ILOILO – Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. will be South Korea on October 21-24, 2014 to attend the Global Saemaul Leadership Forum that aims to chart a new path for rural development in developing countries.
The forum, promoting Saemaul Undong (New Community Movement), is hosted by the Ministry of Security and Public Administration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of the Republic of Korea.
The governor will be accompanied by Provincial Planning and Development Officer Mario Nillos, also the president of the Philippine Saemaul Undong Center Inc.
In the invitation letter of Minister Jong-Sup Chong of the Security and Public Administration of Korea, the forum has three parts: seminar, main event and field trips to South Korea’s rural areas.
In the seminar, participants will discuss how Saemaul Undong can develop the rural communities while during the main event, a special lecture on Saemaul Undong will be held, followed by case presentations by local Saemaul leaders from Africa and Asia.
After which is the awarding ceremony for leaders and communities who have shown extraordinary leadership to date. The Global Saemaul Declaration will be then be unveiled.
Meanwhile, the province also sent Alme Villamera of the Provincial Agriculture Office and Honey Beso of the Provincial Information and Community Affairs Office to attend the Comprehensive Saemaul Training from October 15-24 in South Korea.
The training, which aims to share and adopt Saemaul projects, is being held in Saemaul Undong Central Training Institute in Seongnam-si, Bundang-gu, South Korea.
Saemaul Undong in Iloilo
The rural development movement Saemaul Undong has been helping the province of Iloilo since 1992, according to the governor.
“They started helping Iloilo as early as 1992. At that time, the assistance, through community work, was limited only to Bingawan,” he said.
But now, the movement is planning to expand, according to Nillos. “They want to be felt in other towns too,” he said.
Out of the 43 local government units in the province, the towns of Bingawan and San Dionisio have benefited from Saemaul Undong.
Months after Super Typhoon Yolanda, the movement built 61 housing units in Brgys. Alabidhan, Maganhop (Bingawan), Moto and Bondolan (San Dionisio).
They are also set to rehabilitate the public elementary schools destroyed by the typhoon in Bingawan this year. #2014News