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Manila Water Foundation donates P5 million to Habitat for Humanity for relocated families in Laguna

Manila Water Foundation, the additional corporate social responsibility arm of East Zone concessionaire Manila Water Company for areas outside Metro Manila, gives P5 million to relocated families in Southville Site 2, Calaun, Laguna through the Habitat for Humanity Philippines.

According to Ferdinand M. Dela Cruz, President of Manila Water Foundation, the donation is dedicated for the implementation of the water system project designed for 1,100 housing units. “This support reflects the Foundation’s vision to improve the lives and contribute to the holistic development of marginalized communities by becoming a vehicle of delivering one of their basic needs, water,” says Dela Cruz.

The undertaking by Manila Water Foundation, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines, is part of an agreement entered into by the Ayala group in 2010 which aims to provide a decent life to Base of the Pyramid (BOP) communities by providing their primary necessities such as shelter, community association, water supply and sanitation. With this, Manila Water Foundation allotted P6 million to support the construction of a facility that will deliver safe, clean, and affordable water to the homes of Southville Site 2 residents. The beneficiaries of the said project were relocated from Pasig City after typhoon Ondoy left them homeless. To serve the residents’ immediate need for water, the Foundation initially refurbished a deep well pump, installed a control panel, and set up two temporary static tanks which are refilled with potable water every week. The amount incurred for this undertaking was deducted from the original amount pledged.

Manila Water Foundation has also provided a technical design of a water system that may be implemented to the area to ensure the effective and efficient transmission and distribution of water.

Photo shows (from left to right): JP Orbeta, Group Head, Ayala Corporation; Charlito Ayco, CEO and Managing Director, Habitat; Yvonne Lih, CFO, Habitat; Luli Heras-De Leon, President, Ayala Foundation; Carla May Beriña -Kim, Executive Director, Manila Water Foundation; Gerardo Ablaza, Jr., Chairman, Manila Water Foundation; Ferdinand M. Dela Cruz, President, Manila Water Foundation; Ruel T. Maranan, Trustee, Manila Water Foundation
TeaM Energy Foundation, Inc. - Bohol Relief Operations - After Activity Report

Petron's Relief Operations for Earthquake Victims in the Visayas

In the aftermath of the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that shook the provinces of Bohol and Cebu in the Visayas Region last October 15, Petron quickly mobilized to undertake relief efforts. However, because of the severity of the damage sustained by these two towns during the earthquake, getting there proved to be a challenge, as bridges collapsed and roads cracked open. For our relief goods loaded in a ten-wheeler truck, getting from Tagbilaran to Antequera and Loon took a good three hours. Our volunteers on the other hand had to take the land trip from Tagbilaran to Abatan, then a boat ride from Abatan to Maribojoc, and then back on the road from Maribojoc to Antequera and Loon.

As this was the first time for Petron to provide post-earthquake assistance, we noted a critical difference with that of flood disasters. When the rainwater eventually subsides, residents can immediately return to their homes to start rebuilding. In the case of earthquakes, the residents had nothing to return to. Either their homes had been completely destroyed, or the structural damage has made their houses unsafe to settle back into. Those who survived the quake are now faced with the harsher reality of having to live in makeshift tents along the roadside, and exposed to the elements. Schools, too, are unsuitable to serve as venues for learning. Rebuilding Bohol will require literally putting back together the building blocks of their homes.

For the meantime, the immediate task is to reach out to the quake survivors with the vital supply of water, food and other relief items. As soon as it was safely possible, we started our soup kitchen and relief work on Sunday, October 20 in Poblacion, Antequera. The goods are directly handed out to the beneficiaries.

By October 26, we would have directly serviced 2,488 families from 15 barangays in the two hard-to-reach municipalities of Antequera and Loon. Within this period, we were also able to provide goods to 59 families of our service station personnel in these municipalities.

Petron also turned over P100,000 to the Corporate Network for Disaster Response, through its Executive Director Ms. Conchita Ragragio, in support of relief operations to the Visayas. This amount came from employee donations. The company likewise activated over 500 service stations nationwide as an initial response to receive donation of relief items from motorists.

For the on-the-ground efforts, Petron organized a team composed of Petron Foundation, Tagbilaran and Mandaue Operations, and NSD-Reseller which deployed to Bohol on October 19 to conduct the necessary pre-work, such as goods purchase and repacking, data gathering, site inspection and coordination with groups concerned (Tagbilaran depot, DSWD and its local agencies, local government officials and command centers per municipality). The following day, October 20, company executives (Visayas Operations District Manager Rito Apas NSD-Reseller AVP Nolan Rada, VisMin Reseller head Fernan Magnayon, and Petron Foundation GM Malu Erni) led employee volunteers in conducting soup kitchens and relief goods distribution, with the able coordination of Mandaue Operations Joyce Palermo. Managers from Petron Pandacan, Limay, and Mandaue terminals for their part took charge in the shipping of the goods from their respective facilities to Cebu and Tagbilaran. Petron’s business partners have also been doing their share in donating relief items or helping facilitate the relief operations process.

The Art of Wellness

THE ART OF WELLNESS – In celebration of the National Teachers’ Month, Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) recently held its MADE-NTM Art & Wellness Workshop for Teachers at the Le Pavillon, Pasay Citylast September 21. Various art workshops in visual arts, movement, and other artistic practices related to wellness were conducted as part of MADE’s support to Art Education.

In celebration of the National Teacher’s Month (NTM), the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) held the MADE-NTM Art Exploration: Art & Wellness Workshop for Teachers, a free art & wellness workshop for teachers, last September 21 at Le Pavillon, Pasay City.

The workshop started with a short lecture on the “Seven Dimensions of Wellness” with sessions on creative self visualization and imaging conducted by clinical psychologist Dr. Grace Brillantes-Evangelista. Going deeper into the self, the session was followed by a Mask Making Workshop by the MADE Network Of Winners. Facilitated by well-known painters, the participants were guided to an internal journey of recognizing and finding the “self” in each individual and manifesting it into creative output through hand painted masks.

Travelling from the visual to movement, a Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) Session was conducted by Ms. Baebee Reynoso. DMT utilizes movement and dance for emotional, cognitive, social, behavioral and physical conditions. Through the unity of the body, mind, and spirit, the introduction to DMT will provide a sense of wholeness to the participants. The last session was Art Discards which was facilitated by artist Alma Quinto. Art Discards utilizes everyday materials transforming them into works of art. Through this workshop, the participants were empowered and helped them explore how their daily struggles can be transformed into learning experiences through creativity by discovering their strengths and what they can do in whatever situation they find themselves in.

Another highlight of the lecture is a special interactive sculpture entitled “Teacher, Teach Her” by renowned sculptor and Metrobank Prize for Achievement in Sculpture awardee Juan Sajid Imao. The sculpture is that of a little girl painted in green blackboard texture where students and teachers alike are encouraged to write on the sculpture using a piece of chalk. The model is his own daughter, Arya Imao, who led the teachers to write in honor of their own mentors. As the title “Teacher, Teach Her” suggests, messages from thankful students and grateful teachers were written on the sculpture creating a visual conversation between the student and the mentors.

Now on its third year, the MADE Art Exploration: Art & Wellness Workshop for Teachers holds various art workshops in visual arts, movement and other artistic practices in relation to wellness as part of their support to Art Education.

For more details, visit Metrobank Foundation's website: or like MADE's page on Facebook: Metrobank Art and Design Excellence.

Manila Water Foundation upholds importance of proper handwashing

Manila Water Foundation, the additional corporate social responsibility arm of East Zone concessionaire Manila Water Company for areas outside Metro Manila, visited different parts of the archipelago spreading the value of handwashing as part of proper hygiene and healthcare. The Foundation joined over 100 countries, involving more than 200 million people across five continents in celebrating the 2013 Global Handwashing Day.

Carla Beriña-Kim, Executive Director of Manila Water Foundation, imparts that handwashing serves as an easy and cost-effective measure in preventing different infections and diseases. “This simple task can lower the number of people affected by fast-spreading illnesses that take a toll not only on one’s health, but also on the family’s budget. When done properly, regularly and collectively, handwashing can create healthier communities”, says Beriña-Kim.

On its first year to lead a series of events for the Global Handwashing Day in the Philippines, Manila Water Foundation staged a week-long celebration that saw more than 7,000 people participating in its activities. Students, teachers, and school personnel from different schools in Metro Manila, Pampanga, Laguna, and Boracay Island were visited by the Foundation, informing them on the proper way of washing one’s hands and how responsibly transforming this into a habit may reduce vulnerability to different health risks and infections.  Partakers were encouraged to stamp their handprints on the pledge wall to signify their commitment to practice proper handwashing and to encourage their family and friends to do the same. In a move to further its advocacy, Manila Water Foundation extended its efforts by setting up booths that deliver information on the benefits of handwashing in Trinoma Mall in Quezon City, Pavillion Mall in Biñan, Laguna, Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and Marquee Mall in Angeles, Pampanga. Participants showed their support to the cause by contributing in the pledge sticker wall. As its culminating event, the Foundation conducted an information and education drive at the Boracay Beach Front Station One and enjoined tourists and locals alike to practice proper handwashing.

The successful celebration was co-presented by Manila Water, Laguna Water, Clark Water, Boracay Water, and supported by the Department of Education, Globe Telecom, Ayala Malls, Unilever (Vaseline as official soap sponsor), Universal Robina Corporation (Granny Goose Tortillos, Mang Juan, Hunt’s and Refresh), Unilab (RiteMed and Ceelin Plus) and Enchanted Kingdom, as well as media partners, The Philippine Star, Business World, Health Today and Working Mom.

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