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Japan Confers Decoration on Metrobank Group Chairman and Founder George S.K. Ty


The Government of Japan announced on November 3, 2017 the conferment of The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, on Dr. George S.K. Ty, Group Chairman and Founder of Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company (Metrobank), in recognition of his contribution to strengthening the economic relations between Japan and the Philippines.

As a major player in the Philippine banking sector, Dr. Ty has been instrumental in forging several cooperation initiatives with not only major financial institutions but also rural banks in Japan, thereby facilitating the entry of more Japanese investments including MSMEs into the Philippine market.

Having successfully steered the Metrobank Group and the GT Capital Holdings to greater heights for decades, Dr. Ty also took the lead in launching landmark joint ventures with many Japanese companies in several sectors.

In the Philippines, Dr. Ty has also served as Chairman of Metrobank Foundation, Inc., actively engaging in different advocacy programs in the fields of education, visual arts and healthcare.

The Government of Japan extends its sincere congratulations to Dr. Ty and his family on this conferment, and hopes that he will continue to take an active role in further strengthening close relations between our two nations.



Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) - Press Release No.41 - 2017

BDO Foundation turns over houses to Yolanda victims

BDO Foundation joined the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), and local government officials in turning over 40 resettlement homes in Tacloban City to families displaced by Typhoon Yolanda. 

Located in Barangay Cabalawan, the single-detached permanent shelters are part of a total of 100 houses that will be built by the partners for disaster-stricken residents. Funded by BDO Foundation, the project is managed by UN Habitat with the DSWD providing site development support. SHFC, through its community mortgage program, assists the homeowners association by providing affordable financing to secure the lots occupied. 

The United Architects of the Philippines helped in designing the housing units, making sure that they are resilient, appropriate for the terrain in Cabalawan, Tacloban, and can be expanded incrementally by the recipient families. 

The typhoon-resilient structures were turned over to the members of the Villa de Tacloban Homeowners Association in ceremonies witnessed by BDO Foundation president Mario Deriquito, BDO Foundation program director Rose Espinosa, UN Habitat country programme manager Christopher Rollo, SHFC president Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling and HUDCC deputy secretary general Leira Buan. 

The construction of resettlement homes forms part of BDO Foundation's contribution to UN Habitat's Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements program. The foundation supports UN Habitat's mission to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. 

The initiative is also part of the disaster response advocacy and long-term rehabilitation program of BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank, in provinces severely affected by Typhoon Yolanda. The foundation has supported UN Habitat's projects in Capiz, Iloilo and Leyte through its financial inclusion initiatives. It has also rehabilitated rural health units and constructed school buildings, multi-purpose halls and resettlement homes in Yolanda-hit provinces including Tacloban. 

Tacloban was one of the hardest hit by the super typhoon with an estimated 8,000 casualties. A devastating storm surge leveled the province, destroying around 30,000 homes, according to the City Social Welfare Development Office.

JGF’s Project ACE Scholarships Helps Youth Secure a Brighter Future

Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) has always believed in the powerof the youth to transform, make positive changes, and contribute to a better society. In 2004, Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) launched Project ACE (Improving Access, Curriculum, and Employability) Scholarships to provide underprivileged but deserving youth with access to quality education.

JGF has partnered with Don Bosco technical-vocational schools and different academic institutions across the country including Don Bosco centers in Mandaluyong City (Metro Manila), Canlubang (Laguna), San Jose City (Nueva Ecija), Legazpi City (Albay), Cebu City and Mati City (Davao Oriental). JGF works closely with its partner schools to ensure scholars gain the necessary skills and training that will prepare them for the workplace.

Last October and November, 114 Don Bosco scholars graduated from technical skills training, increasing the number of graduate scholars from these schools to 310. To date, Project ACE has also helped 178 scholars obtain their college degrees.

Project ACE graduate scholars from Don Bosco Canlubang pose for a group photo. A total of 114 scholars graduated from four JGF partner Don Bosco centers from October to November 2017.

Graduate scholars Simeon Labrador (left) and Carlos Golosinda (right) pose with their proud parents after the graduation ceremonies.

A Grateful Scholar

Monique Velasco, 24, is now an Assistant Restaurant Manager in Jollibee. The former ACE scholar from Legazpi City is grateful for the program that helped her access college education and exposed her to support programs that ensured employability.

“My college studies would not have been possible without ACE. It was truly a blessing for me and my family. It helped me finish college and developed me to reach my full potential,”she said.

Unique to the ACE scholarship is the on-the-job training provided by JFC during their third and fourth years in college. This is where the values of hard work and dedication are further inculcated to help reach their fullest potential.

Monique is motivated to reach another achievement as she aims to get promoted as a Restaurant Manager within the next two to three years. She is proof that nothing is impossible with hard work and dedication.

Project ACE alumna and Jollibee Assistant Restaurant Manager Monique Velasco credits the scholarship program for helping her complete her tertiary education and gaining work experience that helped ensure her employment.

Expansion Plans

JGF has also partnered with the Human Resource Department of Jollibee, Chowking, and Greenwich to provide workshops and on-the-job training to ACE scholars pursuing the food service and restaurant management track. This ensures that the graduates are ready to take on roles in the workplace upon graduation.

“In the coming months, we are looking into Agriculture and Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) Management – related courses. We hope that with these plans, we will be able to add more female scholars and add more facilities like food laboratories that the scholars can use,” said Ms. Laize-Ar Cruzat, Program Manager of Project ACE.

Fulfilling dreams one shoebox at a time

My Dream in a Shoebox, an educational campaign that aims to equip underprivileged youth with school supplies, launches its ninth year with a call for partners.

“Education should not be hindered by poverty. It is the most valuable inheritance that we can give to our children because it is a treasure that can never be taken away from them by anyone.”

These are the words of Mrs. Elena, the light of the Monto household—a family recognized by the Bayaning Pamilyang Pilipino Awards for their effort in giving underprivileged children in Cavite the opportunity to study. When asked to talk about his passion for education, Marvin, the youngest of three, recalls how he was inspired to be an advocate in 2009 when he was given a box full of school supplies at the time he needed it the most. This life-changing experience led Marvin and his family to pay it forward by reaching out to others the way they had once been helped.

Their story mirrors the desire of every Filipino family to overcome poverty by gaining access to education. However, providing free schooling is only the beginning. According to studies, most grade school Filipino students drop out mainly because of their inability to pay for additional expenses such as allowance, transportation, uniforms, and school supplies.

Recognizing this tremendous need, integrated marketing communications firm TeamAsia and the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) teamed up nine years ago to organize My Dream in a Shoebox—an initiative to bring the nation together to help equip the youth with the necessary learning tools. In fact, it is through this effort that Marvin was given hope a few years ago.

Since their first campaign, My Dream in a Shoebox has provided over 180,000 shoeboxes with school supplies to children from over 80 communities throughout Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. They have also developed some beneficiary communities by granting computers and cash donations for the improvement of educational facilities, including the Payatas Orione Foundation, Inc. learning center in Lucena. 

Although headquartered in Metro Manila, My Dream in a Shoebox has become a nationwide movement of organizations and individuals who are passionate about equipping the next generation for a brighter future.Through the joint commitment of partner organizations and volunteers, the impact of My Dream in a Shoebox has grown exponentially through the years.

For its ninth year, My Dream in a Shoebox is dreaming bigger, aiming not only to equip 75,000 kids with school supplies but also to furnish more communities with facilities that are conducive for learning. With this goal in mind, TeamAsia and IBPAP are calling for partners who would help realize this vision.

My Dream in a Shoebox is off to a great start, having collected 7,236 shoebox pledges as of this month. It has also inked partnerships with organizations that want to help fulfill children’s dreams in unique ways. National Bookstore has signed its partnership with My Dream in a Shoebox for the third year, agreeing to sell packs of school supplies to donees for a discounted price. Moreover, My Dream in a Shoebox is collaborating with the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation for the first time to deliver school supplies to more remote communities in the country.

The Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation is a movement that promotes the safe transportation of children who have to swim to school. It started with the provision of yellow school boats to impoverished coastal communities and extended to the establishment of classrooms, dormitories, and bridges. Its holistic approach to youth empowerment has also led to the provision of school supplies, food, livelihood, and scholarships. The Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation and My Dream in a Shoebox are one in their mission of enabling underprivileged kids to pursue a brighter future.

PASAR thru PFI conducted a 3-day Stakeholder Engagement and Planning Workshop


PASAR thru PFI conducted a three-day Stakeholder Engagement and Planning Workshop last September 25-27, 2017 at New LIDE Clubhouse Training Room attended by the different department heads and representatives namely; Glen D. Ceballos (Supply Chain Department), Alenita M. Yuson (Human Resource), Edmundo P. Esguerra (Production Department), Fatima Rosario I. Omoso (Environment Protection Department), Jose Ben A. Habla (Community Relation Department), Pablito L. Sevenorio (Safety Department), Cristopher C. Bianes (Security Department), Ruben P. Cajigas (PASAR Foundation Inc.), and Manuel R. del Rosario (Legal and Corporate Affairs). Mr. Paul Buenconsejo, Executive Director of Philex Group Foundation, Inc., served as the resource speaker of the workshop as recommended by the CSR Institute of the League of Corporation Foundation (LCF).

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