One of Malaysia’s richest businessman has promised to build 2,000 homes for poor Filipinos in partnership with Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation.
Vincent Tan, founder of Berjaya Corporation Berhad, one of Malaysia’s largest conglomerates, made the pledge during the opening of the Berjaya Garden Restaurant and Culinary Centre in Angat, Bulacan last month.
Apart from his stake on property investment, gambling, hotels & resorts, telecoms, and food, Tan’s company is also the Malaysian franchise holder of Kenny Rogers Roasters, Starbucks, and Jollibean.
Considered by some as the ‘first farm village university in Asia’, the BGRCC is the primary food center of GK Enchanted Farm, catering to 200,000 partners, entrepreneurs, and students who visit the facility each year.
This is the second time the Malaysian tycoon has donated houses to poor Filipinos, pledging 3,000 houses at a cost of P300 million following the devastating Typhoon Sendong and other natural calamities in 2012. Of this some 1,000 houses have been constructed to date.
“We’re very pleased to help the Philippines by doing business here. Like what I always say, the rich people need the poor to support their businesses and I think the rich must give back as much as possible,” Tan said.