It has recently come to my attention that my article on Gawad Kalinga has been making rounds all over the internet and has found its way into many e-mail inboxes.
I’ve also been approached by a lot of people who either want me to write a follow up piece or to help them expose more about Gawad Kalinga. So far, I have declined to participate in any further moves to discredit GK. And for security reasons, I have also declined any request to reveal my contacts and sources, regardless of your intentions. None the less, I am still very willing to learn more about that side we don’t often see in the press. Give me more information and facts, and perhaps I will write.
So far, my experience with GK is limited to Sitio Target and to the Visayas Ave. community which I also mentioned in my article. I wouldn’t want to trumpet more anti-GK sentiment since I’ve pretty much exhausted everything in that article. The last thing I want to be is a naysayer or a contrarian. And if I continue to speak, I also fear that the spotlight would be focused on Sitio Target and I wouldn’t want that to happen. I am just glad that the GK project there has been stopped.
I do know that this shouldn’t stop me from looking at the other injustices GK caused in other parts of the country. I am certain that the Sitio Target episode is not GK’s only shortcoming, and I would love to know more. However, I am not taking this up as a personal crusade. The beauty of the blogosphere is that I don’t have to do this alone.
Thus, if my article inspired people to take a more critical look at GK, I welcome that very much. I would love to hear from you and I look forward to reading your blog posts if you have any. If you know of any cases similar to Sitio Target, do write about it. And when you write, don’t write because it’s a crusade. Write because it’s the truth. That, above all, is most important in a democracy.
And so in the spirit of democracy, here’s an article that appeared in the Philippine Star (but is now in the GK website) about a successful GK project in an Aeta community. It sounds like it was written as a rebuttal to me and it apparently proves that building concrete houses for Aetas can be done. Still that doesn’t change the fact that it can go wrong and that it did. All I ask is a commitment that a Sitio Target won’t happen again.