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Aboitiz invests P437M in PH public education

More than 60,000 students across the nation are now benefitting from the Aboitiz Group’s education-related initiatives last year, amounting to P437 million or about 72% of its total corporate social responsibility (CSR) budget allocation.

Of its P610 million CSR spending in 2014, 21% or P129 million was directed to health-related and other corporate donations; 5% or P30 million in enterprise development programs, and the remaining 2% or P15 million for environmental initiatives.

This has been the largest amount the Group has allocated so far, up by 26% from P483 million CSR budget in 2013.

“In our focus area of education, our goal is to achieve universal public education by continuing to establish and develop Aboitiz BetterWorld schools that promise a better learning environment,” said Aboitiz Group CEO and President Erramon Aboitiz.

In partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), the Group, led by its social development arm Aboitiz Foundation, intensified the development of special science elementary schools (SSES) and technical-vocational (TechVoc) high schools to heed the government’s call for science-based skills specialization among and bring alternative learning to young students.

Apart from the construction of 27 more classrooms in Ilocos Sur, Laguna, Albay, and Cebu for SSES and TechVoc high schools, the Foundation will continue funding teachers’ training for Technical Education Skills Development Authority’s (TESDA) NCII certification.

In 2014, the Aboitiz Group allocated budget for the construction of 185 new classrooms to help address the issue of overcrowding and lack of classrooms in public schools nationwide. In the last 26 years, it has donated more than 800 classrooms.

The Foundation reported turning over 23 regular classrooms in 9 schools in Benguet, Cebu, and Davao del Sur last year. It also turned over 42 additional Silid Pangarap kindergarten classrooms in partnership with the Aklat , Gabay, Aruga tungo sa Pag-angat at Pag-asa (AGAPP) Foundation, which it has been supporting in the last four years.

Majority of the Foundation’s infrastructure building projects last year was focused on the Post-Yolanda Schools Rehabilitation Program where it surpassed its commitment to build or rehabilitate 200 classrooms. Early this year, the Foundation completed physical turnover of 272 classrooms to Northern Cebu schools devastated by the super typhoon.

“We strongly believe it is through education that we can create the greatest impact,” Aboitiz noted.

Since its inception, the Foundation has supported 26,540 scholars and donated 1,670 stand-alone computers and 979 thin-client units to various schools nationwide.

Established in 1988, the Aboitiz Foundation continues to pursue its mission to help people help themselves, implementing corporate social responsibility interventions especially in communities where Aboitiz companies operate. The foundation focuses its efforts on education, enterprise development, and environment but also carries out projects on health and well-being, as well as disaster preparedness and response. #

Aboitiz is biggest contributor to PH public education – DepEd

COMMITTED TO EDUCATION. Aboitiz Group believes that a better learning environment helps the youth realize their dreams. Aboitiz Foundation chairman Erramon Aboitiz (2nd from left) reaffirms its support to DepEd’s ‘Adopt-a-School’ program as it signs MOU with Secretary Armin Luistro (3rd from left). Also present were Aboitiz Foundation President Susan Valdez and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Sonny Carpio.


The Department of Education (DepEd) has lauded Aboitiz Group for being its biggest contributor and a long-standing partner in the bid to uplift the state of the country’s public education system.

Speaking in front of around 330 Aboitiz scholars and their parents, teachers, principals, and representatives from the education sector, local, and government units at the ‘Interventions in Education’ held last Friday, July 24 at The Tent in Enderun Colleges in Taguig City, DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said Aboitiz is one of the first [partners] to show consistency in its commitment to education.

“Aboitiz is a partner in almost anything that the education sector needs. I have never seen an organization extending support from kindergarten all the way to college, and even beyond [graduating] college,” Luistro said, encouraging the scholars to make the most out of this opportunity, study hard, and follow their dreams.

Aboitiz, through its social development arm, Aboitiz Foundation renewed its commitment and formally presented all its education-related projects, including initiatives from its 27 business units.

Last year, the Group spent P437 million or 72% of its total corporate social responsibility budget allocation – the biggest so far – to help realize its goal of achieving universal public education by establishing “BetterWorld” schools that promise better learning environment.

“Our strong commitment to education resonates in our commitment to help make all Filipino children lifelong learners through our Education for a BetterWorld campaign. We firmly believe that education is where we can make the greatest impact and we continue to advance our efforts to help improve it in our country. Over half of our group-wide CSR budget is allocated for education-related programs,” stressed Aboitiz Foundation chairman Erramon Aboitiz.

In partnership with DepEd, the Group continuously intensifies the development of special science elementary schools (SSES) and technical-vocational (TechVoc) high schools, constructs Silid Pangarap kindergarten schools in collaboration with the Aklat, Gabay, Aruga Tungo sa Pag-angat at Pag-asa (AGAPP) Foundation, repairs and constructs regular classrooms, facilitates teacher skills trainings, and grants scholarships and financial assistance to deserving students.

Aboitiz congratulated 39 of the company’s college scholars who graduated this year, 23 of whom are with Latin honors. In the last 27 years, more than 27,000 students have benefitted from its scholarship and financial program.

Established in 1988, the Aboitiz Foundation continues to pursue its mission to help people help themselves, implementing corporate social responsibility interventions especially in communities where Aboitiz companies operate. The foundation focuses its efforts on education, enterprise development, and environment but also carries out projects on health and well-being, as well as disaster preparedness and response.

Petron inaugurates 81st School, continues to fuel hope for Tacloban

FUELING HOPE. Tacloban City Councilor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez (seated, 3rd from left) and Petron Corporate Affairs AVP & Petron Foundation General Manager Charmaine Canillas V. Canillas (seated, 2nd from left) lead the turnover of the 81st Petron School at Anibong Elementary School in Tacloban City, together with San Miguel Foundation Executive Director and PFI Trustee Camille B. Buenaventura (standing, extreme right)

Petron welcomed hundreds of school children to their new classrooms when it inaugurated the Petron School in Tacloban City on July 15. This brings the total number of Petron Schools to 81 and classrooms to over 160 nationwide.

Since 2002, the company has been building Petron Schools to support the Department of Education’s Adopt-A-School Program and contribute much needed venues for education in overcrowded public schools in the country or those that have been severely damaged by major calamities. Over 10,000 students are benefitting from these Petron schools.

The 81st Petron School adds two new classrooms in Anibong Elementary School in Tacloban City’s Barangay 68. The typhoon-resilient facility comes complete with chairs and tables for students and teachers, ceiling fans, and a restroom per classroom.

Tacloban City officials, led by Councilor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez, were joined in the simple inauguration ceremony by Elementary School Principal Josefina Tanpiengco, High School Principal Teresita Amistoso, Barangay 68 Chair Ma. Rosario Bactol, and Barangay 69 Chair Noel Tabao.

“Petron continues to reaffirm its commitment to nation building, especially in areas where we have a major presence,” said Petron AVP for Corporate Affairs and Petron Foundation General Manager Charmaine V. Canillas. “We have been a part of Tacloban, and our sense of community deepened in the aftermath of one of the country’s worst calamities. Beyond the relief efforts, we hope that our programs such as the Petron School will help the city not only rise from the tragedy but fully develop and progress.”


The Petron School in Tacloban complements the two-classroom AGAPP Silid Pangarap pre-school in Judge Antonio Montilla Sr. Elementary School also in Tacloban City that was turned over in February. Also as part of its support for the city’s sustainability, the Petron Tacloban Depot adopted a watershed in Barangay 69 and planted an initial batch of 7,500 mangroves. This aims to help protect the community from the impact of tidal waves, storm surges, or even tsunamis.

Premier Prize For Engineering Excellence Extends Nomination Period

The nomination period for the first-ever Manila Water Foundation Prize for Engineering Excellence has been moved from the prior announced July 15 to August 15, 2015 in response to requests made by various academic institutions, professional associations, and companies.

Said prize, which is in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), is a nationwide search for five exemplary engineers who have developed and implemented projects that champion water, sanitation, environment and sustainability for marginalized communities. To inspire and empower all Filipino engineers to serve the country better through engineering solutions resulting in positive social impacts, each prize recipient will receive Php500,000.

Eligible to be nominated are bona fide Filipinos who have a degree in any engineering or related science courses and have been actively performing engineering functions in the Philippines for the past ten (10) years. Successful nominees will move on to the next stages of the search leading up to the awarding ceremony before the year ends.

For more details on the Prize and to download forms, log on to or get in touch with Manila Water Foundation through 917-5900 local 1025/1562 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Empowering communities: Trans-Asia’s HELP Earth gains recognition

As validation to its enduring commitment to nation-building, Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp. (Trans-Asia) will receive the Social Empowerment Award of Enterprise Asia’s Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards (AREA) today.

The prestigious awards ceremony recog­nizes businesses in Asia for elevating sustain­able and responsible entrepreneurship while the Social Empowerment Award particularly honors institutions that promote and empower socially- or economically-disadvantaged com­munities and individuals. Winning an award entails esteem and recognition to any organiza­tion and, at the same time, establishes societal confidence and trust on the business.

“Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) tagline, ‘Empowering Communities,’ has been the main thrust of our programs and winning this award is a confirmation that the company is living its tagline, and that we are on the right track towards helping communities and making their lives better,” said Dr. Francisco L. Viray, president and chief executive officer of Trans-Asia.

Since the company was established 45 years ago, it has been in the corporate DNA of Trans-Asia to engage its communities and make them part of its day-to-day goals and operations. The corporation believes that CSR is not just a one-time charity activity but a platform where it could push its advocacies to educate and empower its host communities in order to raise their socio-economic status.

“With this mindset, we are able to sustain our business because we have established a symbiotic relationship with our host com­munities. They, too, put the effort to take care of our business and the environment that sur­rounds it,” Dr. Viray said.

Indeed, Trans-Asia’s humble societal efforts have made an impression to many people. The outcomes of its CSR activities are dramatic as the company has gained supporters who have continuously shown and developed earnest concern for the company and its facilities.

Apart from that, Trans-Asia takes pride in its strong culture of volunteerism in the workplace. Through demonstrating the task and responsibility of corporate citizenship among its employees, Trans-Asia has culti­vated a CSR mindset within the four walls of its organization. Its programs are made more sustainable due to the hundreds of employees who are willingly involved in its CSR pro­grams — from planning, down to execution.

One of Trans-Asia’s most valuable CSR programs is Harnessing Energy Literacy for Planet Earth (HELP Earth), a platform where the company could provide educational sup­port by building partnerships with schools, donating student materials, and organizing environmental activities and exhibits through the Juan Matipid project. The HELP Earth Multimedia Corners and Energy in Focus Guidebook also aid the company’s CSR ef­forts in accomplishing its goals of providing educational support to the underprivileged.

According to Dr. Viray, the objective of the HELP Earth education program is for schools “to become more self-reliant, to develop their own initiatives for energy and environment, and to sustain their own advocacies with the help of the foundation built by [the company].”

Besides that, HELP Earth is also committed to support initiatives for the environment es­pecially in areas where it operates. Its frame­work for environmental initiatives is specifi­cally targeted towards reforestation, water conservation, and waste management.

Values are fundamental to any company that wants to attain corporate success. Integrity, patriotism,and professionalism are the top core values which Trans-Asia firmly holds onto over the decades. Having already the subcon­scious of aligning its strategies to the afore­mentioned three, the company inescapably deals with its customers, stakeholders, and business partners in a professional and honest manner. This feat contributes to Trans-Asia’s long-standing sustainability and growth.


“These core values will be useless if not imbibed in our employees. The company en­sures that each and every employee knows the values by heart and lives by these values. As such, the people working for our company know what we stand for and believe in what we stand for,” Dr. Viray added.

The very three values have also played an important role in setting the company apart from its industry competitors. Despite the fact that Trans-Asia is among the smaller players in the country’s energy industry, it tries to distinguish itself by building strong and lasting relationships with its stakeholders.

“Particularly, in our host communities, we implement programs that will benefit them for a long time. We also have tangible moni­toring schemes to ensure that the programs will continue to run and can be improved in the future,” said Dr. Viray. “By imbibing these values, we set Trans-Asia apart as a company that you would like to do business with.”

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