CADLAN, PILI – CamSur Gov. LRay Villafuerte was among the prominent personalities who joined the country’s delegation to the 2nd Gawad Kalinga (GK) Summit held in Singapore on June 25, 2010.
The summit was spearheaded by GK founder Antonio Meloto and sponsored by the Singaporean government in partnership with schools like Ngee Ann Polytechnic and National University of Singapore for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy.
Joining Vice President Noli De Castro, who was the guest of honor during the occasion, Villafuerte was part of the various delegations from countries such as Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, United States, and Australia who came to hear different speakers from the academe, the business sector, and government share their involvement in nation building and community development.
GK was founded in 1995 as a non-profit organization engaged in building houses for the poor communities in the Philippines and other developing countries. It helps develop livelihood programs for the poor to support their daily needs. To date, there are about 2,000 GK communities in countries such as the Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Meanwhile, Villafuerte is extending his all out support to GK as he gives high regards to its advocacy and shares its vision to uplift the lives of the poor especially the homeless, including those affected by the calamities that recently hit the province.
Thus, through the concerted efforts of Gov. Villafuerte and GK, there is at present a GK Village in almost every town in CamSur and hence was named the “First Designer Province” in the country.
GK is one of the three beneficiaries of the Summit Water CamSur Marathon that the provincial government is sponsoring on Sept. 26 this year. The marathon will kick-off at the CamSur Watersports Complex – FERNANDEZ.