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Isawad, Basilan Rotary complete model house for Gawad Kalinga
By: Rene V. Carbayas
Monday 3rd of June 2013
ISABELA CITY, Basilan, June 3 (PIA) – The Isabela Water District (Isawad) and the Basilan Rotary Club have completed the model house for the Gawad Kalinga housing project in Pamucalin Village, Lantawan town, Basilan.

Thirty houses will be constructed at Pamucalin site.

Isawad General Manager and Vice-President of the Basilan Rotary Club Alelie Almodovar said the organization immediately responded to the invitation of Team Basilan and Gawad Kalinga to take part in the housing project.

“More than building the house, we also believe that we can contribute in building a community of peace by assisting to build homes to the poorest of the poor for the betterment of the society,” Almodovar said.

She said that with the help of some personnel in the water district and the members of the Rotary Club, they were able to complete the house in just a few weeks with the support of the military who assisted the team with transportation.

“It’s always the commitment of Isawad and Rotary Club to community service,” she noted, adding that the construction team only goes to the site on Saturdays.

Kohlee Calzada, Gawad Kalinga project coordinator said that the project is part of the ongoing Bayani Challenge 2013 which was launched nationwide last March 23-27, 2013 in Lantawan with some 500 volunteers. The project, he said, is a yearly activity of Gawad Kalinga.

Calzada said GK values its partners because the projects could not be accomplished without them.

“We are lucky that we have Isawad and Rotary as our partners in this development program,” he said.

Calzada hopes that the project will contribute to peace building in this part of the island. He invited Isawad and the Rotary to continue to support the project even after the turnover of the model house last May 17.

Meanwhile, Gov. Jum Akbar thanked the donors and partners in completing the GK project in Pamucalin and hopes that more and more groups and organizations will extend support and assistance for the completion of the 30 housing units. (ALT/RVC/PIA9-ZBST)
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