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Ayala Foundation and Singapore Management University Launch Ayala Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration Scholarship

From left: Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, chairman of Ayala Corporation and co-chairman of Ayala Foundation; Prof. Arnoud de Meyer, president of Singapore Management University; and Mr. Ruel Maranan, president of Ayala Foundation, formalized the partnership for the Ayala Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration Scholarship on September 28, in an event held at the Ayala Museum.

September 28, 2015 Ayala Foundation has partnered with Singapore Management University (SMU) to launch the Ayala Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration (MTSC) Scholarship today to inspire the best and most talented Filipino students enrolled in the MTSC program to greater heights of academic and practical excellence.

The launch of the scholarship was graced by Her Excellency Kok Li Peng, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the Philippines; His Excellency Roland van Remoortele, Ambassador of Belgium to the Philippines; Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Chairman and CEO of Ayala Corporation; SMU President Professor Arnoud De Meyer; and Mr. Ruel T. Maranan, President of Ayala Foundation. Professor Ann Florini, Academic Director of the Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration programme at SMU was also present, and shared with the audience her insights on the power of tri-sector cooperation between government, society, and business as a catalyst for change in Asia.

Our partnership with SMU is a strategic expression of our support for the global Filipinocommitted to national development, but also highly attuned to what goes on in the rest of the world, and able to harness these for the benefit of everyone. It is also our way of strengthening our relationship with the rest of our ASEAN neighbors, one of the most exciting regions for economic and social development, said Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, CEO of Ayala Corporation.

This partnership with Ayala Foundation is testimony of the strong and collaborative relationship between SMU and Ayala, as well as the quality and rigor of our MTSC program, the first of its kind in the world. We look forward to welcoming the first batch of scholarship recipients to our campus next year, said SMU President Professor Arnoud De Meyer.

Developed by and taught in SMU, the MTSC is the worlds only advanced degree program in professionalizing partnership development and management. It empowers emerging leaders from the private, public, and people sectors to work together to develop sustainable solutions to the worlds big problems. This integrated program provides a toolkit of collaborative and management skills to deal with a future of increasing complexity and scarce resources. Interdisciplinary training will come from both academic faculty and professional practitioners. Modules provide rigorous training in topics such as partnership mindsets, global trends, personal leadership, leading change from the middle of an organization, futures methodologies, and complexity science. Students undertake Capstone projects that address real-world challenges requiring tri-sectoral collaboration to solve.

Through this scholarship, we encourage members of Philippine civil society and government to further hone their knowledge and skills in working closely with government, business, and the non-profit sectors covered by the SMU course. At the end of the 18 months dedicated to studies at SMU, it is our hope to see our scholars coming back to the country to make a stronger, more lasting contribution to the great cause of partnerships for nation building, said Ruel Maranan, Ayala Foundation President.

The scholarship is housed under the education arm of the Ayala Foundation and will provide financial assistance to its scholars pursuing the Ayala Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration post-graduate degree.

The recipient of the scholarship should be a citizen of the Philippines and a member of a civil society organization or the Philippine government. The applicant must demonstrate leadership qualities and aptitude to excel in the program, and have the potential to contribute to the bigger community. Up to four scholarships will be available every year for the next five years, each scholarship shall have up to a total value of between S$25,000 and S$50,000. The first scholarship will be awarded to students enrolled in the 18-month program commencing in January 2016. Deadline for this scholarship application period is on October 20, 2015.

To access the application portal and to see the list of requirements, interested applicants are requested to visit


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About Ayala Foundation

As the social development arm of the Ayala group of companies, Ayala Foundation envisions communities where people are creative, productive, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipino. Ayala Foundation's main program areas are Education, Youth Leadership, Sustainable Livelihood, and Arts and Culture.


About Singapore Management University

Singapore Management University (SMU) is internationally recognised for its world-class research and distinguished teaching.  Established in 2000, SMUs mission is to generate leading-edge research with global impact and produce broad-based, creative and entrepreneurial leaders for the knowledge-based economy.  SMU education is known for its highly interactive, collaborative and project-based approach to learning, and for its technologically enabled pedagogy of seminar-style teaching in small class sizes.  Comprised of six schools specialising in Accountancy, Business, Economics, Information Systems, Law and Social Sciences, it offers a wide range of bachelors', masters' and PhD degree programmes and is home to 8,800 students.  With an emphasis on generating relevant multi-disciplinary research that addresses Asian issues, and being Singapores only university in the city, SMU enjoys strategic linkages with business, government and the wider community through its research institutes, centres and labs.

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UCPB-CIIF Foundation Accepts 259 New Scholars For AY 2015-2016

UCPB-CIIF Foundation Accepts 259 New Scholars For AY 2015-2016

as 155 of its scholars graduate, 2 with magna cum laude and 13 with cum laude honors


Makati City, Philippines. The UCPB-CIIF Foundation, the social development arm of the UCPB Group and the Coconut Industry Investment Fund (CIIF) companies has accepted 259 new scholars to its collegiate degree and vocational-technical training program for the new Academic Year 2015-2016.

Of the 259 new scholars, 209 have enrolled in the four- or five-year baccalaureate degree programs of 11 state colleges and universities across the country and in eight schools in Metro Manila. The 50 others have signed up for 15- to 18-month training in the various vocational-technical courses of three Don Bosco Training Centers.

This brings to 2,400 the total number of children of coconut farmers who have received a UCPB-CIIF scholarship grant since the program’s launch in 2004.

Over half or 1,297 of the UCPB-CIIF scholars have graduated with 618 of them earning collegiate degrees and 679 obtaining vocational-technical training certificates. A high 15 percent of the collegiate graduates completed their courses with academic honors.

The recent graduates include two with magna cum laude honor - Leonie Consabo from West Visayas State University and Ma. Nur Hanifa Carnites from Mindanao State University Marawi (shown below) - and 13 with cum laude honor. In all, the program has produced two summa cum laude, seven magna cum laude and 84 cum laude graduates.

Close to 90 percent of the total graduates have found jobs here and abroad or have set up their own businesses or are pursuing further studies. The rest who have yet to find gainful employment are mostly fresh graduates who are still job-hunting or those who have decided to become full-time housewives.

More importantly, more than three-fourths of the scholar-graduates have become financially stable enough to be able to send money home to help out with the family expenses and with the education of their younger siblings.

The UCPB-CIIF Foundation set up a scholarship program to provide children of coconut farmers with the opportunity to acquire the requisite knowledge and skills so they can earn a decent living and support their family.

Funding for the program comes from UCPB, UCPB Savings, UCPB Leasing, UCPB Securities, CIIF Oil Mills Group, Cocolife, UCPB Gen and UCPB-CIIF Finance and Development Corp. Three companies under the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) also support the program, namely, Mid-Pasig Land Development Corp., Philippine Development Alternative Foundation and BASECO.

The UCPB-CIIF Foundation is one of two institutions tasked with implementing the UCPB Group’s and the CIIF companies’ social mandate to uplift the living conditions of coconut farmers. The other is the UCPB-CIIF Finance and Development Corp., which administers credit programs that finance livelihood activities in coconut areas.

Manila Water Foundation Holds 1st Cooperative Summit

In its continuing effort to provide sustainable assistance to community-based cooperatives nationwide, Manila Water Foundation, through its Kabuhayan Para Sa Barangay (KPSB) program, recently held the 1st Manila Water Foundation Cooperative Summit at Luxent Hotel, Quezon City.

Some 130 cooperatives attended the 1st Manila Water Foundation Cooperative Summit. Said summit provided them new learnings and avenues for networking and marketing.

Said summit, which is a part of Manila Water Foundation’s 10-year scale up, gathered representatives from more than 100 KPSB partner cooperatives for a day of learning, networking, and marketing. It also reinforced the Foundation’s high regard for the role of community-based cooperatives in nation-building through access to sustainable livelihood opportunities to contribute to local and national economic growth, as resonated by the theme “Kabuhayan: Tulay sa Matatag na Bayan”.

The 1st Manila Water Foundation Cooperative Summit provided an opportunity for cooperatives to discuss, exchange ideas, and learn from each other.

KPSB, Manila Water Foundation’s flagship community and livelihood assistance program, provides aid to community-based cooperatives by offering financial support through a non-interest bearing loan of P100, 000 together with micro-enterprise training and other business management skills. Nearly 200 cooperatives, translating to over 55,000 families all over the country, are now part of the growing KPSB family. This number will just continue to increase as the Foundation is determined to reach out to more cooperatives in more areas in the country.

“More than the numbers, however, I am deeply moved by success stories and testimonies on how our simple assistance has greatly supported businesses, which in turn, resulted in a more stable financial position for several groups. It is also heartwarming to hear about how the KPSB has given a sustainable income for households, thereby allowing our partner cooperatives to provide for the needs of their families,” said Manila Water Foundation Executive Director Carla May Beriña-Kim.

Beriña-Kim’s statement was echoed by the KPSB partner cooperatives who shared their ‘Kabuhayan Para Sa Barangay’ stories that chronicled their respective cooperatives’ experiences before and after the assistance provided by the Foundation. Office of the Transport Cooperative Chairman Melchor V. Cayabyab thanked the Foundation for giving all KPSB partner cooperatives the financial leverage they need to expand their businesses. He then urged all attendees to prove that they deserve all the help given to them.

The summit also presented other possible business ventures to help the cooperatives boost their businesses.

“We have to show that the cooperative sector can be trusted to do our part in using the loans given to us by Manila Water Foundation. We have to prove that we are not only trustworthy, but we’re actually also competent in running and expanding our businesses,” stressed Caybayab.

Ateneo De Manila University Economics Professor and Manila Water Foundation Independent Trustee Cielito F. Habito served as the event’s keynote speaker. He inspired and motivated all the attendees with his words of wisdom that centered on the importance of collaboration among cooperatives to contribute to nation-building.

“Together, we can solve poverty. If the more fortunate families take time to help out those who have less, then we are all sure to achieve prosperity. As Pope John Paul II said, nobody is so poor that he has nothing to give, nobody is so rich that he has nothing to receive,” remarked Habito.

Ateneo De Manila University Economics Professor and Manila Water Foundation Independent Trustee Cielito F. Habito (center) served as the resource speaker for the 1st Manila Water Foundation Cooperative Summit. Photo shows Habito receiving his certificate and token of appreciation from Manila Water Foundation Trustees (from left) Manila Water Corporate Operations Group Director Geodino V. Carpio, Manila Water IT Group Director Rodell A. Garcia, Manila Water Corporate HR OIC Group Director Janine T. Carreon, Manila Water President and CEO and Manila Water Foundation President Gerardo C. Ablaza Jr., Manila Water Foundation Executive Director Carla May Beriña-Kim, Manila Water East Zone Business Operations OIC Group Director Esmeralda A. Quines, Manila Water Strategic Asset Management Group Director Ableardo P. Basilio, and Manila Water Corporate Project Management Group Director Thomas T. Mattison.

Cooperative Development Authority Deputy Director Giovanni T. Platero and Federation of Peoples’ Sustainable Development Cooperative CEO Christie Rowena C. Plantilla coached the attendees on cooperative management and governance while UP Institute of Small Scale Industries (UP-ISSI) Head of Business Enterprise Development Engr. Leoncio T. Cubillas, NutriWealth Founder Jay C. Galang, and Globe’s Abelyn F. Evangelista shared their knowledge on entrepreneurial and business management. Gawad Kalinga’s (GK) Ernie Maipid showed the importance of values formation and community relationship by having Mr. Bert Hangdaan, the Kalinga Leader of Silver Heights Village, narrate how GK has helped him and his community with the partnership and the assistance given to them.

Possible business ventures that the cooperatives can avail of were also presented through the booths set up by Healthy Family, National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCO), Bagakeno Cashew Products, Amanda Marine Products, AHDS Food Products, Alion SEA-K Gracielo’s, Nutridense Food Manufacturing, Inc., Globe Telecom, Erase Cosmetics Development Corporation, Gawad Kalinga, and Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care.

Some lucky attendees won tokens and gift packs from, NATCO, Ayala Foundation, Erase Cosmetics Development Corporation, and Nestle Philippines in the event raffle while Lagro Transport Service Cooperative, Southern Rice Retailer Multi-Purpose Cooperative, and Basicano Transport Service and Multi-Purpose Cooperative went home with continuing business grants worth P20,000, P30,000, and P50,000 respectively.

A Thousand Stories of Joy: Mondelez Philippines Concludes Year 2 of Joy Schools Program


Her name is Ranzelle Ann Sombrero and this is her story of joy. Ranzelle, residing in Tacloban was one of the hundreds of thousands of children greatly affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Perhaps due to the trauma she experienced or perhaps this was how life was for her but Ranzelle was a quiet girl, hardly participating in school activities and always absent due to various illnesses. Thankfully there was someone looking out for her, someone who thought she deserved to experience joy in her young life.

That someone was her Teacher Villa P. Nacilla of Panalaron Central Elementary School in Tacloban. In June 2014 the school became one of the adopted Joy Schools of Mondelez Philippines. Seeing Ranzelle’s undernourished condition, Teacher Nacilla made sure that Ranzelle would be part of Mondelez Philippines’ daily feeding through the Joy Schools program.

“Wala po kasi akong makain minsan sa bahay dahil hindi nakakapaghanda si Lola. Ang nanay ko naman po nasa Maynila. Hindi ko po alam kung nasaan si Tatay,” goes Ranzelle’s story.

Turns out, those daily meals helped do wonders for Ranzelle. The daily rice, viand, fruit and snack she received for nine months helped make up for what she lacked at home. Ranzelle began to be active in class, always reciting, always raising her hand to answer teachers’ questions. Coming to school was exciting; not only because of the full meal she would receive but because of the energy she now had to learn and develop.

Ranzelle’s story is also the subject of a short movie available on Mondelez Philippines’ website. It shows how Ranzelle developed from a shy and withdrawn child to one who participates in class, through the help of a 9-month daily lunch feeding provided by Mondelez Philippines’ Joy Schools program.

In March of this year, Ranzelle not only passed the 4th Grade, she also achieved the 1st Honor rank in her class. Her nutrition has improved and she now even enjoys her school’s playground. Ranzelle is living proof of how with a little joy, great things can happen for the future leaders of the country.


Bringing Joy, Creating the Future. Launched in 2013 during Mondelez Philippines’ 50th year in the country, the Joy Schools program aims to help create joyful centers of learning through interventions for nutrition, teacher training and facilities improvement. Unique in its own right, the Joy Schools aims to help turn sadness into joy for three of the most pressing problems of public elementary schools today.

Now celebrating its 52nd anniversary, the Company formerly named Kraft Foods has seen more than a thousand stories of joy created through the help of its 9-month daily feeding program for undernourished students, urban gardening seminar for schools and parents, teacher values formation and skills training, and facilities improvement to create a conducive and joyful learning environment. All these the Company was able to achieve through the support of its partner, the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP).

The Results of Joy. In March of this year, 85% of its 1,064 feeding beneficiaries achieved normal nutritional status, from being undernourished. Feeding programs are great motivators for attendance as such 90% of these students became present everyday during the last school year. Furthermore, their constant attendance ensured they achieved and maintained above passing grades for the whole year.

It wasn’t just the students who experienced joy either. Teachers received exclusive training from the Ateneo Center for Educational Development and the Learning Library. Parents received training from East West Seed Foundation and supplies to start their own gardens and grow their own vegetables. Also, schools received books and sports and play equipment for their students’ enjoyment. Truly, joy was felt by everyone.

Joy You can Take with You, Always. Lady Ryzza Sanchez, now a Grade 3 student of Joy School Padre Zamora Elementary in Pasay has her own story of joy. Her story starts with as much sadness for Ryzza was a concern for her teachers for being noisy, disruptive and talkative in class. Teachers’ patience was tested, including that of Teacher Lailane B. Atregenio.

“Ryzza, bakit ka hindi nakikinig sa klase?” was Teacher Atregenio’s question.

“Teacher, hindi po ako marunong magbasa.”

The story of Ryzza was made the subject of a short movie available on Mondelez Philippines’ website. This video depicts how Ryzza was instructed by Teacher Atregenio to read with the help of a Remedial Reading seminar she attended, made possible by Mondelez Philippines’ Joy Schools program.

These were the five words in Ryzza’s story that would help result to great joy in her life. It was through the learning from the Remedial Reading seminar Teacher Atregenio attended and the help of the new remedial reading corner, both provided by Mondelez Philippines that Ryzza began to learn to read. Excited, Ryzza would read even at night, memorizing the words and letters she copied that day in her notebook. She started with words, and eventually moved to books like her favorite “Si Daginding.”

As Ryzza began to read, she also began to gain self-confidence. Now a transformed book lover, Ryzza isn’t part of the remedial reading class anymore but she drops by from time to time to learn some more and create more joy for herself.

The stories of Ranzelle and Ryzza tell us that joy cannot be donated or given. It is created together, through partnership and concern for each other.

“Two years into our Joy Schools program we have seen that the true joy comes from the passion and dedication of our partners, teachers, principals and parents,” shares Maria Cindy C. Lim, Head of Corporate Affairs of Mondelez Philippines. “Together, we are able to help the students create joy for themselves, to write and weave these stories of joy that hopefully they will remember forever. We’ve helped create more than a thousand stories so far, and we’re eager to help write a thousand more as we continue our program this year.”

For more information on the Joy Schools program, visit and watch the stories of Ryzza and Ranzelle. Mondelez Philippines is celebrating 52 years in the Philippines.

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