Answering the call to heroism

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Friday, May 2, 2014

HOW far will you go to answer the call to heroism?

For the Philippine Army, it’s joining the Gawad Kalinga’s call to volunteerism to build communities.

Every year since 2006, GK and its partners are staging Bayani Challenge with the objective of building relationships, bringing out the hero in everyone and raising resources for the poor.


This year, GK has launched Bayani Challenge 2014: Walang Iwanan (Leave No One Behind) in the most massive showcase of volunteerism that the country has ever seen.

As the country confronts the unprecedented destruction brought by super typhoon Yolanda this year, and the Bohol earthquake and Zamboanga siege late last year, GK’s Bayani Challenge will be of a different scale altogether.

With a clear and fixed target of one million volunteers, Bayani Challenge 2014 will be ongoing for nine full weeks of rebuilding homes and schools, planting trees, conducting clean-up drives and health missions and investing time with the young.


In response to the Bayani Challenge, personnel of 47thInfantry (Katapatan) Battalion, skilled carpenters and masons of 542ndEngineering (Pathfinder) Construction Battalion, and CAAs of the 12th Infantry (CAFGU) Battalion went to the GK Village in Brgy. West of Candoni town from April 24 to 28.

The Army personnel had conducted the following activities in Candoni: laying the foundation of the 50 houses for phase 1; health mission through circumcision of 120 kids; feeding of 500 kids; free haircut for 90 persons; refurbishing, repainting, and clean-up of three public elementary schools and one high school; lecture with children of the Paraisong Pambata; and planting of 450 seedlings.


Also for five days, from April 25 to 29, personnel of the 62nd Infantry (Unifier) Battalion, CAAs of the 12th Infantry (CAFGU) Battalion, skilled carpenters and masons of 542ndEngineering (Pathfinder) Construction Battalion, and the reservists of the 605th Community Defense Center conducted similar activities at the Fishers of Men Village in Manapla town.

The personnel conducted the following activities: laying out the foundation, walls, and septic tank of 10 houses and finalizing the structure of eight houses; almost 1,500 patients catered during the health mission to include the circumcision of 101 kids; free haircut for 79 persons; repainting of one high school and 10 day care centers; coastal debris clean-up, provided transportation for the volunteers, and planting in the different sites of 10,000 mangrove propagules intended to rehabilitate the effects of a land-slipped hectares of cliffs and seashores.

The Philippine Army will conduct the same activities in San Carlos City on May 1 to 5, and in Sagay City on May 28 to June 1.

For the military personnel, it was five days of heroic acts for promoting volunteerism, service to others, and the love of country, for each LGU.*

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 02, 2014.


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