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GK Baseco
GK COMMUNITY
Manila City, Metro Manila
Gawad Kalinga Baseco community or simply known as GK Baseco is one of the largest GK communities in the country. It is located in Manila South Harbour, Philippines. GK Baseco has a total of 18 villages with 900 families. It is a community built by volunteers, residents and partners, who believed in change; change that could not be foreseen in the area of Baseco.$0$0Baseco was known to be a cradle for criminals, wherein homicide and robbery were a commonplace. The houses were built with makeshift and light construction materials which constantly exposed the residents to natural and man-made elements. It was a notoriously dangerous place that outsiders feared roving into the area by mistake. Most residents were unemployed hence they resorted to vices such as gambling, alcoholism and drugs. Residents of Baseco thought that death would be their only escape from poverty.$0$0On January 13, 2004, a fire broke out in this grief -stricken place. It caused 3,000 families to lose whatever little they owned. But this devastating fire came as a blessing in disguise because two days later, GK came to Baseco.$0$0GK, together with the Couples for Christ catholic community, envisioned building 1,000 houses on the site. What seemed like an impossible feat soon became tangible and real because of the active collaboration of the local government and the growing involvement and stake of different GK partners and volunteers coming from major corporations and universities. Presently, GK Baseco is a thriving and organized community. The residents now practice good values, and several programs are in place in order to help sustain the community’s standard of living. A community centre, plaza, Cafe', clinic, library are just some of the proof that the community has risen from its unfortunate past. The children, whose impending future involved vices, are now enjoying the knowledge they are getting from the schools that were built there.$0$0The residents, students, partners and volunteers, are working collectively to make this community the best-of-the-best. Baseco is targeted to be a designer community and is envisioned to be an institution and an inspiration to others in the land. $0$0This GK community is home to 18 GK villages: Bureau of Customs GK Village, National Youth Commission GK Village, CFC GK Village, Nestle GK Village, John Ng GK Village, Procter & Gamble 1 GK Village, Kaisa "Oishi" GK Village, Procter & Gamble 2 GK Village, Kaisa "Tsinoy" GK Village, Prudential Life GK Village, Lucita "Dada" Torres GK Village, RCBC GK Village, Malta 1 GK Village, Singapore GK Village, Malta 2 GK Village, Smart Amazing 1 GK Village, Marie Rose Abad GK Village, Smart Amazing 2 GK Village $0

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