Upland Coop Gets New Livelihood Project from Aboitiz Foundation

Aboitiz Foundation together with the Aboitiz scholars recently turned over a new livelihood project dubbed as "PANLambo Bakeshop" to one of its outstanding assisted organizations - the Cambinocot Multipurpose Cooperative in Cebu City.

The project is one of the winning proposals during the 2011 Aboitiz Scholars’ CSR Summit. Initiated by a group of Aboitiz scholars namely Tito Linao III, Kathrina Maika Montayre, Arvin Padilla, John Edward Ramirez, Jezrah Salmayor, and Adriel Gamier Sanchez, the project aims to augment the income of the cooperative and provide job opportunities. Out of the net income of the bakeshop, thirty percent (30%) will be used for various feeding programs.

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“Let us give thanks to the scholars. As young as they are, they are already taking initiatives to help communities,” said Aboitiz Foundation EVP and Managing Trustee Sonny Carpio during the turnover. “To the cooperative, we just hope that you will make the project grow and successful,” he added.

Team lead Arvin Padilla also hopes that through the project, it can somehow make the community more progressive. “It’s an overwhelming feeling that as young as we are, we are able to create a project like this. Our heartfelt gratitude to Aboitiz Foundation and the Cambinocot Multipurpose Cooperative for the support,” he added.

“A little of something is a part of a whole,” said Mr. Leo Alcantara, Vice Chairman of Cambinocot Multipurpose Cooperative. “Each one of us has our own contribution to make our community progress. A little from you, a little from me, a little from one another can make a big whole. The PanLambo bakeshop can feed more children today and in the future. Thus, we will do our best to improve the project and to continue it until the next generations,” he added.

The Cambinocot Multipurpose Cooperative is very grateful that they have been receiving grants and assistance from the Foundation through the years. They have been a recipient of computer units, biodigesters, cooperative building and various capability-building training. The Aboitiz Foundation funded the acquisition of baking equipment and materials needed for the project.