Uygongco Foundation Inc. recognized by DSWD as best NGO in Region 6

UFI Executive Director, Ma. Pia Paz Gan Uygongco accepting the ‘Salamat Po Award’ from DSWD Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre, CESO III

Uygongco Foundation Inc. has been awarded with DSWD Field Office VI’s ‘Salamat Po Award’, recognized as the best NGO in Region 6 for invaluable efforts towards the betterment of the vulnerable and disadvantaged children by implementing a Best Practice “Uplifting the Academically Challenged Children” in Iloilo City and Provinces of Guimaras and Capiz.

The ‘Salamat Po Award’ presented to Uygongco Foundation Inc. as the best performing NGO in Region 6

The honor was given on Friday at DSWD’s 64th Anniversary event held at Punta Villa Resort, Arevalo, Iloilo City. Ma. Pia Paz Gan Uygongco, Executive Director of Uygongco Foundation Inc. spoke at the event on behalf of the awardees ‘We believe that change for the better is the reason why we exemplify genuine concern, passion, dedication, transparency, commitment and most of all selflessness for the less fortunate.

Last year, UFI became the first DSWD Level II accredited NGO in the region and did so after only six years existence. The foundation is also accredited with PCNC, the Philippine Council of NGO Certification. In reference to UFI’s numerous certifications, Ms. Gan Uygongco said ‘All of these would not be possible if we did not have the heart and passion to genuinely share our expertise and our capabilities to our adopted communities. We practice quality and excellence rather than quantity

UFI Executive Director, Ma. Pia Paz Gan Uygongco (fourth from left) with Uygongco Foundation Inc. staff members.

DSWD Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre, CESO III together with UFI Executive Director, Ma. Pia Paz Gan Uygongco

UFI’s major programs include providing financial assistance for over 600 elementary and high school students at 14 public schools across Iloilo City, Guimaras and Capiz. UFI elementary students are also beneficiaries of a daily feeding program, which works on improving the nutritional status of the students and ensures they are motivated to stay in school.

UFI is the social responsibility arm of La Filipina Uy Gongco Group of Companies, home to companies such as Philippines Foremost Milling and Amigo Terrace Hotel and Mall as well as food retail brands like Amigo Sigurado pasta. The foundation takes pride in uplifting the host communities of its companies, seeking to make them self-sustainable through education and community development.