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AES Philippines Foundation Launch and Inauguration of AES Mobile Health Clinic


(Photo above: Inauguration of AES Mobile Health Clinic. (From Left to Right). Kevin Pierce, Plant Manager of Masinloc Power Plant; Moazzam Nazir Chanda, AES Philippines Chief Finance Officer and AES Philippines Foundation (APF) Trustee; Candelaria Mayor Jean Moraña; Andrew Joseph Horrocks, AES Philippines Country Manager and APF Chairman and President, Zambales Governor Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr.; Masinloc Mayor Desiree Edora and Zambales Vice-Governor Ramon Lacbain II as they cut the ribbon during the inauguration of the AES Mobile Health Clinic.)

Message from Mr. Andrew Joseph Horrocks, Chairman and President of AES Philippines Foundation for the launching of AES Philippines Foundation and inauguration of AES Mobile Health Clinic on January 24, 2013:

I am happy to announce that today we are officially launching the AES Philippines Foundation. As an organization, this is a testament to our solid commitment to social development and nation building. As a team, I believe this is something we can all be truly proud of – reaching out to indigent communities that are in need not just of material support, but more importantly, empowerment that enables them to have a brighter future.

As the Foundation’s Vision is to be the “trusted partner in developing vibrant, model communities effecting positive change and improving people’s lives”, we have focused on four major flagship areas on which the Foundation’s programs are anchored on. These are Health, Education, Livelihood, and Environment.

As everyone knows, we launched the Masinloc Training Facility (MTF) early last year and it has already produced 34 skilled and TESDA certified graduates, one of them already employed at the Masinloc Facility while some have found employment opportunities within the region. The MTF is currently conducting sessions for the second batch of trainees. Through the MTF, we are able to expand opportunities for out-of-school youth members of the communities as well as the unemployed.

Alongside the launch of the Foundation today, we are also inaugurating the AES Mobile Health Clinic. Through the Mobile Clinic, we are able to provide easier access to basic health services to these indigent communities who are in need of such support. It is worth noting that access to such health facility significantly bridges the huge gap in terms of obtaining the needed assistance that will improve people’s health and welfare.

Moving forward, our goal is to also launch flagship programs for Education and Environment, on top of those that we are already running. With this, we hope to spark hope among the youth and encourage better care for the environment.

By giving importance to such endeavors, we are able to take an active role in energizing people’s lives in a way that is beyond business.


(Photo above: The AES Mobile Health Clinic goes with a competent medical team and is equipped with laboratory services (chest x-ray, ECG and ultrasound), dental services and pharmacy. The mobile clinic also contains the complete educational facility of Knowledge Channel that aims to provide tutorial session for kids during medical and dental mission. APF’s program partners in this health program are the Zambales War Against Poverty Foundation, Candelaria District Hospital, Knowledge Channel Foundation and the Municipality of Masinloc.)

Cateel, Boston residents receive light after darkness

Meralco, DORECO work hand in hand in restoring power in Davao Oriental 

Days after Typhoon Pablo ravaged Eastern Mindanao, particularly the province of Davao Oriental, thousands of families in the towns of Cateel and Boston were left with painful memories of how the typhoon devastated their lives. 

Nasa loob ako ng bahay noong mga alas-onse ng gabi. Nanonood ng telebisyon kasama ang pamilya ko nang biglang nawalan ng kuryente. Napansin ko na lang na palakas na ng palakas ang ulan. Pagdating ng alas-tres ng madaling araw, lumikas na kami mula sa bahay namin dahil nababaklas na ang mga dingding dala ng malakas na hangin. Sinagip kami ng kapitbahay namin at tamang-tama pagpasok namin sa bahay nila ay humangin ng malakas, at wala na kaming nakita,” narrated Maria Carmelita Pineda, a resident of Cateel. 

Another Cateel resident, Perla Amanduron, a mother of three, recounted what she saw the day after the dreaded typhoon first made landfall last December 4. “Tulala na lang ako. Wala ng natira sa tahanan namin. Paggising ko na lang, wala na akong bahay. Napakahirap dahil ngayon lang namin naranasan ang ganito,” she said. 

Relief efforts immediately started as soon as news of the damage in the communities broke. Without any delay and hesitation, the country’s largest distribution utility, the Manila Electric Company (Meralco), and its social development arm, the One Meralco Foundation (OMF), crossed boundaries and reached out to the desolate towns of Cateel and Boston.

“Heroism is innate among Meralco employees and it is always best exemplified in times of crises. The corporate values of makabayan and malasakit are evidently etched in the hearts of our employees as each of them answers the call of volunteerism and serves wholeheartedly without waiting for anything in return,” said Oscar S. Reyes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Meralco. 

Aside from swiftly responding to the immediate need of food, drinking water and medicines of the over 3,000 families afflicted by the typhoon, 38 Meralco linemen joined forces with the Davao Oriental Electric Cooperative (DORECO) in restoring power to Cateel and Boston. 

“It is common among different distribution utilities to help each other. Kung sino ang may kailangan ng tulong, handa kaming taga-Meralco na magbigay serbisyo sa mga utilities at komunidad na nangangailangan ng tulong. Meralco and OMF saw the need to assist. Since I first visited this place last December 15, I saw that the communities here are more devastated than what I saw after Typhoon Ondoy in 2009. Dito, walang natirang mga bahay. It really broke my heart and stirred us to do immediate action,” shared Carl G. Aquino, head of Meralco North Distribution Services – Contract Administration who led the Meralco contingent in Davao Oriental. 

The Meralco contingent together with DORECO linemen worked on the 22-kilometer main line which would serve as the backbone of the energization of the two towns. From January 3 to 9, both teams erected and re-aligned 250 electrical poles. After DORECO constructs the Baganga distribution lines, power would be fully restored in Cateel and Boston, benefiting over 7,000 families. 

Masaya ang pakiramdam ko at dumating ang Meralco dahil alam ko kung ano ang kakayahan nila. Malaking tulong talaga ang binigay nila sa amin,” said Pineda. 

Hindi maisalita kung ano ang nangyari sa amin dito. Pero masaya kami na dumating ang Meralco. Maraming salamat sa crew ng Meralco. Hindi magtatagal at magkakaroon na kami ng kuryente. Tunay na sa Meralco, may liwanag ang bukas,” shared Noriel Mapayo of DORECO. 

Further to the power restoration efforts and as part of the rehabilitation program of Meralco and OMF is the energization of a relocation site in barangay Lambahon, Baganga which is the first of the relocation sites in Davao Oriental benefiting 15,000 families affected by the typhoon. 

“In times of tragedies, it is common for us Filipinos to show our malasakit to our afflicted fellowmen.  We have always proven that we can be united in helping build the nation by going beyond our comfort zones and serving communities in need wherever they are in the country,” explained Jeffrey O. Tarayao, Meralco Chief Corporate Social Responsibility officer and OMF president. 


Giving More than 50 Years of Joy

Company Creates Delicious Moments of Joy with Adopted School

In July 31, 1963, a legacy of joy began; one that would bring deliciousness and daily moments of joy for millions of Filipinos. This legacy is none other than that of Kraft Foods Philippines; maker of delicious products loved by generations. This year marks 50 years of that legacy; made more delicious by its contributions to bringing joy through quality education. 

Kraft Foods Philippines (KFP) is part of the newly-reimagined Mondelēz International family of companies and will change its name this year to reflect the name of the new global company. Its 5-Year Adopt-a-School program began in 2011 and is now on its 2nd year. In that time, it has continuously helped adopted Sampaloc Site II Elementary School in Parañaque achieve quality education for its 2,900 students. 

This is through interventions supported by KFP for nutrition and teacher training. As the programs for these areas will show, KFP aims to do not only what is right, but also what can bring joy. True to its new dream as part of Mondelēz International, the Company’s CSR (corporate social responsibility) is also aimed at creating delicious moments of joy for others. 

Gifts for more than the Holidays. The usual gifts are those which bring momentary happiness; and then there are gifts that make a lasting impression. During last year’s holiday season, KFP imparted lasting gifts to the students, teachers and parents of its adopted school. 

The Company began bringing joy by facilitating valuable training for the teachers. Held for the Math, English and Science educators of the school, the training sessions were conducted in partnership with the Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED). “Education is important because it is what develops us and equips us to face challenges,” shares ACED’s Carmela Oracion, Executive Director. “The education our schools provide must be relevant to the times. Further education and training for our teachers can help them perform better in their mission of shaping young minds year after year.” 

Grade 4 teacher Arlene Salise is one of those who participated in the training. As she explains, the training was only for several days but the life lessons she picked up will be useful for much longer. “I truly appreciate the training that KFP shared with us through ACED. I learned a lot of new techniques that will help me engage and excite my students to learn.”

More than a Gift for the School. Last December 5, some 90 employees of KFP trooped to the school to share inspirational gifts with the students and build Christmas trees, which symbolize hope. These gifts included notebooks for all the students inspiring them to be the best they can be, and sports equipment like basketballs, badminton rackets and running timers, which the school previously lacked. These gifts will hopefully encourage the students to continue learning, dreaming and growing. 

More than this, KFP also shared valuable lessons in nutrition for the parents, teachers and students. Through a partnership with the ABS-CBN Foundation, KFP held a nutrition day to encourage all those concerned to make the students’ health top of mind in school and at home. Activities for this day included a half-day nutrition seminar facilitated by Ma. Teresa Quinawayan, Nutritionist and Registered Midwife. Once the participants learned the importance of nutrition and how to ensure the serving of healthy meals, a cooking challenge was held. Parent-student and teacher-student teams prepared dishes together and were awarded for the uniqueness and nutritional value of their meals. 

“Our teachers, parents and students were really excited and happy to be a part of the cooking challenge,” shares the school’s Principal Marita Briones. “In fact they say it has inspired them to be more creative in their preparation of nutritious meals to entice the children to eat more. We are really thankful to KFP for their many programs which not only help our community, but also allow us to experience joy for ourselves.”

More than a program, it is a commitment. As early as its first year, the program has already achieved its goal of transforming the school into one of the top 5 in Parañaque. It became #2 in the City based on the National Achievement Test (NAT). Instead of resting on laurels, the success has in fact inspired KFP to collaborate more to make life at the school even more delicious. 

“We are committed to this program; in fact our employees are regular contributors to its activities. We intend to keep it that way in the future,” explains Sudip Mall, KFP’s General Manager. “Our 50-year heritage shows that we deliver on our promises to bring deliciousness and joy to those we meet. We hope to continue doing the same through our brands, and through our 5-Year Adopt-a-School program.” 

For more information on how Mondelēz International creates delicious moments of joy in the Philippines, visit

Petron Sagip Alalay Due to Typhoon Pablo

In the aftermath of Typhoon Pablo, the strongest typhoon to ever hit Mindanao, a call for collective action was sought throughout the country and the rest of the world.  Petron, through the initiative of the management and Petron Foundation, committed to undertake a month long relief operations: conducting soup kitchens and medical outreach in various locations around Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. 

Petron was able mobilize volunteerism from the company’s Sales and Operations division during the holiday season.  Cooperation among the different San Miguel Group of Companies was also crucial in implementing the relief operations.  Partnership with various government and local units was also pertinent in making the relief operations possible.   It was a collective effort indeed in order to help those in need during this time of crisis.

Petron is proud to report that we were able to produce the following outcome during the one month operations:


CEMEX Philippines, best in industry for sustainable development


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 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 .

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