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Fish increase in Minantaw brings hope to PH’s only double barrier reef

 

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines, July 26, 2013 – Seeing an average of 57 fish within 250 square meters (above photo) may not be much compared to other dive spots but for the Minantaw Marine Park and Sanctuary (MMPS), it is already an underwater Eden considering that five years ago the number of fish there was fewer than 14 over the same area.  Reef fish like surgeonfish, wrasses, angelfish, and large fish such as snappers, emperors, and groupers are returning to the marine park area created through the partnerships among Project Seahorse Foundation (PSF), the United Fishers of Caubian, and Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex brand of fuels and lubricants.

Located near Lapu-Lapu City, Minantaw is one of the largest protected areas in Danajon Bank, one of only six double barrier reefs in the world. The 256-hectare MMPS is the first multi-use marine park in the country with zones for regulated fishing, seaweed farming, sustainable-use zone and a 50 hectare no-fishing zone.

Five years ago, there were fewer than 560 small-sized fish inside the no-fishing zone. A recent survey reveals about 2,280 fish of various species within the same area.

PSF senior biologist Angelie Nellas said, “With an average increase of 440 fish per year per hectare, the no-fishing zone can possibly yield about 114,000 fish within four years which is good news for a recovering reef like Minantaw and brings hope in saving Danajon Bank.”

Danajon Bank is a center of biodiversity in the Asia Pacific region and an essential pathway for Asian migratory birds.  Danajon is also a critical fishing ground for thousands of fishers from four provinces that line Danajon’s 130-km. length which are Cebu, Bohol, Leyte and Southern Leyte. Since 1950s, wanton exploitation and absence of conservation have severely degraded its habitats.

Raissa Bautista, CPI  manager for Policy, Government  and Public Affairs,  said, “Caltex firmly believes in fostering environmental values and putting them into action through strong partnerships. We hope that this project will inspire more businesses and conservationists to work together in maintaining a clean, safe environment.”

 
Caltex TB Awareness Drive Wins in New York’s Gold Quill Awards

NEW YORK CITY, USA. June 27, 2013 – For helping public transport drivers in Metro Manila and their families prevent tuberculosis (TB) by dispelling facts from myths about the disease, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) awarded the Gold Quill Award of Merit to Chevron Philippines Inc. (Chevron), marketer of the Caltex brand. A Quill Award is a much coveted award that honors exemplary achievements in communication research, programs, skills and creative work.   Photo above shows Chevron Business Communications Supervisor Elaine Beliakoff after accepting the trophy in behalf of Chevron during the IABC Gold Quill Awards Gala last June 24, 2013, in New York, USA.

The “Labanan ang TB Para Tsuper Healthy” (lit. Fight TB so drivers can be healthy) awareness campaign won in the celebrated Communication Management Division, Corporate Social Responsibility category. The campaign established strong partnership with the Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (FEJODAP), Metro Bus Operators Assoc. (MBOA), and the city health offices of Makati, Manila and Quezon City.  About 12,545 public transport workers increased their TB awareness through anti-TB communication materials and trainings held by Caltex.

The Caltex TB awareness drive has also won an Excellence Award for the same category in the IABC Philippine Quill Awards and an Anvil Award with the Public Relations Society of the Philippines.

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About Chevron Philippines Inc.

Chevron Philippines Inc. has been operating in the country for more than 85 years under its retail brand, Caltex, offering high quality products and services. There are close to 800 service stations strategically scattered throughout the Philippine archipelago and employees working in several areas of business such as Marketing, Lubricants and Terminal operations. The Chevron products that are available in the Philippines include Caltex with Techron® fuel and Caltex Diesel with Techron®D, Havoline® and Delo® oils. More information on Chevron Philippines Inc. is available at www.caltex.com/ph.

 
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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For more information, please contact:

Yoly C. Crisanto
Head, Corporate Communications
Globe Telecom, Inc.
Tel. No. 7302627 │ Fax. No. 7393075
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