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Call for Nominations: Manila Water Prize for Engineering Excellence

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Manila Water Foundation, Dost Launch First-Ever National Award For Engineering Excellence

The Search for Exemplary Filipino Engineers Begins…

Manila Water Foundation and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) are now accepting nominations for the premier run of the Manila Water Foundation Prize for Engineering Excellence.

Signed and sealed with a handshake. DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo and Manila Water Foundation Chairman Gerardo C. Ablaza, Jr. shake hands after signing the Memorandum of Agreement for the Manila Water Foundation Prize for Engineering Excellence. DOST Undersecretary for S&T Services Rowena Cristina L. Guevara (extreme left) and Manila Water Foundation President Ferdinand M. dela Cruz (extreme right) eagerly look on.

Said prize, which is part of the Manila Water Foundation’s 10th anniversary this year, 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.

The partnership between the Foundation and the DOST was formalized during the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement held on April 21 at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel.

“There are a lot of great engineers with a lot of ingenious engineering solutions, but there's not enough engineering excellence recognition in the country. We're very excited to partner with DOST, who is a practitioner of truly ingenious solutions that work in the Philippines,” said Manila Water Foundation President Ferdinand M. dela Cruz.

DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo shared dela Cruz’s enthusiasm on this project as he pointed out how Manila Water Foundation’s vision and programs are strategically aligned with those of DOST. While the Manila Water Foundation is committed to becoming an enabler of change for Base of the Pyramid (BOP) communities through access to sustainable water and used water services, the DOST is steadfast in finding viable and innovative solutions for proper water usage, particularly in low-income communities.

“There are so many areas where innovative solutions can be developed for viable options. This is where science, technology and innovation can come in. Hopefully, this prize can encourage solutions to optimize and enhance the use of water,” Montejo said.

Eligible to be nominated are bona fide Filipinos who have a degree in any engineering course or related sciences and have been actively performing engineering functions in the Philippines for the past ten (10) years. Nominations may be sent to the Manila Water Foundation until July 15, 2015. 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, log on to or get in touch with the 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 .

Chevron supports 4th AmCham ScholaRUN for 100 students


Manila, Philippines – Over 3,367 runners composed of 477 Chevron employees and 2,890 delegates from American Chamber of Commerce member-companies raced around Bonifacio Global City (BGC) during the 4th AmCham ScholaRUN to raise funds for select 100 underprivileged but deserving Filipino students.

The charity run generated more than 1 million pesos that will go to AmCham Foundation’s scholarship program to support scholars in both vocational and college levels. The number of participants grew by 1,000 this year, a sign of growing support for the annual event. Since the yearly activity started, the American Chamber Foundation Philippines Inc. (ACF) in partnership with Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex fuel and lubricants, has given education opportunities for hundreds of ACF scholars. ACF has supported numerous graduates who are currently working in various companies, locally and globally.

Finishers of the 3k, 5k and 10k categories all received commemorative medals for their participation aside from getting a fun workout with colleagues and friends.


Finishing 3rd in the 5k category, Janice Trinidad, Expatriate Assignee Counselor of Chevron Holdings Inc. (CHI), proudly said, “It feels great to run for a good cause. I fully support this annual activity because I know it’s a privilege to help provide education for our country’s next generation of leaders.”


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 700 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

Rebuilding Dauis Watchtower through Livelihood and Heritage Conservation

In the wake of a destructive 7.2 earthquake that hit Central Visayas in 2013 and destroyed many of its historic churches and structures, Ayala Foundation and its partners have contributed to restoration efforts in the region through livelihood and heritage reconstruction training.

In collaboration with Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, the Diocese of Tagbilaran, the provincial government of Bohol, and the municipal government of Dauis, Ayala Foundation championed a skills program in heritage reconstruction for 29 Boholanos. The trainees underwent an intensive 12-month course in traditional masonry skills with actual on-the-job training in the restoration of the Dauis Church Watchtower. The church complex where the watchtower stands has been declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum and a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

The program is the first of its kind outside of Manila. Its highly trained graduates are expected to contribute to the proper restoration of ruined churches in Bohol and other heritage structures in Central Visayas.

On April 20, the program came to an official close with the trainees’ graduation ceremony and the turnover of the restored watchtower, held at the Assumption of Our Lady Shrine in Dauis, Bohol. Guests included Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines His Excellency Ambassador Luis Calvo; Senator Loren Legarda; Tagbilaran Bishop Leonardo Y. Medroso, Chair, CBCP Permanent Committee for the Cultural Heritage of the Church; NCCA Chairman Felipe de Leon, Jr.; National Historical Commission of the Philippines Chairperson Ma. Serena Diokno; Ruel T. Maranan, President, Ayala Foundation, Inc.; and Dr Jaime C. Laya of Escuela Taller.

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.

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About Escuela Taller

Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc. was organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarollo (AECID), the international aid agency of the Spanish government. It teaches trades within the construction industry, more importantly, those that will help in the restoration of built heritage sites in the Philippines.


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WeatherPhilippines Partners with PDRF to Build a Disaster Operations Center

WeatherPhilippines partnered with Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF) to support its plan of establishing the private sector’s Disaster Operations Center (DOC).

WeatherPhilippines commits to partner with the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF) to strengthen the role of business in building the nation’s disaster preparedness, response and resiliency

The partnership focuses on using WPF's weather 101 trainings to enhance the private sector’s capacity on disaster preparedness, and to provide weather information for the Disaster Operations Center.

The Disaster Operations Center is an inclusive private-sector driven initiative that aids government efforts in the four thematic areas of disaster risk reduction and management: preparedness & mitigation, response, relief and rehabilitation. The DOC’s main goals are: 1)to empower individual businesses to promote greater awareness of risks; 2) support business continuity planning for risk resiliency ; and 3)ensure coordination and collaboration among the private sector, public sector and humanitarian organizations.

This partnership enables WeatherPhilippines to meet its objectives of integrating weather knowledge with business, and empowering the private sector towards creating a WeatherWiser Nation.

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