To further its social and environmental goals,leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom plans to move towards socialentrepreneurship and be able to combine socially responsible activities withits business targets.
As first step, Globe is exploring apartnership with Gawad Kalinga (GK), a poverty-alleviation and nation-buildingmovement currently working on creating wealth by providing world-class productsand services through the help of private and public individuals and organizations.
Globe President Ernest L. Cu met with GKFounder Tony Meloto at the GK Enchanted Farm in Brgy. Encanto, Angat, Bulacanwhich showcases the GK social entrepreneurship efforts. Once idle andunproductive, the 14-hectare area is being transformed into a landscape thatwill sustain communities for generations to come.
Globe is looking at how itsbusiness would fit into GK Enchanted Farm which follows a template that fusesthree different concepts: a Village University for sustainable communitydevelopment where classrooms are connected to communities; a Silicon Valley forsocial entrepreneurship where young entrepreneurs are provided a supportivebusiness ecosystem and an enabling environment to help them launch Filipinobrands; and third, a Disneyland for social tourism in which visitors from otherparts of the Philippines and abroad can get a first-hand experience of the GKcommunity, and gain insight to the social problems that face millions ofFilipinos.