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Monday, November 21, 2016

GK founder brings first Enchanted Farm in Camarines Sur

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

PILI, Camarines Sur, Nov. 21 (PIA) --- A new haven for social entrepreneurs will soon rise in Barangay Bahay of Libmanan town envisioned as the first ever site for the Gawad Kalinga (GK) Enchanted Farm in the Bicol region in the years to come.

GK founder and chairm Tony Meloto, the man behind the rise of GK sites in Camarines Sur and other parts of the country, has remained optimistic that Camarines Sur is the perfect hub for a farm village university, where young people will learn the value of hardwork, where poor people can see the power within them and bring the seed of hope to their own land.

“We want Bicol to be the showcase of the first enchanted farm outside of Bulacan and that would be here in Camarines Sur. The next will be in the place of President Rodrigo Duterte in Davao because our goal is to build farm universities and to be able to spread it in the key regions of the country, Meloto added.

Tito Tony, as he was fondly called by the thousands of volunteers from around the globe, re-visited Camarines Sur to introduce another poverty reduction program meant to bring the youth to a new perspective of development.

”We are introducing now a new model of development that is new to a lot of Filipinos. Before, it has always been top down. We are very generous, compassionate, and we always look at the poor as the object of pity, mercy and on charity. Charity alone will not sustain development. We have to see the poor as the untapped wealth of this country, our lost human capital,” Meloto said.

Camarines Sur governor Miguel “Migz” Villafuerte recalled the long years of partnership with GK of the province of Camarines Sur, starting from the administration of his father who was then the governor of the province and now representative of the second congressional district of Camarines Sur, has built and has resulted to 16 GK Sites in the province alone.

“Camarines Sur was the record holder for having the most GK dwellings in the entire Philippines and I can say that is because of the inspiration given to us by Tito Tony. We are strengthening our partnership , our cooperation by strengthening the social enterprise component of Gawad Kalinga here in Camarines Sur like what is happening in Angat bulacan which I personally witnessed  a couple of month ago,” the young governor added.

The GK farm sprawled over a 14-hectare land in Barangay Encanto in Angat, Bulacan is a haven, village, home and “university” rolled into one.it is the first farm village university in the world.

Shanon Kadka , Bulacan GK Enchanted farm  head, said that they want to replicate what they are doing now in Bulacan in other provinces in the country. The first prototype is being built North of Manila and now they are working with different partners like the province of Camarines Sur to bring the GK Enchanted Farm to the key provinces of the country.  

Aside from the GK Enchanted farm, Governor Villafuerte is also eyeing a partnership with Hello, Philippines, a community of talented social entrepreneurs dedicated to reduce, if not eliminate poverty in the Philippines to form a GK/Hello Philippines Enchanted Island, in the future. (LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

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