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Making #Biggerdreams Happen For The Eighth Year

My Dream in a Shoebox aims to collect 75,000 shoeboxes as it expands its gift-giving project

Manila, Philippines -- 2016 promises to be a pivotal year for the information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) industry in the Philippines. This year, the industry recalibrates its targets and sets a more ambitious goal for itself as it faces the prospect of a future defined by unprecedented advancement in technology. As the industry sets for accelerated growth and development, it is also expanding its ambition to touch more lives through its annual gift-giving activity.

For seven years, My Dream in a Shoebox has been providing smiles to the faces of countless children across the country. The campaign which is spearheaded by integrated marketing communications agency, TeamAsia and the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), gives underprivileged children across the country school supplies packed in shoeboxes with the aim to help them dream #BiggerDreams.

In the past seven years of the program, My Dream in a Shoebox has touched the lives of over 100,000 children in different parts of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. In its eighth year, the program aims to collect 75,000 shoeboxes filled with pens, pencils, papers, and crayons that will be distributed to impoverished children nationwide.

“The IT-BPM industry believes that education is a key to the development of our country,” Benedict Hernandez, IBPAP Executive Committee Chairman, Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP) President, and Accenture Philippines Service Delivery Operations Lead. “We know that by investing in the education of our youth through My Dream in a Shoebox we help build a brighter future not just for the industry but also for our communities.”

Hernandez adds that with a new set of goals laid out in the Philippine IT-BPM Roadmap 2022, there must be a concerted effort from both public and private sectors to encourage the advancement of education. He says that a well-educated workforce is vital in ensuring that the country remains competitive in the global IT-BPM stage while contributing to the overall growth of the country.

This year, the program will help the children of Payatas Orione Foundation, SOS Children's Village, San Pedro Calungsod Parish, Ascension of Our Lord Parish, and other organizations directly benefiting students in need. It will also be distributed to children from different public schools in the country.

“We want to enable children from across the nation to seek education so they can have a brighter future. And we know that at times what stops them from going to school is the lack of supplies. Through this initiative, we hope to bring universal access to education to as many children as possible. They are the future of this country. We want be part of this growth,” Monette Iturralde-Hamlin, TeamAsia president said.

On its eighth year, My Dream in a Shoebox is inviting everyone to partake in this worthy effort by donating shoeboxes filled with school supplies as well as cash for the beneficiaries of the project.

To be part of this campaign, help by donating a shoebox filled with school supplies. Coordinate with Beverly Aguilar of TeamAsia through email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and mobile 0917-5281931. For cash donations, contact Acie Arroyo-Cruz of IBPAP through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 0908-8602389.

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TEAMING UP TO MAKE #BIGGERDREAMS COME TRUE. Benedict Hernandez, Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) Executive Committee Chairman, Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP) President, and Accenture Philippines Service Delivery Operations Lead, and Monette Iturralde-Hamlin, TeamAsia President and CEO inks a partnership agreement for this year’s My Dream in a Shoebox. In its eighth year, My Dream in a Shoebox aims to collect 75,000 shoeboxes filled with school supplies to help underprivileged children across the country continue their education and achieve their dreams.

Over 300 Students To Enjoy New Computers From Aboitiz Donor Fundacion Solventia

BOGO CITY, CEBU - Fundacion Solventia, a Madrid-based non-government organization (NGO) and Aboitiz Group donor, has recently pledged to donate 15 computer units to the Anonang Sur Elementary School in Bogo City, Cebu, a school whose repair the NGO funded two years ago.

These computer units, each equipped with a one-year Internet connection, are seen to benefit an estimated 340 students.

In 2014, Fundacion Solventia organized a fundraising marathon activity in Spain dubbed “Run for the Philippines” to help raise funds for the repair and rehabilitation of schools damaged by Typhoon Yolanda. The proceeds, donated to the Aboitiz Foundation, were allocated for the repair and rehabilitation of Anonang Sur Elementary School, which was among those heavily damaged when Typhoon Yolanda, one of the world’s strongest typhoons on record, hit the Visayas region three years ago.

Present during the Fundacion Solventia’s recent visit to the school were Fundacion Solventia Director Javier Iturralde Lind, Aboitiz Foundation Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Sonny Carpio, Bogo City Mayor Celestino Martinez, Bogo City Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Nimfa Bongo, Assistant to the Chief Schools Governance and Operations Division Bernarda Andales, and Anonang Sur Barangay Captain George Frasco.

“It has been three years since we started #BangonVisayas, and yet our commitment remains and our work continues. Through partners such as Fundacion Solventia, we are able to build a #BetterWorld for our student beneficiaries and their families despite the challenges of a calamity,” Sonny Carpio, Aboitiz Foundation Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Since 2013, the Aboitiz Foundation has turned over 272 classrooms in Northern Cebu as part of #BangonVisayas, its relief and rehabilitation campaign in the aftermath of the Bohol earthquake and Typhoon Yolanda. Of this number, 192 classrooms were repaired and 80 were newly-constructed ones. The fulfilment of this project brought the comfort and safety of a better learning environment to 18,000 students in 34 school beneficiaries.

Fundacion Solventia Director Javier Iturralde Lind (center) and Aboitiz Foundation Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Sonny Carpio (far right) the Anonang Sur Elementary School in Bogo City, Cebu which was repaired following Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. The school is set to receive 15 brand new computers with a one-year Internet connection from Fundacion Solventia, a donor of the Aboitiz Group.

Students of Anonang Sur Elementary School in Bogo City, Cebu are all smiles during the visit of Fundacion Solventia Director Javier Iturralde Lind (center, rear) following the school’s repair after it was damaged by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. The school is set to receive 15 brand new computers with a one-year Internet connection from Fundacion Solventia, a donor of the Aboitiz Group.


Babysitter Finished ALS, Now Prepares For College

While her peers were at school, learning new things and skills, Malou Lom-oc was busy handling errands and household chores as a kasambahay. Undeterred and driven by her dreams, she continued her education through the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Department of Education (DepEd) at STI College Ortigas-Cainta.

The journey was challenging for her but she was determined to help her family. From cleaning the house to babysitting—she juggled work, school, and everything in between. Despite the odds, she remained motivated and recently passed the Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Test in April 2016. Grounded by her values, Malou is one step closer to reaching her goals as she readies for an Accountancy course in college.

ALS aims to provide school dropouts, like Malou, a chance to complete basic education for free, in a mode that fits their distinct situations and needs. An A&E Test passer may then move on to secondary school or pursue college.

Labor of Love

Born to a family of six and living on a meager income—with a carpenter father and a homemaker mother—Malou Lom-oc made the decision to leave her hometown, Ormoc, to work at a young age. She was 15when she started to labor for households around Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Malou is now residing in Cainta, Rizal where she works as a babysitter and a part-time cashier at her employer’s meat shop. Albeit already earning for herself and her family, she firmly believes that a college diploma can open more and better opportunities.

The ALS journey

Although underprivileged, Malou was blessed with employers who supported her plans to pursue her studies. They enrolled her at Francisco P. Felix Memorial National High School as a Grade 8 student.
Through her principal, Malou learned about the ALS program at STI. Almost four years behind as she should be in college today, Malou let go of the regular schooling and signed-up for the program to prepare for the A&E Test.

In collaboration with DepEd, STI College Ortigas-Cainta is only one of the STI campuses nationwide which serve as Community Learning Centers (CLCs) in the delivery of ALS. Aside from providing classrooms and facilities, STI teachers and personnel also dedicate their time to share their knowledge as volunteer learning facilitators. The said campus piloted the implementation of ALS.

Living a few blocks away from STI, Malou walked every Saturday to attend her classes. Her employers became part of her support system throughout her ALS journey. They even checked her exercises as she reviewed her modules and read notes during weekdays, notably when the A&E Test was just around the corner. As she recalls, “Kapag tulog na yung alaga ko saka ako nagbabasa. Basta kapag may chance, nagrereview ako.”

Her final words

Amid all the struggles, this big dreamer from a humble town shows resilience and persistence. She keeps her hopes high not just for herselp but for her loved ones as well. When asked what advice she can offer to others, she points out, "Huwag kang sumuko. Tuparin mo ang pangarap mo. Magtapos ka ng pag-aaral." From facing her obligations as a babysitter to fulfilling her duties as a student, Malou's journey is a long way ahead. This is not yet the end as we expect greating things coming to her.

WeatherPhilippines Bags Prestigious Sustainability Awards

WeatherPhilippines Foundation General Manager Dave Michael V. Valeriano, accompanied by Aboitiz Equity Ventures Corporate Branding and Communications Specialist Rohj Mariano, accepts the ACSSA 2016 Award for Product and Service Innovation from One Million Lights Philippines Country Head and Co-Founder Mark Benjamin Lozano

July 21, 2016, Marriott Hotel Manila - WeatherPhilippines Foundation emerged as winner in the Product and Service Innovation Category at the recently concluded ASEAN Corporate Sustainability Summit and Awards (ACSSA) 2016.

This was the fourth prestigious award received by WeatherPhilippines from an international award-giving body since 2014.

About the ACSSA 2016 Awards

The ASEAN Corporate Sustainability Summit 2016 Awards program aims to support organizations in the process of evaluating their sustainability strategy, performance, and goals. It also aims to inspire comprehensive exchange of ideas and best practices in Sustainability in the ASEAN region to identify field models for Sustainability Excellence.

About WeatherPhilippines Foundation

WeatherPhilippines complements government’s nationwide efforts on disaster risk reduction, and aims to help build a #WeatherWiserNation that uses weather information for socio-economic and sustainable development.

WeatherPhilippines provides the country with a premier weather sensing and forecasting system made possible by technology, inclusive partnerships, and engagement.

Founded in 2012 by the Aboitiz Foundation, UnionBank, and Meteogroup, it delivers free, more localized, and accurate weather information accessed through and WeatherPhilippines free mobile application.

As of June 2016, WeatherPhilippines has deployed 780 Automated Weather Stations (AWS) nationwide, partnered with more than 568 LGUs and private sector companies, and has trained more than a thousand public and private sector partners on weather.

This CSR initiative of WeatherPhilippines is made possible through the financial resources of the Aboitiz Foundation and UnionBank as well as the following platinum donors:  SM Investments, ICTSI, Vista Land, Nickel Asia, LBC, and Ayala.

Kabuhayan sa Gulayan Farmer’s Training Program launched in Batangas

Philippine Geothermal Production Company Inc. (PGPC) launched the first Kabuhayan sa Gulayan Farmer’s Training (KSG-FT) Program in the Agri-Park and Organic Learning Center of Sto. Tomas, Batangas in Brgy. San Vicente on July 20, 2016.

Attended by more than 80 farmers, the launch was graced by the PGPC VP for Asset Management, Nap Saporsantos, together with the President of Harbest Agribusiness Corp. Mr. Arsenio “Toto” Barcelona.   Several Sto. Tomas local government officials were also present during the event headed by its Municipal Administrator, Atty. Arth Jhun A. Marasigan and Hon. Florence Mabilangan, committee chairman on Agriculture.

Guests and participants also joined the ceremonial transplanting of seedlings in the demonstration farm after the simple program.  The demonstration farm will be used by the trainee farmers for their hands-on training on high value crops production for three months.

The KSG-FT Program, in partnership with the Sto. Tomas Local Government Unit and Harbest Agribusiness Corp., aims to upgrade the agricultural knowledge of small-scale farmers in Mak-Ban in order to produce quality, safe, high-value, and high-yielding vegetables and fruits while teaching them to become self-sufficient. Under this program, the KSG farmer scholars will attend the 12 weekly sessions to be trained on modern farming methods and technologies through lectures and hands-on training. The sessions will also include values formation, capability building and social entrepreneurship.

One hundred farmers from the geothermal barangays in Sto. Tomas, Batangas are expected to sign up for the training.

This is the second project jointly undertaken by PGPC and Harbest Agribusiness. The first project was part of PGPC’s post-Yolanda rehabilitation efforts where Harbest, through the SM Foundation Inc., trained more than 100 farmers in Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island in Cebu under the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers Training Program.

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