Saturday, August 30, 2014

Globe MyBusiness and Gawad Kalinga For A Country of Builders

Globe Telecom  has recently partnered with Gawad Kalinga, a movement which fights poverty to givee sustainable livelihood opportunities to residents of GK Villages in various parts of the country to make this underserved sector a significant partner in nation building.

Teodoro Suaza of GAWA leading the Home Maintenance Team    
“Globe continues to do its share in building a resilient Philippines with programs that move toward initiating sustainable efforts like providing livelihood opportunities.  Together with our long-time partner Gawad Kalinga and their social enterprises, we are doing our best to create a wonderful world of possibilities by helping them discover and nurture their potentials,” said Martha Sazon, Sr. Vice President, Globe MyBusiness. Globe myBusiness provides small and medium businesses with innovative, customizable products, services and solutions such as internet connectivity for social enterprises at the GK Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan.

Globe MyBusiness helped leapfrog the implementation of the Gawad Kalinga Workers Association (GAWA), an organization which combines values formation and skills development to ensure that the informal sector will be given a chance to earn a living either on their own or by serving the community.  GAWA is also a response to the huge demand for build activities and other services within and outside GK communities. Since its conception in July 2013, GAWA was able to conduct 42 forums that produced 2,268 graduates, with more to follow.

A GAWA graduate from GK Caloocan sewing janitorial service uniforms    
One major accomplishment of the program was the establishment of the GAWA Build Teams that helped GK bring to completion projects that have demanding timelines or are in areas where support is much needed such as the housing projects in Zamboanga City; Tanay, Rizal; Rio Tuba, Palawan; and in different parts of Leyte.

Aside from training the GK residents, GAWA also assists in finding jobs for the graduates.  A number of them are now employed as on-call housekeepers, drivers, sewers of janitorial services uniform, home maintenance, spa/massage attendants, cable network installers, among others.

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