Teaming up for the community
Held at the Enchanted Farm, the Countryside Development Summit is the first of GK's Centers for Social Innovation in the country. The Summit was attended by the Vice President of the Philippines, Jejomar Binay, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Greg Domingo, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Sonny Coloma, Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, Country Chairman of Shell in the Philippines, Mr. Ed Chua and Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) President and CEO Ms. Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo.
Founded in 1995, the Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation is a movement based in the Philippines that is dedicated to eradicating poverty and building dignified and empowered communities. Its mission is to abolish poverty for five million families by 2024. This year, GK enters its "Social Artistry" phase, via the Gawad Kalinga Center for Social Innovation which aims to bolster and sustain the self-governance, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency of the ever-growing number of communities with a series of community-based training modules on health, education, environment, and productivity.
Ms. Agudo announced Hyundai's support of the Hyundai Center for Green Innovations that will rise in Enchanted Farm. This one-of-a-kind knowledge center and exhibit area will feature best business practices in greening the environment. The center will also have a 100-seat seminar venue for Green Camps where students will learn more about being responsible stewards of the environment.
"We believe in the high quality of Filipino products and services that the grassroots can supply," said Ms. Agudo. "Trust that we at Hyundai will continue to be a solid partner of GK-CSI in fulfilling its goal to build a wealthy and thriving countryside and discover the talents to help us bring this about."