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Mondelez International Continues to Heed the Call for Well-Being

Olympic Silver Medalist Hidilyn Diaz Joins Mondelēz PHILIPPINES Employees in Pushing Active Play and Proper Nutrition for Well-being

MARIKINA, Philippines. – Two hundred employees of Mondelez International in the Philippines volunteered to spend work hours conducting active play games with students in three different public elementary schools as part of the Company’s annual Global Volunteer Month initiative. As part of its commitment to protect the well-being of people and the planet, Mondelez International has dedicated the month of October to giving back to communities across 165 countries worldwide, led by employees who answer the call through meaningful service projects that promote healthy lifestyles, overall community well-being and employee growth and development.

In the Philippines, simultaneous active play games conceptualized by the employees themselves were conducted at the Esteban Abada Elementary School in Quezon City; La Huerta Elementary School in Paranaque; and the Nangka Elementary School in Marikina—which have recently been adopted as Joy Schools—the company’s flagship social responsibility program. The activities aim to promote the importance of being physically active among students through games such as “Tumbang Preso,” and “Patintero,” and a dance relay of 90s, 80s and traditional Filipino songs, among others.

Olympic Silver Medalist Hidylin Diaz joined employee volunteers at the Nangka Elementary School in Marikina to amplify the advocacy for physical, mental and emotional well-being. She gave an inspirational message for the kids to never give up on their dreams, even those that start small. She is in the thick of coaching young athletes and setting-up a training gym in her hometown of Mampang, Zamboanga City.

“At Mondelez, we work hard but we also know how to have fun. We believe that a great place to work is one where people are at their best at work,” said Shanahan Chua, Head of Corporate and Government Affairs of Mondelēz International in the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore, “Activities like volunteerism for our Joy Schools allow our employees to experience something different from their everyday tasks and personally be a part of our Company mission to make an impact in communities. They can share their talent, skills and time and at the same time give back to the communities which have supported us.”

The Joy Schools program is the community partnership of Mondelēz International with public elementary schools in the Philippines. Implemented with the Philippine Business for Social Progress, Joy Schools is a nutrition program, which provides a nine-month feeding program for 400 severely undernourished elementary students and initiatives that help promote nutrition education and active play in its adopted four public elementary schools. To date, over 24,000 students from nine public schools nationwide have benefitted from the Joy Schools program.


Olympic Silver Medalist Hidilyn Diaz (center) joined 200 employees of Mondelēz International in the Philippines in active play games with students in three different public elementary schools as part of the Company’s Global Volunteer Month initiative. The annual event aims to give back to communities across 165 countries worldwide and promotes healthy lifestyles, overall community well-being as well as employee growth and development.




GIFT WONDER Museum Merchandise Catalog 2016

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PHAPCares Foundation Responded to Typhoon Lawin Survivors

PHAPCares Foundation responded on the call for support to Typhoon Lawin affected families in Tuguegarao City in Region 2 last 28 October 2016. PHAPCares handover 1000 blankets and 1000 foodpacks to the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao City.

BDO Foundation Builds Classrooms in Butuan

BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank, has completed the construction of a two-storey, four-classroom school building in Ampayon Central Elementary School in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte. 

The new structure was turned over to local government and school administrators by BDO Foundation program director Rose Espinosa, BDO Butuan-J.C. Aquino Avenue branch head Janice Arapan, BDO Butuan-Montilla branch head Robert Martin Llorente, One Network Bank Butuan-J.C. Aquino branch head Cecille Bustamante and One Network Bank salary loans-regional sales head Robert Calvo. 

Accepting on behalf of the school were Ampayon Central Elementary School principal Ruby Glenn Samson, Department of Education schools division superintendent Arsenio Cornites and Ampayon Central Elementary School parent-teacher association officer Rey Maglangit. 

The initiative aims to address the shortage of classrooms in the country and help the youth in Mindanao gain better access to education. The school building is completely furnished with electric fans, armchairs and teacher's desks. 

The project is in keeping with the disaster response advocacy and reconstruction program of the foundation in areas affected by natural or man-made disasters. 

Nine of the 40 classrooms of Ampayon Central Elementary School have been damaged in a devastating fire incident in 2015. The situation forced school administrators to hold classes inside a covered court and a canteen area. 

Established in 1946, Ampayon Central Elementary School has more than 2,000 enrollees. As many as 50 pupils occupy each classroom.

Executives of BDO Unibank, BDO Foundation and One Network Bank have turned over a new school building in disaster-stricken Ampayon Central Elementary School.

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Over 160,000 Filipinos Pledge to Make Proper Handwashing a Habit

More than 160,000 Filipinos have pledged to make proper handwashing with soap and water a habit after the successful run of the month-long and country-wide celebration of the 2016 Global Handwashing Day (GHD) spearheaded by Manila Water Foundation (MWF), the social responsibility arm of the Manila Water group of companies in the Philippines.

MWF has been one of the most active and visible proponents of the GHD, which is an international campaign celebrated every October 15 that promotes proper handwashing to eradicate the spread of communicable and easily preventable diseases, as part of its commitment to educate the nation about proper water use in relation to hygiene, sanitation, and health.

The month-long celebration that MWF has brought to various schools, malls, and communities in Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao united several local government units, institutions, communities, and individuals in making lasting pledges for a healthier future through proper handwashing, which is a cost-effective and simple, yet often overlooked, way of maintaining one’s well-being.

Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte was one of the noted leaders who has shown support for this advocacy as she expressed its importance for her constituents during the special GHD leg held at the Quezon City Hall. “Sa araw po na ito nakikiisa ang ating pong mahal na lungsod sa pagdiriwang ng Global Handwashing Day dahil ang isa sa mga adbokasiya po natin ay mabawasan ang child mortality. Ito po ay bahagi ng millennium development goals at ngayon ay patuloy pa rin nating ipinaglalaban,” (On this day, our beloved city joins the celebration of Global Handwashing Day because one of our mandates is to decrease child mortality, which is part of our millennium development goals.) she said.

Belmonte’s staunch backing of the advocacy was equaled by other leaders of the other areas where MWF has brought the GHD celebration. Sta. Rosa City, Laguna Mayor Dan Fernandez also indicated his support for proper handwashing by highlighting its crucial role in taking care of every Filipino’s health. “Mahal na po ‘yung pagpapa-ospital, mahal na po ‘yung pagkakasakit and one of the basic things we can do [to prevent these] is to wash our hands and educate our people. So rest assured that the city government [of Sta. Rosa, Laguna] is with you in this endeavor. We are very thankful to Manila Water Foundation for coming up with this kind of project.” (Getting sick and hospitalization can be costly and one of the basic things we can do to prevent these is to wash our hands and educate our people. Rest assured that the city government of Sta. Rosa, Laguna is with you in this endeavor. We are very thankful to Manila Water Foundation for coming up with this kind of project.), he stated.

The warm reception to this year’s GHD celebration has reinforced MWF’s steadfast commitment to further spread the advocacy of proper handwashing to more places in the country. During the main event held at Circuit Makati on October 15, MWF President Ferdinand M. Dela Cruz reiterated that commitment as a reaffirmation of the organization’s vision to become an enabler of change that will help uplift the lives of Base of the Pyramid (BOP) communities resulting in a better future for all. “We at Manila Water Foundation believe that more Filipinos are sure to live healthier by practicing proper handwashing and making it a lifestyle.  Healthy Filipinos are productive and empowered citizens who are driven to uplift themselves and effectively contribute to nation building,” he said.

This was echoed by MWF Executive Director Carla May Beriña-Kim as she enjoins everyone to live by and pass on the advocacy of proper handwashing. “Let us encourage our family, our friends, and our children to make handwashing a habit. Let us all be life-savers; let us all be protectors of public health by promoting Global Handwashing Day,” she remarked.

MWF’s month-long and nationwide celebration of the 2016 Global Handwashing Day is co-presented by Scholastic and sponsored by Pilot, Ayala Mall Cinemas, Generika Drugstore, and Globe. Institutional partners include the Department of Education, The Mind Museum, Quezon City Health Department, Manila Water, Clark Water, Laguna Water, Boracay Water, and Cebu Water while the venue partners are UP Town Center, Market! Market!, Ayala Center Cebu, Solenad, D’Mall Boracay, Abreeza Mall Davao, Marquee Mall Pampanga, Glorietta, Local Government of Quezon City, Circuit Makati, and Hennan Regency Resort and Spa, Boracay. Helping promote the month-long activities and events are official radio partners Play FM 99.5 and Wish 107.5, as well as regional media partners Yes FM 91.1, Easy Rock 93.5, GMA 7 Boracay, and Paradise Cable Television Network, Inc.


MWF President Ferdinand Dela Cruz headed the washing of hands during the Global Handwashing Day celebration held at the Circuit Makati on October 15. Also in the photo are DepEd Makati School Governance Operations Division Chief Claudio Rojo, Makati Health Department Head Dr. Bernard Sese, Makati 2nd District Councilor Evelyn “Bing” Villamor, and MWF Executive Director Carla May Beriña-Kim.

Schoolchildren of Balara Elementary School actively participated in the fun and interactive learning session, which was followed by a ceremonial washing of hands during the GHD kickoff on October 3.

Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte shared how the advocacy of proper handwashing can help address the problem on child mortality which is also one of the commitment of the local government.

Sta. Rosa City, Laguna Mayor Dan Fernandez expressed his support towards proper handwashing by highlighting its importance in maintaining one’s health.

More than 2,000 schoolchildren, teachers and parents attended the 2016 Global Handwashing Day main celebration led by MWF at Circuit Makati and pledged to make handwashing a habit.

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