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Laguna Water integrates local coop in supply chain


Aside from ensuring that there is potable and affordable water for the poor communities in the province of Laguna, Laguna Water also provides livelihood to its beneficiaries by integrating the businesses of local coops in its supply chain.

Just recently, Laguna Water, in collaboration with the Manila Water Foundation, inaugurated its business partnership with Sikap Builders Workers Cooperative, a two-year old enterprise based in Mabuhay Homes, Cabuyao, which was tapped by the water company to provide for its water service re-connection and disconnection needs, starting this April.

The Kabuhayan Para Sa Barangay program is a project of Laguna Water and Manila Water Foundation which aims to provide a source of income for local coops by integrating their business to the needs of Laguna Water. Photo shows (third from left) Manila Water Foundation Vice President Ferdinand M. Dela Cruz together with (second from left and extreme left) Manila Water Foundation Executive Director and Laguna Water COO and General Manager Melvin Tan handing over a check worth P100,000 to the members and officers of Sikap Builders Workers Cooperative, to serve as seed capital to run their business and cover the expenses of their daily operations.

Prior to the inauguration, members of the cooperative underwent a series of training facilitated by the foundation to prepare them for the demands of the trade and familiarize them with the quality specifications required by the water company.

“Through the program Kabuhayan Para Sa Barangay (KPSB) and together with the Manila Water Foundation, we were able to design a livelihood program which will not only provide financial support, but will also give them a sustainable source of income,” said Melvin Tan, Laguna Water’s Chief Operating Officer and General Manager.

The organizations also provided a hundred thousand peso grant (P100,000) to Sikap Builders as seed capital to run their business and to cover the expenses of their daily operations.

The coop is also one of the company payment outlets in its area, operating through G-cash facility.

“We are thankful to Laguna Water and Manila Water Foundation for the trust and commitment that they have bestowed upon us, despite us being a very young cooperative. Through our new business venture, we hope we can extend their assistance by providing livelihood to other members who could not find work because of the lack of education,” said Carlito Bariring, Sikap Builders Cooperative Chairperson.

Sikap Builders Workers Cooperative is just one of the many local businesses that Laguna Water has been supporting since it started operations in 2009. The water company is one of three subsidiaries of East Zone concessionaire Manila Water, which was formed through a partnership with the Provincial Government  of Laguna to improve the water conditions in the said province.


Aboitiz Foundation extends P27.6M in microfinance loans to coops


Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., the social development arm of the Aboitiz Group, extended microfinance loans worth Php28 million in 2012 to various cooperatives in Cebu, Benguet and Davao, allowing more than 1,200 individuals to benefit from sustainable livelihood projects that were implemented in these areas.

A total of 73 microfinance loans were granted to selected organizations under Aboitiz Foundation’s ABAG (Aboitiz Business Assistance and Guidance), a project under its enterprise development component.

For more than 20 years now, Aboitiz Foundation has been assisting different organizations nationwide to earn additional income, providing access to various income-generating livelihood activities and job opportunities and empowering them to become entrepreneurs in their respective businesses.  During this 20-year period, a total of 381 loan packages worth Php102 million were approved for 16,240 beneficiaries.

Supplementing these loan packages were capability-building and livelihood skills training programs that the foundation conducted to ensure that these livelihood projects become self-sustaining.

"Our 20 years of existence was able to empower the less privileged individual, who eventually became the catalyst in transforming the lives in their communities. We believe that we have added worth and significance in what we do," said Aboitiz Foundation Executive Vice President Sonny Carpio. "Our initiatives in microfinance, capability-building and livelihood skills training help mold, empower and transform these individuals to become better citizens.”

Aboitiz Foundation's microfinance program offers the best rate compared to others, with no collateral required.

"Trust, integrity, and commitment are our core values that we uphold and want to instill to our partner-organizations.  One significant proof to this is our average collection efficiency of 96% for the past 20 years," Carpio added.

As an incentive to top-performing loan beneficiaries, Aboitiz Foundation recently lauded four Cebu-based cooperatives for their hard work and cooperation, which led to the success of their livelihood programs.

The organizations—Kapunungan sa mga Banikanhong Mag-uuma Alang sa Ekonomikanhong Kalambuan (KABAMEKA), Cambinocot Multipurpose Cooperative, St. Vincent Neighborhood Multipurpose Cooperative and South Cebu Hog Raisers Multipurpose Cooperative—were cited for being outstanding partners and for serving as an inspiration to similar organizations.  They were given plaques and P10,000 for their group.

From the time they first sought the help of Aboitiz Foundation, these cooperatives have since grown both in size and in the number of projects they have implemented.  Today, these organizations continue to show outstanding and exemplary performance in their businesses and communities.

Aboitiz Foundation’s programs target social development needs in the areas of education, enterprise development, primary health & child care, and environment & sustainability. Founded in 1988, the foundation, the Aboitiz Group’s social development arm, is celebrating 25 years of helping people help themselves in areas where its businesses operate.



Caption: Kapunungan sa mga Banikanhong Mag-uuma Alang sa Ekonomikanhong Kalambuan (KABAMEKA) with (from left) Cooperative Development Authority-7 Regional Director Philip Deri, Davao Light and Power Company Community Relations Manager Vic Sumalinog and (from the right) Aboitiz Foundation EVP and Managing Trustee Sonny Carpio

Metrobank Foundation Celebrates its Legacy of Excellence with Launch of 3 Coffeetable Books

Metrobank_AnniversaryCelebrating a Legacy of Excellence. Presenting the three books are Former President Fidel V. Ramos, Senior Adviser, Metrobank (3rd from left, 1st row); Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban (Ret), Chairman, Metrobank Foundation Board of Advisers (4th from left, 1st row); and Dr. Antonio S.Abacan, Jr., Vice Chairman, Metrobank Group, and Senior Adviser, Metrobank Foundation (5th from left, 1st row) together with (1st row, L-R) Mr. Alfred V. Ty, President, Federal Land;  Mr. Aniceto M. Sobrepeña, President, Metrobank Foundation; Mr. Francis C. Sebastian, Metrobank Vice Chairman; Mr. Arthur Ty, Metrobank Chairman and Metrobank Foundation Vice Chairman; and Mr. Fabian S. Dee, Metrobank President. Joining them are (2nd row, L-R) Mr. Cid Reyes, Writer-Editor, MADE of Gold; Dr. Jaime An Lim, Author, 10 Outstanding Filipino Teachers Vol. 2, Mr. Garrick N. Lee, representing Dr. Queena N. Lee-Chua, and Dr. Marie Marjorie M. Evasco, Contributing writer, Metrobank Foundation Exemplars.


As part of the celebration of Metrobank’s 50 years, the Metrobank Foundation recently launched three coffee table books: MADE of Gold, 10 Outstanding Filipino Teachers and Metrobank Foundation Exemplars, at the Main Lobby of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Former President Fidel V. Ramos, Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban (Ret) and other distinguished officials from the government, business, academe, and diplomatic communities graced the book launch.

“The three books convey the very essence of what we do in the Metrobank Foundation. We encourage people to excel in what they do by recognizing excellent contributions in their respective fields. But it does not end there. Their shining examples should serve as inspiration to others worthy of emulation. And we aim to further propagate their stories of triumph and excellence through three (3) coffeetable books,” says Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña. “While we are known for our recognition programs, it is only now that we are coming up with publications that will share stories of triumphs and dreams fulfilled by the exceptional individuals we have honored in the past,” he continued.

The book Metrobank Foundation Exemplars features 15 inspiring stories of select  awardees of the Foundation’s  recognition programs   - Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), the Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS), The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE)  and Search for Outstanding Journalists  whose shining examples, inspiring dedication, and excellent performance in their respective fields have helped shape their communities and the nation. This collection of profiles was written by 2003 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teacher Dr. Queena N. Lee-Chua.

Acclaimed writer and art critic Cid Reyes documents the significance of the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) in the Philippine art scene and its involvement in uplifting culture and art as catalysts of nation-building in MADE of Gold. The 252-page book presents in full color winning artworks and designs since 1984– 140 paintings, 12 sculptures, 7 Metrobank Prize for Achievement in Sculpture (MPAS) awardees, 13 interior designers and 6 architects. Selected artworks featured in the book are on exhibition at the second floor of Vicente Manansala hallway and at the Little Theater lobby of the Cultural Center of the Philippines until April 14.

Now on its second volume, the 10 Outstanding Filipino Teachers documents the journey and the legacy of ten (10) Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT) awardees. Written by 2003 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teacher Dr. Jaime An Lim, the book pays tribute to everyday heroes in education. It features the teachers’ background, best practices and legacies.

The first volume of the book by Dr. Queena N. Lee-Chua was a finalist in the 2005 National Book Awards of the Manila Critics Circle.

In his message, Chief Justice Panganiban expressed that “Metrobank Foundation takes part in building the community and the nation as it rewards excellence in people and institutions.” “Indeed, excellence is both the Foundation’s beacon and anchor. Metrobank Foundation has chosen top awardees whose life and career it proclaims and honors in these books. They are the best of the best of Metrobank Foundation’s search for excellence among our people,” he added.

Since its establishment in 1979, the Metrobank Foundation has sought to promote and foster the values of excellence and achievement among Filipinos. In its commitment to make a difference in the lives of its chosen stakeholders and contribute to nation-building, the programs of the Foundation have always endeavored to encourage and reward individuals and organizations to be the best they can be, and in the process, inspire the rest to similarly strive for the highest standards of performance of conduct in their respective professions.

For book purchases and further inquiries call telephone numbers 857-5918, 898-8855 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




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), and the recently launched Search for Journalists of the Year (JOY). 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 principal owner of the Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH), one of the leading centers of wellness in the country.

AMY PBB Donates Php1.0M to DepEd

Since AMY Foundation, the CSR Unit of Philippine Business Bank (PBB) is very much in support to EDUCATION, the management of PBB decided to donate P1,000,000 to the Department of Education (DepEd) thru the office of Secretary Bro. Armin A. Luistro.



(From L-R: AMY Foundation Executive Director Alice P. Rodil, PBB President & CEO Rolando R. Avante, DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin A. Luistro FSC, DepEd Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs Atty. Tonisito Umali)

The amount was raised due to the concerted efforts from the management, officers and staff of the Bank. A part from the Christmas Party Fund which was intended for the raffle prizes for the Bank's Christmas Party was initially donated while officers and staff also contribute cash, matched by the Bank to come up with a total of Php1.0M donation.

PBB President Rolando R. Avante and AMY Foundation Executive Director Alice P. Rodil were both present during the turnover ceremony on January 22, 2013 held at the DepEd Office of the Secretary. It was agreed upon that said donation will be used to construct a classroom for the benefit of three hundred six (306) students at Sangab Elementary School located in Davao Oriental, one of the provinces affected by the wrath of Typhoon Pablo. A portion of the amount will also be allotted to start a feeding program which will also be based in the said school.

Upland Coop Gets New Livelihood Project from Aboitiz Foundation

Aboitiz Foundation together with the Aboitiz scholars recently turned over a new livelihood project dubbed as "PANLambo Bakeshop" to one of its outstanding assisted organizations - the Cambinocot Multipurpose Cooperative in Cebu City.

The project is one of the winning proposals during the 2011 Aboitiz Scholars’ CSR Summit. Initiated by a group of Aboitiz scholars namely Tito Linao III, Kathrina Maika Montayre, Arvin Padilla, John Edward Ramirez, Jezrah Salmayor, and Adriel Gamier Sanchez, the project aims to augment the income of the cooperative and provide job opportunities. Out of the net income of the bakeshop, thirty percent (30%) will be used for various feeding programs.


“Let us give thanks to the scholars. As young as they are, they are already taking initiatives to help communities,” said Aboitiz Foundation EVP and Managing Trustee Sonny Carpio during the turnover. “To the cooperative, we just hope that you will make the project grow and successful,” he added.

Team lead Arvin Padilla also hopes that through the project, it can somehow make the community more progressive. “It’s an overwhelming feeling that as young as we are, we are able to create a project like this. Our heartfelt gratitude to Aboitiz Foundation and the Cambinocot Multipurpose Cooperative for the support,” he added.

“A little of something is a part of a whole,” said Mr. Leo Alcantara, Vice Chairman of Cambinocot Multipurpose Cooperative. “Each one of us has our own contribution to make our community progress. A little from you, a little from me, a little from one another can make a big whole. The PanLambo bakeshop can feed more children today and in the future. Thus, we will do our best to improve the project and to continue it until the next generations,” he added.

The Cambinocot Multipurpose Cooperative is very grateful that they have been receiving grants and assistance from the Foundation through the years. They have been a recipient of computer units, biodigesters, cooperative building and various capability-building training. The Aboitiz Foundation funded the acquisition of baking equipment and materials needed for the project.

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