Born from JG Summit’s commitment to social responsibility, the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) was set up in 1992 to help uplift the socio-economic condition of Filipinos through the funding of educational projects.
The first of these was the Technical Training Center for skilled graduates in various engineering fields. A significant endowment by the foundation to the Ateneo de Manila University then led to the John Gokongwei School of Management (JGSOM), a regional powerhouse in the field of management education. It has also aggressively donated facilities and scholarships, and supported educational programs to help train our next generation of business and government leaders in schools such as Immaculate Concepcion Academy, Xavier School, De La Salle University, and the University of Asia and the Pacific.
The foundation even donated its prime lot in Ortigas for the EDSA Shrine. In 2007, GBF granted 34 young Filipinos, the first batch of GBF China Scholars, with full year-long scholarship to the prestigious Beijing Language and Culture University, in Beijing China. These scholars study Mandarin and Chinese culture in the hopes of strengthening the Philippines’ global competitiveness by application of knowledge in their home country.
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.
Gokongwei Brothers Foundation Technical Training Center
The GBF Technical Training Center (GBF TTC) is a P100 million facility in Rosario, Pasig City, a “finishing school for graduates” in various technical and engineering fields.
The center offers the following:
- Technical Courses: GBF offers scholarship programs for engineering graduates, with focus on technology
- Continuing Technical Professional Education: GBF offers programs for JG Summit incumbents, with focus on upgrading technical knowledge and skills
- Retail & Service Academy: started in 2003, courses that address the needs of the retail and service businesses
Gokongwei Brothers Foundation Scholarship for Excellence
GBF offers 50 scholarship grants to outstanding students
Dedicated to empowering the Filipino youth, The Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) launches the Scholarship for Excellence program that grants 50 scholarships to the brightest and most deserving young leaders.
“It is through programs like the GBF Scholarship for Excellence that we are able to equip the country’s most promising students with the tools to achieve their dreams, and allow them to become future leaders who can change things for the better,” says John Gokongwei Jr., the founder and chairman emeritus of JG Summit Holdings, Inc.
This program demands a high level of excellence, accepting only applicants who belong to the top 10 percent of their high school batch. Moreover, GBF aims to provide opportunities to less privileged students thus offering the program to graduates of public high schools who will pursue any of the following engineering courses: Civil, Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, and Electronics & Communications. GBF partnered with top Engineering schools namely: University of the Philippines - Diliman, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and Technological University of the Philippines in NCR; Batangas State University; Bulacan State University; Cebu Technological University in Cebu; University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos in Bacolod; University of San Agustin in Iloilo; and University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao. 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 10 percent of their batch, semester after semester.
To qualify, applicants must send in their application form and an essay on why they deserve the scholarship, together with other required documents to the foundation from May 2 to June 17.
GBF recognizes Engineering as one of the best courses for tomorrow’s world, as well as one of the most valuable professions in JG Summit Holdings. A testament to this would be the foundation’s Technical Training Center in Pasig City.
Aside from the Engineering Scholarship program, GBF is also offering another 40 scholarships to the dependents of JG Summit employees for any college degree in their chosen college or university.
Interested applicants can check the JG Summit website, www.jgsummit.com.ph, or contact France Estrada at 633-7631 local 388.
The John Gokongwei Institute for Leadership and Enterprise Development (JG-ILED) was developed in 2005 to: (1) further strengthen the commitment to continued learning, organizational growth and career development; (2) enable leaders to develop strategies for competitiveness of the company; and (3) help in the development of JG Summit employees.
Currently, JG-ILED is in the process of developing different training programs that will cut across the different employees of the conglomerate. These programs will be geared towards building business success, developing leadership and strengthening functional capabilities. As JG-ILED is being evolved, it is positioned to become the platform for systematic and sustained development programs that maximize internal resources across JG Summit and create a one leadership brand among its employees.
Speeches of John Gokongwei, Jr.
John Gokongwei's Speech at the Columbia Business School Pan-Asian Reunion
John Gokongwei's Speech at the 20th Ad Congress
Commencement Address: Ateneo
Launch of the Ateneo de Manila University John Gokongwei School of Management