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COMMUNITIES IN DAVAO ORIENTAL

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Mati, Davao Oriental
$0The community of Mapanga prior to GK was a common scenario of a part time farming community, as other residents have also been engaged in fishing. Mapanga is a christian community where majority are Catholics and whose permanent shelters were mostly in shanties and temporary structures made of indigenous materials, such as, “nipa” and ”sansan”. Majority of the heads of the family are farm laborers and seasonal workers of Palayan during planting & harvest seasons. Others are single motorcycle drivers (habal-habal) and carpenters. The women are simple housewives, although some are engaged in fish vending. Spare times were usually utilized in their gambling and drinking vices instead of improving their spirituality. Children’s education was considered less priority of most families, whose parents were also less-educated due to lack of opportunities. The community’s unfavorable atmosphere was, clearly full of despair and hopelessness, due to lack of opportunities and negligence on their part.$0$0 $0$0GK as a movement that seeks the common good, dramatically transformed the area from slums to clean, beautiful community, from despair to hope, and from mendicancy to self-reliance, due to the responsiveness of its Kapitbahayan organization, with empowered leaders. The community became a model area which showcased 11 GK duplex houses benefitting 22 families who are now all CFC members. The construction of housing units was a joint effort of LGU Banaybanay and GK volunteers from ComVal Province. Of the 11 duplex units, 3 units were funded by the Congressional Fund  of  Congresswoman  Thelma Z. $0$0Almario, of the 2nd District of Davao Oriental, and 8 units were funded by LGU Banaybanay. Economic activities were enhanced through the initiatives of some housewives who are now engaged in various small-scale economic enterprises, such as, fresh fish and vegetable vending and small village stores. The beneficiaries are now actively involved in all GKK activities and other church-based undertakings. $0$0 $0$0 $0$0 $0

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