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RHI supports the Balik Baterya Program

Roxas Holdings, Inc. (RHI) on May 30, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and Motolite Marketing Corporation at Roxol Bioenergy Corp. (RBC)

Ms Angeline Bondad, Head of RHI’s CSR, said they are optimistic that the Balik Baterya Program will be implemented successfully across the Group.

In an email message, Ms Bondad said: “Now, all our four plants are in partnership with Motolite and PBSP in the Balik Baterya Program. That is good for the business, we become compliant with Republic Act 6969 (Toxic and Hazardous Waste Act) for properly disposing a hazardous waste, good for our environment of course, and this will help us implement development program for our community.”

Ethanol SBU EVP & COO Luis O. Villa-Abrille welcomed the guests and partners, and lauded the efforts of PBSP and Motolite as he emphasized the importance of proper disposal of batteries that contain lead, which is carcinogenic.

RBC Factory Operations Manager Noli G. Segovia said such an initiative “inspires and motivates the company to contribute more to achieving a sustainable environment for the community”.

PBSP Executive Director Reynaldo Antonio D. Laguda thanked RHI for supporting the Balik Baterya Program and gave a brief background about the initiative, a partnership between Motolite and PBSP, which began in 2006. He said that the main objective of PBSP is to help companies to find ways of doing business and at the same time, doing social and environmental development.

Mr. Laguda shared that the program aimed to provide sustainable solution to the proper disposal of used lead acid batteries (ULABs) whose lead content is identified as hazardous to people and the environment. Motolite buys ULABs at a premium value. The proceeds are then used to fund PBSP programs such as education through the Learning Enhancement Assistance Package (LEAP). Motolite hauled 207 units of batteries on the first launch of the project.

The project has expanded to include environmental and water-related initiatives and activities supporting the Senior High School Program. Partner companies have the option to utilize the funds generated from the program to implemented identified programs in the area of their operations in partnership with the PBSP.

CAC I Admin Head and CSR Officer Ramonito Lastima congratulated all 38 participants from RBC, CACI, San Carlos Bioenergy, Inc. (SCBI), the PBSP and Motolite for the partnership. “Through this kind of endeavor, companies not only protect the environment but also build strong relationships among stakeholders in achieving sustainable social and economic development,” Mr Lastima said.

Also present in the event were PBSP Visayas Manager Ma. Amparo Angela Y. Millan, Motolite Regional Manager Jose Gabo, Motilite CSR officer Connie Deligero, and RHI Environment Head Roselle Recreo.


Local resident of Boracay supports rehabilitation project by donating his land for the construction of a communal septic tank

Doing his part in the six-month rehabilitation program of Boracay, a local resident of the island, Mr. Nathaniel Sacapaño, generously initiated the donation of a portion of his land for the development of a communal septic tank that will ensure proper wastewater containment of the 15 low-lying households comprising his community in Sitio Ilaya, Barangay Balabag.

Supporting this project are Manila Water Foundation (MWF), Globe Telecom, and Boracay Island Water Company (BIWC) and several local organizations and institutions. This is part of the Php 1.3 million Boracay rehabilitation project which was kicked off last July 13, 2018, through the successful ground-breaking ceremony of the communal septic tank in Sitio Ilaya.

Mr. Sacapaño emphasized how significant every single contribution is towards the rehabilitation of Boracay, not only for his family, but to his community as well. “Ako ay tubong Boracay. Naipaliwanag sa akin at naintindihan ko ang intensyon ng proyekto. Alam kong maaari tayong umaksyon kahit gaano man kalaki o kaliit ang kontribusyon.”

Translation: “Boracay is my hometown. The purpose of the project was explained to me, and I fully understood its value. I believe that we can all do something, no matter how big or small our contributions are.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) expressed support to the project. DENR Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning Services, Ms. Corazon C. Davis, said that these initiatives sparked the start of bigger collaborations that all lead towards the same goal of restoring not only Boracay, but also the “bayanihan” culture.

“It is a challenge for us to balance the people, planet, and profit. One of the responses to the challenge is the use of technology. And now we see the work of a scientist [Dr. Merlinda Palencia]. With Vigormin and the septic tank, we can see the start of a collaboration. This painful experience, the closure of Boracay, rekindled bayanihan. I am confident that we can rise beyond Boracay.”

Part of the island’s rehabilitation initiatives is the distribution of 8,000 packs of Vigormin - a low-cost, organo-mineral solution to boost the removal rate of organic pollutants in septic tanks for improved quality of wastewater. Four thousand households from Baranggays Balabag, Manocmanoc, and Yapak in Boracay, who are not yet connected to the sewer lines, each received two kilos of this organic product. Dr. Merlinda Palencia, the project lead of Vigormin and one of the awardees of the MWF Prize for Engineering Excellence, spearheaded the distribution and demonstrated its value to the environment and, in effect, to one’s health.

Mr. Mike Santos, General Manager of BIWC, reiterated the importance of the initiatives and the possible impacts of the projects to the overall rehabilitation of the island. These projects are in support of their very own Amot Amot sa Malimpyong Boracay or Toka Toka sa Malinis na Boracay campaign.

“90% ng mga residente ay hindi nakakabit sa sewer system dahil ang magpagawa ng ganitong sistema ay hindi mura. Mahal ang lupa. Kaya nagpapasalamat tayo kay Mang Nathaniel Sacapaño na may ginintuang puso at nagbigay ng lupa para sa [pagpapatayo ng] communal septic tank. Panimula palang ito. Sana ay mas lalo pang mapagtibay ang ating pag-sustain sa Borcacay,” Mr. Santos expressed.

Translation: 90% of the residents here [in Boracay] have not yet connected to the sewer system, mostly because the cost of building a system is expensive. Land is [also] expensive. Which is why we are thankful to Mr. Nathaniel Sacapaño, who is kind enough to donate his land for the construction of the communal septic tank. This is just the beginning. It is in my hopes that we continue to strengthen our initiatives to sustain Boracay.

MWF Executive Director Mr. Reginald Andal also expressed the Foundation’s commitment to the rehabilitation of the island. “These programs are our commitment to the island. Mula’t mula pa noon, narito kami at ang mga partners natin. Mula sa pagsasaya, pagsasara, at muling pagbubukas ng Boracay, Nanrito po kami para magbigay suporta.”

Translation: “With these programs, this is our commitment to the island. With our partners, our commitment remains even from the beginning. On joyous times, to the closure of the island, and until its much-awaited opening, we will be here.”

After the pilot project’s construction, monitoring and evaluation of the structures will be undertaken to determine its performance.


Manila Water Foundation (MWF), Globe Telecom, and Boracay Island Water Company (BIWC), joined by their honored guests, officially break ground the construction of a communal septic tank in Sitio Ilaya, Barangay Balabag, Boracay.

The major thrust of the partnership is to help the government rehabilitate the island through embarking on a sustainable development project. The provision of a communal septic tank for the 15 households in Sitio Ilaya, Barangay Balabag will ensure proper containment of used water for this low-lying community. This is in support of BIWC’s wider sustainability program, Amot Amot sa Malimpyong Boracay (Toka Toka sa Malinis na Boracay).

In this photo are (top row, L-R), MWF Executive Director Mr. Reginald Andal, Island Administrator and Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Malay, Mr. Rowen Aguirre, Globe Telecom Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Communications, Ms. Yoly Crisanto, land owner,  Mr. Nathaniel Sacapaño, Barangay Balabag Captain, Mr. Jason Talapian, and General Manager of BIWC, Mr. Mike Santos.

Also, part of the island’s rehabilitation initiatives is the distribution of 8,000 packs of Vigormin to the 4,000 households from Baranggay Balabag, ManocManoc, and Yapak in Boracay.

Mr. Nathaniel Sacapaño, a resident from Boracay, generously donated a portion of his land for the construction of the communal septic tank that will ensure proper waste and used water containment of the 15 low-lying households comprising his community.

Finalists of the 2018 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Search Named

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) announces the 19 finalists of the 2018 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos who will undergo the final selection process on July 27 and 28 at the Metrobank Plaza in Makati City.

Finalists for the teachers category are: Venus Alboruto, PhD of Surigao City National High School (Surigao City); Carina De Los Santos of Uyugan Elementary School (Uyugan, Batanes); Carla Dimalanta, PhD of the University of the Philippines–Diliman (Quezon City); Aimee Marie Gragasin of Philippine Science High School–Cagayan Valley Campus (Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya); Alma Janagap, EdD of Pavia National High School (Pavia, Iloilo); Mary Jane Ramo of Tonggo Elementary School (Tudela, Misamis Occidental); and Ma. Mercedes Rodrigo, PhD of Ateneo De Manila University (Quezon City).

For the soldiers category, the finalists are: Captain Jeffrey Buada of the 15th Scout Ranger Company, 5th Scout Ranger Battalion, Philippine Army (Talipao, Sulu); Lieutenant Colonel Danilo Facundo PN(M) of the Mobile Training and Exercise Unit, Marine Corps Force Development Center, Philippine Marine Corps (Taguig City); Staff Sergeant Joseph Hulibayan of the Scout Platoon, 26th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army (Talacogon, Agusan del Sur); Major Rhanjee Lao of the 470th Maintenance and Supply Group, 220th Airlift Wing, BGen Benito Ebuen Air Base, Philippine Air Force (Lapu-Lapu City); Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Ryan Seguin of the 7th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 5th Fighter Wing, Basa Air Base, Philippine Air Force (Floridablanca, Pampanga); and Major Francis Señoron of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Armed Forces of the Philippines (Quezon City).

Lastly, the finalists for the police officers category are: Police Superintendent Jack Angog of First Special Action Battalion, PNP Special Action Force (Santiago, Agusan del Norte); Senior Police Officer 1 Aida Awitin of Davao Occidental Police Provincial Office (Malita, Davao Occidental); Police Senior Inspector Dennis Ebsolo of Misamis Oriental Police Provincial Office (Villanueva, Misamis Oriental); Police Chief Inspector Ronald Lao of Talomo Police Station, Davao City Police Office (Talomo District, Davao City); Police Senior Superintendent Pascual Muñoz, Jr. of Supply Management Division, Directorate for Logistics, Philippine National Police, Camp Crame (Quezon City); and Senior Police Officer 1 Mary Joy Ylanan of Bogo City Police Station (Bogo City, Cebu).

Of the 19 finalists, ten (10) Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos–composed of 4 teachers, 3 soldiers, and 3 police officers will be selected for going above and beyond the call of duty in their respective pursuits of service to the nation and its citizenry.

The awardees will be honored during Metrobank’s 56th anniversary celebration in September. Each of them will receive one million pesos worth of cash prize, a trophy, and a medallion. They will also be conferred as 2018 Metrobank Foundation Fellows in Public Service and given the opportunity to share their best practices through lectures across the country.

Employees of CLAFI and ABU work with communities for Brigada Eskwela 2018

Pupils will now enjoy learning in a more conducive classroom as classes open on 4 June 2018.

In a public-private partnership, Conrado & Ladislawa Alcantara Foundation, Inc. (CLAFI) and Alcantara Group’s AgriBusiness Unit joined the teachers, parents and community members in preparing the classrooms of four schools in Sarangani Province and General Santos City in Brigada Eskwela 2018.

CLAFI is the corporate social responsibility arm of the Alcantara Group where ABU is a member.

More than a hundred employees from ABU and CLAFI cleaned, painted, repaired armchairs & classrooms of Maribulan Elementary School in Alabel and PH Millona Integrated School in Malapatan, Sarangani Province, and Banwalan IP School in General Santos City. The floor of the kindergarten room in Calay IP School in Malapatan, Sarangani Province was also cemented.

“Alayon para sa Brigada Eskwela Uban ang komunidad is the brainchild of ABU Vice President for Operations Miguel Rene Dominguez to work with stakeholders prepare schools for the upcoming school year. We also want to contribute to the communities, and the idea is to tap employees of the Agribusiness Unit, with CLAFI, to do the painting, cleaning and repairing themselves, on top of providing painting, finishing and flooring materials. Employee-volunteers are from both the operations and administration, from Finfish Hatcheries, Inc., SACI, Alsons Aquaculture, AlsonsDev – Banana, and SCCI – Banana,” explained Mr. Ray Cadorna, Employee Relations Head of the ABU.

Grateful for the new look of her classroom, Ma’am Armie Paloma, Grade 4 Adviser of PH Millona Integrated School, said the newly-repainted rooms will definitely excite her pupils and improve their learning. Ma’am Paloma is hopeful ABU and CLAFI will continue to assist the school.

“We are considering making this an annual company event with more schools and more participation from employees,” said Mr. Cadorna.


Davaoeños welcome rehabilitation of health centers by BDO Foundation



Local government leaders, health officials and residents of Davao City graciously welcomed the reopening of two rural health units recently rehabilitated by BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank.

At the blessing and inauguration of Agdao Health Center and Jacinto Health Center, Davao City mayor Sara Duterte led local officials in sending a message of gratitude to BDO Foundation for supporting the city government's efforts to help improve the health and well-being of Davaoeños. "Thank you for thinking of Davao City. You have been very helpful. Due to the big land area and population of the city, we really need the help of partners particularly in the private sector," the mayor remarked.

"Our rural health units are very important in catching health problems at an early stage. Our health centers are also very helpful in addressing the outbreak of diseases in communities and making sure that the health services of the city government are accessible to the public," she said.

The newly rehabilitated Agdao Health Center and Jacinto Health Center were turned over to local government officials in inaugural ceremonies led by BDO Foundation president Mario Deriquito and BDO Foundation program director Rose Espinosa. They were joined by BDO Mindanao region head Beth Estrada, One Network Bank (ONB) president Tonet Itchon and the managers of BDO and ONB branches in Davao City. There are more than 40 BDO and ONB branches in the city. ONB is the rural bank subsidiary of BDO.

Also in attendance at the inauguration were Davao City 2nd district congresswoman Mylene Garcia-Albano, city administrator Zuleika Lopez, councilor Mary Joselle Villafuerte, city health officer Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, Department of Health regional director OIC Dr. Annabelle Yumang and the rural health physicians of the district of Agdao and Barangay Jacinto.

As a result of the rehabilitation of Agdao Health Center and its birthing home, more than 114,000 residents living in 11 barangays in the district now have access to better primary and maternal healthcare services. Over 33,000 people from 10 barangays stand to benefit from the renovation of the two-storey Jacinto Health Center.

BDO Foundation significantly improved both health centers' reception and waiting areas, offices, consultation and treatment rooms, laboratory, pharmacy and dental clinic, among others. New furniture and fixtures were installed. In addition to its existing facilities, a breastfeeding station, activity area for children and waiting lounge for senior citizens were also built.

The foundation is currently rehabilitating another rural health unit in the town of Toril in Davao City set for completion in September.

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