GT Foundation, Inc
Since its inception in 2009, the GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI) has striven to pursue the philanthropic objectives of Dr. George S.K. Ty and family while investing in strategic programs that advance the development of underprivileged communities. In 2016, GTFI continued to pursue its noble objectives by supporting programs in the field of education and initiating projects for the marginalized in our society.
Bags of Blessings
GTFI, in partnership with the Metrobank Foundation Inc. (MBFI), celebrated Chinese New Year by holding their annual Bags of Blessing (BOB) project in which the two foundations distributed Php10 million worth of packed food items that benefitted 10,000 marginalized families from 20 cities and provinces across the country.
The first distribution activity was held on February 8 at the St. Edward Integrated School in Lancaster New City, Cavite, in partnership with Pro-Friends, Metrobank, and Federal Land. Some 500 underprivileged families from the city were given food packs worth Php1,000 each.
The distribution resumed on February 13 in the cities of Marikina, Quezon, Taguig, Pasay, Makati, and Manila as well as in five provinces in Luzon and two cities in Mindanao. A week later, families from six areas in the Visayas were also given bags of goods.
In recognition of the project’s noble social mandate, the 2016 Bags of Blessing was bestowed a Silver Anvil Award by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines at the 52nd Anvil Awards.
Xavier School Legacy Project
GTFI furthered in 2016 its commitment to the advancement of quality education in the Philippines through a donation of Php75 million to Xavier School, one of the country’s top Chinese-Filipino schools. The donation is in support of the school’s development plans, which include scholarships to deserving yet financially challenged students in the school’s San Juan and Nuvali campuses.
In recognition of this contribution, the Xavier School renamed its Grade School Intermediate Building to become the “Dr. George S.K. Ty Building.” The unveiling ceremonies for the building’s marker was held on July 20, 2016.
Scholarships for Technical-Vocation Education Program (STEP)
GTFI came up with the STEP program to equip financially challenged high school graduates and young people who are out-of-school with skills that will allow them to gain immediate employment and help them rise above poverty. In the program, GTFI taps technical-vocational education and training (TVET) schools that have existing industry partnerships to ensure graduates will be given sufficient on-the-job training and guaranteed employment.
In 2016, GTFI awarded 105 new TVET scholarships, broken down into 75 electro-mechanics technology training scholarships to the DualTech Training Center Foundation for students who are mostly from Bohol and Cebu and 30 scholarships to the Don Bosco Training Institute for students from Naga City, Camarines Sur; San Jose, Nueva Ecija; and Canlubang, Laguna.
Also during the year, five GTFI scholars to the Toyota Motor Philippines School of Technology finished their two-year automotive servicing course with flying colors.
Rehabilitation of the Eastern Visayas Chest Clinic and Dispensary
GTFI awarded a grant of Php1.9 million to the Philippine Tuberculosis Society, Inc. (PTSI) for the rehabilitation of the Eastern Visayas Chest Clinic and Dispensary in Tacloban City, which was severely damaged by super typhoon Yolanda. The facility addresses the surge of TB cases in Tacloban after Yolanda. The newly reconstructed facility, known as the Pavilion, was inaugurated on March 29, 2016. The PTSI is the largest private NGO in the country and the longest-serving medical institution engaged in the detection, control, and treatment of tuberculosis in the Philippines.
On top of all its projects during the year, GTFI awarded around Php10 million worth of grants to some 30 social development organizations, including Cure Philippines, Inc. for the surgical operation and rehabilitation of 10 children with cleflip and palate and clubfoot, as well as the Philippine Science High School in support of the construction of a digital fabrication laboratory that will help optimize students’ learning in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.