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Gawad Kalinga, Smart launch InfoBoard service for GK volunteers

by Smart Communications, Inc. | Oct 21, 2011
Gawad Kalinga (GK) and leading wireless services provider Smart Communications Inc. (SMART) announced the launch of the GK InfoBoard, a service that will make GK announcements more accessible to the thousands of GK volunteers all over the country.
Photo above shows Smart executives and Gawad Kalinga heads formalize the partnership via the signing of the Memorandum Agreement covering the InfoBoard service. Seated from left are Smart Community Partnerships senior manager Darwin Flores, Wireless Consumer Solutions head James Bernas, GK Executive Director Luis Oquiñena, and GK Admin head Tony Moreno. Also present were (standing from left) Smart’s Sales Operations and Capabilities’ Dunhill Paz, Wireless Consumer Solutions’ Miguel Donida and Customer Care’s Michael Adornado, and GK’s Francis Jarabelo, Lucy Tambago and Marjorie Duterte.

[June 25, 2008/ Manila] - Gawad Kalinga (GK) and leading wireless services provider Smart Communications Inc. (SMART) announced the launch of the GK InfoBoard, a service that will make GK announcements more accessible to the thousands of GK volunteers all over the country.

“With the GK InfoBoard service, GK partners and volunteers will be able to receive important announcements on GK-related activities upon subscription. GK partners and volunteers may also send feedback to GK simply by sending a text message to an access number,” said Smart Wireless Consumer Solutions head James Bernas. “InfoBoard is a web-based solution Smart that offers various SMS facilities with different functions and capabilities designed to suit the needs of different ‘communities’ like schools, NGOs, socio-civic organizations and the like. What is needed is a computer with Internet access, and a personalized access code. Clients can create and upload content as needed by their ‘community members’.”

GK partners and volunteers may register for free to the GK InfoBoard service by simply keying inGK<space>REG<space>NAME/ADDRESS/AGE and send the information to 71745 (717GK). For example, type GK REG JUAN DELA CRUZ/123 SANTOS ST QUEZON CITY/30, then send to 71745(717GK). To start receiving announcements from GK, one needs to subscribe to the GK InfoBoard service by typing GK<space>PUSH<space>ON and sending it to 71745 (717GK). The GK member will then start receiving important announcements from the GK Head Office. Registration to the InfoBoard service is free, while subscription will cost only P1.00. This means that a registered GK subscriber will be charged P1.00 for every text broadcast sent by GK.

To send feedback, GK<space>FEEDBACK<space>MESSAGE and send to 70045 (700GK). For example, type GK FEEDBACK I’m proud to be a GK Bayani, then send to 70045 (700GK). Subscribers will be charged P1.00 per message sent.

At the moment, the GK InfoBoard service is only available to SMART and Talk N’ Text subscribers.

“The GK movement is really fueled by thousands of volunteers going to the different sites. Technology like the InfoBoard will transform the landscape of volunteer management. We can now send real time information on GK activities to the volunteers in an instant,” said GK Executive Director Luis Oquiñena. “With InfoBoard and the help of Smart, we can definitely look forward to more volunteer participation simply because of easy access to information.”

Smart, together with Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) and the PLDT-Smart Foundation, have committed to build seven PLDT-Smart Amazing GK villages in different locations.

The seven sites are located in BASECO Compound, Tondo, Manila for fire victims; Brgy. Anoling, General Nakar, Quezon for victims of floods and landslides; Camp Abubakar, Barira, Maguindanao for those who lost their homes during the “all out war” a few years ago; Brgy. Budlaan, Talamban, Cebu City for the homeless; Brgy. Manduriao, Iloilo City, Iloilo for families of streetchildren; Fort Magsaysay, Laur, Nueva Ecija for families of soldiers; and in Brgy. Guinsaugon, St. Bernard, Southern Leyte, for victims of the mudslide.

Aside from funding the construction of 100 houses per village, Smart also assists the beneficiaries through various livelihood and environmental protection programs. Smart also supports the GK1MB campaign —“GK Isang Milyong Bayani,” a campaign aiming to mobilize one million volunteers to support the organization’s GK777 goal – by hosting the GK volunteers’ website –