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GK Anilao
GK COMMUNITY
Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte
$0        On December 19, 2003, a series of mudslide hit Panaon island affecting the lives of thousands.  Two villages in the municipality of Lilo-an was severely hit by these mudslides.  One is in Lotao, which is located within the vicinity of the town proper.  More than twenty perished during the incident and several others left homeless. The second is an interior fishing village called Malangza where most of its residents were now living in virtual danger.$0$0 $0$0        Most affected families are fisherfolks during the northeast monsoon season when the seas of Cabalian Bay are mostly calm.  And when these seas are rough, they resort to farming as an alternative means of livelihood.  Some of them are hired laborers. There are a total of 98 families from two different landslide areas of the same municipality, namely: Lotao and Malangza.  $0$0 $0$0        March 13, 2004 is a day that these victims saw a new hope rising amidst the tragedy that hit their lives.  It was on that day that Bag-ong Panaon (New Panaon) Build was launched where people from all walks of life converge in Anilao to be part of the process of rebuilding the lives of those who suffer from the tragic event. Twenty houses were given by the GK Home Office; two houses from ABS-CBN foundation; ten houses from World Vision Region 8; ten houses from Diocese of Maasin; 40 houses from Ancop Canada and 16 houses from the City of London; SIBOL School from Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals; and a Multi-purpose Hall from Angelo King Foundation. GTZET also assisted in giving water system while the Province of Southern Leyte for Land Development and Advocacy. $0$0 $0$0        Early February 2006 when it started to rain heavily on this part of the province, Brgy Malangza and other neighboring villages were declared inhabitable.  The GK village has become a refuge for some, but most of them find their way once again to evacuation centers.$0$0 $0$0        St. Ignatius de Loyola GK Village is now home to forty two families; there are forty families in Ancop Canada GK Village; and sixteen houses in City of London GK Village; all were victims of the landslide than hit the municipality of Liloan in December 19, 2003.$0

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