Friday, April 10, 2015

Seven Bohol towns signify 
for Bayani Challenge 2015

TAGBILARAN CITY, April 6, (PIA) – Seven towns in Bohol have signified to pick up the habit of building communities from bottom up, to end poverty as the 2015 Bayani Challenge (BC) reopens from April 9 to June 12, 2015. 

The towns of Carmen, Loboc, Loon, Sagbayan, Tagbilaran, Tubigon, and Ubay have signified their participation in the annual event, according to the Gawad Kalinga website. 

Of the towns which have signified as early as April 5, only Tagbilaran City is not significantly damaged by the earthquake that rocked Bohol October 15, 2013. 

On the sites in Bohol, volunteers would take on the job of homebuilding, play therapies for kids, care kitchen, environment care, health missions, sports programs and disaster preparedness activities and mitigation. 

Coordinated nationwide by Gawad Kalinga (GK), BC picks up a tenet: walang iwanan, which commits to leaving no one behind in development, by challenging the impossible, working in solidarity with others. 

As our country experiences rapid economic growth, there is a great need for us to reflect on the realities that confront the least amongst us―the poor (landless, homeless and hungry) at the “base of the pyramid,” Gawad Kalinga said in its website. 

For over a decade of volunteer work, Gawad Kalinga professed they have uncovered the secrets of ending poverty of at least five million Filipinos by 2024.

The fight against poverty is a fight in intimate contact with the 5 million...the “base of the pyramid,” GK said. 

Winning the fight however starts with the poverty mindset, millions of Bayani Challenge Volunteers said. 

What is revolutionary in the GK approach is that it means flipping the pyramid where the rich and the moneyed "will have to do the heavy lifting to stabilize the nation". 

For the GK way, people can simply volunteer, donate, be on call, be a mission partner and actively lead community events. 

"We can’t expect the poor to play catch up, they will never be able to, GK said as they call for more volunteers to help the poor catch up with the development," states Jose Luis Oquinena, GK executive Director.

Meanwhile, On May 23-24, Anda Bohol hosts a Hope Conference, one of the seven locations in the country to host such an event. 

Other places hosting Hope Conferences are Central Mindanao University in Musuan, Bukidnon, Jamboree Site at the UPLB in Laguna, Tarlac State University in Tarlac, Cotabato City, Roxas City in Capiz, Jesse Robredo Coliseum in Camarines Sur. (rac/PIABohol)

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