PIA Press Release
Monday, June 27, 2011
Time to change Ph’s culture of business—PNoy
By Jose Mari Melody Garcia
ANGAT, Bulacan, June 27 (PIA) – Braving heavy rains, President Benigno Aquino III opened here the Gawad Kalinga Center for Social Innovation (GKCSI), saying the civic group’s pioneering industrial community brings people nearer to businesses.
Despite the incessant rainS, President Aquino was able to attend the launching of Gawad Kalinga’s (GK) “village university” which, according to GK founder and chair Antonio Meloto would teach and train students, children, residents, and entrepreneurs to create products made of locally grown Philippine materials.
Dubbed as Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm, the said multi-use site located at Brgy. Encanto, Angat—hence the name of the center — is the first of the 24 CSI sites in the country that transformed idle lands to working laboratories and tourist destinations.
President Aquino underscored the significance of GK’s aim to produce 500,000 “social entrepreneurs” in six years. He said GK has been an instrument of improving the country—from building houses to providing livelihood to people.
“Sa pamamagitan ng CSI, nasusuportahan ang mga entrepreneur at nailalapit sa mga komunidad ang negosyo. Nagsisilbing mabuting ehemplo ang gawaing ito tungo sa pagpapaunlad ng bansa (Through CSI, entrepreneurs are provided with support and business is being drawn near to communities. This project serves as a good example toward the progress of the country),” said President Aquino.
In front of foreign volunteers from Europe and Singapore the President said that people should no longer be unsure in putting up businesses in the country because the processing of papers in municipalities and cities have been sped up.
“Panahon na para baguhin ang kultura ng pangamba sa pagnenegosyo. May oportunidad na tayo na umasenso. Hindi na dapat mangamba na sa kickback lamang mauuwi ang buwis na inyong binabayad (It is now time to change the culture of business. We already have the opportunity to progress. You don’t need to worry that the taxes you pay would just be plundered).”
GKCSI was GK’s second phase of its 2024 roadmap “to end poverty in the Philippines.”
According to Meloto, GKCSI will create Filipino-owned brands of affordable, high-quality products that use Philippine-grown ingredients to improve the lives of the Filipino poor.
GKCSI is the village university for the rising Filipino that will mold a new generation of social entrepreneurs.
Meloto said the Enchanted Farm was the result of three, combined components. He explained in a statement that the farm will be a Village University with classrooms which would expose students to entrepreneurship, leading them to a “world of opportunities locally and globally.”
The second component was the Silicon Valley in which young entrepreneurs will be presented with a supportive business environment to help them create original Filipino products. A total of 50 participating enterprises in the country will provide their own brands, resources and facilities to assist the aspirants.
Meloto tagged the third component of the Enchanted Farm as a “Disneyland for social tourism.” He said local and foreign visitors could also see in the center the social problems in the Philippines and how its people work to find solutions.
Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo also graced the event. Local products made of homegrown ingredients such as bamboo furniture, chocolates, water lily-made bags, and food products were exhibited. (WLB/JMG PIA 3)
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