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CEMEX Philippines, best in industry for sustainable development

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CEMEX Philippines executives receive the Outstanding Sustainable Development Award in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) category, given by the Federation of the Philippine Industries Inc. (FPI) during its 2nd Philippine Manufacturers and Products Summit held at the Hotel InterContinental Manila last Thursday, November 22.  

From left: Mr. Jesus Lim Arranza, Federation of the Philippine Industries Inc. (FPI) Chairman; Hon. Demetrio Ignacio Jr., DENR Undersecretary; Mr. Paul Arcenas, Vice President of CEMEX Philippines; and Mr. Chito Maniago, Director for Corporate Communications & Public Affairs of CEMEX Philippines.

 

CEMEX Philippines received recently the FPI Outstanding Sustainable Development Award in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) category, in recognition of its efforts to practice sustainable business methods and contribute to nation building. The award was given by the Federation of the Philippine Industries Inc. (FPI) during its Philippine Manufacturers and Products Summit held at the Hotel InterContinental Manila. 

The annual award aims to give recognition for outstanding practices in sustainability within corporations, associations and local government units nationwide. In 2012, CEMEX blazed the trail for sustainability under its CSR umbrella banner: “BUILD the NATION TOGETHER”. CEMEX was lauded for its efforts as it strengthened its CSR program and aligned it with key focus areas such as environmental protection and biodiversity conservation, community development and infrastructure, safety, health and sanitation, and education among others. “Our thrust has always been progress for this nation and we know that the right path is through sustainable development,” said Pedro Palomino, Country President of CEMEX Philippines. 

The Community Development Programs of CEMEX also promoted the collaboration and synergy between the company and the local government, NGOs, and society groups in two areas: Brgy. San Jose in Antipolo City where the Rizal Plant is located, and the City of Naga in Cebu which plays host to the APO plant. "We commit to continue these programs, and expand on our efforts in nation building through sustainability,” Palomino concluded. 

This year's panel of judges is chaired by Hon. Ramon Paje, Secretary of the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources, and includes Jaime Galvez Tan, former Secretary of the Department of Health, Hon. Nereus Acosta, Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection, Robert Guevarra, President of Earth Day Network Philippines and Grace Sapuay, President of the Solid Waste Management Association of the Philippines. 

CEMEX Philippines is the manufacturer of the only Green eco-labeled cement brands in the country including Island Cement, Palitada King, Rizal Portland Super, Rizal Masonry Cement, APO Portland, APO Portland Premium and APO Masonry Cement. For more information please call (02) 849 3501 or log on to http://www.cemexphilippines.com. For sustainability partnerships and initiatives, please contact the Public Affairs Unit and email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
CEMEX recognizes Angat Kabataan at 10th TAYO Awards

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EMPOWERING THE YOUTH: CEMEX Philippines presents the CEMEX Youth in Nation Building Award to ‘Angat Kabataan’ of Rizal, for its “Save Maningning Project” at the 10th TAYO Awards, held on December 6, 2012 at the Heroes Hall, Malacañan Palace. The project aimed to rehabilitate and sustain the Maningning Creek in the province of Rizal through sustainable methods and resources. 

President Benigno Aquino III with (from left to right): Hon. Sonny B. Coloma, Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office; Mr. Bam Aquino, President of TAYO Awards Foundation; Senator Kiko Pangilinan; Mr. Chito Maniago, CEMEX Director for Corporate Communications & Public Affairs and John Tobit Cruz of Angat Kabataan.

Filipino youth organization Angat Kabataan received the CEMEX Youth in Nation Building Award at the 10th TAYO (Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations) Awarding Ceremony, held on December 6, 2012 at the Heroes Hall in Malacañan Palace.  The group was named as one of the ten winners from a group of twenty finalists in this prestigious annual search organized by the National Youth Commission, the TAYO Awards Foundation and various partners. 

CEMEX recognized the youth group for their “Save Maningning Project”, wherein they worked to clean and rehabilitate a dying Maningning Creek in the province of Rizal. “We actually started by cleaning the creeks na kami lang. But we realized (that) it’s so impossible to clean it kung kami-kami lang,” said John Tobit Cruz, a member of Angat Kabataan. “So, we tapped the LGUs (like) the barangay, (as well as) other people’s organizations, youth groups and some national agencies to work together to revive the creek.” 

The group applied for TAYO Awards with the simple reason of getting word out about the project that can hopefully encourage others to follow suit. “We’re so happy. Sobrang saya na overwhelmed. And we didn’t actually expect it,” John expressed his gratitude to CEMEX and the award-giving body. 

CEMEX intended for the award to give ample recognition to youth groups whose projects and initiatives were conducted using sustainable methods and resources—a cause that CEMEX supports fully and is in line with their own sustainable development framework. “We believe that the youth are vital in nation building,” said Chito Maniago, CEMEX Director for Corporate Communications & Public Affairs. “And Angat Kabataan implemented sustainability and environmental initiatives in their community, which really espouses the dynamism of the youth of today and their power to contribute toward nation building”, adds Maniago. 

John further explained the process by which they were able to revive the creek through bamboo tree planting and the use of bokashi balls—a technology from Japan that was introduced to them by a partner NGO. Made of clay and live microorganisms, the small balls filter the water, compact the soil underneath and attract fishes. 

According to John, their project entailed enlisting the help of residents along the creek where they conducted trainings for proper maintenance and introduced livelihood programs that can be generated from the clean creek. This included fish breeding and water lily weaving, which resulted in a sustainable project that can also help generate income for residents. 

President Benigno Aguino III was also in attendance to personally present the awards. He commended all the youth groups for their outstanding dedication and effort to spark change in their communities. 

“We’re building the nation, little by little,” John stressed. “We really hope na yung project namin can also inspire other areas to do acts of nation building in their own little ways.” 

The TAYO Awards Foundation is now on its 10th year of recognizing and supporting the outstanding contributions of youth organizations in the country. 

CEMEX Philippines is the manufacturer of the only Green eco-labeled cement brands in the country including Island Portland Cement, Palitada King, Rizal Portland Super, Rizal Masonry Cement, APO Portland Premium, APO Portland Cement, APO Masonry Cement, and APO Pozzolan. For more information pls. log on to http://www.cemexphilippines.com or for partnerships and initiatives, please contact the Public Affairs Unit and email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Project Light-a-Dream makes the future brighter for underprivileged youth, adults

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One Meralco Foundation (OMF), the social development arm of Meralco, has partnered with Miriam College for Project Light-A-Dream in support of the academic institution’s night school for underserved adults and out-of-school-youth, the Miriam College Adult Education (MAE). 

Under the project, One Meralco Foundation will help subsidize tuition and fees, and give the scholars of MAE the opportunity to participate in capacity-building programs that are focused on leadership, employment and livelihood. The goal is to prepare them for occupations in various industries such as hotel and restaurant, automotive servicing and contact center services.  Currently, MAE offers Non-Graded Elementary and five-year High School academic programs, and various technical and vocational courses registered with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). 

“We believe that education is one of the vital ingredients in building a solid nation. Through Project Light-A-Dream, we hope to help underprivileged youth and adults to boost their self-confidence, giving them the necessary capabilities to improve their lives and the people around them,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman of Meralco and One Meralco Foundation. 

One of the beneficiaries of this new partnership is 30-year old Rolando Adraincem, currently a Grade 6 student at MAE. He entered the night school three years ago to learn how to read and write while working fulltime as a helper for a family in Provident Village. “Dati gusto kong mamasukan bilang driver pero alam kong hindi ako matatangap dito sa Maynila dahil  kailangan marunong kang magbasa at magsulat.  Dahil sa MAE, natuto ako at nagkaroon ako ng tiwala sa sarili ko. Malaki ang naging pagbabago sa sarili ko,” he shared. 

Rolando will be graduating soon and will go on to pursue high school, also in MAE. His is one of many heartwarming stories of triumph that MAE has produced since it was established by the Maryknoll Sisters in 1967. The school has been producing graduates who now have improved lives for themselves and their families because of better job opportunities offered to them after they graduate. 

“This new and exciting partnership is an expression of Miriam College and One Meralco Foundation’s deep commitment to their shared mission of helping build better, more productive and meaningful lives for underprivileged adults and youth.  We know that this joint engagement will be a resounding success,” said Dr. Rosario Lapus, President of Miriam College. 

Joining Pangilinan and Lapus, and Miriam College’s Board Chair Josefina N. Tan, in the MOA signing at Miriam College on November 26, 2012 are the OMF Board of Trustees, Meralco senior executives, members of the Miriam College Board of Trustees and administrators. 

Project Light-A-Dream was sparked by the fundraising initiatives of the Maryknoll College High School Batch 1972 for their homecoming event. It eventually evolved into a promising project and will be co-implemented by other Meralco corporate offices. 

One Meralco Foundation pledges itself to build the nation through CSR and sustainability programs centered on community development, community electrification, education, youth empowerment and environmental protection advocacies. Together with Meralco employees, the government, corporate and community partners, the Foundation helps make lives better and the nation stronger than ever.

 
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Manila Water Foundation Extends a Helping Hand to Brgy. Nabaoy in Malay, Aklan

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Photo shows (from left to right) BIWC Chief Operating Officer Ben Mañosca, Manila Water Foundation Program Manager Arvee Bello, BIWC Customer Service Officer Acs Aldaba, Chairman of Barangay Nabaoy Pablo Claud, Councilors of the Municipality of Malay Rowen Aguirre and Wlibec Gelito, SAMMAKANA Chairman Nolasco Claud, Manila Water Foundation Executive Director Carla Beriña-Kim, Malay Municipal Administrator Godofredo Sadiasa, and Chairwoman of Barangay Caticlan Juliet Aron during the KPSB turnover ceremony in Barangay Nabaoy.

 

The Manila Water Foundation, through its Kabuhayan Para Sa Barangay (KPSB) program, recently handed over a check amounting to P200,000 to the Samahan ng Maliliit na Magniniyog at Nangangalaga ng Kagubatan ng Nabaoy Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SAMMAKANA). Said cooperative became the first beneficiary of the KPSB program outside Metro Manila, and joined 10 other community-based cooperatives which are now established small to medium enterprises. 

According to Carla Beriña-Kim, Executive Director of Manila Water Foundation, the KPSB program intends to help small cooperatives such as SAMMAKANA to operate sustainable businesses, which will also benefit their community. Aside from the seed capital provided, Manila Water Foundation develops the management, business and technical skills of the officials and members of beneficiary cooperatives to ensure the success of their business. 

In partnership with Boracay Island Water Company (BIWC), SAMMAKANA was chosen to be part of Manila Water Foundation’s KPSB program because of the community’s need for important food resources such as coconut, rice, sugar and oil, as well as the cooperative’s dedication to uplift the quality of life in their community. BIWC Chief Operating Officer Ben Mañosca explained that the company recognizes the important role that Barangay Nabaoy in Malay, Aklan plays in its water supply provision to Boracay Island, and thus hopes to take a more active part in helping the community and in protecting the Nabaoy watershed. 

The simple event was graced by Hon. Pablo Claud, Chairman of Barangay Nabaoy, Malay Councilors Wilbec Gelito and Rowen Aguirre, as well as Malay Municipal Administrator Godofredo Sadiasa, among others. Speaking on behalf of the 101 members of the cooperative, SAMMAKANA Chairman Nolasco Claud expressed his heartfelt thanks to Manila Water Foundation and BIWC for providing them a livelihood opportunity and promised to work hard to grow the initial money given to them. 

Moving forward, Manila Water Foundation will continue to look for more cooperatives from Base of the Pyramid (BOP) communities that require financial and development assistance. It also hopes that it will be able to encourage more stakeholders to take notice of the unique needs such communities.

 
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