‘Volunteer work is addictive’

ILOILO CITY, March 24 (PNA) — “Once you start volunteer work, it will not end. You get fulfilled in helping people.”

This is according to Dr. Aileen Montero of Class ’79 of Assumption Iloilo, who shared her experiences with Gawad Kalinga (GK) during the “Bayani Challenge” that kicked off in New Lucena town Saturday.

Montero is just one of 3,000 volunteers who sacrificed their time and resources to help the Philippines a better place to live in.

Montero recalled that Assumption Iloilo partnered with GK sometime in 2010 during its centennial anniversary.

“We decided then that we want to do something for the community to show how much we love Iloilo and our foundress,” Montero said.

She added that tying up with GK became easy since one other alumna, Maria Rosa Cacho, was its provincial head.

Through a series of fund-raising events, Assumption Iloilo was able to build 32 houses for the poor in San Isidro, Jaro district, here. Each unit costs P100,000. Come April this year, Montero said they will build another eight GK houses.

Another GK volunteer is Justine Yap, a businessman in the metro, who vowed to continue to help GK in fulfilling its mission.

Yap said he is very happy to be part of Bayani Challenge and be of service to his fellow Ilonggos.

“This is my first time to volunteer and feel so happy. Once this is all finished, the tiredness will be gone,” Yap said.

Yap is helping other volunteers pass the hollow blocks to build 25 units of houses in 2.2 hectare GK lot in New Lucena.

Yap said he left his business office to volunteer and fulfill the “Bayani Challenge” but he stressed that the time he spent in the activity was not wasted.

GK’s “Bayani Challenge” aimed at promoting patriotism and camaraderie to make Philippines a better place to live in.

The foundation helped raise funds to build socialized housing for the poor. (PNA)



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