Bayani Challenge 2013 March 26-27 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 March 2013 11:36

The City Government in partnership with the Gawad Kalinga (GK) Community Development Foundation, Inc. are setting the stage for the holding of Bayani Challenge 2013, a multi-sectoral undertaking aimed to construct houses for homeless residents.  

Slated on March 26-27 at the Tulungatung Resettlement Project, Bayani Challenge 2013 is also held in cooperation with the Office of Special Concerns of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).

Themed “Isang Bayan, Isang Bayanihan”, the event seeks to gather volunteers where Bayanihan and Love for country are showcased through  building homes, repairing schools, health missions, climate change mitigation and many more.

The City’s Housing and Land Management Division headed by Rodrigo Pagotaisidro and the GK Foundation are spearheading preparations for the big event.

In 2009, Zamboanga City hosted the 5-day Bayani Challenge also at the Tulungatung Resettlement site that accomplished the construction of 62 houses for  homeless families in the City.

Some 750 volunteer builders from all over the country and other parts of the globe converged in Tulungatung for the 5-day gigantic event jointly also sponsored by the Zamboanga-Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation Inc. and the local government.

GK Bayani Challenge launched in 2003 in Luzon, has turned into a global activity, as people regardless of faith, culture, educational and economic background join together to push forward the GK vision of helping solve poverty in the Philippines.

The Bayani Challenge is a model program of Gawad Kalinga, a Couples for Christ-created association, that carries out various programs for community infrastructure, productivity, child and youth development, community health, environment and community empowerment.

Once again the 30-hectare Tulungatung Resettlement site will be the center of activities during the 2-day event. Several GK houses, built through donations obtained by the local GK Foundation exist in the area.

Of the total 62 houses built during the 2009 Bayani Challenge event, 50 were funded through donations obtained by the national GK while 12 were financed by the city government and business groups and well meaning individuals.

Even before the 2009 big event, the city government and the GK have been working together in the implementation of the city’s housing and resettlement program. Houses have been built for the poor and homeless people—most of them victims of calamities and evicted from government owned lots—in different resettlement sites being developed by the Lobregat administration. — Sheila Covarrubias