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Water for Upland Communities

Aligned with The Coca-Cola Company’s goal to safely return to nature and to communities an amount of water equal to what is used in the Company’s finished beverages and their production, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines launched the Agos Ram Pump Project in partnership with Earth Day Network Philippines, Inc.  (EDNPI) and the Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation, Inc.  (AIDFI) in November 2011.

According to the Philippines Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Progress Report in 2010, one in every five persons in impoverished areas in the country still does not have access to safe water. Most of these areas are situated in remote small islands, upland communities, and war-torn villages.

Kids from Brgy. Colonsabac, Matanao, Davao del Sur enjoys the water flowing from one of the tap stands installed in their community.

The Agos Ram Pump Project brings water to upland communities using the hydraulic ram pump which pushes the water up from the water source without the use of electricity or fossil fuel. The ram pump was designed 200 years ago but many installations have not been successful due to design and maintenance issues. The system was revived and perfected by AIDFI, recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2011. The AIDFI ram pumps use inexpensive and locally-available options for moving parts that need regular replacement, and highlight the importance of regular maintenance of the water system.

The goal of the project is to install ram pump systems in 100 poor communities, a commitment made during the centennial celebration of Coca-Cola in the Philippines in 2012. The ram pumps provide a reliable and accessible source of water to the communities, thereby improving sanitation and health of family members. The ram pump systems also allow community members to use valuable time and effort previously spent on fetching water from distant sources, on caring for the family and livelihood activities (for the women), and study and play (for the children).

Aside from providing water to communities, the Agos Ram Pump Project through EDNPI also conducts activities such as community preparation and organization of community water association, and solid waste management, which becomes a source of livelihood for community members. The project also includes training of at least two ram pump technicians from the community who will be responsible in maintaining the usability of the ram pumps.

To date, the Agos Ram Pump Project has already reached out to over 31,000 direct beneficiaries from 41 communities nationwide. Below is the complete list of Agos sites:

Luzon

1. Bokong Waterfalls, Patay, Sagada, Mountain Province

2. Brgy. Suyo, Sagada, Mountain Province

3. Brgy. Uli, Dasol, Pangasinan

4. Brgy. Binaritan, Morong, Bataan

5. Brgy. Bono-Bono, Bataraza, Palawan

6. Brgy. Iraan, Rizal, Palawan

7. Brgy. Banawang, Bagac, Bataan

8. Brgy. Mascap, Rodriguez, Rizal (Sitio Lower Macopoy)

9. Brgy. Sta. Maria, Gonzaga, Cagayan Valley

Visayas

1. Brgy. Montilla, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental

2. Brgy. Banderahan, Valencia, Bohol

3. Brgy. Kalo, San Jose, Negros Oriental

4. Brgy. Libtong Gamay, Naval, Biliran

5. Brgy. Captain Ramon, Silay City, Negros Occidental

6. Brgy. Pasanan, Inabanga, Bohol

7. Brgy. Pandanon, Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental

8. Brgy. Cambuyo, Garcia–Hernandez, Bohol

9. Brgy. Larrazabal, Naval, Biliran

10. Brgy. Malalay, Ronda, Cebu

11. Brgy. Kanghalo, Dumanjug, Cebu

12. Brgy. Maquiling, Sagay City, Negros Occidental

13. Brgy. Buenavista, Murcia, Negros Occidental

14. Brgy. Prosperidad, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental

15. Brgy. Camingawan, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental

16. Brgy. Guimbala-on, Silay City, Negros Occidental

17. Brgy. Obat, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental

18. Brgy. Canmanico-Anas, Valencia, Bohol

19. Brgy. Katipunan, Sagbayan, Bohol

20. Brgy. Hagnaya, Carmen, Cebu

21. Brgy. Yubo, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental (Sitio Bais)

22. Brgy. Binalay, Gen. McArthur, Eastern Samar (Sitio Lubang)

Mindanao

1. Brgy. Upper Dado, Alamada, North Cotabato

2. Brgy. Limulan, Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat

3. Brgy. San Jose, General Santos City

4. Brgy. Rogongon, Iligan City

5. Brgy. Lake Lahit, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

6. Brgy. Tagasaka, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

7. Brgy. Calumangi, Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur

8. Brgy. Colonsabac, Matanao, Davao del Sur

9. Brgy. Baganihan, Marilog District, Davao City

10. Brgy. San Miguel,Maramag, Bukidnon (Purok 8)

 
One Meralco Foundation now accepting donations for Maring-affected localities

One Meralco Foundation, the social development arm of the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO), is now accepting donations in cash or in kind for those affected by severe flooding due to Typhoon Maring.

In a report released by the Department of Social Welfare and Development as of 12 NN, August 19, 86,000 people in Luzon have already been affected by Maring. While forced evacuation has ensued in the City of Manila and Marikina, other areas like Cavite, Laguna, and Ilocos Sur are also in need of dire help.

Interested parties may coordinate with One Meralco Foundation by contacting 632-8301 or send donations to the MVP Tulong Kapatid Center located at the Meralco Compound, Ortigas Ave. Pasig City. Receiving of donations begins on August 20 until Friday, August 23, from 12:00 NN until 4:00 PM. No-cook food items that have a long shelf life and may be easily repackaged are preferred.

Cash donations on the other hand can be deposited via BDO Unibank to One Meralco Foundation, Inc., Account no. 4630144474.

“We are now coordinating with various local government units and agencies in determining priority goods per sector. Meantime, we encourage everyone to support those severely affected by donating food, water, soap and blankets and we will take care of delivering them to the appropriate evacuation centers,” says Jeff Tarayao, President of One Meralco Foundation and Chief Social Responsibility Officer of Meralco.

To date, Meralco has already prepared at least 3,000 bags for deployment. The move is part of Tulong Kapatid - a collaborative effort among companies led by Manny V. Pangilinan and will go to various areas in need.

For more information, please call Eddielyn Addun at 632-8301 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Check the foundation’s website at www.onemeralcofoundation.org and follow @meralco and the hashtag #TulongKapatid to see opportunities to help and get continuous updates on relief efforts.

 
The Lopez Museum supports Ang Misyon’s Sistema for the Filipino Youth

In celebration of National Artist for Music and Literature Levi Celerio, the Lopez Museum and Library invited the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth (OFY) to perform alongside the High Chair group in an event called Off the Ground on 27 April 2013. Over 120 guests were treated to an afternoon of classical music, visual art, and literature within the gallery spaces of the museum, where they witnessed a special collaboration between established artists and our future classical music professionals.

Raymond John de Borja, Marlon Hacla, and Franz Joel-Libo-on read from their latest books They Day Daze, Glossolalia, and Humigit-Kumulang, while fourteen musicians from the OFY accompanied soprano Elainne Marie Vibal, a magna cum laude graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Music.

The OFY forms part of Ang Misyon’s Sistema for the Filipino Youth, an after-school program that offers children from deprived communities the opportunity to develop their musical talents and achieve their full potential towards a career in Classical Music performance and education.  The children are handpicked from various existing ensembles, and offered free music education with a curriculum that covers Music History, Music Theory & Fundamentals, Basic Piano, Basic Conducting, One-on-One Lessons on the instrument of concentration, group or sectional workshops, and Chamber Music. They are also granted rehearsal and transportation allowances, instruments, meals, and uniforms.

Sistema for the Filipino Youth is mentored by its Co-founder and Artistic Director Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz, an internationally renowned concert pianist and child prodigy. It is also mentored by current and former members of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the Manila Symphony Orchestra, the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, and Ms. Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng, the OFY’s resident conductor who is a summa cum laude graduate from the University of the Philippines College of Music with a Master of Music degree from Yale University, and Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Michigan.

 

Through programs like Sistema for the Filipino Youth in collaboration with the Lopez Museum and Library as a center of Filipiniana Arts and Letters, the Lopez Group supports arts and culture with a vision of strengthening national pride and consciousness toward nation building.

 
On High Gear

 

 

Del Monte Foundation (DMFI) was established in 1994 as the CSR arm of Del Monte Philippines, Inc. to promote social progress in Northern Mindanao through rural education, youth development and skills training. It focuses its efforts on poor families through programs for the youth, mothers and children, schools and identified municipalities. It has four programs designed to attain this mission, namely; Education, Scholarships & Youth Development, Community Health & Home Care Education, Technical Skills Training & Livelihood Development and Environmental Conservation.



DMFI kicked off the opening of school year 2013 with the expansion of its scholarship program to far-flung areas in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental. Del Monte Philippines has been supporting scholars since the 1950’s and has produced more than a thousand graduates. This year, the Foundation launched the Del Monte Barrio Grant-in-Aid Scholarship that enabled 110 poor but gifted high school and college students from over 50 remote barangays to go to school. This is on top of the 270 academic scholars that the Foundation currently supports. Del Monte Barrio scholars receive financial assistance that covers tuition and other school fees plus book, uniform and living allowances.


 

Moreover, the Foundation constructed and turned-over in June 2013 four (4) new classroom buildings to public elementary schools in the towns of Manolo Fortich and Libona where Del Monte’s pineapple plantation is located. The beneficiary schools were identified through consultation with the DepEd provincial office of Bukidnon and the LGU’s. Each classroom building followed DepEd standard and is equipped with a comfort room, armchairs, bulletin board and chalkboard. This is DMFI’s contribution to the TEN Moves project supported by the League of Corporate Foundations.

 
SPi Global tallies 38,990 volunteer hours for youth and education

By Joseph C. Cueto


Happy and enthusiastic youth beneficiaries highlight
CSR Day 2013 activities in Dumaguete.


Recently, SPi Global, the Philippines’ most recognized business process outsourcing (BPO) company, showed that one good CSR Day run deserves another.

In 2012, the company embarked on its first global CSR (corporate social responsibility) day program that benefitted almost 8,000 kids worldwide and raised 18,000 employee volunteer hours, thanks to the enthusiastic response of employees across all 20 global locations. All these in one day.

This year, CSR Day 2013, achieved even more awe-inspiring results. The event, held in March , was originally expected to generate 25,000 employee volunteer hours from 24 sites in the Philippines, India, Vietnam, and the US with the noble objective of making a difference in the lives of 10,000 underprivileged children.

In the end, SPi Global employees clocked in 38,990 hours in just 24 hours. It was another demonstration of the employees’ “Power to Inspire”, which is also the theme of the event.

The program benefited 13,400 kids worldwide through CSR projects all focused on youth welfare and education. These included various outreach projects that involved school rehabilitation , literacy classes, computer training, leadership training, arts and sports activities, medical mission, donation of computers and books, feeding programs, and other youth-oriented activities.

 

Malasakit lives on

“We are proud that a lot of our employees supported our second CSR Day. I commend them for working hard to make this day a successful one. Despite the weather, distance, time, and numerous challenges we encountered, we persevered and succeeded. It’s because of their efforts, malasakit lives on,” said SPi Global President and CEO Maulik Parekh.

Maulik cited what made this day a memorable experience.

“More than the hours that we have dedicated, it was the quality time spent with the children that truly made this day special. I witnessed and was deeply touched by the many little acts of kindness we all performed,” added Maulik.



SPi Global President and CEO Maulik Parekh, sharing a fun moment with kids,
lead 23 sites in the Philippines, India, Vietnam, and the US in making a difference
in the lives of 10,000 underprivileged children for CSR Day 2013.

 

Add to that the time-topping accomplishment completed by SPi Global volunteers.

Maulik said exceeding the target of 25,000 hours this year was a big achievement for the organization.

International effort

Maulik, along with other top executives of the company, took the time to visit various sites in Metro Manila to help the employees implement or launch their projects. Other executives made the rounds in international sites, too, leading their respective teams in executing their programs.

Ten sites in the Philippines actively participated in various programs. Partners include Sr. Juan Gutierrez Memorial School in Calamba, Laguna; La Huerta Elementary School in Parañaque; Nueve de Febrero Elementary School in Mandaluyong City; Dynamic Teen Company of CNN 2009 Hero of Year Efren Peñaflorida and the kids belonging to the Championing Community Children (C3); National Children’s Hospital in Manila; Virlanie Foundation; Boys Social Home & Cottages and Foundling Home and Girls Social Home in Boystown Marikina; out-of-school youth in Makati City; Sibulan Elementary School, Sibulan National High School, Sacsac Elementary School, and Balugo Elementary School in Dumaguete; and Guimbal National High School, Guimbal Central Elementary School, Oton National High School, Oton Central Elementary School, La Paz National High School, La Paz II Elementary School, Iloilo National High School, and Molo II Elementary School in Iloilo City.

Employee volunteers in India also went to schools and orphanages. They helped and inspired children with special needs, underprivileged children, and the coastal communities of Chennai and Pondicherry. There were lectures on math, yoga, spoken English and personal hygiene at government schools, lecture on morals, and personal hygiene for underprivileged children, sports events, health camps, scribing for the visually-impaired, and spreading the message of caring for the environment through beach and coastal clean-up.

Spirit of giving

In the US, SPi Global employees in Tinley Park, Skokie and Springfield brought their CSR Day activities in hospitals and shelters. They conducted a gently used clothing drive and distributed magazines, toiletry packets, laundry packets, knitting caps and scarves, and play kits.

The spirit of giving spread over to Vietnam where employees cheered up 107 kid patients with kiddie treats, games and donation of school supplies at the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion. The site also participated in Pink Spring 2013 Festival, a blood donation festival, held in Hanoi.



Employee volunteers in Vietnam bring cheer to the kids at the
National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT).


There were many different experiences and stories to tell. But for the SPi Global family, it was a shared experience for everyone that even the simplest of kind deeds can change lives for the better.

Malasakit truly lives on beyond our organization,” said Maulik.



Children in a school in India enjoy the story-telling sessions and other fun activities
organized by employee volunteers.

 
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