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Typhoon Luis victims receive aid from BDO volunteers

As tropical storms continued to hit the country, BDO volunteers also continued to provide much needed aid in calamity-stricken communities. In the province of Ilocos Sur, BDO employees conducted relief operations for thousands of people affected by monsoon rains enhanced by Tropical Depression Luis.

BDO officers and staff, led by BDO Ilocos Sur-Narvacan branch head Malou Pineda, BDO Ilocos Sur-Candon branch head Cris Andrion and BDO Ilocos Sur-Cabugao branch head Mich Acena, distributed more than 7,000 relief packs containing food, rice and water to residents affected by inclement weather. Beneficiaries in Cabugao, Candon, Narvacan and Sta. Maria included senior citizens, children and persons with disabilities.

This corporate citizenship initiative is in line with the disaster response advocacy of BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank. The foundation mobilizes volunteers from BDO branches and satellite offices across the country for relief operations and humanitarian work in communities hit by natural or man-made disasters.

Tropical Depression Luis enhanced the southwest monsoon and brought heavy rainfall in the Ilocos Region, prompting government officials to raise storm signals.

The relief operations in Ilocos Sur were some of the latest mounted by BDO volunteers. In the previous weeks, employees of BDO branches in Bataan, Cavite, Cotabato, Marikina, Pangasinan, Rizal and Tarlac conducted relief operations in their respective provinces for victims of tropical storms.

BDO volunteers in Ilocos Sur handed out relief goods to families affected by the southwest monsoon enhanced by Typhoon Luis.


Jollibee Group Foundation builds biggest School Feeding Kitchen for Busog Lusog Talino Program

In a bid to help children stay in school so they can reach their full potential, Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) built its biggest Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) School Feeding Kitchen to date in Juan Sumulong Elementary School (JSES) in Antipolo City. The first BLT Kitchen in the CALABARZON region, this facility is designed to feed 1,800 students daily – the highest number of pupils served in any of the 22 BLT kitchens nationwide. This BLT Kitchen is also the first to have two floors, with the kitchen at the ground floor and the feeding area above it.

“According to the United Nations World Food Programme, hunger is a key hindrance to learning especially among children. CALABARZON has the highest number of undernourished learners in the country. That is why at DepEd CALABARZON, one of our main goals is to ensure proper and optimum nutrition among all learners,” said Neil Evangelista, DepEd Region IV-A SBFP Coordinator.

BLT Kitchens across the country support DepEd’s School-Based Feeding Program (SBFP), which provides undernourished pupils with lunch for 120 days to help prevent drop outs due to hunger and improve their school performance. The BLT Kitchens centralize the preparation of meals that are distributed to elementary pupils in the same or surrounding schools. This enables feeding of hundreds of pupils per kitchen with less time and effort.

While DepEd takes charge of school selection and covers the cost of meals, JGF builds the commissary-type kitchen, provide equipment, and facilitate trainings on food preparation, distribution and management for the parent volunteers who operate the kitchen everyday. For the BLT Kitchen at JSES, the city government shouldered the medical screening and allowance of volunteers while the Zonta Club of Greater Rizal II provided additional funds to build the kitchen.

“Each of us can contribute to nation-building in meaningful ways, big or small. We pledge our continued commitment, passion and support to address hunger and malnutrition among public school pupils. We believe this is an important first step to help create a brighter future for our children and in so doing, a brighter future for our nation,” said Grace Tan Caktiong, President of Jollibee Group Foundation. JGF is the social responsibility arm of Jollibee Foods Corporation, which is composed of Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, and Burger King Philippines.

Currently, the 22 BLT Kitchens across the country serve over 16,000 pupils from 144 schools daily. An additional 11 kitchens are set to be built this year.

JGF President Grace Tan Caktiong and Zonta Club of Greater Rizal II Treasurer Alice Yap engage with third grade pupils at the feeding area of the BLT School Feeding Kitchen.


Parent volunteers prepare meals for 1,800 undernourished students at the BLT School Feeding Kitchen in Juan Sumulong Elementary School, Antipolo City.


The BLT School Feeding Kitchen in Juan Sumulong Elementary School, Antipolo City, is the first in the country with two floors.


Episodes 2 and 3 of Financial Literacy Video “Estudyantipid” launched by Insular Foundation and Knowledge Channel

“Estudyantipid” episodes and plaques of appreciation were turned over to DepEd School Governance and Operational Division Chief Claudio Rojo, Jairus Aquino, Sharlene San Pedro, and Insular Foundation Administrator Ana Maria R. Soriano (extreme left, 4th and 5th from left, and extreme right, respectively). With them are DepEd School Division Supervisor for Araling Panlipunan Michael Mercado, and Knowledge Channel Director of Operations Edric Calma.

Insular Foundation and Knowledge Channel recently launched the second and third episodes of “Estudyantipid,” financial literacy videos for high school students at Makati High School.

The two episodes, are continuation of the first “Estudyantipid” episode launched in 2016 and which teaches the macroeconomics of earning, savings, and consumption. These new espisodes tackle how to be a wise consumer, as well as the importance of savings and investment to help the economy. “Estudyantipid’s” first episode gained positive feedback from students because they found the characters in the video relatable as it depicts real-life situations suited to the age of the viewers. All videos come with e-learning modules and session guides to assist teachers in discussing the subject. The two new episodes star Sharlene San Pedro and Jairus Aquino.

The “Estudyantipid” series is aligned with the Grade 9 Araling Panlipunan curriculum, and is part of Insular Foundation’s advocacy to teach students financial literacy.

2018 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Named: P1 Million Awaits Each Awardee

THE 2018 METROBANK FOUNDATION OUTSTANDING FILIPINOS (top row L-R): Mary Jane Ramo; Alma Janagap Ed.D.; Carla Dimalanta Ph.D.; Aimee Marie Gragasin Ph.D.; (bottom row L-R); Major Francis Señoron PA; Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Ryan Seguin PAF; Lieutenant Colonel Danilo Facundo PN(M); Police Senior Superintendent Pascual Muñoz, Ph.D.; Police Senior Inspector Dennis Ebsolo, Ph.D.; and Senior Police Officer 1 Aida Awitin

This year’s Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos have been revealed during a press conference held on August 9 in Quezon City. As a career-service award for Filipino exemplars in the academe, military, and police sectors—ten (10) Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos were presented, consisting of 4 teachers, 3 soldiers, and 3 police officers to the members of the media. Each awardee will receive a cash prize of PhP 1 million each (net of tax), a gold medallion, and a trophy.

Guided by the theme of “Beyond Excellence”, a Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino is recognized for rendering service above and beyond his/her call of duty. His/her accomplishments must have inspired and influenced their peers as well as the people in their respective communities. Their works must have transformed a community with a lasting positive impact on people and to the country.

For the award for teachers: (1) Mary Jane S. Ramo, Master Teacher II, Tonggo Elementary School (Tudela, Misamis Occidental); (2) Alma S. Janagap Ed.D., Master Teacher II, Pavia National High School (Pavia, Iloilo); (3) Aimee Marie C. Gragasin, Ph.D., Special Science Teacher V, Philippine Science High School-Cagayan Valley Campus (Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya); (4) Carla B. Dimalanta, Ph.D., Professor X, University of the Philippines Diliman (Quezon City).

For the award for soldiers: (5) Major Francis Señoron PA, Assistant Division Chief, Logistics  Management Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, OJ4, Armed Forces of the Philippines (Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City); (6) Lieutenant Colonel Danilo Facundo PN(M), Director, Mobile Training and Exercise Unit, Marine Corps Force Development Center (Philippine Marine Corps, Taguig City); (7) Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Ryan R. Seguin PA, Squadron Commander, 7th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 5th Fighter Wing, Basa Air Base Philippine Air Force (Floridablanca, Pampanga).

And for the award for police officers: (8) Senior Police Officer 1 Aida Awitin, Assistant Police Community Relations Police Non-Commissioned Officer, Davao Occidental Police Provincial Office (Malita, Davao Occidental); (9) Police Senior Inspector Dennis Ebsolo, Ph.D., Chief of Police, Villanueva Municipal Police Station (Villanueva, Misamis Oriental); and (10) Police Senior Superintendent Pascual Muñoz, Ph.D., Chief, Supply Chain Management Division, Directorate for Logistics of the Philippine National Police (Camp Crame, Quezon City).

“We again present 10 Outstanding Filipinos who embody the best in our people and are recognized for their steadfast commitment to inspire change for others to emulate,” said Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña. “Their stories of triumph and resilience inspire us, as individuals and as a community, to strengthen our commitment to building a better future for our nation. It is our privilege to let their light shine so that many more may benefit from their example,” he continued.

The awardees underwent a rigorous selection process and were selected from hundreds of nominations. A Board of Assessors, composed of members from the government, academe, military, and media sectors, pre-determined the semi-finalists through document review. The accomplishments of the semi-finalists were field validated by third-party organizations, the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC) and the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP).  The field validation determined 19 finalists whose work has inspired and influenced their peers as well as the larger community with a lasting positive impact.

The 19 finalists were interviewed by a multi-sectoral Final Board of Judges chaired by Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara and co-chaired by Supreme Court of the Philippines associate justice Noel Tijam. The other members include: Department of Justice (DOJ) secretary Menardo Guevarra; Makati City mayor Mar-Len Abigail Binay-Campos; De La Salle Philippines president Br. Armin Luistro; Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) chairman Manuel Pangilinan; Rockwell Land, Inc. president and chief executive officer Nestor Padilla; and veteran journalist Ma. Teresa Vitug.

Joining the ranks of 655 outstanding public servants recognized by MBFI since 1985, the awardees will be honored during the formal conferment ceremonies on September 7, 2018 at the Metrobank Plaza, Makati City as part of Metrobank’s 56th anniversary celebration.


Security Bank bags triple win at 16th Philippine Quill Awards for CSR and Non-Profit Initiatives

Security Bank bagged a triple win at the 16th Philippine Quill Awards held at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, Newport City, Pasay City.  The Bank received awards for its social responsibility and non-profit initiatives, namely: Build A School, Build A Nation: The Classrooms Project; Fashion Can Serve; and 8 Bravo Awards.

With the theme “Purpose in Communication,” this year’s program emphasized the importance of communication in paving the way for the truth to come out, and in shaping the world for the better. For 2018, the awarding body received 817 nominations.

Topping the list of Security Bank’s awards is the 8 Bravo Awards program which won an Award of Excellence under the Non-Profit Campaigns category.  The 8 Bravo Awards program is a partnership project between Security Bank and the Zonta Club of Makati & Environs Foundation.  It was established to recognize Filipinas who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to leadership and service, reflecting Security Bank’s commitment to promoting women empowerment in the Philippines.

For the third consecutive year, Security Bank Foundation’s Build A School, Build A Nation: The Classrooms project received an Award of Merit under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) category.  By building classrooms for public schools, the project seeks to provide better learning conditions and improve the academic performance of thousands of public school students nationwide.

Also winning an Award of Merit under the CSR category was the partnership project of Security Bank and ICanServe Foundation, Inc. (ICS), the Fashion Can Serve runway-for-a-cause event.  Fashion Can Serve was a fundraising fashion show which featured some of the Philippines’ most notable fashion designers to send a message of hope and raise support for the advocacy of ICS for women’s health and wellness.

The Philippine Quill is the country’s most prestigious awards program in the field of business communication.  It has been bestowing the seal of approval to the most reputable organizations and corporations in the nation for almost two decades, emphasizing the use of excellent communication to achieve business goals, and to make a difference in society.



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