January 07, 2017 02:38 AM

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos

TWO GAWAD Kalinga villages are to rise in the town of Lambunao, Iloilo.

The villages will be located in a 12.6 hectares lot in Brgy. Tampucao and in a 7 hectares lot in Brgy. Maribong, said Mayor Jason Gonzales in an interview Friday.

The mass housing project is an initiative of the local government of Lambunao, in partnership with Gawad Kalinga and Pro-FRIENDS.

The mayor said it is intended to provide housing units to Lambunao residents without permanent/sturdy houses, informal settlers, and even to victims to typhoon Yolanda, who until now are not able to rebuild a disaster-resilient house, who are from neighboring barangays.

The partners target to build around 500 houses for 500 households in Tampucao.

Half of the lot is for the residents' livelihood.

"We will put up agri-enterprises to provide livelihood to the GK settlers," Gonzales said.

Moreover, the Tampucao village is also eyed as an eco-tourism destination.

"We are exploring the possibility of putting up the first authentic eco village in the country in Tampucao," the mayor said.

"We will be promoting the village as an eco-tourism destination, where tourists can visit with their families, and see how the farm works," he explained.

The income from the tourism enterprise will be reverted to the village.


Meanwhile, the GK Village in Maribong is eyed to be a home of 300 households.