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Berjaya Gives 100 New Homes for Typhoon Sendong Survivors
[Date Created: January 28, 2015]

Last January 23, 2015, Tan Sri Vincent Tan (in white long sleeves), founder of Berjaya, came all the way from Malaysia to join the Groundbreaking for the next 100 units that Berjaya will be building for Typhoon Sendong survivors in Bugo, Cagayan de Oro.

Tan commits funds for at least 1,000 units annually, so long as GK can build it. Challenge accepted!

In the existing Berjaya-GK Village in Brgy. Camaman-an, Cagayan De Oro, a new concrete road and drainage project was also turned over.

“Three years since Sendong, Kuya Luis retells the GK story to Malaysian reporters who've come to visit the first Berjaya-GK community of 150 units built in Camaman-an, CDO. Houses are a little less brand new, area is a lot less quiet, there are dog poops here and there - but it definitely looks and feels better this way: alive and lived in.” – Claire Ericta, GK Worker

Berjaya is one of GK’s most generous partners. When Berjaya pledged a total of Php 300 million during the Bayanihan Expo last October 2012, this meant that over the next three years, Berjaya will be with Gawad Kalinga in building safer, peaceful and more productive communities all over the country. At the moment, 12 Berjaya-GK villages are on the rise, and these include the first two for Typhoon Pablo survivors in ComVal, a peaceful Muslim-Christian village in Basilan, a community for indigenous people in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte, and 8 others in various locations across the country.

Aside from helping build communities all over the country, Berjaya has also built the Berjaya Culinary Arts Garden at the GK Enchanted Farm, which will cultivate the culinary talents of the poor and provide livelihood as it caters to the 200,000 who visit the Farm annually.

Read more about the Berjaya-GK partnership below:

Berjaya’s Tan provides housing for Typhoon Sendong survivors
Tycoon and philanthropist Vincent Tan says that investing in a country is also about creating a sustainable community

by Chris Schnabel
Posted on Jan 25, 2015 (

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – In December 2011, Typhoon Sendong (international name: Washi) slammed into Mindanao, with a death toll of more than 1,000 and close to a billion pesos in widespread damages.

That time, in London, Malaysian billionaire Tan Dato' Seri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun (widely known as Vincent Tan) saw the footage of the devastation and resolved to help the typhoon survivors.

Nearly 4 years after the typhoon, the Berjaya Corporation Berjad founder flew to the Philippines and officially turned over on Friday, January 23 a new concreted road and drainage project within the Berjaya-Gawad Kalinga (GK) Village in Barangay Camaman-an, Cagayan De Oro (CDO).

Tan also led the groundbreaking ceremonies of 100 new homes in Berjaya-GK Village in Bugo, also in CDO.

“What we’re doing here is a fulfillment of a promise that we made in 2011 as a company with compassion,” Tan said.

Tan immediately donated 100 houses in Barangay Camaman-an. Overall, he and his diversified conglomerate have donated P100 million ($6.79 million) through GK, resulting in 830 houses.

Tan, whose diversified conglomerate hit RM8.73 billion ($2.42 billion*) in revenues ending April 2014, promised to donate further for the cause as soon as the GK Community Development Foundation finds more suitable locations for the housing projects.

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Hit by Typhoon Sendong four years ago, relocated families are slowly rebuilding their lives

by Karen Arukesamy
Posted on Jan 26, 2015 (

CAGAYAN: Almost four years have passed since their relocation after typhoon Sendong hit their village and the 100-odd families are slowly beginning to move on in their new neighbourhood rebuilding their lives.

With the contributions and aid from Berjaya Corporation Group of Companies and the local NGO, Gawad Kalinga Foundation (GK), these families do not just have their own permanent houses to live in but also a safer and decent neighbourhood.

Compared to living in a slum area in their bamboo huts and roofs that leaked, GK executive director Jose Luis Oquinena explained that these families have much to be thankful for now.

"Just building a house for them is not enough, we have taught them new ways of living. They need a proper livelihood to sustain their lives," he told reporters while visiting the Berjaya-GK Village in Upper Bolonsori Camaman-an here in Cagayan de Oro City last week.

He said despite working with these families to build them as communities, GK cannot say that the task has been completed.

"Work doesn't stop there; we assign a caretaker to these villages to ensure that a long term character building and communal living can be achieved.

"After building the houses, the hardest thing to build is a home in that house, and through building a home we try to connect the families to build a community," Oquinena said.

This is because many of these families came from different areas and communities after they were struck by the calamity in their original areas.

"The village currently houses 150 families; about 90 of them were those affected by the Sendong typhoon while the others either affected by other disasters previously or were already residents in the site," Oquinena said.

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