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Mr. Bean extends help to “Habagat” flood victims


Mr. Bean, a leading chain of soya bean food & beverage retailer in Singapore with three stores now in the Philippines, recently turned over their cash donation to Jollibee Foundation (JF) as part of their efforts to help victims of the heavy monsoon floods that hit Luzon in August 2012. Proceeds of the donation were used to purchase school supplies that were distributed to elementary students of public schools that are JF’s Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) School Feeding Program partners in Bataan and Cavite, severely hit by the calamity. Photo shows Mr. Bean Managing Director Kang Puay Seng (third from left), turning over their donation to Jollibee Foundation President Grace Tan Caktiong. Also in photo are Mr. Bean Franchise Support Managers Wilfred Kong and Ashlyn Kuah, JF Vice President Belen Rillo and JF Executive Director Gisela Tiongson.

Manila Water Foundation celebrates partnerships for the BOP

In a move to thank its partners and donors for supporting its advocacy for Base of the Pyramid (BOP) communities, Manila Water Foundation recently held an event with the theme “Celebrating Partnerships”. Said event showcased Manila Water Foundation’s journey since it started in 2005, as well as its plans moving forward which are focused on water supply and sanitation, water and environmental education, and community assistance and livelihood.

Manila Water Foundation Executive Director Carla May Beriña-Kim explained that while Manila Water Company pursues social and environmental initiatives in its east concession area in Metro Manila, Manila Water Foundation helps uplifts the lives of BOP communities outside the urban areas of the metro which do not have access to clean drinking water and suffer from poor health and sanitation conditions.

For the past few years, Manila Water Foundation has already provided safe-to-drink water supply to nearly 1,600 families from BOP communities and has empowered 11 community-based cooperatives to become competitive social enterprises and business partners. These programs, along with Manila Water Foundation’s other community assistance programs, have reached out to more than 3,000 BOP households.

Manila Water Foundation President Gerardo C. Ablaza, Jr. hopes to achieve more in the coming years. He envisions the Foundation to take a leadership role in providing access to water and proper sanitation for Base of the Pyramid communities. Through Manila Water Foundation, he is confident that the Philippines will no longer be a country that is lacking basic services such as clean, drinking water.

To be able to carry out more programs for its target beneficiaries, Manila Water Foundation encourages other organizations and businesses to focus their attention to the special needs of poor families in hard-to-reach areas and to enable positive changes in the quality of life of Base of the Pyramid communities.

Manila Water Foundation presents the Christmas Tag Project
One Meralco Foundation energizes Marilao community

Forty families residing in Platinum Village, Brgy. Loma de Gato in Marilao, Bulacan recently benefited from the gift of light given by One Meralco Foundation under its Community Electrification Program. The initiative is part of Meralco’s corporate mission of nation building by extending assistance to marginalized communities to be able to avail their own service connections.


(L-R) Marilao, Bulacan LGU representative Fortunato Endaya, Brgy. Loma de Gato Chairman Rogelio Pascual, Meralco North Business Area head Redentor Marquez, Meralco North Distribution Services head Antonio Abuel, Jr., and Meralco Chief CSR Officer and One Meralco Foundation president Jeffrey Tarayao gets ready to light up Platinum GK Village.

Sa loob ng maraming taon, walang ibang hiningi ang mga tao dito kung hindi magka-ilaw upang lumiwanag ang aming pamayanan at magkaroon ng tanglaw sa gabi para sa pag-aaral ng aming mga anak at mga apo (For many years, the residents did not ask for anything else except for light – to have a brighter community and to have light at our homes so that our children and grandchildren can study even at night),” shared Expidita Quirante, president of the home association in Platinum Village and whose family was part of the forty households who now have access to adequate, safe and reliable electricity at their homes. Aside from energized homes, streetlights were also provided to the community.


One of the streetlights given by OMF under the Community Electrification Program shines brightly (left). Kiko Meralco jams with the Platinum Village kids on the dance floor during the community’s lighting up launch.

 Brgy. Loma de Gato Captain Rogelio Pascual was very appreciative of the program saying, “Malaki ang pasasalamat namin sa One Meralco Foundation dahil mas maliwanag na ang aming komunidad. Napakaswerte namin at pinagpala kami ng Maykapal na maisakatuparan ang pangarap naming taga-Platinum na magkaroon ng ilaw (We are very grateful to One Meralco Foundation because our community is now a lot brighter. We are so blessed by God because our dream of having light became a reality)!” 

Present during the community launch were Brgy. Captain Rogelio Pascual, Marilao LGU representative Fortunato Endaya, Meralco executives led by North Distribution Services head Antonio Abuel, Jr. and North Business Area head Redentor Marquez, and One Meralco Foundation president Jeffrey Tarayao. 

“Since 2007, we have been answering the call of nation-building by powering over 6,000 households as well as several communal infrastructures such as public schools and farm irrigation systems. By providing communities especially those marginalized with electricity, we hope to empower them to transform and uplift the quality of their lives,” said Tarayao.

AES Philippines’ Connect-a-School Project

AES Connect-a-School Project aims to connect public high schools and elementary schools to educational media facilities and on-line management learning system that has curriculum-based, multi resources in key learning areas, i.e. Math, Science, English, Filipino and Social Studies.

Recently, AES Philippine Power Foundation (APF) forged a partnership with Knowledge Channel Foundation to connect 38 public high schools and elementary schools within the franchise areas of Pampanga I Electric Cooperative, San Jose City Electric Cooperative and La Union Electric Cooperative.

This AES Connect-a-School Project will form part of AES Philippines’ CSR for Electric Cooperatives where AES considers the member-consumer of its partner electric cooperatives as its own communities.


In Photo (L-R): AES Philippine Foundation Head Cynthia V. Pantoñal; Moazzam Nazir, APF Board of Trustee; Kim de Leon, APF Board of Trustee, Chrys Herrera, AES Philippines VP-Commercial Affairs; Andrew Joseph Horrocks, APF Chairman and President and Country Manager of AES Philippines; Rina Lopez-Bautista, President and Executive Director, Knowledge Channel Foundation (KCFI); Jerome Montemayor, KCFI Senior Manager – Resource Mobilization; Marilou Tioseco, KCFI Resource Mobilization Officer; Atty. Irvin Fabella, APF Board of Trustee and Frieda Rodriguez, APF Board of Trustee

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