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GT-Metro Foundation leads the Metrobank Group Go4Health Run

Employees from the Metrobank Group participated in the 2013 Run for the Pasig River.


In line with its healthy lifestyle and environmental advocacy, GT-Metro Foundation (GTMF) led the Metrobank Group in the 2013 Run for Pasig River at the Quezon City Memorial Circle last October 6.

GTMF sponsored 1,000 runners from the Metrobank Group to run for the Quezon City leg of One Run One Philippines, a simultaneous running event in five locations, organized by ABS-CBN Foundation.

“We wanted to use the Run as a venue to promote healthy lifestyle among employees as well as join the whole country in showing concern for the environment,” said GTMF Executive Director Aniceto M. Sobrepeña.

GTMF adopted the healthy lifestyle advocacy as a way to help control and prevent the spread of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which are the leading causes of deaths in the Philippines.

With its vision to be one of the leading healthcare advocates in the country, GTMF seeks to foster healthy habits in schools and workplaces where those who are most at risk of NCDs are present.

Additionally, GTMF spearheads initiatives within its sphere of influence as a way of protecting the environment and ensuring sustainable development.

The Metrobank Group is one of the financial institutions which actively supported this year’s Run for the Pasig River.

The Metrobank Group consists of Metrobank, Toyota Motor Philippines, Federal Land Inc., Philippine AXA Life Insurance Corporation, Global Business Power Corporation, First Metro Investment Corporation, Philippine Savings Bank, Metrobank Card Corporation, Orix Metro Leasing & Finance Corporation, Toyota Financial Services Phils. Corp., SMBC Metro Investment Corporation, Sumisho Motor Finance Corporation, Charter Ping An Insurance Corporation, First Metro Security Brokerage Corporation,  First Metro Asset Management, Inc. , Toyota Cubao, Incorporated,  Toyota Manila Bay Corporation, Metrobank Foundation, Inc., Manila Doctors Hospital and Manila Tytana Colleges.

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GT-Metro Foundation is the family foundation of Metrobank Founder and Group Chairman, Dr. George S.K. Ty. It seeks to realize the advocacies espoused by the Ty family through investing in strategic programs on health and environment, as well as through legacy projects and grants for the benefit of disadvantaged sectors and the society as a whole.

"Understanding the Mind" Forum by Dr. Colin Blakemore

The Knowledge Channel Foundation invites you to attend "Understanding the Mind: A Forum on Neuroscience and its Implications on Education and Medicine" featuring Dr. Colin Blakemore.

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Manila Water and subsidiaries champion sustainability; release pioneering sustainability reports

Subsidiaries of Ayala-led Manila Water such as Boracay Island Water, Clark Water, and Laguna Water mark a significant milestone by releasing their first ever respective Sustainability Reports, which all comply with the GRI Level C standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3.1 Guidelines, a set of internationally-recognized standards for sustainability reporting.

Taking the first step towards their own sustainability journey, the subsidiaries aligned their reports’ themes with their respective business conditions. Boracay Water focused on protecting the environment in the country’s premiere tourist destination by naming their report, “Sustaining Tourism.” Clark Water, meanwhile, highlights its contribution towards the economic development of the Clark Freeport and Special Economic Zone with the theme, “Driving Growth.” Laguna Water, given its efforts to provide clean and affordable water to low-income families in Sta. Rosa, Cabuyao and Biñan, made “Building Communities” its report’s theme.

Serving as the subsidiaries’ benchmark in sustainability reporting, Manila Water likewise released its latest Sustainability Report with the theme, “Championing Sustainability”. The 2012 Sustainability Report once again complies with Level A G3.1 standards, as well as with the ISO 20006 guidance on social responsibility. Manila Water was the first Philippine company to ever release such a report last year.

“With the release of these reports, the Manila Water group clearly demonstrates its commitment to champion sustainability and engage its stakeholders as it continues its sustainability journey,” Manila Water Sustainable Development Head Carla Beriña - Kim said.

The reports are given life by testimonials from stakeholders and program beneficiaries, and are reviewed by a panel of sustainability experts.

The reports will soon be uploaded in full on

Aboitiz Foundation Celebrates 25 Years of Nation Building

Aboitiz Foundation, the social development arm of the Aboitiz Group, which has major investments in power, banking, food, and land development, is celebrating its 25th year anniversary this year with the turnover of 20 kindergarten schools to the Aklat, Gabay, Aruga Tungo sa Pag-angat at Pag-asa Foundation (AGAPP) last August 14.

Established in 1988, the Aboitiz Foundation has since been a proponent of education, enterprise development, and environment and sustainability in the country.

"Each of our social development initiatives articulates our legacy of helping people help themselves," said Aboitiz Foundation President Jon Ramon Aboitiz. He noted that education remains its biggest thrust among the focus areas.

"We believe education should be a great leveler of society and that all our students should be given the chance to succeed in school. In essence, we as adults are called to be positive influences on the lives of our children and the Aboitiz Foundation takes ownership of this duty," he added.

For 25 years, the foundation has provided training centers, computer laboratories, corporate donations, more than20,000 scholarships, over P100 million in microfinance loans and hundreds of library kits and classrooms to thousands of beneficiaries nationwide.

As part of its initiatives geared towards uplifting the education system in the country, the Aboitiz Foundation turned over 20 kindergarten school buildings comprised of 40 new classrooms amounting Php24.9 million to the AGAPP Foundation, a non-profit organization engaged in the pre-school construction in depressed and disadvantaged areas designated by the Department of Education (DepEd). 

The turnover fulfills its goal of providing 67 school buildings to AGAPP by 2013, demonstrating how education is an integral component of the Aboitiz Group’s corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Aboitiz expressed gratitude to the AGAPP Foundation for the privilege of being part of developing child- and school-focused projects that benefit underprivileged children. 

The Aboitiz Foundation came on board for the AGAPP Foundation’s “Silid Pangarap” project in 2011. 

The Aboitiz Group set out to build special classrooms for young children entering school for the first time and pledged to deliver 67 school buildings nationwide. The Aboitiz Foundation turned over 26 school buildings with 52 classrooms in 2011 and followed up with a donation of 21 more with 42 classrooms in 2012. The donations were worth Php23 million and Php23.6 million, respectively.

Corporate social responsibility in the Aboitiz Group can be traced back to the company’s modest beginnings in the hemp trade in the late 1800s. Today, the Aboitiz Group utilizes its resources to implement projects that uplift the lives of communities it serves.

In education alone, the Aboitiz Foundation builds school buildings, rewires classrooms, refurbishes science and computer laboratories, provides scholarships and financial assistance, donates computers and library kits, among others. 

The Aboitiz Foundation committed to the group’s five sustainability pillars, which are: Rejuvenate Nature, Re-use and Recycle, Reduce, Renewable Energy, and Recharge Communities in response to the adverse effects of climate change. It actively supports the Aboitiz Passion for Reforest and Agroforest to Keep (APARK) – a biodiversity program that aims to plant three million trees by 2015. 

The Aboitiz Group will likely reach its target ahead of 2015 as it expects to cross the three million mark by the end of the year.

Last year, Aboitiz Foundation also launched yet another milestone as it made its biggest donation yet at Php124.7 million to WeatherPhilippines Foundation, a partnership with Union Bank of the Philippines and Meteomedia, a Swiss based innovation leader in weather information and content services.

WeatherPhilippines works in close coordination with local governments to complete the installation of 1,000 automated weather instruments nationwide by the end of the year to give timely, accurate, localized weather forecasts that greatly improve the LGUs disaster preparedness.

During the 25th year celebration, Aboitiz also expressed his thanks to the support given by AGAPP Foundation led by Pinky Aquino-Abellada and Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro as well as the 30,000 Aboitiz group members who gave their time, energy, hearts and minds to support the worthy causes of the Aboitiz Foundation. #

Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc.: Serving Public Education for 14 Years

Last June 19, Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (KCFI) celebrated its 14th year anniversary. For 14 years now, KCFI has been supporting public education by providing public schools with access to K Channel.

It was started by Ms. Rina Lopez Bautista in 1999 as the only foundation that has a channel that provides 18 hours of educational shows on cable TV, based on and supplementing the curriculum of Department of Education (DepEd). DepEd made mandatory the viewing and use of K Channel programs in the schools connected to it. In 2009, it renewed its 10-year partnership with DepEd.

Today, K Channel is available to around 2,770 public schools reaching over 3.2 million students. It supports the Day Care and the new K+12 programs of the government. The foundation likewise trains teachers and education leaders to better equip them in their chosen careers. It remains steadfast to its commitment to uplift the Philippine education by also serving as an ally of the government in educating the sectors that have no access to traditional or formal school (i.e. OSY, adult learners) through its OMLALI or the Out-of-School Youth and Mature Learners Alternative Learning Institute.

To meet the demands of the 21st century learning, KCFI continuously improves its services and reinvent its programs. Aside from TV shows, it also has games and other educational online activities that can be accessed anytime via its learning website:

For KCFI, making such a paradigm shift is not that easy, but driven by its commitment to make basic education accessible to all and with the help of its dedicated officers and staff, KCFI is able to hurdle all the challenges for the last 14 years. Truly, KCFI is the embodiment of the 21st century learning by offering free and relevant education through media innovations.

KCFI also gears itself towards helping the government achieve inclusive growth. It understands the challenges that need to be addressed as the government embarks on new initiatives. It has the vision to make all Filipinos globally competitive and be able to lift themselves, their families and their communities.


Over the past years, KCFI has indeed become enormously strong and capacious. As it celebrates its 14th birthday, it looks to the future with full of dreams. In the next years to come, K Channel will be in every learning space reaching more learners not only in the Philippines, but in other parts of the globe as well. And with its future innovations, more learners will learn as learners learn best with K Channel. (Natalie Pardo)

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