Bayaning Ilokano Summit gathers youth for summer volunteerism

By Imelda Castro-Rivero, PIA 1, Ilocos Sur


VIGAN CITY, March  3 (PIA) – The youth here have added their voices to the biggest volunteerism movement that will help rebuild storm-ravaged areas in the Visayas.

Through the Pilipinas Natin, the goal is to gather a million volunteers to work on rebuilding 300 calamity-affected areas under the program Bayani Challenge.

Director-General Jose Mari Oquiñena, of the Philippine Information Agency and Pilipinas Natin head, said the challenge was posed to the Ilocos Sur community during the Bayaning Ilocano summit last February 28.

“Volunteers will work together to stage the biggest volunteer action ever, all for the benefit of fellow Filipinos who had been seriously affected by series of calamities last year,” Oquiñena said.

He said Pilipinas Natin, with the Gawad Kalinga (GK), has appealed to everybody to “rebuild lives and communities through a massive summer volunteerism program called the Bayani Challenge.”

Pilipinas Natin is the flagship campaign of the Philippine Communications Operations  Office for Special Concerns.

It fulfills its mandate – to connect government with the people – by forming a volunteerism movement that will harness the Filipino’s potential for greatness.

In partnership with the government and different stakeholders, Pilipinas Natin  creates an environment for people to care, share and support one another  to build healthy, humane and nurturing communities that embodies our aspiration for an empowered nation.”

This year is very special, shared GK (give care) founder and chairperson Tony Meloto, as it begins with intense 10-year journey to end poverty for five million families.

Meloto hopes that the country’s five million poor families will experience freedom from being homeless, landless and hungry if everybody work to become a prosperous nation without leaving the poor behind.

Established in 2003, GK currently works with over 2,000 communities, and was the 2006 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee & 2012 Skoll Awardee for Social Entrepreneurship.#