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Philippine Geothermal supports 2016 Earth Day Youth Eco-Camp in Albay

Philippine Geothermal Production Company, Inc. (PGPC) joins the Tiwi and Albay Local Government Units in celebrating the 2016 Earth Day in Albay province through an Earth Youth Eco-Camp with the theme “Youth Leaders Unite for Coastal and Fishery Resources Protection.” Held on April 20-22, more than 70 youth leaders, teachers and partners from government and nongovernment organizations, participated in the event at the Tiwi Watch Station cum Coastal and Fishery Resources Learning Resource Center.

The youth eco-camp was organized under Environmental Conservation Sustaining Tiwi’s Aqua-Agri Resources (ECO-STAR), a corporate social responsibility program co-funded by Philippine Geothermal to develop and promote Tiwi’s coastal eco-tourism potential and provide livelihood to tourist services sector. ECO-STAR recognizes the importance of protecting Tiwi’s coastal and fishery resources by instilling a deep sense of stewardship among the youth and the 12 coastal barangays of Tiwi. Tiwi is known as a sea turtle haven in Albay because of its improved coastal and marine biodiversity for years of implementing a coastal and fishery resources management program also supported by Philippine Geothermal.

ECO-STAR program partners Tiwi LGU, WWF Philippines, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippine Red Cross, Albay Blue Lane Eco-Nautical Resources, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and other government/non-government organizations also supported the event to fulfill its primary objective to develop youth vanguards with deep commitment and sense of responsibility for the environment and biodiversity conservation.

The three-day camp became a fun-filled learning activity on leadership, coastal and fisheries management, biodiversity protection, astronomy, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction. Integrated in the learning modules are cross-cutting themes such as gender and development, food safety and security, and social entrepreneurship. The program organizers hope that the ideas learned by the participants from the eco-camp will resonate with their families, schools, and communities.

The event received favorable feedback, as one youth-participant described it as a fun learning experience which provided an opportunity to create new friendships.  Employee-volunteers mainly from the  Facilities Engineering department of Philippine Geothermal who facilitated the team building games and exercises, also found the event an enriching experience because it allowed them to share their knowledge with youth leaders in their community.

 

Youth participants and sponsors headed to the shoreline to meet with volunteers from the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and community members for a clean-up drive held simultaneously with the Earth Day celebration in Albay.


Participants released three different species of sea turtles as part of the activities of the Sea Turtle Awareness and Rescue (STAR) Center

 

AG Saṅo, a climate activist and Filipino artist, shares skills in mural painting using marine species as subject.

 
The ArtBGC Mural Festival Returns to BGC

Splashes of color are ready to fill the walls of Bonifacio Global City (BGC) as Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. (BAFI) celebrates ArtBGC Mural Festival 2016. Now on its sophomore run, ArtBGC promises vibrant new murals and programs to make art and culture more accessible to BGCitizens.

The festival is done in collaboration with L.A.-based art consultancy, LeBasse Projects, and Honeycomb Communities. Multi-disciplinary artists such as: PastelFD, Andrew Schoultz, HOTxTEA, Bunnie Reiss, Aleks Kocev and Blaine Suque are bringing in their unique brand of creativity, hoping to build on the iconic atmosphere of BGC. Representing the Philippines in this festival are Kris Abrigo, Trip63 and ArtBGC Open Call winner, KFK. All artists, international delegates and select guests of BAFI will be treated to a welcome dinner hosted by the local government unit of Taguig. Keep an eye out for these talented individuals this May 12 to 21 as they make their mark on W 5th, NET One, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Stopover and BGC Corporate Center.

While the painting is ongoing, BAFI has created a variety of programs to bring art closer to the community. The Alveo Art Tours are designed to walk you through the different mural sites – old and new.  These daily tours start at the Alveo showroom along 28th Street. The Mind Museum will host Cafe Scientifique – a world-wide movement to bring science closer to the public through conversation. Public art will be discussed and dissected on May 14. Both events are free and open to the public.

Community takes on a bigger role this year. Coming from last year’s hype, BAFI was able to develop a small army of volunteers that will either be apprenticing under the muralists or running around BGC as part of the Street Team. Volunteers will be rehydrating and recharging at Burgos Eats thanks to Max’s Group. BAFI is also partnering with Fort Bonifacio Development Foundation, Inc. (FBDFI) to bring art to BGC’s neighboring communities. The artists will be painting with the children of Taguig on the afternoon of May 16, leaving behind unforgettable memories and a colorful mural.

For more details and updates, visit artbgc.com or follow BGC on Facebook (fb.com/BonifacioGlobalCity), Twitter (@ExploreBGC), and the official event Instagram account (@artbgc).

For more information, please contact Mikey de Quiros of Full Circle Comms, Inc. at 09178141929 or 6371116/1118.


 
Worldbex Back to Back Generosity

Worldbex Held Its Back to Back Events for the Benefit of ALKFI

Worldbex recently held a back-to-back setof events for the benefit of the ABS-CB Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation – the 21st annual Philippine Building and Construction Exposition and the 12th Manila International Auto Show. Both of the events were held at the World Trade Convention Center in Pasay City.

The 21st Philippine Building and Construction Expo showcased different works of architecture, design and landscaping from close to 500 booths. On the other hand, the 12th Manila International Auto Show took pride with the cutting-edge technologies of the new automobiles in the market. Vintage, restored, and customized cars also fancied the eyes of the guests.

With partners like Worldbex, ALKFI continues to assist Filipino families and children through its different programs.

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Amcham Scholarun 2016: Netsuite Employees Run For A Cause – The Second Time Around

NetSuite has always been ahead in ensuring that its employees are enjoying a balance of work and leisure. Through various company-sponsored activities, such as charity races, NetSuite employees are able to enjoy a refreshing break from their hectic schedules while still maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle.

This past February, NetSuite employees in the Philippines had the opportunity to join, for the second year in a row, the 5th American Chamber Foundation ScholaRun at the Bonifacio Global City. A total of 200 NetSuite employees ran for the benefit of the AmCham Foundation Scholarship Program, joining over 2,000 runners from different sectors and companies also supporting the cause.

NetSuite.org, the corporate citizenship arm of NetSuite, partnered with software donation grantee American Chamber Foundation Philippines, Inc. to help raise enough funds to send 100 scholars in the Philippines to a university.

Before the race started, NetSuite employee volunteers led the warm-up exercises to prepare the NetSuite participants. Volunteer photographers were also present to capture the employees’ winning moments during the run. Food was also distributed before and after the race to ensure that the NetSuite runners are well-nourished throughout the run. There were also games, raffles, as well as an awards ceremony for participants.

Joining the AmCham ScholaRun 2016 was indeed a perfect start to a great year ahead. It was not only a corporate-sponsored activity, but also an effective way to promote a healthy lifestyle and camaraderie among NetSuite employees. Most of all, it paved way for an opportunity to serve the underprivileged and further manifested NetSuite’s commitment to helping nonprofit organizations.

 
Villar SIPAG Celebrates Women’s Month With Trainings For Women

To celebrate Women's Month, Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance) conducted three livelihood trainings for women at the Villar SIPAG Farm House at Barangay San Nicolas 1, Bacoor, Cavite.


“It has always been our advocacy to empower women and enable them to play a key role not only in caring for their families but also in the larger goal of nation-building,” Sen. Cynthia Villar, Villar SIPAG director, said.

 


One of the trainings held was on charcoal making last March 31. The participants were taught by experts from the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB)- Department of Natural Resources and Forestry how to make charcoal briquette from waste  materials like twigs, leaves and paper under the 'Green' technology program.


The participants were from the Women’s League of Sta. Maria, Laguna; Samahan ng Magpaparol ng Las Piñas; Young Women’s Christian Association – Manila; Women’s Group of Parañaque; City Division Schools - Las Piñas; National Council of Women of the Philippines; Women in Agriculture of Bacoor; Mga Kababaihan ng Cavite; 3000 Club of the Philippines; Brgy. 195, Pasay City Women’s Group and Women’s Group from Pasig.


Two other trainings-- bamboo propagation, nursery and care and orchids cultivation and cut flower production-- were earlier conducted in the said farm school.

 


The bamboo training held on March 18, was facilitated by UPLB Department of Natural Resources and Forestry headed by Gregorio Santos and his team.


Among the topics discussed in the bamboo seminar evaluation were the kinds and uses of bamboo, its propagation, nursery and care, plantation establishment and harvesting and planting.


About 80 women participated in this training mainly from organizations such as Women Involved in Nation Building, Young Women’s Christian Association of the Philippines and 3000 Club of the Philippines, Kababaihan ng Sta. Maria, Division of City Schools- Teachers DepEd, Catholic Women’s League (Manila), Kababaihang Lingkod-Bayan ng Laguna, Bukas Palad Foundation, Kababaihang Magpaparol ng Las Pinas and Zonta.


The Philippine Horticultural Society led by Fernando Aurigue, Senior Science Research Specialist, facilitated the training on orchids cultivation last March 19.


About 70 women from organizations namely, Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina, Tanay ladies and National Federation of Women’s Club, Soroptimist and Las Pinas Garden Club participated in this training.

 


The three trainings were given for free to women and women’s groups and organizations in consonance with the celebration of the month of March as Women’s Month by virtue of Presidential Proclamation Nos.224 and 227 and Republic Act 6949.


All the trainings, which were also inclusive of free food and materials for the workshop, were held from 8 am until 5 pm. The Villar SIPAG had established the farm school as part of its advocacy to alleviate the country's poverty situation.

 

The farm school serves as a learning hub for capacity building of communities to survive, adapt and thrive in the demands of agriculture. Since its establishment last year, it has already catered to more than 800 persons who got free agricultural training for their personal growth and technical know-how.


Villar said the Villar SIPAG Farm School was built with the vision of providing continuous training and education to farmers and fisherfolks and their families as well as residents of agricultural communities in Metro Manila and nearby cities and provinces.


When it opened in September, the farm school partnered with SM Foundation Inc. and Harbest Agribusiness Corporation in providing a 12-week training program to about 200 farming beneficiaries from Las Pinas, Bacoor and Imus.


Since then, it has also established partnerships with Allied Botanical Seeds , Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for other trainings.


“One of the primary reasons why we built this farm school is to be able to bridge the gap that would enable Filipino farmers and agri-related industry players to be more competitive and successful,” Villar also said.

 
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