Built on the conviction that education is one of the keys to a better future for the country, the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) was set up in 1992 to help uplift the socio-economic condition of the Filipinos through the funding of educational projects.
GBF has donated facilities and scholarships to various schools, and supported educational programs of different institutions such as: Immaculate Concepcion Academy, Xavier School, De La Salle University, the University of Asia and the Pacific and the University of San Carlos. A significant endowment by the foundation to the Ateneo de Manila University led to the John Gokongwei School of Management (JGSOM), a regional center for management education. To further strengthen the field of engineering in our country, GBF gave a significant endowment to the De La Salle University (DLSU), which led to the establishment of the DLSU Gokongwei College of Engineering.
In addition, GBF partnered with the Aklat, Gabay, Aruga tungo sa Pag-Angat at Pag-Asa (AGAPP) Foundation, to build schoolhouses in underprivileged public school compounds. The foundation also donated its prime lot in Ortigas for the EDSA Shrine.
GBF's other endeavors include a Technical Training Center for skilled graduates in various engineering fields. In 2007 and 2009, GBF granted more than 70 young Filipinos with 10-month scholarships to study the language, dynamics and booming economy of China. These scholars spent several months studying in prestigious universities in China, in the hopes of strengthening the Philippines' global competitiveness in the context of the world's fastest growing economy.
Through the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation's continuing commitment to education, JG Summit intends to fulfill its responsibility to the country – and lead Filipinos to an even better life ahead.
The GBF Technical Training Center (GBF TTC) is a Php 100 million facility in Rosario, Pasig City, a "finishing school for graduates" in various technical and engineering fields.
The center offers the following:
Dedicated to empowering the Filipino youth, GBF launched programs which grants scholarships to the brightest and most deserving young leaders.
Under GBF's Scholarship For Excellence program, 40 carefully chosen students from public high school attend top universities in the Philippines to pursue Engineering/Science courses that include Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical and Electronics & Communication Engineering. This program demands a high level of excellence, accepting only applicants who belong to the top percentile of their batch. Each qualified scholar will be awarded a lump sum amount per academic year, from their first year up to the fifth year, provided that they maintain their academic standing of being part of the top 30 percent of their batch, semester after semester.
Furthermore, the GBF University Scholarship Program sponsors 40 selected students who are children of JG Summit employees with excellent academic standing taking up various college courses in different universities. They too are given a lump sum amount per academic year, provided that they maintain their scholastic standing of being at the top 20-35 percent of the batch.
In addition, under the GBF Business Unit-Specific Scholarship for Engineering, 40 students in their 4th and 5th year levels in Engineering / Science courses (Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, ECE and Petroleum Engineering) are being given a lump sum amount per academic year until they finish their degrees. These scholars are top-notch students from the University of the Philippines, Mapua Institute of Technology, University of Sto. Tomas, Adamson University, Batangas State University, Central Philippines University, Mindanao State University, Iligan Institute of Technology, and University of San Carlos. Upon graduation, the scholars are invited to join a JGS Company as a Cadet Engineer.
For secondary school students, GBF offers scholarships to the best and the brightest students of St. Stephen's High School. The scholarship covers a maximum of six (6) School Years from Grade 7 to Grade 12 (based on the new Dep-Ed curriculum).
John Gokongwei Institute for Leadership and Enterprise Development (JG-ILED) was spurred by the vision of Mr. John Gokongwei to (1) demonstrate the enterprise commitment to continued learning, organizational growth and career development; (2) enable leaders to develop strategies for competitiveness of the company; and (3) develop and grow our employees and create a deep bench.
The Learning and Development programs under JG-ILED are crafted to help employees in various levels to advance their skills in effectively managing themselves (personal leadership), managing teams (motivational leadership) and being able to contribute significantly to the organization (strategic leadership). Moreover, these programs are linked to the six JG Summit Leadership Attributes, specifically being Competent, a Team Player, Entrepreneurial, Innovative, Passionate and Strategic, which the organization believes are the most critical attributes to develop in the JG Summit's leadership teams.
JG-ILED continues to provide and further develop different training programs that will strengthen the leadership skills and functional competence of our employees, such as: