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Taguig schools receive science and tech-voc facilities

At the MOA signing during the techvoc workshop rooms turnover at Taguig National High School. In photo (from left to right): Aboitiz Foundation EVP/COO Augusto Carpio III, President Susan Valdez, Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, Aboitiz Foundation Trustee Stephen Paradies, Taguig-Pateros Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Danilo Gutierrez and Taguig NHS Principal Santiago Alvis.

The Aboitiz Foundation turned over last February 18 three additional technical-vocational (tech-voc) workshop rooms to Taguig National High School (TNHS) and another three special science classrooms to Taguig Elementary School (TES) as part of its commitment to develop science-based skills among young students and bring alternative learning to high school graduates.

Since last year, the social development arm of the Aboitiz Group has already implemented various projects in these adopted schools in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

The three tech-voc workshop rooms for TNHS are for dressmaking, beauty care services (nail care) with massage therapy, and computer hardware servicing. Reference books, tools, and equipment were also donated.

The Foundation funded last year the training of teachers for NCII certification and refurbished TNHS’ Electrical and Automotive Technology class. These projects were turned over in March 2014.

At the Taguig ES, where Special Science Elementary School (SSES) Program is already implemented from grades 1-6, Aboitiz turned over newly-refurbished special science classrooms, additional 20 units of thin client system with multimedia package for teaching enhancement.

During the first year of SSES implementation in Taguig, Aboitiz refurbished the school’s science and computer laboratories, donated microscopes, science books, ten computer units of thin client system with multimedia package.

Taguig ES is just one of the 22 schools that the Foundation is looking at developing into SSES. Once the pilot implementation is successful, the program will be replicated in other schools that show potential in the areas of Science, English, Information Technology, and Math.

“We believe that a better educated youth means a better Philippines. That’s why we continue to put education at the forefront of our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives,” said Aboitiz Equity Ventures SVP for Human Resources Txabi Aboitiz.

In 2014, the Foundation invested over P400 million to bring communities a better learning environment through Aboitiz BetterWorld initiatives SSES and tech-voc education, repair and construction of regular classrooms and those that were damaged by super typhoon Yolanda, ‘Silid Pangarap’ classrooms built in partnership with non-profit organization Aklat, Gabay, Aruga Tungo sa Pag-unlad at Pag-asa, teacher skills training, integrated computerization, and scholarships and financial assistance to deserving students.


Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. is the corporate foundation of the Aboitiz Group. Established in 1988, it addresses the social and economic development needs of marginalized members of society. It constantly delivers value to its stakeholders including the communities where it has presence. The foundation focuses its corporate social responsibility efforts on education, enterprise development, and environment. #

(From left to right) Taguig-Pateros Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Danilo Gutierrez, Aboitiz Foundation Trustee Txabi Aboitiz, President Susan Valdez, Division Science Supervisor Dr. Leticia Andor, Sta. Ana Barangay Captain Conrado Aquino Jr,  Aboitiz Foundation EVP/COO Sonny Carpio and Taguig City Vice Mayor Ricardo Cruz Jr. ceremonially cuts the ribbon during the turnover of refurbished special science classrooms at Taguig Elementary School last February 18, 2015.

A high school student from Taguig National High School testing the new high speed sewing machine donated by Aboitiz Foundation.

Aboitiz Foundation to re-build tech-voc school in Cebu

Tech-Voc as an alternative learning. From left: Mandaue City Schools Division superintendent Virginia Zapanta, Mayor Jonas Cortes, and Aboitiz Foundation EVP and COO Sonny Carpio.

The Aboitiz Foundation recently inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the local government of Mandaue for the construction of a three-storey, 10-classroom school building and seven laboratories at Subangdaku Technical-Vocational (tech-voc) School in Mandaue City, Cebu.

The school was among those that were badly hit by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Cebu on October 2013. It has been declared unsafe and recommended for demolition by Mandaue City Engineering Office. Students temporarily held classes in makeshift tents.

The corporate social development arm of the Aboitiz Group vowed to help make education more accessible to about 80% of high school graduates who can’t afford to go to college by developing technical-vocational schools in the country in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd).

“Part of building a BetterWorld is ensuring that we have conducive and safe learning environment. This will keep the children's interest to learn,” said Aboitiz Foundation Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Sonny Carpio.

Carpio signed the MOA with Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes and Schools Division Superintendent Virginia Zapanta.

Last year, the Foundation allocated funds for the construction of 27 Special Science Elementary Schools and tech-voc classrooms all over the country. In Cebu, Subangdaku was one of the schools in Cebu it supported with the installation of electrical wiring system for the school’s new metal workshop through Metaphil, Aboitiz Group’s construction arm.

Education remains to be Aboitiz Foundation’s primary focus as it continues to implement programs that help uplift the country’s public education system.

It allocates the biggest chunk of its annual budget for education-related initiatives such as infrastructure building, scholarships and financial assistance, integrated computerization, asset donations, among others.



Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. is the corporate foundation of the Aboitiz Group. Established in 1988, it addresses the social and economic development needs of marginalized members of society. It constantly delivers value to its stakeholders including the communities where it has presence. The foundation focuses its corporate social responsibility efforts on education, enterprise development, and environment. #

Chevron computer donation boosts police e-blotter system

Batangas, Philippines – The municipal police in San Pascual, Batangas has reinforced its e-blotter system recently with the use of computers and printers donated by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex fuel and lubricants, and Chevron Holdings Inc. (CHI), a pioneer multi-functional shared services center, in partnership with the American Chamber Foundation Philippines Inc. (AmCham Foundation).

Using the computer units, police officers in San Pascual can now carry out a more seamless and secured documentation of crime reports. The e-blotter system is part of the improved Crime Incident Reporting System (CIRS) of the Philippine National Police. Photo shows San Pascual, Batangas Senior Police Officer Renato Melecio demonstrating the step-by-step procedures on how to document and access crime data reports in the e-blotter database.

“We used to store all subpoenas, warrant files, rogues gallery, and blotter records in just one computer.  Thanks to Chevron, and the computers donated, we can now store more files and transmit reports to our headquarters faster,” said Manuel Maligaya, police senior inspector, San Pascual municipal police.


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 750 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

Plant Seeds, Grow Livelihood

Mondelez Philippines and the Urban Vegetable Garden Movement

Mother Judith Estrada from Pateros has always liked planting gardens. Resourceful and diligent, she likes seeing things grow. Last year, she got the push she needed to grow her garden. Now she’s harvesting tomatoes, chilies, okra and eggplants from her backyard. She’s able to feed her family fresh vegetables, at virtually no cost. This is urban gardening, the movement that’s empowering families to grow fresh food and be one step closer to good nutrition.

Judith even won Mondelez Philippines’ urban vegetable gardening contest held in 2014. She was awarded for having the most abundant garden among the parents of her child’s school P. Manalo Elementary. Through Mondelez Philippines’ flagship Joy Schools program, teachers and parents of beneficiary schools like Judith were invited to learn from an urban gardening seminar. As the name suggests, parents were taught how to make use of discarded bottles, sacks and containers – which would otherwise be trash, to use as pots for planted vegetables.

Urban gardens and other initiatives that seek to build better futures are the focus of Mondelez Philippines’ Joy Schools program. Through this, six public elementary schools nationwide have been adopted by the Company and its employees under a 3-year period to help transform the schools into joyful centers of learning. The program aims to achieve this through interventions for nutrition, teacher training and facilities improvement. Urban gardening is one of the initiatives for promoting good nutrition.

The gift that keeps on giving. Urban gardening or often called community gardening is an empowering movement that’s gaining ground not only in the Philippines but in other Cities around the world, even the USA. In Detroit, Michigan for example urban gardening has been one of the ways to uplift the City embattled by recession during the past decade. The movement has been providing not only food but job opportunities to its residents. This is something that can very well be adapted here in the Philippines.

Working together. That’s the theme of the Urban Gardening seminar provided to parents of Mondelez Philippines’ adopted Joy Schools. The seminar helped empower parents and schools to grow their own food and provide nutrition to their children.

“We believe in the potential of families and of urban gardening,” explains Maria Cindy C. Lim, Head of Corporate and Government Affairs of Mondelez Philippines, the company formerly named Kraft Foods. “There are a lot of initiatives out there to help families alleviate malnutrition. One thing we’d like to help build as well is for the capacity of families to help themselves. Not just to share food, but to share knowledge that would help them grow their own food, independent of any help. That’s the vision of our support and how we aim to create joy for them.”

As a food manufacturing company, Mondelez Philippines sought partnership with East West Seed Foundation for their expertise in urban gardening technologies. The latter aims to play the role of Filipino farmers’ champion. It has been empowering farmers by providing the right tools: good seeds and greater knowledge. They also provide comprehensive and practical training for teachers and students to learn about urban vegetable farming.

The urban garden at P. Manalo Elementary School in Pateros. Urban vegetable gardens not only help beautify concrete areas. They can also be a source of free food for schools and livelihood for parents.


Gardens of life. “What we teach parents and teachers are practical and life-long lessons that they can use in-school and at home, wherever they live,” relates Mary Joyce Gaviola, Program Officer for East West Seed Foundation (EWSF) and the main lecturer during the seminars for Mondelez Philippines’ Joy Schools.

She adds, “We promote the benefits of eating vegetables, because sometimes there are still parents who don’t eat them, much less their children. Then we teach them how to decide where to put their gardens - even with limited space, what kinds of vegetables grow with limited sun, how much soil to use, and the like. After this we take them through hands-on exercise to give them the feel of planting on their own.”

Held in partnership with the East West Seed Foundation, the urban gardening seminars gave parents hands-on experience in planting vegetables. Shown in this picture are parents transplanting seedlings into sacks to help them grow.

“We’re thankful for the partnership with EWSF,” adds Lim. “They’ve given our adopted parents and teachers better understanding of how to provide for their own families. We’ll be working closely with them in the future to monitor the gardens that are being grown. Our great hope is that more parents take this up, and maybe even make this a source of livelihood.”

Julie Damian, a parent from Bayanan Main Elementary School in Muntinlupa says she’s learned a lot from the seminar. “Masaya, marami akong natutunan. Lalo na kung saan dapat tinatanim ang maliliit at malalaking buto.  Alam ko na kung paano magtatanim ng gulay sa bahay kahit wala akong espasyo.  Nasagot ang mga tanong ko tungkol sa pagtatanim sa mga bote, paso, gulong; iyong mga pwedeng ilagay sa gilid ng pader.”

All the participants during the training were provided with starter kits of seeds, sacks and soil. Julie adds that these will help her family a great deal, “Makakatipid ako ng malaki.  Kapag kailangan ko ng gulay, magpipitas na lang ako, may ulam na kami.”

Growing Communities. Julie also shared that she plans to keep some of her plants inside her children’s school, something that its Principal Antonio Gagala encourages. After all, parents and teachers work hand in hand in improving the nutrition of children. Jonald Trinidad, the Urban Gardening Coordinator of Bayanan Main Elementary is one of those who works closely with the parents of his school.

He explains, “Ang pinaka-nagustuhan ko ay iyong hands-on planting activity.  Pati na ang mga magulang dahil nagtatanong din sila sa akin tungkol sa urban gardening. Kaya gustong-gusto nila iyong hands-on.  Pati iyong mga co-teachers ko nagustuhan iyon.  Maganda kasing nakikita kasabay noon, ginagawa namin ng magkakasama.”

Learning through practice, together. Like any movement, urban gardening will grow roots only through the collaboration of a community. Through the shared interest of parents, the collaboration of the school, and the support from partners like Mondelez Philippines.

For more information on how Mondelez Philippines creates delicious moments of joy, visit

Philippine Navy Recognizes Aboitiz Foundation as Partner for Civic Action

Aboitiz Foundation received a recognition from the Philippine Navy for being a remarkable partner for civic action activities during the 4th Year Anniversary of the Philippine Navy’s Civil Military Operations Group (CMOG-PN) held last March 16 at CPO Club House, Naval Station Jose Francisco, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

The plaque of recognition was awarded to Aboitiz Foundation EVP and COO Augusto Carpio III by the Flag Officer-in-Command of Philippine Navy Vice Admiral Jesus Millan, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff for Civil Military Operations Captain Reginald Rapanan, and Commander of Civil Military Operations Group Colonel Edgard Arevalo.

The CMOG-PN has been a partner of the Foundation in providing immediate relief assistance to disaster affected communities. They provided manpower and logistical support during the relief operations conducted on the aftermath of Bohol earthquake and Super Typhoon Yolanda last 2013 and Typhoon Ruby last 2014. They also supported the Foundation’s Brigada Eskwela activity last year.

Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. is the corporate foundation of the Aboitiz Group. Established in 1988, it addresses the social and economic development needs of marginalized members of society. It constantly delivers value to its stakeholders including the communities where it has presence. The foundation focuses its corporate social responsibility efforts on education, enterprise development, and environment.

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