January 11, 2017 03:18 AM
PECO GK Village turns over 45 homes to 45 families
By: Louine Hope Conserva
GAWAD KALINGA, in partnership with the Panay Electric Company (PECO), continues to extend help to the underprivileged as it donated 45 homes to 45 families in San Isidro, Jaro, Iloilo City.
A total of 37 houses were donated by the distribution company and were turned over to PECO Village 2.
The remaining eight were distributed to PECO 1 and Cacho Village.
Mary Rose Cacho, Gawad Kalinga-Iloilo provincial head said as of today more than 265 houses were already given to the GK Village in San Isidro.
“Over 120 have been donated by PECO and the Cacho Family and more than 80 homes from friends,” she said during the turnover ceremony on Jan. 2, 2017.
Cacho added that there were also nine homes donated out of the proceeds from the Gawad Kalinga Golf Tournament.
Mikel Cacho-Afzelius, PECO corporate communications officer said the Cacho family and company have distributed a total of 126 houses since Typhoon Frank displaced so many families back in 2008.
"The Board of PECO has agreed to be partners with GK through the years to come in order to change more lives for the better," Afzelius said.
PECO and the Cacho Family have been partners with Gawad Kalinga since 2009.
Gawad Kalinga was founded by Tony Meloto.
Meloto then recruited Luis Oquiñena at the age of 16 who eventually took over the operations as executive director.
Mary Rose Cacho started as head of Iloilo Province in 2011.
“This project will help several informal settlers by having their very own homes and eventually livelihood programs to give their lives a second chance,” Oquiñena said.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog also added, "It is good to start the New Year with the giving of homes to the underprivileged".