President Jae In Moon of the Republic of Korea has recently awarded Mr. Jae Jung Jang, a Korean businessman in the Philippines, of the Korea National Orders of Merits. The award was given to him for his two decades of service to homeless Filipinos and especially those affected with Leprosy.
Mr. Jang started from humble beginnings who attained success through hard work. His family was not affluent and he had studied as a scholar at Korea Maritime University. Later on, Mr. Jang became a ship captain and was able to provide for his family. Then he came to the Philippines in 1984 during the
Marcos regime and experienced People Power Revolution and even joined Edsa Revolution in 1986. It was also in 1986 when he established his company in Manila, UNI-SHIP INC. Today he handles shipping, logistics, and IT businesses.
In 1992, Mr. Jang has founded Sorok Uni Foundation, a non-profit organization working for and with Filipinos affected by Leprosy and homeless urban and rural poor. Oftentimes people tease Mr. Jang that he seems more Filipino than the Filipinos themselves, for he had found it in his heart to envision the Philippines without forgotten neighbors. According to him, the homeless and the abandoned, the rejected lepers have to be given another chance in life, they have been given hope and they need to feel the love from the Lord. As a Christian, he believes that Jesus came to this world to take care of those who are suffering like those forgotten neighbors, he didn’t come for those who are healthy and rich. Mr. Jang hopes others would also give love to the weak and needy, he hopes that the Philippine society will give fair chance and opportunity in life to all regardless of their situation or condition.