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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

Toyota breaks ground for world-class Technical School in Laguna


Lowering of the Time Capsule: (from left) Mitsui & Co. Ltd. executive managing officer Shintaro Ambe, Former DFA Secretary Domingo Siazon, Jr., Toyota Technical School chairman of the board of advisers Washington Sycip, TMP Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty, TESDA deputy director general Teodoro Pascua, former president Fidel V. Ramos, Toyota Motor Corporation Japan honorary chairman Dr. Shoichiro Toyoda, Japan Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao Urabe, Sen. Edgardo Angara, PCOO secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., TMP vice chairman Alfred V. Ty and PEZA director general Lilia De Lima

TOYOTA MOTOR PHILIPPINES CORPORATION (TMP) held a groundbreaking ceremony last September 6, 2012 for the establishment of a world-class Technical School at the Toyota Special Economic Zone in Santa Rosa, Laguna which will open in 2013. 

The Technical School is envisioned to occupy a 10-hectare property producing globally-competent, highly-skilled automotive technicians for the Toyota Family both in the Philippines and abroad.  In the long-term, the Technical School shall eventually become a regional human resources development hub for global Toyota. 

TMP Chairman George S.K. Ty expressed his desire to give back to the country fueled by his appreciation for the 24 years of fruitful partnership he has had with Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and for the many opportunities that he has been endowed with in the Philippines. 

The Technical School serves as a concrete manifestation of giving back to the society. In his message during the event, TMP Chairman Ty remarked, “I believe that we need to empower our youth through quality education.  It is my hope that through the graduates of this school, I will be able to give back what this country so willingly provided me.” 

For his part, TMC honorary chairman Shoichiro Toyoda praised the Filipino workforce in his special message during the festivities.  Toyoda expressed confidence in the establishment of the school saying, “I am optimistic about the long-term benefits that global Toyota will reap from this School.  I am happy and proud that this school can support and give added value to the Toyota brand.” 

TMP president Michinobu Sugata highlighted in his speech during the Groundbreaking Ceremony that, “Toyota’s presence in the country has gained a new dimension.  Our responsibility to help bring progress to the nation goes beyond our business contributions.  Through this school, we are leveraging our technical, financial and human resources in order to catalyze national development.” 

The Technical School is a testament to Toyota’s continued contribution to the further development of the Philippine society through education, in addition to the many other philanthropic projects of Toyota. 

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