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BDO Foundation Helps Improve Healthcare for Pilareños


The health workers of Pilar, a municipality in the province of Capiz, aspire to achieve a noble goal. Led by their municipal health officer Dr. Ramon Alex Nolasco, the town's doctors, nurses and midwives want to deliver high-quality healthcare to all Pilareños. It is a mission that motivates and inspires them to work hard 24/7. 

Helping them achieve this mission is BDO Foundation, which recently rehabilitated Municipal Health Office Pilar, an initiative that is expected to benefit a catchment population of more than 46,000 people from 24 barangays. The initiative is aimed at enabling health workers provide patient care more efficiently to their constituents, especially the underprivileged. 

The newly rehabilitated rural health unit was turned over to the local government unit and provincial health office in inaugural ceremonies led by BDO Foundation president Mario Deriquito, BDO Foundation program director Rose Espinosa, BDO Roxas-CityMall branch head Neil Villaruz and BDO Roxas-Pueblo de Panay branch head Jojie Aga-in. BDO branches support the foundation's rehabilitation program by recommending health centers that need support. 

"Salamat gid, BDO Foundation! The rehabilitation of our health center will contribute to the health of Pilareños," said Dr. Nolasco as he accepted the new and improved Municipal Health Office Pilar together with Pilar mayor Gideon Ike Patricio. Provincial health officers and other local government officials witnessed the turn over the structure. 

BDO Foundation renovated the health center's overall structure, reception and waiting areas, offices, consultation and treatment rooms, dental clinic, pharmacy, laboratory and birthing facilities. An activity area for children complete with books and toys as well as a waiting lounge for the comfortable use of senior citizens were built. The foundation also installed a proper breastfeeding station to give nursing mothers the privacy they need. 

The initiative is in line with BDO Foundation's disaster response advocacy and rehabilitation program in provinces affected by calamities. Capiz and neighboring provinces were hit by Tropical Depression Urduja in 2017 and by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. 

As a follow up to its relief operations for victims of Tropical Depression Urduja, BDO Foundation rehabilitated the municipal health office of Pilar in Capiz.

Aboitiz Team Members Join Forces for 10th Brigada Eskwela

Several Aboitiz Group team members from Manila and Cebu came together and painted desks, planted seedlings, and covered textbooks in public schools in Taguig, Pateros, and Cebu last May 21, Saturday, as part of the Aboitiz Group’s 10th annual Brigada Eskwela. The simultaneous activities were graced by DepEd and DA USecs. Tonisito M.C. Umali and Ranibai Dilangalen; Elsa Parot, Agricultural Training Institute Chief of Partnerships and Accreditation; Taguig City and Pateros Mayors Laarni Cayetano and Miguel Ponce III; and Francis Barrameda, Taguig City Admin for Education. “Brigada Eskwela plays a central role in the Aboitiz Group’s brand promise of advancing business and communities through the work of Aboitiz Foundation in co-creating safe, empowered, and sustainable communities. We are guided by our desire to make even more significant impact on the lives of our beneficiaries through our projects in education, enterprise development, and the environment,” said Erramon I. Aboitiz, Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. President & CEO.


#WeatherWiser Campaign bags coveted Anvil Award

WeatherPhilippines Foundation, an Aboitiz-led private weather information provider, has been recognized as one of the country’s most outstanding organizations in public relations at the 53rd Anvil Awards held at Shangri-La at The Fort last March 23, 2018.

Presented by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP), WeatherPhilippines, received the Silver Anvil Award for Specialized Public Relations- Advocacy Campaign for its Building a #WeatherWiser Nation, a campaign focused on showcasing the foundation’s strategy in bringing weather resilience and disaster preparedness to the consciousness of Filipinos.

WeatherPhilippines is proud to share this honor with its partners in advancing business and communities by helping build a #WeatherWiser nation.


Presented by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines, the Anvil Awards is a nationally-coveted symbol of excellence in the field of public relations. The 53rd Anvil Awards included the following categories: PR Programs on Sustained Bases, PR Programs Directed at Specific Stakeholders, and Specialized PR Programs (advocacy campaign), and PR Tools covering Publications, Multimedia, and Exhibits and Special Events.



Bringing play to the displaced children of Mayon

Ikaw ang aking Superhero. Students of San Jose and Calbayog Elementary Schools dance to the tune of ‘Superhero,’ empowered by the belief that each one of them is a superhero.

Play It Forward Resilience (PIFR), Unilab Foundation’s therapeutic play program for children in vulnerable areas, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), recently provided psychosocial support to students and parents from San Jose Elementary School (SJES) and evacuees from Calbayog Elementary School (CES) in Malilipot, Albay, in response to the Mayon volcano eruptions.

‘Sanay na po kami’

Since January 2018, the Mayon volcano eruptions have dominated the news. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert level to 4 (hazardous eruption within days), and ordered the evacuation of residents, especially those living within the six-kilometer Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ). Reports say approximately 21,000 families or 81,200 individuals have been evacuated.

Nag-start mag-erupt ang Mayon volcano noong January 14. ‘Yun din yung araw na lumipat ‘yung from Calbayog and part of San Roque, pumunta sila dito sa school namin para mag-evacuate. Alam na nila ang gagawin. Calbayog is within the six-kilometer danger zone,” explains Sincletica Buena, Principal and Camp Chief of SJES.

As the designated evacuation site in Malilipot, Albay, SJES now caters over 1,000 learners. Because the evacuees are sheltered in the classrooms, DepEd has designated Temporary Learning Spaces (TLS) for classes. Students from SJES take the morning shift, from 6:00am to 12:00nn, while the displaced students from CES are scheduled for 12:00nn to 6:00pm.

“Naapektuhan po talaga ang pag-aaral ng mga bata. Kasi isipin po natin, ‘yung one day na teaching, ginagawa lang natin dito’ng half day. Although lahat ng subjects natuturo sa kanila, kaya lang nasu-shorten ‘yung time,” shares Marilou Arizapa, Principal of CES.

Rosario Bien, a Grade 1 teacher in SJES adds, “’Yung ibang mga bata, may masakit ang ulo, nahihilo, minsan nagkakaroon ng lagnat, kasi na-se-stress din sila, kahit hindi sila yung masyadong apektado ng Mayon kasi na-displace sila sa kanilang classroom.”

Although parents like Precy Bitara say that her children are used to evacuations every now and then, both the teachers and students suffer. “’Yung ibang bata talaga, parang may trauma na sila siguro sa naranasan na nila, kaya natatakot sila,” shares Bitara.

The power of play

Studies show that children can use play not only to cope with difficult emotions, but also as a way to accelerate healing and recovery from trauma.

To address the need for psychosocial support, the DepEd tapped PIFR for two days of play for the students in Malilipot, Albay.

Play It Forward is a science- and evidence-based program that provides opportunities for children to express and understand their feelings through a play curriculum and a structured or mobile play space.

Twenty-six teachers and Disaster Risk and Reduction Management coordinators from DepEd Region V and DepEd Albay Division received training on PIFR from March 25 to 26, 2018, enabling them to become PIFR facilitators equipped to provide basic psychological first aid to parents and children.

Bien, who facilitated play sessions for her Grade 1 students, shares, “Ang paglalaro po kasi, nawawala ang problema sa kanila. Instead na isipin nila na natakot sila nung pumutok yung bulkan, mas na-enjoy nila yung karanasan nila sa paglalaro.”

Joseph John Jimenez Perez, Project Development Officer II of the DepEd Sorsogon Province, was also trained as a volunteer facilitator. Perez affirmed, “It gives them a sense of normalcy, [since] the evacuation center is definitely a very abnormal situation: this is not their home, this is a learning institution. So through play, it gives them a sense of normalcy that everything will be okay.”

Building resilience, one child at a time

After the play days, teacher-facilitators began preparations to cascade their experience and knowledge to their respective divisions.

A total of 209 students from SJES and CES, from Grades 1 to 6, participated in the PIFR play days on March 27 and 28. In addition, 59 parents also learned about how disasters and crises situations like the volcanic eruption can have severe effects on children, and how understanding and caring for them can help with healing and renewed growth.

PIFR has brought the intervention to disaster-stricken areas: post-Yolanda Tacloban in 2016; Isabela, which was devastated by Super Typhoon Lawin in 2017; and Typhoon Nina-hit Marinduque also in 2017. The program also held play days for children who were affected by the 6.7 magnitude earthquake in Surigao City last year.

Aside from providing response, this year, PIFR is set to build resilience among children in the 10 most vulnerable areas in the Philippines, including Pampanga and Eastern Samar.

Unilab Foundation, Inc. is the corporate foundation of United Laboratories. True to the belief that quality healthcare is for all, it is Unilab Foundation’s mission to build a healthier Philippines, one person, one community at a time.

It's a great day for play. The students of San Jose Elementary School and Calbayog Elementary School were all smiles during the Play It Forward Resilience Play Day in Malilipot, Albay.

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Island School in Palawan Receives Knowledge Channel


An island barangay school in Coron, Palawan was the lucky recipient of educational television equipment provided by the Malampaya Foundation, a long-time partner and supporter of the Knowledge Channel and its mission to empower learners through media and technology.

The teacher training and equipment turnover event took place at the Canipo Elementary School early this month in the isolated sitio of Coron.  The school was also given a photo-voltaic or solar panel power system by Malampaya Foundation with which to power its new electronic educational TV equipment.

The island’s welcoming committee of 237 learners and 7 teachers were visibly excited by the visit of Malampaya Foundation Executive Director Karen Agabin and Knowledge Channel executives Doris Nuval and Vin Conmigo and Sky Direct’s direct-to-home satellite service installers.

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