AGK support list grows to 25
Ayla Marisse G Ginete
Ancop Gawad Kalinga, Bahrain has remitted funds to build five more AGK homes to the Philippines, putting a total of 25 homes sponsored by the movement at the disposal donors and partners. During a
presentation last July 20 at Carlton Hotel, Adliya, company international director Roquel Ponte confirmed that 10 homes have
been built and awarded to recipients in the area.
Philippine charge d’affaires Jose Burgos, who was present,
encouraged all to continue the united efforts for the poorest of the poor. AGK-B board member Fei Bernard is travelling to
the Philippines in December, to Gen Santos, South Cotabato, Mindanao, to inaugurate and
place the cornerstone of the first Bahrain village in the Philippines.
AGK-B’s vision is to build three villages in the Philippines to demonstrate friendship and co-operation between the peoples of the Philippines and the Kingdom of Bahrain. Recently, movement founder Antonio Meloto was accorded with the highest and
most prestigious Philippine Magsaysay award for dedication to creating a nation without slums and helping thousands of poor
AGK-B was launched on last November 1 under the auspices of the Philippine
embassy with Philippine Ambassador Eduardo Maglaya and consul Imelda Panolong as members of the panel of officers. Since the
launch, pledges for over 60 homes have been received from the Filipino community, building the first Bahrain village within the Promised Land, Brgy. Mabuhay, General Santos City, South Cotabato, Mindanao. AKG partners include individual donors who wish to remain anonymous as well
as groups who spearheaded fundraising campaigns including Triskelion International successfully organising a Pinoy band concert
for the movement last December 16. Likewise, the organisers of a recent exhibition visit of Filipino world billiards champions
Efren “Bata” Reyes and “Django” Bustamante earmarked part of the proceeds to the movement.
AGK is a Philippine-based movement which envisions building 700,000
homes in 7,000 communities in seven years. It was formally launched on October 4, 2003,
with October 4, 2010, as the target date for delivery. The project’s vision, Towards Slum-free
and Squatter-free Communities in the Philippines, has awakened the benevolent hearts and minds of many Filipinos in the Kingdom
and continues to come forward to lend their hands, a spokesman said.
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