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Chevron initiates waste reduction contest with high school students

P1 million worth of tech-voc equipment awarded to highest-impact student-led eco project

Grand prize winning San Pascual National High School students with Chevron’s Joseph Bronfman, Area Business Manager for Finished Lubricants (2nd from Left), Peter Morris, General Manager for Philippine products (5th from left) and Herminio Esguerra, Herma Group of Companies Chairman (8th from left) 

San Pascual, Batangas, October 21, 2015 – In an effort to minimize land and water pollution in its host community of its Batangas Terminal, Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), through its Caltex brand, launched an environmental awareness program hinged on the ecology projects proposed by student-and-teacher teams in San Pascual, Batangas.

The program, named Caltex Eco(logy is) Me or Caltex Eco Me, attracted 30 project proposals from student-and-teacher teams of San Pascual National High School, the municipality’s biggest high school in terms of student population. Program partner American Chamber Foundation Inc. (ACF) chose three finalists for implementation in three barangays adjacent to waterways leading to the San Pascual coastline.

Team Flower in a Bottle, composed of 50 students and at least 2 teachers, scored the most points for highest impact and strongest sustainable component. The team received P1 million worth of technical-vocational materials including audio-visual equipment, sewing machines, and even hand and foot massage and spa sets which were on the winners’ wish list for their donation to their school. The team stood out as it reinforced the existing waste management program of Barangay Laurel through an ingenious method of turning reusable and recyclable plastic bottle caps to decorative flowers.

“One of the best incentives of this ecology contest is that Caltex empowered my students not only to bring waste management awareness in their own communities but also to enable them to become donors to their own school. These prizes are our team’s contribution and legacy to the current and succeeding classes of San Pascual National High School. We want all the students to remember our cause when they see and use these educational materials from Caltex,” Ermelinda Ilagan, the teacher/adviser of Team Flower in a Bottle, said during the Caltex Eco Me awarding ceremony.

Caltex Eco Me was fueled by auction proceeds from the Caltex Partners’ Day event held last March that included Caltex retailers, customers and various business partners. Herma Group of Companies Chaiman Herminio Esguerra, who won the auction’s highest bid for a vintage Caltex gas pump-style refrigerator, joined the Chevron leaders during the Eco Me awarding ceremony at the Chevron Batangas Terminal.

The Caltex Eco Me awards was held as the culminating activity of Chevron’s annual coastal clean-up activity for its Week of Caring 2015, a week-long volunteerism activity when employees and business partners serve communities where CPI operates and engage in activities that benefit disadvantaged communities. Joseph Bronfman, CPI’s Area Business Manager for Finished Lubricants, praised the participating teams. “These children who showed enthusiasm in keeping and preserving the environment deserve these educational items from the Eco Me program,” he said.

“Caltex Eco Me is a proactive program in addressing our environmental issues. It is our hope that as more and more of our communities become aware of the importance of waste management, we will soon see the day when we no longer need coastal cleanups,” said Peter Morris, CPI’s General Manager for Philippine products.


About Chevron Philippines Inc.


Chevron Philippines Inc. has been operating in the country for more than 90 years. Caltex™, its retail brand, offers high quality products and services. There are close to 700 service stations strategically scattered throughout the Philippine archipelago and employees working in several areas of business such as Marketing, Lubricants and Terminal operations. The Chevron products that are available in the Philippines include Caltex with Techron® fuel and Caltex Diesel with Techron®D, Havoline® and Delo® oils. More information on Chevron Philippines Inc. is available at

Ayala Foundation, Ayala Land turn over new school buildings, classrooms in Iloilo

Two years after Super-typhoon Yolanda, the Ayala group’s commitment to rebuilding resilient communities remain strong

Representatives of DepEd and the local government of Iloilo join Ayala Foundation Programs Director Joie Lopez during the ceremonial handover of Carles Central School held November 6.

In commemoration of the second anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda, the Ayala group of companies reaffirms its commitment to support communities devastated by the typhoon through the ceremonial handover of new school buildings in northern Iloilo province.

On November 6, 2015, Ayala Foundation and Ayala Land held turnover ceremonies for new school buildings and classrooms to the Department of Education and to the local government units.

Ayala Foundation and its partners officially turned over two 2-story, disaster-resilient school buildings for the Carles Central School in the town of Carles, and Cano-an Elementary School in Estancia.

The school buildings have a combined total of 16 classrooms, and feature rest rooms and emergency alarm systems. Taking into account the need to “build better,” the structures can withstand up to 250 kph of winds.

The new two-storey, eight-classroom building of Cano-an Elementary School in Estancia, Iloilo can withstand winds up to 250kph.

To date, Ayala Foundation and its partners have built and turned over five school buildings to Yolanda-stricken communities. The first two school buildings were built at the Old Sagay Elementary School in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, in November 2014. The third building was constructed at Cawayan Elementary School in Carles, northern Iloilo, and was inaugurated in September 2015. The five schools have a combined total of 33 classrooms.

Aside from the construction of school buildings, Ayala Foundation has implemented other interventions in the province. The Training Institute kicked off in Iloilo earlier this year, offering learning and mentoring sessions for 47 teachers and three principals.

Since the onslaught of Yolanda, the foundation and its partners have provided the following interventions in northern Iloilo: 16 temporary classrooms; a feeding program for 173 students; shelter kits for 100 families; 66 boats and 66 fishing nets for fishing families; and fertilizers and seedlings for 71 hectares of agricultural land.

Estancia Mayor Rene Cordero, Ayala Foundation Programs Director Joie Lopez, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Ferdinand Sy, and representatives of Congressman Niel Tupas of the 5th District of Iloilo are joined by the students of Cano-an Elementary Schools during the handover ceremony on the second anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda.

“We have committed ourselves to helping our Yolanda communities get back on their feet,” said Joie Lopez, Ayala Foundation senior director for Programs. “And all the interventions we have facilitated in northern Iloilo would not have succeeded without the collaborative spirit of our donors, LGU, DepEd, and the people of Carles and Estancia.”

Meanwhile, Ayala Land officially handed over new classrooms to the Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College.

These interventions are part of the Ayala group of companies’ Bulig Bisaya initiative for Yolanda-affected communities. To date, the Ayala group has invested over P400 million for relief, recovery, and rehabilitation initiatives for Yolanda-affected communities.


About Ayala Foundation

Ayala Foundation envisions communities where people are productive, creative, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipino. As a believer in creating shared value and inclusive growth, it has four key program areas—Education, Youth Leadership, Sustainable Livelihood, and Arts and Culture. AFI is a member of the Ayala group of companies.

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One Meralco Foundation celebrates 'The Power of Dreams'



One Meralco Foundation celebrates ‘The Power of Dreams’

One Meralco Foundation (OMF), the social development arm of the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) celebrates three milestones in its continuing mission to “spread the light” – that is, to bring social development to underserved communities – in a three-part program held Wednesday (September 2), at the Meralco Theater.

Dubbed “The Power of Dreams,” the two-hour event highlights three notable accomplishments of the Foundation since its re-launch in 2011 namely, the electrification of more than 100 remote public schools through its school electrification program, the launch of its energy education program and the 5th anniversary of its MVP Academic Achievement Awards program.


In 2011, One Meralco Foundation launched a first-of-its-kind advocacy program which provided an alternative for remote public schools around the country to gain access to electricity. The program energizes off-grid school using photovoltaic (solar) technology. The mission is to enable teachers in these schools to use modern teaching tools like computers and multimedia equipment and improve the learning experience of the students. Starting in Isla Verde, Batangas, the Foundation energized one school after the other, creating impact in far-flung communities from as far north as the Calayan Islands to as far south as Davao del Sur (Balut Island) in Mindanao. This year, the program energized its 100th school, an elementary school for Aeta students in Porac, Pampanga. Through the years, the program has brought much needed electricity to these remote communities. More importantly, it has sparked hope among the hundreds of thousands of students and teachers in these schools.


Although energy is everywhere and the possibilities of harnessing its power seems boundless, this valuable resource, unfortunately, is finite. And so, in line with Meralco’s commitment to make the future much brighter for Filipinos by ensuring them continued safe and reliable electricity service, One Meralco Foundation aligned with the Department of Education’s new K to 12 curriculum to develop learning tools which would help incorporate energy concepts in classrooms with the end goal of molding the minds of these future leaders so that they grow up being responsible energy users. Through the program, the Foundation was able to develop 350 energy learning cards in partnership with the Coalition for Better Education (CBE) and the Department of Education. These cards integrate energy topics in Science, Mathematics, English, Values Education, Social Studies and even MAPEH. One Meralco Foundation’s Energy Education Program will be formally launched during the “Power of Dreams” event.


Now on its 5th year, the MVP Academic Achievement Awards (MVPAAA) continues to reward children and siblings of Meralco employees who have performed exemplary well in their academics. The program rewards the hard work of these “scholars” through a cash assistance and a medal, a tangible insignia for a job well done. This year, the MVPAAA will reward 200 awardees and 42 Top Achievers (those who won in the previous year and continued to improve their academic performance through the next school year).

“The Power of Dreams” featured special performances by “El Gamma Penumbra,” the all-Filipino group which wowed TV audiences in Asia and around the world for their superb performances in the Asia’s Got Talent search in Singapore. The group bagged the Grand Prize from the said competition, besting contestants from all over the region, bringing pride to our country.

The a cappella champion “Acapella Go,” which also won an international a capella competition held in Singapore this year, also performed during the event.

Today’s celebration of the power dreams is also a testament of all us working together, empowering each other to move our nation forward,” said Meralco President and CEO Oscar S. Reyes in his welcome remarks.

“With Meralco’s corporate values driving our commitment to social responsibility, we have been steadfast in our mission in the Foundation to make an even greater impact in the years to come. We believe profoundly that our company’s business purpose is most powerful when it makes a meaningful contribution to our broader society. But for that work to succeed and to be sustained, we need the community’s all-out support, which can come only with understanding and commitment.

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To know more about One Meralco Foundation’s social development programs, visit

PHINMA Welcomes 33 New Scholars

The PHINMA National Scholarship (PNS) program welcomed 33 new scholars last September 16, 2015 during its Annual Banquet in One Rockwell, Makati City. PNS is the flagship program of the PHINMA Foundation Inc. Anchored in the PHINMA Group’s mission of Making lives better for all Filipinos, the program has been forming young leaders and professionals for the past nine years. Currently, the program has granted almost 200 scholarships and has produced 97 graduates in the fields of education, engineering, and accountancy.

During the Annual Banquet, Mr. Oscar J. Hilado, Chairman of PHINMA Inc., delivered a special message for the tenth batch of PNS Scholars. He emphasized the values of leadership, wisdom, and the virtue of sharing.


Mr. Oscar J. Hilado, Chairman of PHINMA Inc., welcoming the new batch of PNS Scholars

Every year, PNS grants the Life Can Be Better Award to a deserving graduate who is recognized for being an exemplary student, an excellent leader, and has embodied the values of integrity, patriotism, competence and professionalism. This year’s awardee was Emiliano M. Tan, a graduate of the UP College of Engineering with a degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and received various academic and non-academic awards as well. In his speech, Emil reminded his co-scholars and the PHINMA employees what it means to make life better for others. He said, “As individuals, we always have that choice to strive for something more. The real essence of having a better life is being able to transcend those choices and affect the lives of other people positively.”

PHINMA Executives with this year’s Life Can Be Better Awardee
(L-R) Mr. Oscar J. Hilado, Mr. Emil Tan, Dr. Magdaleno B. Albarracin and Mr. Roberto M. Laviňa

Going Green Goes a Long Way | 100% Recycling Power from Mondelez Philippines

We’ve all heard it before. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Long before social media began to display cute images of recycled items, we’ve been taught since elementary that things we thought have served their purpose can find new life. Apart from just being a fun hobby, recycling can also help you earn a little extra. It’s not just individuals who are doing it either, even companies like Mondelez Philippines.

Deliciousness that goes a long way. Take the example of the Samahan ng Kababaihan of San Dionisio in Parañaque. They are a women’s collective formed through the foundation Save the Children. Led by Ate Vilma Cruz, the collective makes and sells jewelry from recycled paper and beads, and bags from old tarpaulins.

If you have leftover tall glass bottles, you can also do what artist and all-around creative person Rosan Reodica of the hashtag #practicingmisis did. Paint them, bedazzle them and use them to store flowers, as decorations, or what have you.

Give things new life by recycling them!

“Oh but I’m not a creative person and I’m not good with my hands,” some would say. Not a problem. Recycling can be second nature to you as switching off lights when not in use. You don’t need to know how to make a lamp out of old plastic spoons (yes it can be done!) You can just save unused plastic spoons from takeout containers and use them the next time you have a party. Saves you money and helps prevent more trash going to dump sites. Don’t forget to segregate used plastic spoons into the “Recyclable” trash bin!

Consciousness that goes a long way. The plain fact is that once our trash leaves our homes, they tend to be forgotten. In fact, according to National Geographic, 55% of wastes in the USA get buried in landfills and only 33% get recycled (www. 2015). Do we really want to leave that much trash for future generations?

If you think you don’t have a stake in this, think again. If you have a child or grandchild, or plan to still be around in the next 35 years, it’s time to do your part. Mondelez Philippines, the Company formerly named Kraft Foods has been at work to reduce the amount of waste it produces in its plant in Sucat, Parañaque since 2008. Through its sustainability program called “Go Green,” the Company has been taking steps to ensure that while it continues to produce favorite brands like Eden Cheese and Cheez Whiz, it does so while reducing its impact on the environment.

Now, Mondelez Philippines is proud to share that 100% of its packaging and waste products used in its Sucat plant are being used for other purposes or recycled. Anyone who’s ever cooked at home or started a small baking business knows that this activity creates waste in terms of packaging of ingredients or even leftover food waste like peelings from fruits and vegetables. The same principle applies to Mondelez Philippines but instead of putting these wastes directly into the trash bin, the Company is able to recycle and reuse 100% of them.

Mondelez Philippines believes in recycling and reducing their use of precious resources like water and energy. In their Sucat, Parañaque Plant a Biomass Boiler is being used which produces steam through the use of coconut and rice husks as “fuel.”

The little things go a long way. For its used packaging materials like carton boxes and glass bottles, these are sent to manufacturers who recycle them to create new boxes and glass bottles. For food waste, these are given as feeds to animals. Other residual waste or foil packs are sent to a partner organization that uses these as co-fuel to power and heat up cement kilns.

“We also help recycle coconut and rice husks with the use of a Biomass Boiler,” adds Mondelez Philippines’ Country Head Ashish Pisharodi. “These formerly unused agricultural wastes are used to heat a Biomass Boiler that in turn provides steam to our manufacturing plant so we can make delicious cheese and bread spreads. It’s our little way of doing good for the environment that also helps us provide better service to Filipino consumers.”

Recycling is an everyday occurrence at Mondelez Philippines with water being recycled to bring life to plants and for bathroom use. More than that, the water is also used for material washing and environmental cleaning and for facilities. In fact, 99% of the water the Company uses is being recycled again, greatly reducing the amount of fresh water being used. If a Company with 450 people in it can do it, so can you in your own home. Take up recycling too!

That money you save from recycling can go a long way to buy a snack or even a meal. Be energized by the power of recycling and giving things new life like what Mondelez Philippines does. So you too can help preserve the life of our one and only home, Earth.

For more information on Mondelez Philippines’ Go Green program, visit You may also contact the Samahan ng Kababaihan of San Dionisio through Vilma Cruz at 0948-203-8467. Their address is at 6183 Petunia St., Tramo, San Dionisio, Parañaque City.

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