Force, the Western Mindanao State University, and the teachers and staff of the Tulungatung Elementary School. — Jasmine Mohammadsali