Golfers Build Homes for Poor

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Iloilo City, Iloilo (PIA) - Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Director General Jose Mari Oquinena, who is also a stalwart of Gawad Kalinga, thanked officers and members of the Iloilo Golf and Country Club for accepting the challenge of helping to build homes for the poorest of the poor in Iloilo.

Gawad Kalinga (GK; to "give care," in Pilipino) is short for the Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation, a Philippine-based poverty alleviation and nation-building movement which aims to end poverty for at least five million Filipino families by 2024.

Oquinena underscored the role of golfers in government's socio-development agenda, saying that by helping giving homes to the homeless, they are in effect helping in the national effort to end poverty in the country.

The golfers played in the Gawad Kalinga Iloilo Golf Cup held last Saturday, April 13 at the Iloilo Golf and Country Club in Brgy. San Sebastian, Sta. Barbara town. The golf course is not only the oldest in the Philippines; it is also the oldest in Southeast Asia.

Said golf tournament was part of efforts by the Iloilo golfers to raise funds for the GK Golfers Village being built in Brgy. Cabugao in neighboring New Lucena town.

Oquinena, the guest of honor during the fund-raising golf tournament, told the golfers that "as you drive the ball in the golf course, know that you are actually also hitting poverty away from the lives of people whom you will be helping. …