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Del Monte Foundation (DMFI) was established in 1994 as the CSR arm of Del Monte Philippines, Inc. to promote social progress in Northern Mindanao through rural education, youth development and skills training. It focuses its efforts on poor families through programs for the youth, mothers and children, schools and identified municipalities. It has four programs designed to attain this mission, namely; Education, Scholarships & Youth Development, Community Health & Home Care Education, Technical Skills Training & Livelihood Development and Environmental Conservation.



DMFI kicked off the opening of school year 2013 with the expansion of its scholarship program to far-flung areas in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental. Del Monte Philippines has been supporting scholars since the 1950’s and has produced more than a thousand graduates. This year, the Foundation launched the Del Monte Barrio Grant-in-Aid Scholarship that enabled 110 poor but gifted high school and college students from over 50 remote barangays to go to school. This is on top of the 270 academic scholars that the Foundation currently supports. Del Monte Barrio scholars receive financial assistance that covers tuition and other school fees plus book, uniform and living allowances.


 

Moreover, the Foundation constructed and turned-over in June 2013 four (4) new classroom buildings to public elementary schools in the towns of Manolo Fortich and Libona where Del Monte’s pineapple plantation is located. The beneficiary schools were identified through consultation with the DepEd provincial office of Bukidnon and the LGU’s. Each classroom building followed DepEd standard and is equipped with a comfort room, armchairs, bulletin board and chalkboard. This is DMFI’s contribution to the TEN Moves project supported by the League of Corporate Foundations.

 
SPi Global tallies 38,990 volunteer hours for youth and education

By Joseph C. Cueto


Happy and enthusiastic youth beneficiaries highlight
CSR Day 2013 activities in Dumaguete.


Recently, SPi Global, the Philippines’ most recognized business process outsourcing (BPO) company, showed that one good CSR Day run deserves another.

In 2012, the company embarked on its first global CSR (corporate social responsibility) day program that benefitted almost 8,000 kids worldwide and raised 18,000 employee volunteer hours, thanks to the enthusiastic response of employees across all 20 global locations. All these in one day.

This year, CSR Day 2013, achieved even more awe-inspiring results. The event, held in March , was originally expected to generate 25,000 employee volunteer hours from 24 sites in the Philippines, India, Vietnam, and the US with the noble objective of making a difference in the lives of 10,000 underprivileged children.

In the end, SPi Global employees clocked in 38,990 hours in just 24 hours. It was another demonstration of the employees’ “Power to Inspire”, which is also the theme of the event.

The program benefited 13,400 kids worldwide through CSR projects all focused on youth welfare and education. These included various outreach projects that involved school rehabilitation , literacy classes, computer training, leadership training, arts and sports activities, medical mission, donation of computers and books, feeding programs, and other youth-oriented activities.

 

Malasakit lives on

“We are proud that a lot of our employees supported our second CSR Day. I commend them for working hard to make this day a successful one. Despite the weather, distance, time, and numerous challenges we encountered, we persevered and succeeded. It’s because of their efforts, malasakit lives on,” said SPi Global President and CEO Maulik Parekh.

Maulik cited what made this day a memorable experience.

“More than the hours that we have dedicated, it was the quality time spent with the children that truly made this day special. I witnessed and was deeply touched by the many little acts of kindness we all performed,” added Maulik.



SPi Global President and CEO Maulik Parekh, sharing a fun moment with kids,
lead 23 sites in the Philippines, India, Vietnam, and the US in making a difference
in the lives of 10,000 underprivileged children for CSR Day 2013.

 

Add to that the time-topping accomplishment completed by SPi Global volunteers.

Maulik said exceeding the target of 25,000 hours this year was a big achievement for the organization.

International effort

Maulik, along with other top executives of the company, took the time to visit various sites in Metro Manila to help the employees implement or launch their projects. Other executives made the rounds in international sites, too, leading their respective teams in executing their programs.

Ten sites in the Philippines actively participated in various programs. Partners include Sr. Juan Gutierrez Memorial School in Calamba, Laguna; La Huerta Elementary School in Parañaque; Nueve de Febrero Elementary School in Mandaluyong City; Dynamic Teen Company of CNN 2009 Hero of Year Efren Peñaflorida and the kids belonging to the Championing Community Children (C3); National Children’s Hospital in Manila; Virlanie Foundation; Boys Social Home & Cottages and Foundling Home and Girls Social Home in Boystown Marikina; out-of-school youth in Makati City; Sibulan Elementary School, Sibulan National High School, Sacsac Elementary School, and Balugo Elementary School in Dumaguete; and Guimbal National High School, Guimbal Central Elementary School, Oton National High School, Oton Central Elementary School, La Paz National High School, La Paz II Elementary School, Iloilo National High School, and Molo II Elementary School in Iloilo City.

Employee volunteers in India also went to schools and orphanages. They helped and inspired children with special needs, underprivileged children, and the coastal communities of Chennai and Pondicherry. There were lectures on math, yoga, spoken English and personal hygiene at government schools, lecture on morals, and personal hygiene for underprivileged children, sports events, health camps, scribing for the visually-impaired, and spreading the message of caring for the environment through beach and coastal clean-up.

Spirit of giving

In the US, SPi Global employees in Tinley Park, Skokie and Springfield brought their CSR Day activities in hospitals and shelters. They conducted a gently used clothing drive and distributed magazines, toiletry packets, laundry packets, knitting caps and scarves, and play kits.

The spirit of giving spread over to Vietnam where employees cheered up 107 kid patients with kiddie treats, games and donation of school supplies at the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion. The site also participated in Pink Spring 2013 Festival, a blood donation festival, held in Hanoi.



Employee volunteers in Vietnam bring cheer to the kids at the
National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT).


There were many different experiences and stories to tell. But for the SPi Global family, it was a shared experience for everyone that even the simplest of kind deeds can change lives for the better.

Malasakit truly lives on beyond our organization,” said Maulik.



Children in a school in India enjoy the story-telling sessions and other fun activities
organized by employee volunteers.

 
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Metrobank Foundation honors Outstanding Filipinos in a coffee table book

An award-winning poet, a military chaplain, a public servant, a gifted artist and a hard-hitting journalist. These are just a few of the exceptional individuals who serve as an inspiration in their respective fields.

They come from varied backgrounds, but they all exemplify excellence in their chosen work, vocation or career.

Capiz-born Noel Ponsaran is both a policeman and a priest. As a police commissioned officer in the chaplain service in Cagayan de Oro City and a regional chaplain in General Santos City, his work has him traveling from one village to another, crossing the river five times each day to conduct lectures on conflict resolution in a volatile region in the Southern Philippines. By doing so, he serves as a bridge between communities and groups who would otherwise be distrustful of each other.


 

"For years, we have been using force to win the war, without exploring the alternatives, such as looking at the root cause of the conflict and map a solution from there," said Ponsaran.

While Ponsaran strives to bring a culture of peace in Mindanao, a gifted poet looks to nurture a flowering of culture in the Visayas. Bohol native Dr. Marjorie Evasco-Pernia is "no ordinary literature teacher."

Aside from being named Metrobank Foundation's Outstanding Teacher (1999) and a Metrobank Foundation Awardee for Continuing Excellence and Service (2004), her accolades list Outstanding Writer in the Literary Arts (1993), Southeast Asian Write Laureate for the Philippines (2010), the Carlos P. Garcia Award for Literature (2011), and the Ani ng Dangal by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (2011) among others.

 

 

Her poems have been translated into local dialects like Tagalog, Waray and into world languages. She has raised the level of teaching by making learning more engaging and helped develop new artists in the field of literature.

"Beyond the achievement of getting outstanding marks from students, peers and administrators, I count among my achievements, the fact...many students have also become teachers and writers," said Evasco-Pernia.

Ponsaran and Evasco are just two of the 15 outstanding Filipinos featured in the coffee table book Metrobank Foundation Exemplars.  It was launched with two other coffee table books – the Ten Outstanding Filipino Teachers and MADE of Gold last April at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) as part of the 50thanniversary celebration of Metrobank.

Authored by Ateneo de Manila professor Dr. Queena N. Lee-Chua, Metrobank Foundation Exemplars features in-depth profiles of 15 select awardees of the Foundation's recognition programs.


 

The author herself is no stranger to excellence awards, being an awardee of the 2003 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award and 2009 Award for Continuing Excellence and Service (ACES).

Her other accolades include the TOYM (The Outstanding Young Men), the TOWNS (The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service), the OYS (Outstanding Young Scientists), the Jose Rizal Awards for Excellence, the National Book Award, the National Science and Technology Journalism Awards, Outstanding S & T Columnist, and the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.

In the book’s introduction, Lee-Chua described the exemplars to be “the best of the best.”

She added that while it’s easy to admire one-hit wonders, “we respect more the people who make excellence a lifelong habit,” including teachers, soldiers, policemen, artists and journalists, many of whom go unrecognized.

Since its establishment in 1979, the Metrobank Foundation has sought to promote and foster the values of excellence and achievement among Filipinos. The exemplars featured in the book are all previous awardees of various recognition programs, including the Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), the Country's Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS), The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE), and Search for Outstanding Journalists.

“Though not as breath-taking as sudden fame, the steady dedication to one’s calling is so much harder to maintain. Metrobank Foundation has made it its annual mission to honor them, in the hope that doing so will inspire other Filipinos to follow the path of excellence,” wrote Lee-Chua.

Other exemplars include outstanding journalist GMA 7 Vice President for News Programs and News Anchor Jessica A. Soho, outstanding Philippine soldier Col. Lope Dagoy (GSC) PA, and outstanding teacher, Ambeth Ocampo.

Metrobank Group Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty, described the  Metrobank Foundation Exemplars  as "the country’s modern day heroes in education, journalism, public service and the arts."

"By staying true to their calling, living up to their responsibilities and always adhering to the highest standards of integrity and conduct, they set themselves apart from their peers," wrote Ty in his message.

For inquiries on the Metrobank Foundation Exemplars, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call telephone number 857-5918 / 898-8855.

 

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Established on January 8, 1979 by George S. K. Ty, sixteen (16) years after he founded the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company (Metrobank), the Metrobank Foundation is engaged in social development projects in the Philippines and other parts of Asia. As the corporate social responsibility arm of the Metrobank Group, the Foundation implements various programs in education, visual arts and healthcare. It also maintains an active and dynamic partnership with other organizations that likewise provide services for the disadvantaged. Among the Foundation’s flagship programs are the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE), Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), College Scholarship Program (CSP), Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC), The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), and Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS). In 2012, it launched its newest recognition program that recognizes excellence in Philippine journalism, the Search for Journalists of the Year (JOY).It also supports programs aimed at educating the citizenry on public-interest issues through research and lectures given by the distinguished holders of the Metrobank Foundation Professorial Lecture established by the Foundation in partnership with reputable educational institutions. The Foundation is also the majority owner of the Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH), one of the leading centers of wellness in the country.

 
2013 The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers Named

The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers of 2013 with Vice Commanders of each branch of service, organizers, and members of the final board of judges: (Seating from left) Major General Raul Gabriel Dimatatac AFP, Major General Essel Soriano AFP, Justice Adolfo S. Azcuna, Aniceto M. Sobrepeña, The Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gregorio Macapagal AFP, VAdm Mateo M. Mayuga (ret), His Excellency Ivo Sieber, and Rear Admiral Edgardo Tamayo. (Standing from left) Colonel Romeo S. Brawner, Jr., Chief Master Sergeant Rogelio J. Mendoza, Technical Sergeant Ferdinand S. Baladjay, Captain Vicente L. Cejoco, Technical Sergeant Dante P. Berganio, Hospitalman Third Class (Sergeant) Sergs E. Estropigan,  Lieutenant Colonel Moises L. Micor., Master Sergeant Alberto A. Pesebre, Technical Sergeant Nolito E. Tumesa and  Major Daneck E. Dang-awan

Ten Commissioned and Non-Commissioned officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines made it to this year’s winners of the Search for The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS). The announcement was made by the Metrobank Foundation and the Rotary Club of Makati Metro during a Press Conference at the AFP Commissioned Officers Club, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

The winners from the Philippine Army are: Colonel Romeo S. Brawner, Jr., Chief Master Sergeant Rogelio J. Mendoza and Technical Sergeant Ferdinand S. Baladjay. On the other hand, the winners from the Philippine Navy are: Captain Vicente L. Cejoco, Technical Sergeant Dante P. Berganio (Marines), and Hospitalman Third Class (Sergeant) Sergs E. Estropigan.  Lieutenant Colonel Moises L. Micor., Master Sergeant Alberto A. Pesebre and Technical Sergeant Nolito E. Tumesa are the winners from the Philippine Air Force. Meanwhile, Major Daneck E. Dang-awan, from the Technical & Administrative Services – Chaplain Service completes this year’s batch of winners.

“More than being the private sector’s expression of gratitude for the sacrifices of our soldiers, this recognition also highlights the contributions of the men and women of the military, as vanguards of peace and democracy, to nation building and development,” Mr. Aniceto Sobrepeña, Metrobank Foundation president said.

The awardees were selected by a multi-sectoral Preliminary and Final Board of Judges. Preliminary Board of Judges were: Chairman Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Chairperson of the Negotiating Panel with the MNLF of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process; Major General (ret) Renato M. Garcia, Executive Director of the Help Educate and Rear Orphans (HERO) Foundation, Inc.; Brigadier General (ret) Fermin R de Leon Jr, PhD, President of the National Defense College of the Philippines; Mr. Jiggy Manicad, Senior News Producer of GMA Network, Inc.; Hon. Ma. Victoria V. Cardona, Commissioner of Commission on Human Rights; Ms. Maxine Tanya M. Hamada, Executive Director of International Center for Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Governance (INCITEGov); Ms. Joy Aceron, Program Director of Ateneo School of Government-Government Watch (ASoG G-Watch) and Mr. Gerry C. Baja, News Anchor of DZMM, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation.

The Final Board of Judges that chose this year’s winners was chaired by Justice Adolfo S. Azcuna, Chancellor of the Philippine Judicial Academy. Members of the final board are: Mr. Alfredo E. Pascual, President of University of the Philippines System; Mr. Melito S. Salazar, Jr., President of Management Association of the Philippines; Most Rev. Florentino F. Cinense, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Tarlac; Ms. Tina Monzon-Palma, Program Director of Bantay Bata 163 Sagip Kapamilya; Ms. Amina Rasul-Bernardo, President of the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy; and His Excellency Ivo Sieber,   Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Embassy of the Swiss Confederation.

“Talking to individual finalists tells us that there is a lot of humanity behind each soldier,” said UP President Alfredo E. Pascual. “It is very comforting to know for a civilian like me that we are producing these kinds of soldiers. I am very impressed with the commitment of our soldiers to their duty to the people and our country,” he continued.

Among this year’s awardee is an enlisted personnel of Philippine Navy, Hospitalman Third Class Sergs E. Estropigan, Technical Diver and Seal Operator at the Naval Diving Salvage Unit 1 of Philippine Fleet, was awarded by the President, His Excellency Benigno Simeon C. Aquino the “Bakas Parangal ng Kagitingan Award”. He received this for demonstrating an exemplary sense of volunteerism, courage and perseverance as technical driver and chamber operator of the Search and Rescue Team who have showed a collective effort to locate our two (2) missing pilots of the ill-fated SF-260TP # 716 that crashed landed near the cost of Mariveles Bataan on 18 May 2012. Also, the award was given for his utmost dedication and wholehearted effort in conducting the successful search, rescue and retrieval operations under Task Force KALIHIM to late DILG Secretary Jesse M Robredo.

Another awardee this year is Lieutenant Colonel Moises L. Micor who was awarded the Gold Cross Medal for gallantry in action during the first burst of attack of the MNLF at the 104th BDE and Camp Budato on 19 November 2001. The flight was very instrumental in the camp defense of the 104th Brigade and Camp Budatu where he assisted in the extrication of 5 WIAs, 2 KIAs of the beleaguered 1st Scout Ranger Battalion (1SRBN) despite a seriously damaged aircraft. The accurate and timely delivery of close air support suppressed the enemy from inflicting more casualties on government troops and strengthened the will of the ground troops to fight.

For the past 14 years, the Metrobank Foundation, along with the Rotary Club of Makati Metro, annually holds the Search for TOPS to honor the gallant men and women of the Armed Forces who go beyond expectations, and to highlight their achievements and efforts toward nation building and development. All previous TOPS awardees are now members of the TOPS alumni organization named “The Organization of Philippine Soldiers with Outstanding Leadership, Dedication, Integrity, Excellence, and Responsibility to Society” or TOPSOLDIERS.

The awardees will be honored together with the winners of the Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT) and Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS) dubbed as Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos on September 5, 2013 as highlight of Metrobank’s anniversary celebration. Each winner will receive a cash prize of P300, 000 and a specially designed trophy from the Metrobank Foundation.

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Established on January 8, 1979 by George S. K. Ty, sixteen (16) years after he founded the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company (Metrobank), the Metrobank Foundation is engaged in social development projects in the Philippines and other parts of Asia. As the corporate social responsibility arm of the Metrobank Group, the Foundation implements various programs in education, visual arts and healthcare. It also maintains an active and dynamic partnership with other organizations that likewise provide services for the disadvantaged. Among the Foundation’s flagship programs are the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE), Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), College Scholarship Program (CSP), Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC), The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), and Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS). In 2012, it launched its newest recognition program that recognizes excellence in Philippine journalism, the Search for Journalists of the Year (JOY).It also supports programs aimed at educating the citizenry on public-interest issues through research and lectures given by the distinguished holders of the Metrobank Foundation Professorial Lecture established by the Foundation in partnership with reputable educational institutions. The Foundation is also the majority owner of the Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH), one of the leading centers of wellness in the country.
 
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