The GK Board consists of a mix of external trustees and key people within the GK organization
to be able to bring the most extensive range of expertise in key areas of GK’s operation.
We weren’t just searching for individuals of integrity and influence.
More importantly, we wanted GK friends that we had built a relationship with,
and had extensive experience and appreciation of our on-ground work
to be able to make sound policies that support and facilitate the work of our caretakers.
Chairman Tony Meloto is supported by Tony Olaes of GK USA and Tony del Rosario of GK Singapore, which provides a global perspective of the opportunities and challenges for our growing work not just in the Philippines but all over the world.
Our CFO Mike Goco is supported by Mr. Ed Chua, Country Head of Shell who also chairs GK’s Audit Committee to ensure financial integrity and transparency. Gawad Kalinga Executive Director Luis Oquiñena and Corporate Shared Services Head Issa Cuevas-Santos are likewise mentored by Mr. Gerry Ablaza, President of Manila Water who leads GK’s Executive Committee and Mr. Boy de Claro, former President of Wyeth Philippines, who leads the Resource Generation Committee. Formation Head Ernie Maipid gets guidance from fellow trustee Fr. Ben Nebres S.J., former President of Ateneo de Manila University to ensure that our values formation programs for GK residents, caretakers and volunteers provide the fuel and inspiration.
Together with GK leaders from the Kapitbahayan of each community and our heroic on-ground caretakers, the 11-man GK Board is helping prepare and propel the work for the future. The nobility of our volunteers are now matched with good corporate governance across all levels of the GK organization, and we look forward to gaining strength and momentum as we work towards our vision of ending poverty by 2024.