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An investment like no other: Security Bank Foundation inaugurates classrooms for 7,000 students in Olongapo

 

 

Security Bank Foundation, Inc. (SBFI) continues its investment in education by helping the government address classroom shortage in public schools through its Build a School, Build a Nation: The Classrooms Project.  Beginning with its commitment in 2011 to construct 60 classrooms over a period of five years, SBFI has exceeded its initial target and has turned over 417 classrooms nationwide, with Olongapo City receiving 12 new classrooms on 20 June 2018.

A two-storey, four-classroom building was inaugurated in Gordon Heights I Elementary School (GHIES) while a two-storey, eight-classroom building was turned over to Olongapo City National High School (OCNHS).  Both school buildings were built to provide conducive learning facilities for 7,000 learners in Olongapo City.

Officers from Security Bank were present during the inauguration headed by SBFI Chairman Rafael F. Simpao, Jr., Olongapo Branch Business Manager Homer Guerrero and Subic Branch Business Manager Amalia Trinidad.  Partners from local government and educational institutions also graced the event led by Olongapo City Councilor Benjamin Cajudo, Department of Education Division of Olongapo City Schools Division Superintendent Bernadette Tamayo, Ateneo Center for Educational Development Executive Director Dr. Carmela Oracion, GHIES Principal Nestor Balois and OCNHS Principal Eva Unay.

The school principal of GHIES welcomed the guests with Security Bank's own slogan, "You deserve better!"  He stated that if he would be allowed to change it, he would say, "Security Bank, you are the BEST!" He added that "Wala akong ibang alam na banko na may ganitong proyekto.  Bukod tangi ang Security Bank.”

Security Bank Subic Branch Business Manager Amalia Trinidad happens to be an alumna of OCNHS, one of the beneficiary schools.  "It made me prouder to work in Security Bank.  At least, before I retire, I was able to see this gift of Security Bank to my own community", she conveyed.

Sixteen classrooms have already been constructed in Lucena, Quezon and San Pablo, Laguna while another 110 classrooms are slated for construction in various cities and municipalities.  Security Bank Foundation will continue to invest in more classrooms nationwide.  Security Bank is committed to be a partner in securing a better tomorrow for the next generation of Filipinos through better education.That’s BetterBanking.

 

 
Aboitiz Group helps build disaster-resilient communities in Mindanao

For a disaster-stricken community still reeling from the aftermath of an earthquake, a disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) training is more than just a learning session — it means key to survival.

That is why residents of Sarangani and South Cotabato, including their local government units’ DRRM offices, barangays, and schools worked together to strengthen their respective towns’ preparedness during disaster and in addressing disaster risks.

The Aboitiz Foundation, with private weather information provider WeatherPhilippines Foundation, Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, and the University of the Philippines National Operational Assessment of Hazards Center conducted a two-day DRRM training to more than a hundred community members and school representatives to help make these communities disaster-proof.

The training, organized last July 9 to 10 and 12 to 13 by AboitizPower’s Energy Sales team and its customers South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative, Inc and Cotabato Electric Cooperative, Inc., will help them prepare for and respond to hydro-meteorological and geological hazards.

Last July 3, a 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck Glan, Sarangani, while Kabacan, South Cotabato has been placed under a state of calamity due to floods that submerged seven barangay following torrential rains. These incidents have reinforced active participation during the training sessions.

“I realized that our community was exposed to different hazards and it is important to have the right plans on how to reduce risk and strengthen our capacities. Plans should not be for compliance only, but should follow the right process,” said Rogilie Dagondon of Barangay Baliton.

“Beyond responding when calamities strike, we in the Aboitiz Group aim to foster a culture and mindset of resilience among our beneficiary communities, allowing them to prepare for and address hazards during disasters. This is part of our commitment to advance business and communities by co-creating safe, empowered, and sustainable communities,” said Maribeth Marasigan, First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Aboitiz Foundation.

Levelling off with the participants prior to the training proper.

Fred Dalumpines of Aboitiz Foundation explains to the participants the concept of DRRM training.

Brainstorming with the participants on DRRM concepts.

Kaye Rosario of Weather Philippines Foundation highlights the importance of integrating the weather tools in disaster risk reduction.

Nikki Cadiz of UP NOAH facilitates the identification of hazards  in the community.

Joan Salcedo of DOST-PHIVOLCS presented to the participants the hazards of earthquake phenomenon.

One of the participant presented to the group  the identified capacity of their community.

The participants for School-Based DRRM training.

The participants for Community-Based DRRM training

 

 

 
An investment like no other: Security Bank Foundation inaugurates classrooms for 7,000 students in Olongapo

Security Bank Foundation, Inc. (SBFI) continues its investment in education by helping the government address classroom shortage in public schools through its Build a School, Build a Nation: The Classrooms Project.  Beginning with its commitment in 2011 to construct 60 classrooms over a period of five years, SBFI has exceeded its initial target and has turned over 417 classrooms nationwide, with Olongapo City receiving 12 new classrooms on 20 June 2018.

A two-storey, four-classroom building was inaugurated in Gordon Heights I Elementary School (GHIES) while a two-storey, eight-classroom building was turned over to Olongapo City National High School (OCNHS).  Both school buildings were built to provide conducive learning facilities for 7,000 learners in Olongapo City.

Officers from Security Bank were present during the inauguration headed by SBFI Chairman Rafael F. Simpao, Jr., Olongapo Branch Business Manager Homer Guerrero and Subic Branch Business Manager Amalia Trinidad.  Partners from local government and educational institutions also graced the event led by Olongapo City Councilor Benjamin Cajudo, Department of Education Division of Olongapo City Schools Division Superintendent Bernadette Tamayo, Ateneo Center for Educational Development Executive Director Dr. Carmela Oracion, GHIES Principal Nestor Balois and OCNHS Principal Eva Unay.

The school principal of GHIES welcomed the guests with Security Bank's own slogan, "You deserve better!"  He stated that if he would be allowed to change it, he would say, "Security Bank, you are the BEST!" He added that "Wala akong ibang alam na banko na may ganitong proyekto.  Bukod tangi ang Security Bank.

Security Bank Subic Branch Business Manager Amalia Trinidad happens to be an alumna of OCNHS, one of the beneficiary schools.  "It made me prouder to work in Security Bank.  At least, before I retire, I was able to see this gift of Security Bank to my own community", she conveyed.

Sixteen classrooms have already been constructed in Lucena, Quezon and San Pablo, Laguna while another 110 classrooms are slated for construction in various cities and municipalities.  Security Bank Foundation will continue to invest in more classrooms nationwide.  Security Bank is committed to be a partner in securing a better tomorrow for the next generation of Filipinos through better education. That’s BetterBanking.

 
RHI supports the Balik Baterya Program

Roxas Holdings, Inc. (RHI) on May 30, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and Motolite Marketing Corporation at Roxol Bioenergy Corp. (RBC)

Ms Angeline Bondad, Head of RHI’s CSR, said they are optimistic that the Balik Baterya Program will be implemented successfully across the Group.

In an email message, Ms Bondad said: “Now, all our four plants are in partnership with Motolite and PBSP in the Balik Baterya Program. That is good for the business, we become compliant with Republic Act 6969 (Toxic and Hazardous Waste Act) for properly disposing a hazardous waste, good for our environment of course, and this will help us implement development program for our community.”

Ethanol SBU EVP & COO Luis O. Villa-Abrille welcomed the guests and partners, and lauded the efforts of PBSP and Motolite as he emphasized the importance of proper disposal of batteries that contain lead, which is carcinogenic.

RBC Factory Operations Manager Noli G. Segovia said such an initiative “inspires and motivates the company to contribute more to achieving a sustainable environment for the community”.

PBSP Executive Director Reynaldo Antonio D. Laguda thanked RHI for supporting the Balik Baterya Program and gave a brief background about the initiative, a partnership between Motolite and PBSP, which began in 2006. He said that the main objective of PBSP is to help companies to find ways of doing business and at the same time, doing social and environmental development.

Mr. Laguda shared that the program aimed to provide sustainable solution to the proper disposal of used lead acid batteries (ULABs) whose lead content is identified as hazardous to people and the environment. Motolite buys ULABs at a premium value. The proceeds are then used to fund PBSP programs such as education through the Learning Enhancement Assistance Package (LEAP). Motolite hauled 207 units of batteries on the first launch of the project.

The project has expanded to include environmental and water-related initiatives and activities supporting the Senior High School Program. Partner companies have the option to utilize the funds generated from the program to implemented identified programs in the area of their operations in partnership with the PBSP.

CAC I Admin Head and CSR Officer Ramonito Lastima congratulated all 38 participants from RBC, CACI, San Carlos Bioenergy, Inc. (SCBI), the PBSP and Motolite for the partnership. “Through this kind of endeavor, companies not only protect the environment but also build strong relationships among stakeholders in achieving sustainable social and economic development,” Mr Lastima said.

Also present in the event were PBSP Visayas Manager Ma. Amparo Angela Y. Millan, Motolite Regional Manager Jose Gabo, Motilite CSR officer Connie Deligero, and RHI Environment Head Roselle Recreo.

 

 
Local resident of Boracay supports rehabilitation project by donating his land for the construction of a communal septic tank

Doing his part in the six-month rehabilitation program of Boracay, a local resident of the island, Mr. Nathaniel Sacapaño, generously initiated the donation of a portion of his land for the development of a communal septic tank that will ensure proper wastewater containment of the 15 low-lying households comprising his community in Sitio Ilaya, Barangay Balabag.

Supporting this project are Manila Water Foundation (MWF), Globe Telecom, and Boracay Island Water Company (BIWC) and several local organizations and institutions. This is part of the Php 1.3 million Boracay rehabilitation project which was kicked off last July 13, 2018, through the successful ground-breaking ceremony of the communal septic tank in Sitio Ilaya.

Mr. Sacapaño emphasized how significant every single contribution is towards the rehabilitation of Boracay, not only for his family, but to his community as well. “Ako ay tubong Boracay. Naipaliwanag sa akin at naintindihan ko ang intensyon ng proyekto. Alam kong maaari tayong umaksyon kahit gaano man kalaki o kaliit ang kontribusyon.”

Translation: “Boracay is my hometown. The purpose of the project was explained to me, and I fully understood its value. I believe that we can all do something, no matter how big or small our contributions are.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) expressed support to the project. DENR Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning Services, Ms. Corazon C. Davis, said that these initiatives sparked the start of bigger collaborations that all lead towards the same goal of restoring not only Boracay, but also the “bayanihan” culture.

“It is a challenge for us to balance the people, planet, and profit. One of the responses to the challenge is the use of technology. And now we see the work of a scientist [Dr. Merlinda Palencia]. With Vigormin and the septic tank, we can see the start of a collaboration. This painful experience, the closure of Boracay, rekindled bayanihan. I am confident that we can rise beyond Boracay.”

Part of the island’s rehabilitation initiatives is the distribution of 8,000 packs of Vigormin - a low-cost, organo-mineral solution to boost the removal rate of organic pollutants in septic tanks for improved quality of wastewater. Four thousand households from Baranggays Balabag, Manocmanoc, and Yapak in Boracay, who are not yet connected to the sewer lines, each received two kilos of this organic product. Dr. Merlinda Palencia, the project lead of Vigormin and one of the awardees of the MWF Prize for Engineering Excellence, spearheaded the distribution and demonstrated its value to the environment and, in effect, to one’s health.

Mr. Mike Santos, General Manager of BIWC, reiterated the importance of the initiatives and the possible impacts of the projects to the overall rehabilitation of the island. These projects are in support of their very own Amot Amot sa Malimpyong Boracay or Toka Toka sa Malinis na Boracay campaign.

“90% ng mga residente ay hindi nakakabit sa sewer system dahil ang magpagawa ng ganitong sistema ay hindi mura. Mahal ang lupa. Kaya nagpapasalamat tayo kay Mang Nathaniel Sacapaño na may ginintuang puso at nagbigay ng lupa para sa [pagpapatayo ng] communal septic tank. Panimula palang ito. Sana ay mas lalo pang mapagtibay ang ating pag-sustain sa Borcacay,” Mr. Santos expressed.

Translation: 90% of the residents here [in Boracay] have not yet connected to the sewer system, mostly because the cost of building a system is expensive. Land is [also] expensive. Which is why we are thankful to Mr. Nathaniel Sacapaño, who is kind enough to donate his land for the construction of the communal septic tank. This is just the beginning. It is in my hopes that we continue to strengthen our initiatives to sustain Boracay.

MWF Executive Director Mr. Reginald Andal also expressed the Foundation’s commitment to the rehabilitation of the island. “These programs are our commitment to the island. Mula’t mula pa noon, narito kami at ang mga partners natin. Mula sa pagsasaya, pagsasara, at muling pagbubukas ng Boracay, Nanrito po kami para magbigay suporta.”

Translation: “With these programs, this is our commitment to the island. With our partners, our commitment remains even from the beginning. On joyous times, to the closure of the island, and until its much-awaited opening, we will be here.”

After the pilot project’s construction, monitoring and evaluation of the structures will be undertaken to determine its performance.

 

Manila Water Foundation (MWF), Globe Telecom, and Boracay Island Water Company (BIWC), joined by their honored guests, officially break ground the construction of a communal septic tank in Sitio Ilaya, Barangay Balabag, Boracay.

The major thrust of the partnership is to help the government rehabilitate the island through embarking on a sustainable development project. The provision of a communal septic tank for the 15 households in Sitio Ilaya, Barangay Balabag will ensure proper containment of used water for this low-lying community. This is in support of BIWC’s wider sustainability program, Amot Amot sa Malimpyong Boracay (Toka Toka sa Malinis na Boracay).

In this photo are (top row, L-R), MWF Executive Director Mr. Reginald Andal, Island Administrator and Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Malay, Mr. Rowen Aguirre, Globe Telecom Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Communications, Ms. Yoly Crisanto, land owner,  Mr. Nathaniel Sacapaño, Barangay Balabag Captain, Mr. Jason Talapian, and General Manager of BIWC, Mr. Mike Santos.

Also, part of the island’s rehabilitation initiatives is the distribution of 8,000 packs of Vigormin to the 4,000 households from Baranggay Balabag, ManocManoc, and Yapak in Boracay.

Mr. Nathaniel Sacapaño, a resident from Boracay, generously donated a portion of his land for the construction of the communal septic tank that will ensure proper waste and used water containment of the 15 low-lying households comprising his community.

 
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