Meralco named Most Socially Responsible Company in Asia at international CSR awards program ACES

One Meralco Foundation President Jeffrey Tarayao (left) receives the award on behalf of Meralco from the ACES Awards 2014 jury members: Dr. Jayanthi Desan, Managing Director of Synergio Consulting SDN BHD and Andrew Bryant, motivational speaker and author.


The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) was recently recognized as the Most Socially Responsible Company in Asia at the inaugural Asia Corporate Excellence and Sustainability (ACES) Awards 2014 in Singapore.

ACES Awards is a program highlighting sustainability and impact of a company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. ACES Awards likewise stresses the importance of a multi-dimensional holistic approach for businesses- financial and operational growth, and ensuring a viable future and a better world for the next generation. All the awardees demonstrated strong leadership skills and responsible business traits, such as incorporation of ethical values, innovation in community impact and environment-friendly practices in their business. The inaugural event was attended by top corporations and small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) from all over Asia.

Elaborating on the purpose and the significance of the ACES Awards, Mr. Hemant Batra, Chairman of Jury Panel of the ACES awards 2014 said, “Any kind of growth is meaningless without excellence and sustainability. Corporate Sustainability signifies a viable future and it means passing on a better world to our children. The Awards for Corporate Excellence and Sustainability is an extreme need at this time."

Meralco Chief CSR Officer and One Meralco Foundation President (OMF) Jeffrey O. Tarayao, received the Most Socially Responsible Company in Asia award and dedicated it to the thousands of Meralco employees who breathe the corporate values of makabayan and malasakit in their work every day. He also acknowledged OMF’s various partners which make it possible for the foundation to implement programs all over the country.


OMF and Meralco employees turn over newly-built classrooms equipped with arm chairs, teachers' tables, books, chalk boards, ceiling fans and florescent lights to teachers and students in Puente Bunglas Elementary School in Ajuy, Iloilo. The school is one of the schools that benefitted from OMF and Meralco’s school rehabilitation program for typhoon Yolanda-stricken areas.


Core to Meralco’s CSR efforts is the community electrification program from which all other social development initiatives emanate.  While there are other programs such as youth development and disaster response, the community electrification program focuses on how Meralco creates shared value for all its stakeholders in the work of nation building.  The program, moreover, addresses a very fundamental need in the community without which other opportunities for development might not thrive.

Meralco’s community electrification program has been providing safe and reliable electricity to the most vulnerable and underserved communities including resettlement villages, rural health centers and agricultural centers.

Teachers and students of Tinucan Elementary School in Rizal looks on as Meralco engineers install a 1-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system in their school donated by One Meralco Foundation. This is part of the foundation’s School Electrification Program which energizes public elementary and high schools located in far-flung barangays and remote islands.


In 2012, it started its School Electrification Program in partnership with the Department of Education which energizes public schools located in island communities and in remote mountain barangays. By the end of 2014, it has energized 70 public schools.

Meralco and OMF Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan said, “Corporate social responsibility in Meralco is not just about ‘giving back’ but enabling opportunities for many Filipinos to be empowered and rise above the challenges of poverty.  And ingrained in the hearts and minds of every man and woman in Meralco is the determination to serve, which makes volunteerism and giving voluntarily a spontaneous response of our organization.”