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Iligan students get free bread, new classrooms from Pilmico

Pilmico Foods Corporation, the food manufacturing arm of the Aboitiz Group, donated bread snacks and classrooms to students in Iligan City as part of its commitment to help improve students’ educational performance in the city.

In June, Pilmico kicked off its Kutitap Feeding Program, sharing various chocolate, corn, cheese, Spanish, pineapple, and buko breads with 2,436 students at Echavez Elementary School, Bagong Silang Elementary School, Cabili Village Elementary School, and Tomas Cabili National High School-Sta. Elena Annex.

The Kutitap Feeding Program—which supports an Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. CSR pillar, Primary Health and Child Care—consists of the distribution of nutritious and energy-rich Pilmico breads during the snack times of kindergarten and Grade 1 students, thrice weekly for 45 weeks.

This activity promotes education and envisions alleviating short-term hunger minimizing malnutrition, boosting school enrolment and participation, reducing absenteeism and improving academic performance.

Moreover, the feeding program also unites communities in the common purpose of providing meals for children with Pilmico partnering with local bakeries and dealers Frosty Bites, Shandy's Bakeshop and Cherrybelle's Bakeshop, which bake the distributed breads and in the process are also able to grow their respective businesses.

Meanwhile, In a bid to broaden its bread distribution, Pilmico last July 1 tapped Leyson Bakeship and D’Bauin Bakery to distribute more breads to additional beneficiary schools: Northeast II-A Central School, Kiwalan Elementary School, Northeast 1A Central School, Luinab Elementary School. In addition, Pilmico opened last June 5.

Buildings 1 and 2 of the Sta. Elena school project for the use of public kindergarten and high school students inside the Bayanihan ng Bayan sa Iligan Village in Barangay Sta. Elena, Iligan City, also as part of the company’s CSR efforts.

A typical Sta. Elena school building is four storeys high and contains six classrooms.

The four-building Sta. Elena school project, considered Pilmico’s single biggest corporate social responsibility initiative at P25.09 million, was initiated after Typhoon Sendong in late 2011 damaged several schools in the area, forcing students to travel far to study in crowded classrooms.

Today, classrooms at the Sta. Elena school project already have built-in blackboards, chairs, restrooms, and other furnishings.

Aboitiz Group-wide tree planting initiative fosters biodiversity

Team members of the Aboitiz Group plant saplings of Agoho, Talisay, and Bitaog trees at the LPPCHEA in the Manila leg of its Simultaneous Group-wide Tree-Planting activity last Saturday.

Over 50,000 trees were planted across the country in a simultaneous tree-planting activity by the Aboitiz Group last weekend, promoting biodiversity in various areas including an urban coastal wetland that is home to at least 5,000 migratory birds flying the East Asian-Australasian flyway.

The 175-hectare protected wetland called the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA), which is included in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance, is one of the 16 areas nationwide that were chosen by the group for its yearly reforestation initiative.

Between 2004 and 2012, an average of 23 different bird species was recorded in this area during the months when birds flee the harsh Russian winter for the warm Australian summer.

“Hitting our targeted number of trees is important, but choosing the right place to plant these trees is of equal significance,” said Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV) President and Chief Executive Officer Erramon I. Aboitiz.

He said that the wetland called ‘Long Island’ and its neighboring ‘Freedom Island’ are critical areas that promote biodiversity.

“Given the impact such a small patch of land has on a wider part of the planet, our sense of responsibility as its caretakers and the consequence of this effort becomes even more critical,” Mr. Aboitiz pointed out.

He added that the collective effort of Aboitiz team members in ensuring that natural ecosystems continue to support their ecological functions is a re-enforcement of a responsible mindset – one that ultimately addresses the issue on climate change.

This year, more than 3,000 Aboitiz team members from 24 business units in various parts of the country participated in the activity, bringing the Aboitiz Group closer to attaining its 3 million trees target by 2015.

The tree-planting activity is part of the group’s flagship sustainability project called Aboitiz Passion for Agroforest and Reforest to Keep (APARK). As of last year, the group has already planted 2.7 million trees and it is confident it will attain its target by the end of the year or two years ahead of schedule.

Apart from tree-planting, some Aboitiz team members also engaged in coastal clean-up activities.

Other areas that benefited from the tree-planting activity are Makban, Laguna; Tiwi, Albay; Guba, Cobcawa, Cebu; Marilog District, Talomo, and Marilog, Davao; Dimapatoy Watershed in Cotabato; Ambuklao and Binga in Benguet; Magat Watershed in Ifugao, Maco, Compostela Valley; Nasipit and Capas, Tarlac, and Sta.Elena, Iligan.  #

Globe joins international telecom body’s earthquake resilience activity
Recognizing the crucial role communications play in times of disaster, Globe Telecom lends its support to the earthquake preparedness activity organized by the GSM Association (GSMA), an organization of some 800 mobile operators in over 220 countries worldwide.

The workshop in Legazpi City, Albay is part of the GSMA Disaster Response Programme, this time, focusing on the threat of earthquakes which results in severe damage to properties and causes significant loss of lives yearly. 

The event brings together mobile network operators from the Philippines as well as the United Nations office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (Philippines), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) and other partners.

According to GSMA, the event “provides an opportunity for inter-industry knowledge sharing and exploring opportunities for partnerships with an emphasis on earthquake resilience.”

The workshop also aims “to build capacity, create a community of practice within the operator community and publish best practices and case studies that can be used as resources for improved planning.”

The sessions will discuss earthquake risk overview and implications for mobile operators, mobile operators as frontline responders, establishing effective partnerships in advance of earthquakes, technical strategies and best practices for network resilience and management in earthquakes.

“Globe is fully aware of the importance of telecom services especially during and after a disaster.  So as a major player in the utility industry providing telecommunication services, avoidance of operational disruption is a must both in normal conditions and during emergency/disaster situations,” said Edgar C. Hapa, Globe Enterprise Business Continuity Director.

According to Hapa, the company’s mission-critical systems and its whole network infrastructure are designed for resiliency. This is achieved not only through the installation of redundant components, but also through disaster-recovery sites that allows Globe to operate in a back-up site in case one of its facilities fails.

At present, Globe has several IT data centers which are geographically distant from each other to reduce the possibility of simultaneous system downtime in case of natural calamities such as earthquake, flooding, and typhoon; and man-made incidents like sabotage, power failure, among others.

“Globe’s IT systems are properly tiered or ranked according to business impact so that the necessary infrastructure, technical support and processes are appropriated to ensure business continuity. The disaster recovery platforms and processes are also regularly tested to ensure that they will work when needed, and enhanced if necessary,” added Hapa.

Globe is the first telecommunications firm in the Philippines to have been certified as company-wide compliant with an international standard for business continuity, proving that the organization is more than capable to proactively plan, prevent and navigate through difficult periods.

The certification also serves as a pledge of excellence and commitment that necessary steps have been taken to make sure that the organization survives through disruptions and maintains a business as usual motion.

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Meralco employee divers suit up for Shore It Up

Taking a break from their usual work schedules, Meralco employee divers volunteered to clean up the shores and waters of Anilao, Batangas in Shore It Up 2013, the fifth annual environmental conservation campaign headed by Metro Pacific Investments Foundation, the social development arm of the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation. Drawing hundreds of employee-participants from the MVP group of companies, this year’s eco-campaign included coastal and underwater clean up and environmental protection lectures.

“This is our second time to participate in this campaign and we’re always pleased with the outcome of this activity,” shared One Meralco Foundation president Jeffrey Tarayao. “Not only were we able to contribute to the conservation of Anilao but also build a strong partnership with our fellow corporate environmentalists in the MVP group,” he added.


Photo shows some of the Meralco employee volunteers led by One Meralco Foundation program officer Mike del Rosario (extreme left) and Meralco Safety and Environment head Marco Carlos (second from left) together with Manila North Tollways Corporation Contract Administration and Compliance Department assistant manager Kenneth San Pedro (second from right) and Shore It Up underwater safety officer Bill McGilton (extreme right) striking a pose with the Meralco team’s 95-kilo haul which won the electric distribution company the “Biggest Haul” award.

Globe turns over P1M to Cordillera Conservation Trust for establishment of 30 seedling nurseries

Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom has turned over P1 million in check donation to the Cordillera Conservation Trust (CCT) even as P300,000 more in pledges are set to follow soon.  The amount will be used to put up 30 seedling nurseries to ensure the supply of tree saplings for the reforestation efforts in the Cordilleras.

With over 500 registered bikers, Globe was able to raise P450,000 in registration fees.  In addition, Globe employees and the Globe Balik Baterya project donated P200,000 and P400,000, respectively to the cause.  Sponsors such as Choose Philippines and Huawei also gave P150,000 each.

“We are overwhelmed with the number of bikers who joined this year’s Globe Cordillera Challenge as it was more than double the number of participants we had last year.   On top of that, there was also an outpour of support from our own employees and other concerned individuals and corporations.  This shows that our efforts in the Cordilleras have finally gained traction.  Globe Cordillera Challenge is not just a biking activity but an advocacy to save the environment and help the communities in the Cordilleras,” said Rob I. Nazal, Head of Globe Corporate Social Responsibility.

PHOTO CAPTION: Globe Corporate Social Responsibility Head Rob I. Nazal  (standing, 5th from left) turns over P1M in check donation to the Cordillera Conservation Trust represented by its Executive Director JP Alipio (standing, 4th from left).  Together with them are some of the bikers who joined the Globe Cordillera Challenge 4.

JP Alipio, Executive Director of CCT said:   “We are thankful to Globe, to the bikers and sponsors, as well as to non-bikers who donated to our cause and made this event a success.  When we started our work with the forests in 2008, we wanted the idea to be simple -- to plant a tree, to build forests.  Over a year ago, we decided to go back to the basics, starting with the seed, and grow the forests from there.  And so with the help of Globe, we are again creating nurseries this year so we can have seedlings production centers for the community’s forest building needs situated right where they are needed most.”

The seedling nurseries will be established through the CCT Roots and Shoots Nursery Seedling Program to support the enhancement of community watershed and prevent landslides in critical areas in the Cordillera mountain range.  The seedling nurseries will, likewise, provide a possible livelihood source for the public elementary schools and the communities where they will be housed.

The Cordillera mountain range is currently in a critical state as rampant deforestation massively reduced the forest cover to about 42 percent.  This increased the local communities’ vulnerability to disasters and also reduced their capacity to sustain livelihood. The situation prompted Globe to come up with the Globe Cordillera Challenge four years ago to raise the much-needed funds for reforestation activities.

Major sponsors for Globe Cordillera Challenge 4 are Choose Philippines, Huawei, Ayala Foundation, Inc. and Non-Pareil International Freight and Cargo Services, Inc. with Baguio Chronicle as media partner.  Other sponsors are Cordillera Coffee, Hill Station, and Messy Bessy.  Official Bike Shop partners are Grantrail Cycles Makati and Beyond Outdoor Adventure.

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