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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: kchonline.ph.

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)

 
Aboitiz Foundation holds Grand Medical Mission in Cebu

The Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., the social development arm of the Aboitiz Group, conducted a Grand Medical Mission last August 17 at Plaza Sugbu in Cebu City in celebration of the Foundation’s 25th year anniversary.

Around 2,000 residents from 10 urban barangays in Cebu City benefitted from the free medical, dental, optical and blood typing services provided by the foundation. Medicines and dental kits were also given at the event.


“Healthy communities begin with healthy homes, thus our desire to provide basic health services which beneficiaries can avail of, with the help of our partner business units,” shared Aboitiz Foundation EVP and COO Sonny Carpio.

The Grand Medical Mission was held in partnership with Cebu-based Aboitiz business units namely Pilmico Foods Corporation, Visayan Electric Co., City Savings Bank, and AboitizLand.

Non-Aboitiz partners, meanwhile, included the Cebu City local government, Cebu City Health Department, University of San Carlos Clinical Department, Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation, Philippine Red Cross, Philippine Air Force-2nd Infantry Battalion, Senior Citizens Women’s Group, Eyeball Optical Shop, Subangdaku Technical Vocational School, Nature’s Spring Drinking Water, Perpetual Succour Hospital’s Family Medicine and Internal Medicine Department, Philippine Dental Association – Cebu and Mandaue Chapter, South Western University Dentistry Department, and Calmoseptine Philippines, Inc.


The medical mission was conducted in celebration of the foundation’s past initiatives on primary health and child care for its host communities. These programs addressed the shortage of adequate infrastructure and facilities for basic social services.

Past healthcare projects include medical, optical, dental missions and circumcision drives, and construction of water systems, health centers, and day care centers in areas where they are most needed.

Today, the Aboitiz Foundation is most focused on three areas namely education, enterprise development, and environment and sustainability.

Established in 1988, the Aboitiz Foundation is currently celebrating 25 years of helping people help themselves and continues to strive to be a neighbor of choice in areas where Aboitiz firms operate.

 
Toyota Donates P1M for Relief Operations in Laguna

Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (TMP) contributed a total of One Million Pesos for the recent monsoon-related rehabilitation projects in Laguna – a donation of 500 Thousand Pesos was given to the Provincial Government of Laguna, following an earlier donation of the same amount to the City Government of Santa Rosa. The donation was made through TMP’s social and humanitarian arm Toyota Motor Philippines Foundation (TMPF).


In photo are (from left) Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) vice president for Southern Luzon Ed Nicolas, TMPF president David Go, TMP president Michinobu Sugata, Laguna Governor Jeorge “E.R.” Ejercito Estregan, Pagsanjan, Laguna mayor Girlie “Maita” Javier Ejercito and TMP first vice president Cristina Arevalo.


In photo are (from left): TMPF president David Go, TMP president Michinobu Sugata, and Santa Rosa City mayor Arlene Arcillas.

 
Batch Two of Superintendents’ Leadership Program, Formally Launched

The opening ceremony and gala dinner for the launch of the Superintendents’ Leadership Program (SLP) last August 14 at the Eugenio Lopez Center in Antipolo offered a perfect opportunity to acclaim the superintendents’ achievements and appreciate the commitment of the organizations behind the program in raising the standards of education in the country.

The organizations that continuously strive to train education leaders to achieve excellence are Department of Education (DepEd), De La Salle University (DLSU), Australian Aid (AusAid), Lopez Group Foundation Inc. (LGFI), and Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. (KCFI).

Ms. Rina Lopez Bautista, President and Executive Director of KCFI welcomed the guests into their “family’s home”, the Eugenio Lopez Training Center. “We also welcome you to continue the journey with us as we strive to provide our children and all other learners, an education that will not only be relevant in an increasingly borderless world but an education that is thoughtful, soulful and timeless”, she said.

The Batch Two superintendents-participants offered their rendition of Tyler Collins’ ‘Thanks to You’ to the men and women who organized and funded the SLP. Together with heads of DepEd, DLSU, AusAid, Lopez Group of Companies, KCFI, and regional leaders, the participants signed in the commitment wall to signify their pledge to be “a 21st century leader, catalyzing and inspiring transformation in Philippine education”.

In his inspirational message, Dr. Oscar M. Lopez recognized the very important positions that the participants hold. He said, “We believe, as Bro. Armin believes, that you are the change agents who will guide and inspire this program to success, much like exceptional chief executive officers who guide large conglomerates… You are the division chief executives. People look to you for direction. People look to you for leadership”.

DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro formally closed the program with a brief message. He left these moving words to the participants and guests: “We did not want to start a program that will only cover a handful. It has to be every single one of us in the field, on the same page… And as you begin your journey, you have to be ready to also die. To die to the old self and believe that there is a resurrection. We are not looking for saints; we are looking for heroes to admit their mistakes and are willing to learn again. Tonight we start that long journey.”

Br. Ricky Laguda, President and Chancellor of DLSU and Ms. Elaine Ward, Counselor of AusAid, also expressed their support through a speech. “This leadership program will let you perform miracles and touch the hearts of many. You will not only start a revolution but you will also perform miracles,” said Bro. Ricky Laguda. Ms. Ward expressed how proud Australia is to be a part of the SLP. “We are honored to join this awesome campaign. Australia welcomed this opportunity to be able to support this program because it responds to promoting and ensuring sustainability of educational transformation,” Ward said.

Regional leaders from all over the country also attended the event. Before-dinner entertainment was provided by singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon. The masters of the ceremony were Epy Quizon and Ms. Marilou Tioseco, Senior Manager for Resource Mobilization of KCFI.

SLP is designed to assist education leaders in adapting to major changes in the landscape of Philippine education especially with the advent of K-12, learner-centered learning, school-based management and 21st century education imperatives. The participants earn a doctorate degree from De La Salle University upon finishing the program.

THE SDS PARTICIPANTS

THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO MADE SUPERINTENDENTS’ LEADERSHIP PROGRAM POSSIBLE. (R-L) President and Chancellor of DLSU Bro. Ricky Laguda; President of KCFI Ms. Rina Lopez Bautista; Chairman Emeritus of Lopez Group of Companies Mr. Oscar Lopez; DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro; DepEd Undersecretary Lino Rivera; and AusAid Counselor Ms. Elaine Ward.

Officers and staff of K Channel with Lopez Group Chairman Emeritus Mr. Oscar M. Lopez and his wife Mrs. Connie Lopez, K Channel President Ms. Rina Lopez Bautista, AusAis Counselor Ms. Elaine Ward, DepEd Undersecretary for Operations Mr. Lino Rivera, DLSU President Bro. Ricky Laguda, and DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro.

 
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