-GK Activity Center, Albuera, Leyte
Close to a thousand families in two Gawad Kalinga communities which have been affected and or devastated by the 2013 Typhoon Haiyang now enjoy the activies provided by Sports Centers, put up by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) thru funding by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Olympic Council of Asia (OPCA) Olympic Solidarity and close tie up with the Gawad Kalinga Foundation.
Genuine cheers of joy, tears and excitement drowned the POC’s formal turn-over rites at the second of the four covered recreation courts this time in GK Community in Albuera, Leyte.
POC President Peping Cojuangco Jr, IOC Representative to the Philippines Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, Project Officer Tom Carrasco and GK Eastern Visayas Director Kevin Caballero formally handed over the 4.3 million peso worth Activity Center to some 500 families in Albuera, represented by Mayor Rosa Meneses.
The Projects are deemed to benefit close to two thousand families in four GK communities including those in the pilot community in Palo, Alang-Alang and another stil to be determined area in Southern Leyte or Samar. ( Judith Caringal, Sports Radio )
Groundbreaking Rites in AlangAlang, Leyte
IOC Rep. Mikaela Jaworski with POC President Jose Cojuangco Jr and Project Lead Manager Tom Carrasco likewise conducted a ground breaking ceremony in Binotong,Alang-Alang with Mayor Rey Capon, where a similar 4-million peso Activity Center shall be completely erected within four months.
POC-GK Activity Center in Palo, Leyte
In a related development, Project Officer Tom Carrasco conducted a follow-up visit and determination of needs consultation in POC’s first installed Recreation facility in Palo, Leyte.
Mr. Carrasco met with the Barangay Council members of the area which covers 109 households or 200 Gawad Kalinga families and 600 students in a nearby school in the Typhoon Yolanda relocation site.
Carrasco, in talk with Sports Radio, explains that the POC in coordination with GK shall not only oversee proper use and maintenance of the facilities but also aid benefeciaries of the projects come out with sports programs and training that will best suit the needs and skils of their respective community.
Volleyball, Sepak Takraw and Dance Sports have emerged as focus of interest in Palo and Albuera. ( Judith Caringal, Sports Radio)