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Meralco named Most Socially Responsible Company in Asia at international CSR awards program ACES

One Meralco Foundation President Jeffrey Tarayao (left) receives the award on behalf of Meralco from the ACES Awards 2014 jury members: Dr. Jayanthi Desan, Managing Director of Synergio Consulting SDN BHD and Andrew Bryant, motivational speaker and author.

 

The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) was recently recognized as the Most Socially Responsible Company in Asia at the inaugural Asia Corporate Excellence and Sustainability (ACES) Awards 2014 in Singapore.

ACES Awards is a program highlighting sustainability and impact of a company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. ACES Awards likewise stresses the importance of a multi-dimensional holistic approach for businesses- financial and operational growth, and ensuring a viable future and a better world for the next generation. All the awardees demonstrated strong leadership skills and responsible business traits, such as incorporation of ethical values, innovation in community impact and environment-friendly practices in their business. The inaugural event was attended by top corporations and small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) from all over Asia.

Elaborating on the purpose and the significance of the ACES Awards, Mr. Hemant Batra, Chairman of Jury Panel of the ACES awards 2014 said, “Any kind of growth is meaningless without excellence and sustainability. Corporate Sustainability signifies a viable future and it means passing on a better world to our children. The Awards for Corporate Excellence and Sustainability is an extreme need at this time."

Meralco Chief CSR Officer and One Meralco Foundation President (OMF) Jeffrey O. Tarayao, received the Most Socially Responsible Company in Asia award and dedicated it to the thousands of Meralco employees who breathe the corporate values of makabayan and malasakit in their work every day. He also acknowledged OMF’s various partners which make it possible for the foundation to implement programs all over the country.

 

OMF and Meralco employees turn over newly-built classrooms equipped with arm chairs, teachers' tables, books, chalk boards, ceiling fans and florescent lights to teachers and students in Puente Bunglas Elementary School in Ajuy, Iloilo. The school is one of the schools that benefitted from OMF and Meralco’s school rehabilitation program for typhoon Yolanda-stricken areas.

 

Core to Meralco’s CSR efforts is the community electrification program from which all other social development initiatives emanate.  While there are other programs such as youth development and disaster response, the community electrification program focuses on how Meralco creates shared value for all its stakeholders in the work of nation building.  The program, moreover, addresses a very fundamental need in the community without which other opportunities for development might not thrive.

Meralco’s community electrification program has been providing safe and reliable electricity to the most vulnerable and underserved communities including resettlement villages, rural health centers and agricultural centers.

Teachers and students of Tinucan Elementary School in Rizal looks on as Meralco engineers install a 1-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system in their school donated by One Meralco Foundation. This is part of the foundation’s School Electrification Program which energizes public elementary and high schools located in far-flung barangays and remote islands.

 

In 2012, it started its School Electrification Program in partnership with the Department of Education which energizes public schools located in island communities and in remote mountain barangays. By the end of 2014, it has energized 70 public schools.

Meralco and OMF Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan said, “Corporate social responsibility in Meralco is not just about ‘giving back’ but enabling opportunities for many Filipinos to be empowered and rise above the challenges of poverty.  And ingrained in the hearts and minds of every man and woman in Meralco is the determination to serve, which makes volunteerism and giving voluntarily a spontaneous response of our organization.”

 
Chevron volunteers clear Batangas shores in time for pawikan nesting season

Manila, Philippines – In the name of volunteerism and diversity, Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex fuel and lubricants, united 298 volunteers composed of employees, contractors, business partners and community residents for its annual coastal clean-up at the Chevron terminal beachfront, in San Pascual, Batangas.

The volunteers collected more than 300 bags of trash, debris, and driftwood which can harm marine life in Batangas Bay. The collected garbage was segregated to biodegradables, recyclables, and non-recyclable materials totaling over 3.5 metric tons. The volunteers donated a total of 894 work hours at the terminal’s coastline, which was left at its dirtiest state after Typhoon Glenda hit the Philippines last July.

In the past eight years, CPI has seen the growing support of its workforce and the local community for the annual activity. This year’s clean up received the highest recorded participation from over 30 Caltex retailers and 44 new volunteers made up of security guards, tank-truck drivers, parents and youth from church groups, and other residents of San Pascual.

The activity was conducted in time for the seasonal nesting of endangered Olive Ridley turtles between September to December at the terminal’s beachfront, the only DENR-declared sanctuary for said turtles in the municipality. Last year, a nest of 101 eggs was discovered a few days after the clean-up. Chevron Batangas employees trained in pawikan encounters protected the nest in partnership with DENR, resulting in 69 turtle hatchings that returned to the sea a few months after.

The beach clean-up is the culminating activity of CPI’s annual Week of Caring, a week-long volunteerism activity when employees and business partners serve communities where CPI operates.

 

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 www.caltex.com/ph.

 

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K Channel launches Puno ng Buhay Season 2

Knowledge Channel (K Channel) recently launched season 2 of its highly successful educational video series, Puno ng Buhay. The series on forests and environmental protection, management and conservation has four new episodes for learners, four corresponding e-learning games and session guides, and an episode for teachers.

The series, a collaboration with Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation (PTFCF) with learning themes suited for high school Science lessons for grades 7-9, is hosted by Mico Aytona. Like the previous PNB, the latest episodes provide a deep understanding of the ecosystems and balance in nature and the various factors that affect biodiversity and climate change, and how students can contribute in protecting nature.

During the launch held in Antipolo National High School in Antipolo City, K Channel Director for Transmedia Edric Calma together with PTFCF Communication Officer An Rubenecia ceremonially turned over copies of PNB2 to the Department of Education (DepEd) represented by Antipolo City Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Merthel Evardome.

In 2011, K Channel partnered with PTCF in developing Puno ng Buhay Season 1 to help promote increased awareness and education on environment, forest conservation, and sustainable development to enable the young learners to determine future life choices. This year, with such good reception, the educational show branches out to its second season. The show is highly relevant to subjects taken up in both formal and alternative learning systems.

PNB Season 2 will air in K Channel’s Curriculum Block (8:00 am- 4:30 pm) as part of the second semester school year 2014-2015 programming for high school Science. The episodes together with its corresponding e-learning modules and session guides for teachers will be uploaded on K Channel’s learning website, www.kchonline.ph.

 
Philex Group Foundation Holds First Session of Home-Based Meat Processing Training Program

The Municipality of Tuba’s Barangay Camp 3 sponsored the first run of the PGFI-BSU-PCCCO Home-Based Meat Processing Training Program, as part of the barangay’s Livelihood Committee’s project. The training was held on November 13 to 14, 2014; with 50 indigent participants learning how to create marketable quality pork nuggets, pork patty, beef ball fritters, and chicken wanton lumpia.


The training program is offered by Philex Group Foundation, Inc., Benguet State University-College of Home Economic and Technology (CHET), and Philex Community Credit Cooperative; with the objective of providing the members of the mining and outlying communities of Philex Mines with opportunities for additional sources of income. To help participants be capable of starting their own small business, the training program also offered courses in product pricing, process of registering a business, packaging and labelling, and proper food handling.

The Home-Based Meat Processing Training Program is proudly taught by the operators of the Px Community Food and Marketing Inc., who are also graduates of the Foundation’s and BSU-CHET’s training program.

“The training has been very helpful. It will help provide us additional income and more nutritional food for our family. We hope that this will be expanded to more outlying communities,” commented one of the participants.

This activity is part of the Foundation’s livelihood program, which aims to help improve the socio-economic development of the members of communities. In this regard, PGFI shall be conducting follow-up visits to the 50 participants to monitor who among them proceeds with setting up their business in meat processing.


 
Globe Platinum, Habitat for Humanity hold Noah’s Ark classroom groundbreaking ceremony in Aklan

Globe Platinum customers give back to be part of a meaningful rebuilding advocacy

Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom together with Habitat for Humanity held recently a groundbreaking ceremony for Noah’s Ark special classroom in Balete Elementary School, Aklan.    It is one of several projects being undertaken by Globe as a development partner for Aklan under the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR).

PHOTO CAPTION: Noah’s Ark groundbreaking activity and ceremonial burial of time capsule in Balete Elementary School, Aklan participated by (from L-R):  Habitat for Humanity CEO and Managing Director Charlie Ayco, Aklan Vice Governor Gabrielle Calizo-Quimpo, Globe Platinum Director Kaisie Del Carmen, Globe SVP for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto, and Balete Elementary School Principal Julio Gallardez.

 

The Noah’s Ark classroom was designed by Habitat for Humanity to double as an evacuation site during calamities.  It can house a big number of people and is equipped with two toilet and bath facilities and a kitchen to provide a safe and convenient place for people in the community.

Globe Platinum, the premium Postpaid brand, together with Globe Rewards, are funding the construction of Noah’s Ark classrooms in seven municipalities in Aklan hardest hit by Typhoon Yolanda late last year. These include Libacao, Madalag, Banga, Batan, Altavas, Balete, and New Washington. Globe Platinum and Globe Rewards are making this contribution in lieu of giving gifts this holiday season.

“We always hold the utmost regard for service not just in providing the best offers, exclusive privileges and world-class customer experience to our valued clients but also in extending our support to nation-building.  We understand that most of our customers look for meaningful advocacies to support and involve themselves in. Through the Noah's Ark project, our customers will be able to give the gift of hope and inspiration to many more Filipinos ​this Christmas ​and help give them a better future,” said Kaisie del Carmen, Director for Globe Platinum.

In response, Aklan Vice Governor Gabrielle Calizo-Quimpo, delivering a message by Governor Florencio T. Miraflores said:  “My heartfelt gratitude to Globe for involving Aklan in the continued rehabilitation program.  Even if it was over a year already, we cannot deny that many Aklanons are still struggling to regain what they have lost in the catastrophic typhoon.  Thank you for Noah’s Ark, the newest crucial project for Aklanons.  Surely, this will serve many purposes not only for the pupils but for the whole community.  Thank you for establishing corporate social responsibility advocacies to complement network development. Thank you for considering our province as primary development area.  Be assured that the provincial government of Aklan will always be willing to partner with you to better serve our investors, our tourists, and our fellow Aklanons.”

On top of the seven Noah’s Arks, Globe also committed to build 33 regular “built back better” classrooms in the identified municipalities to be funded by proceeds of Project 1 Phone, the company’s electronic waste recycling campaign, and its parent-company Ayala Corporation.

“As development partner for Aklan, it is our role to move things faster for the recovery and the rehabilitation of the province with the assistance of OPARR.  Aside from bonding us internally, Typhoon Haiyan also bonded as closer to our customers in terms of being able to look after them, providing relief in times of disaster, and keeping an eye on their needs, among others. Also, corporate social responsibility is no longer just for our CSR team. For instance, Globe Platinum is funding Noah’s Ark, Globe Prepaid is bringing livelihood activities to Aklanons while Globe Tattoo is building homes,” said Yoly Crisanto, SVP of Globe Corporate Communications.

Globe has started building 40 homes in New Washington in partnership with Gawad Kalinga and UT Global Foundation. Twenty-eight houses are also set to be constructed in Libacao.

Globe is also providing livelihood opportunities through Custom Made Crafts Center, a non-government organization involved in dye and abaca production and the Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme aside from the distribution of AutoloadMax retailer kits to 100 beneficiaries of the DSWD’s Pantawid Pampamilyang Pilipino Program in Malay.

 
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