August 08 2019
GMA Network’s socio-civic arm, GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) continued their partnership in implementing programs that uplift the lives of underprivileged Filipinos.
The memorandum of agreement signing held last August 2 was led by GMA Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon, GMAKF Founder and Ambassador Mel C. Tiangco, GMAKF EVP and COO Rikki Escudero-Catibog, together with General Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr. AFP, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
The AFP has been continuously supporting GMAKF by providing transportation and security to poor and remote areas of the country.
The AFP was also one of GMAKF’s key partners in the successful construction of developmental infrastructure projects. Under the Rebuild Marawi Project, the construction of its first two Kapuso schools was finished while the third school is currently being constructed in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. Under the the Kapuso Tulay Para Sa Kaunlaran Project, the construction of two steel and concrete bridges in Buhi, Camarines Sur was completed while a third bridge is currently being built in Paquibato, Davao City.
“Kami po ay talagang gratified na ang Armed Forces of the Philippines natin ay hindi lamang gumaganap ng kanilang tungkulin to protect us from invasion, insurrection, and rebellion. Itong [partnership na] ginagawa natin from here on ay ginagawa na natin nang napakarami nang taon, and we are very thankful na naandyan kayo that can provide us with much needed transportation in very inaccessible areas and even in engineering,” said Gozon.
On the other hand, Gen. Madrigal equally expressed how thankful he is for AFP’s strong partnership with GMAKF. “This signifies that we do trust [one another] that we have a common purpose—we both want to serve. It is our honor to serve, together with GMA Kapuso Foundation.”
Tiangco also emphasized how this partnership has concretized GMAKF and AFP’s years of cooperation and of helping each other. “Napakagandang pagpapakita ito na kapag ang gobyerno at private sector, nagtulungan sa isang project para sa kabutihan ng mamamayan, success ‘yan.”
Also present to witness the signing were GMA Network’s EVP and Chief Financial Officer Felipe S. Yalong; Major General Antonio Parlade Jr. AFP, Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operations, J7 AFP; Major General Andres Centino AFP, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, J3 AFP; Major General Felipe Bejar Jr. AFP, The Chief Engineer, AFP; and Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo, AFP Spokesperson.