25 – Iloilo street children receive additional housing units from Gawad Kalinga
The local government unit here has turned over 20 housing units for street children and their families in the Gawad Kalinga (GK) Village in Barangay So-oc, Arevalo district here.
In support of the vision of having a child-friendly city, the city government had embarked in the project together with the Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) company and Smart Telecommunications.
To date, a total of 36 housing units have been built within the GK Village. Turnover for the first 16 units was done in November last year.
Livelihood programs have likewise been put in place, such as dress making and terracota pottery for the women and youth.
Also set to begin this year is a pre-school project. The school supplies and books gathered from a donation drive initiated by employees of PLDT and Smart here will be used for the pre-school program at GK So-oc to be launched within the year.
The GK Village in Iloilo is the sixth that the PLDT group has adopted nationwide. It serves the specific purpose of providing street children and their families with permanent homes.
Beneficiaries were identified by GK in cooperation with the Iloilo City Task Force on Street Children (ICTFSC). (PNA)