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Cebu schools get new classrooms, armchairs


More than 1,700 armchairs and 14 classrooms have been given to 10 public elementary and high schools in Cebu and Mandaue cities to help address the lack of facilities that students could use.

In Cebu City, Banilad Elementary and Night High School was given a 3-storey, 3-classroom building and armchairs.  In Mandaue City, four schools—Cabancalan I Elementary School, Banilad Elementary School, Canduman National High School and Subangdaku Technical Vocational High School—were also given new classrooms.  Subangdaku was also given a cosmetology and food trade training center.

About 1,720 armchairs were also distributed to Mabolo Elementary School, Banilad Elementary and Night High School, Bacayan Elementary School, Busay Elementary School, Talamban Elementary School and Talamban National High School in Cebu City, and Subangdaku Elementary School, Subangdaku National High School, Canduman Elementary School, and Tipolo National High School in Mandaue City.

The schools and armchairs were turned over by Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. to the recipient schools in separate occasions last Jan. 14 & 15, 2013.  Aside from the turnovers, the Foundation also signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Education (DepEd) for the donation of computer units and 5,000 more armchairs to 22 schools in Cebu Province.

Present during the turnovers were Aboitiz Foundation President Jon Ramon Aboitiz, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes, Foundation trustee Romy Ronquillo, EVP & Managing Trustee Sonny Carpio, DepEd representatives, local government officials, and principals of the beneficiary schools.

The Aboitiz Foundation invests more than 50% of its annual budget in education-related initiatives. To date, it has built over 597 classrooms nationwide, benefiting over 50,000 students.  It has also donated almost 2,000 computer units and 17,150 armchairs, and refurbished almost 40 computer laboratories.

CEMEX partners with the Kapuso Foundation in helping Pablo victims

EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEERISM: CEMEX Philippines turned over a cheque worth P200,000 to GMA 7 Kapuso Foundation dedicated to the rebuilding efforts in Mindanao for typhoon Pablo victims. Standing, from left: Winifred Avendaño, Executive Director of Kapuso Foundation; Paul Arcenas, CEMEX Philippines VP for Strategic Planning; Chito Maniago, CEMEX Director for Corporate Communications & Public Affairs; Seated, from left: Gina Eala, VP for Human Resources of CEMEX Philippines; Mel Tiangco, GMA Kapuso Foundation Head; and Erlinda Lizardo, CEMEX Corporate Communications Manager.

Nearly 3 months since the devastating typhoon Pablo hit Mindanao, victims are still struggling to rebuild lost homes and livelihood. In the wake of billions of pesos worth of damage to infrastructure, agriculture and private properties, employees and executives of cement manufacturer CEMEX Philippines raised P200,000 for donation to the GMA 7 Kapuso Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to help Filipino families in the areas of health, education, poverty alleviation and community development. The Kapuso Foundation is currently conducting relief projects and town rebuilding programs in Mindanao where Pablo survivors are given food, medicines, clothes and building materials.

Kapuso Foundation head Mel Tiangco, who is also a prominent news anchor and TV/radio personality, expressed her gratitude to the company and hoped that more synergies will be forged between CEMEX and the foundation in the future.

CEMEX Philippines is the manufacturer of the only Green eco-labeled cement brands in the country including Island Portland Cement, Palitada King, Rizal Portland Super, Rizal Masonry Cement, APO Portland Premium, APO Portland Cement, APO Masonry Cement, and APO Pozzolan. For more information pls. log on to or for 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 .


DLSU confers Signum MInisterii to Metrobank Foundation

Metrobank Group chairman and founder Dr. George S.K.Ty (2nd from left) and Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña (rightmost) receive the award from DLSU Board of Trustees Chairman Jose T. Pardo (leftmost) and DLSU president and chancellor Br. Ricardo P. Laguda, FSC (3rd from left)

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) was conferred the Signum Ministerii Medal (Model of Outstanding Leadership in Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility) by De La Salle University (DLSU) last February 16, 2013 during the latter’s Commencement Exercises held at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.

The Signum Ministerii Medal means “Sign of Service” and is an award granted by DLSU to outstanding social agencies for significant service rendered to the country and to Philippine society.

“At the time the first award was given, it was the intention of the administrators and the Board of Trustees then to make awards to deserving agencies (in contradiction to individuals) and from this point of view, the award seeks to accomplish the same form of recognition that the Ramon Magsaysay Awards do. Thus, the award was meant for organizations such as religious orders, institutions such as schools and universities, non-government organizations, which have rendered services to the community,” as published by DLSU in its “Honors at DLSU Manila”.

There have been only two (2) recipients of the award: Radio Veritas (1983) and NAMFREL (1984). It is only now that DLSU is awarding after almost three (3) decades, making MBFI as the first corporate philanthropic foundation to receive the distinguished citation.

Specifically, it recognized the Foundation’s various programs and accomplishments on the promotion of a culture of excellence and improvement of the quality of life among Filipinos. The Foundation’s flagship programs that strengthen and advance key pillars of the society and the institutions they represent were honored. These programs include the Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT); Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE); The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS); Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS); Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC); College Scholarship Programs (CSP); and the Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair in the Judiciary. The award also acknowledged the thrust of the Foundation in social development extending grants to socio-civic, NGOs, and government agencies focusing on the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  Its healthcare thrust, through the Manila Doctors Hospital, was also highlighted supporting the hospital’s operations and corporate social responsibility programs such as subsidies for in-house patients, outreach activities and medical missions, and healthcare interventions in adopted communities.

“We receive it with a deep sense of responsibility to continue pursuing excellence that benefits our countrymen,” expressed MBFI president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña. “You have appended it to our name by this award and it will remain part of our DNA as it was determined by our founder and chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty at our inception. While it was not our intent to reap recognition, your affirmation is an acknowledgement that encourages us. You also honor our mother institution, the Metrobank, which is celebrating fifty (50) years of service to our banking community” he continued.

Metrobank Group chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty personally accepted the award from DLSU president and Chancellor Br. Ricardo P. Laguda, FSC, DLSU Board of Trustees Chairman Jose T. Pardo, and Department of Education secretary Br. Armin Luistro.

“I am pleased that this and other recognitions validate our contributions in social development and the promotion of excellence among key sectors of our society,” said Dr. Ty. “These public acclamations encourage us to continue contributing to nation-building through our core programs,” he added.

Dr. Ty was joined by the board of advisers, trustees and officers of the Foundation led by Dr. Antonio S. Abacan, Jr., Milagros G. Drilon, James Go, Dr. Bee Ching U. Ong Kian Koc, Mary V. Ty, Dr. Placido L. Mapa, Jr., Elvira Ong-Chan, Alfred V. Ty, Anjanette Dy Buncio, and Zandra M. Ty.



Established on January 8, 1979 by George S. K. Ty, sixteen (16) years after he founded the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company (Metrobank), the Metrobank Foundation is engaged in social development projects in the Philippines and other parts of Asia. As the corporate social responsibility arm of the Metrobank Group, the Foundation implements various programs in education, visual arts and healthcare. It also maintains an active and dynamic partnership with other organizations that likewise provide services for the disadvantaged. Among the Foundation’s flagship programs are the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE), Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), College Scholarship Program (CSP), Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC), The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), and Country’s Outstanding Policemen in Service (COPS). It also supports programs aimed at educating the citizenry on public-interest issues through research and lectures given by the distinguished holders of the Metrobank Foundation Professorial Lecture established by the Foundation in partnership with reputable educational institutions. The Foundation is also the majority owner of the Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH), one of the leading centers of wellness in the country. 


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. 


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