By Jezza A. Nepomoceno
Officials from the Saemaul Undong movement, a rural community development initiative based in South Korea, arrived in Lemery, Iloilo yesterday to assist in a community project called “Bagong Bayanihan ng Barangay.”
The project, conducted in partnership between the Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College and Philippine Saemaul Undong Center, plans to construct a recycling center in order to address the improper waste disposal practices of local households.
A scholarship grant, along with livelihood projects for those with an expertise in tailoring or creating arts and crafts from recycled materials, are also part of the project.
Additionally, according to August Melody Andong of the National Economic and Development Authority-Region VI (NEDA-6), Saemaul Undong also pledged over P500,000 towards the procurement of sewing machines.
Gangwon Saemaul Male Leaders Association chair Hyung Bae-park said their visit seeks to enrich their understanding of the current situation of communities involved in the project and strengthen cooperation with the Philippines.
He also invited Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr., along with four Saemaul Undong scholars from Iloilo, to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, set to take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which is located in the group’s home province of Gangwon./WDJ