GAWAD Kalinga (GK) commended the Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS) of the University as one of the most active universities in helping alleviate poverty among the depressed sectors of the Philippines.

In an interview with the Varsitarian, GK Coordinator for National Service Training Program Franz Josef Hipol said that since 2003, UST’s CWTS has been consistently responsive to their call in community development programs which include medical mission, shelter building, book donation, landscaping, mural painting, and general cleaning of baranggays.

“No amount can quantify the contributions of the Thomasians in GK. More than a requirement, their involvement in communities is intrinsically by heart,” Hipol said. The University’s CWTS participates in more than 20 sites of GK’s 900 communities in the Philippines. GK is a non-profit organization that aims to alleviate poverty by building decent houses in poverty-stricken areas of the country.

According to CWTS coordinator Lito Maranan, his students’ active participation is in line with their mission to create a Thomasian community who would be willingly service the public voluntarily and wholeheartedly.Aside from GK, CWTS is also involved in Pondo ng Pinoy, a non-profit organization which collects 25 centavos from Filipinos to fund human development projects. K. J. Liu with reports from Ronald Veloso

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