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Mondelēz International Rebuilds Homes and Lives after Yolanda

Nenita and Nicolas Bardalo of Leyte. Veronica Jaingue of Samar. They are just a few of the names and lives behind the headlines of Typhoon Yolanda. It’s been more than a year and much has been said and done to wipe away the nightmares it caused. In fact, there is danger of it being soon forgotten. Such is the unfortunate nature of current events. But even when headlines fade, it is the strength that now grows in the people, communities, and regions affected by the typhoon that will forever remain.

This strength is one that Mondelēz International has worked to rebuild. The Company formerly named Kraft Foods is one of those who have helped the region brought to its knees to find new strength to stand up again.

The strength to keep living, to keep feeling joy. “We believe that strength comes from being able to stand on your own after a fall. It is what helps you to keep facing challenges and create joy in your life despite them,” relates Maria Cindy Lim, Head of Corporate and Government Affairs of Mondelēz International in the Philippines.

The Company that aims to create delicious moments of joy started their efforts to build back the strength of those affected by the tragedy by adopting one public elementary school in Tacloban, Leyte for its three-year “Joy Schools” program. By providing a 9-month feeding program, teacher training, and facilities improvement, the adopted school aims to not only return to normal but to be better – a model school in fact.

To create more joy, Mondelēz International in the Philippines has also adopted one public elementary school in Tacloban, Leyte under a 3-year partnership called the Joy Schools program. With this support, the Company aims to help the school regain their strength and be a model school in the future.

Similarly, by supporting the global poverty-fighting organization CARE, homes and lives were made stronger with Mondelēz International’s help. CARE works in 87 countries to support nearly 1,000 poverty-fighting humanitarian-aid projects. In the one year after Yolanda, CARE with the support of Mondelēz International, has helped 27,000 households to be stronger through livelihood grants and by helping create sturdier homes for their families.

A stronger house means a stronger home. Nenita and Nicolas Bardalo of Maricum in the Province of Leyte received training and financial support from CARE to rebuild their home. When Typhoon Yolanda struck, their home was utterly destroyed. The couple then had to live with their two children in a makeshift house. Nenita said she had a sore back from hunching over all the time in their makeshift dwelling and they constantly banged their heads on the ceiling.

The Bardalo family of Leyte stands in front of their newly-constructed home, which they have made stronger through the support of CARE and Mondelēz International.

Now Nenita and Nicolas are proud to show their rebuilt home with stronger walls and roofing. Nicolas was one of the community carpenters trained to “build back safer” and help others do the same. The couple also received cash assistance to complete their home repair. Nenita says they ensured the money was spent wisely on shelter materials.

Stronger women make strong families. The typhoon washed away the home, cooking materials, and sari-sari store of Veronica Jaingue from Basey, Samar. Veronica had always been self-sufficient, earning a living from her store and cooking vegetables to sell to neighbors. But the typhoon put a stop to her independence, taking away all she had. She had to go through months without a source of income.

Businesswoman Veronica Jaingue from Basey, Samar has regained the strength to stand on her own again after the tragedy of Typhoon Yolanda. The financial grant provided by CARE through the help of Mondelēz International has encouraged Veronica to restart her sari-sari store and even embark on a new food business.

A livelihood grant from CARE changed all that. Now, Veronica is standing tall and strong again. Through the grant she was able to restart her store and even gain the courage to start a new business. She has since begun successfully selling homemade ginger tea and pickles. Now, she even gets big orders for weddings or events in her town. Want to know what Veronica’s new dream is? Seeing her products on the shelves of a big mall.

“I was happy when I started earning again, that I even bought sandals for myself,” shares the 79-year old widow and mother of two. “It was so rewarding to be able to afford that for myself. I also want to save for the future. So that when I stop working, I still have money for my needs,” she ends.

These are the stories of strong people with brighter futures. “These stories are what inspire us to keep creating joy for our community,” adds Lim. “Hopefully, the people who have regained their strength will continue to inspire others. So that more and more people can stand strong - even those not affected by Typhoon Yolanda, and create joy for themselves.”

For more information on how Mondelēz International creates joy in the Philippines, visit

Employee volunteerism… more fun in SLTEC

One hundred percent employee volunteerism is not impossible! This is what SLTEC’s employees proved throughout the Gimme 5 campaign. With all their help and support, enough funds were raised and around 45% of SLTEC’s employees actively participated in “Everyday is Teachers’ Day”, and “Handog Paskong Saya” held during PHINMA’s first ever Community Day.


Here, SLTEC honored a total of twenty-nine (29) teachers from  Puting Bato Elementary School and Sinisian Elementary School. Each teacher was pampered that day through services such as body massages, manicures, pedicures, haircuts, and free make-up.

The services given to them may be simple for most, but for the teachers who are constantly working, a day devoted to themselves is very rare. Aside from giving them these services for free, SLTEC  also took the opportunity to make them realize that their sacrifices in teaching the youth are not unnoticed. Every moment they spend with their students makes a difference, and they should be appreciated and acknowledged for that.



CLFI helps ALS Learners in Passing A&ET

Cebuana Lhuillier, through its Corporate Social Responsibility Arm, Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc. (CLFI), reproduced reviewers and practice tests amounting to 40 thousand pesos to prepare their Alternative Learning System (ALS) learners nationwide in the Accreditation and Equivalency Test (A&ET) of the Department of Education scheduled this December.

With 1,013 A&ET registered DepEd-Cebuana Lhuillier ALS Community Learning Center (CLC) learners, CLFI and their ALS coordinators target at least 300 passers nationwide.

The DepEd-Cebuana Lhuillier ALS CLC is one of the flagship programs of CLFI. The latter committed 2 million peso budget intended for teaching equipment and module reproduction for their 16 adopted ALS centers nationwide.

“By helping the out-of-school youth and adults pass the A&ET to get their high school diplomas, we are opening the doors to them to be able to pursue collegiate and other studies which would empower them to effectively bring their families to financial stability" says Atty. Cesar Vidal, CLFI's Executive Trustee.

ALS is a non-formal type of education which addresses basic education needs of school-aged children who are out-of-school, or those beyond school age but have not been to school at all, those who dropped out and those living in far-flung areas and isolated communities.

Yearly, DepEd conducts A&ET to qualify learners as elementary or high school graduate, as the case may be, with certification signed by the Secretary of the Department of Education.

To date, CLFI has 1,649 ALS learners and currently increasing in its 16 CLCs nationwide.



The Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc. is the corporate social responsibility arm of the PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies, which manages the country’s leading pawnshop, Cebuana Lhuillier. The Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation was founded in 2000 by Ambassador Philippe Jones Lhuillier.

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



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