Malaysia billionaire pledges to build 5,000 homes for poor Filipinos
Malaysian Billionaire Vincent Tan
The Malaysian billionaire promised to build 5,000 homes through Gawad Kalinga (GK) Community Development Foundation.
Vincent Tan, the founder of Berjaya Group of companies in Malaysia started to help the Gawad Kalinga foundation which was founded by Filipino philanthropist Antonio Meloto during the year 2012.
The billionaire visited the Philippines recently at the GK Enchanted Farm in Bulacan to attend the 4th Global Social Business Summit. During the event he was quoted as saying "Thebecame rich because a lot of poor people supported their businesses," Tan said.
Malaysian company Berjaya Group of Companies is engaged in various businesses such as property management, investment and development. Since the partnership between Kawad Kalinga and Berjaya they were able to build 1,000 houses since 2012.
Vincent Tan also revealed during the speech that his company committed 3,000 houses several years ago and if GK will build faster, they would like to commit 5,000 more houses. The philanthropist also flew to the Philippines last 2015 for the groundbreaking ceremony of the 100 units that Berjaya committed for the victims of Bagyong Sendong in Cagayan de Oro City.
According to the founder of GK, Antonio Meloto, there are 12 Berijaya-GK villages in the entire Philippines, including the first two for survivors of Bagyong Pablo in Compostela Valley.
Gawad Kalinga was established during the year 2003, it has grown into a global movement of nation builders, who are committed to expanding the work and advocacy of caring and sharing across countries, to build a better, safer and kinder world. At present, GK is in Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia, Canada, United States, Austria, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Australia and Papua New Guinea.