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UFI Rummage Sale at Shops At Amigo

Uygongco Foundation Inc. (UFI) had its 2nd Annual Rummage Sale at the Shops at Amigo to raise funds for its programs and projects for their adopted public schools located in Iloilo City, Capiz and Guimaras. Previously owned items given by various donors such as clothes, shoes, books, kitchenware and toys were sold during the event. The Rummage Sale, which was held from October 28-29, generated about P180,000 which will be used to build classrooms, libraries and other school structures for the Foundation’s adopted schools. The Foundation would like to extend their sincerest appreciation to their donors and to everyone that had donated for the Rummage Sale which would have not been successful without their contribution. See you next year, shoppers!

RD Foundation Launches EM=K² v.2 Project

Hon. Mayor Ronnel Rivera (left) receives a kiddie chair from Ptr. Jireh Mullier Asis (right), member of RD Foundation Board of Trustees

November 4, 2016, RD foundation formally launches the “Edukasyon Mo, Kabuhayan Ko (EM=K²) v.2 project in General Santos City. The event was attended by the local government officials headed by the Hon. City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, day care teachers, day care pupils and their parents. The project will provide 2000 kiddie chairs and 500 kiddie tables to 82 day care centers in the city. Differently abled persons of Gensan PWD Multipurpose Cooperative who manufacture the school furniture will also benefit from the project through the livelihood opportunities to their members.

The lack and sometimes absence of tables and chairs is a common problem among day care centers in General Santos City which has a total of 180 centers catering to 9,396 children. In most centers, the parents had to bring their own chairs for their children while the community find ways to fabricate tables. In areas where parents do not have resources, children seat on the floor while teachers give their best to educate the children. The project aims to provide a conducive learning environment for the day care children aged 2-4 years old while at the same time provide economic opportunities to the persons with disability.

The Gensan PWD Multipurpose Coop. is an organization of differently abled persons with skills in carpentry and furniture making. They had been RD Foundation's partner since 2013 and the project had employed more than 35 PWD members. On top of the livelihood assistance, the foundation also extended technical support to the cooperative through organizational diagnosis facilitation and strategic planning workshops. Dan Alim,   Chairperson of the cooperative said, "We are grateful for the project Edukasyon Mo, Kabuhayan Ko, which RD Foundation entrusted to us. Now we can show to all that being a differently abled person should not be a hindrance to living a normal life. We want to change the perception that we, PWDs are burden to the society with nothing to contribute. We can now prove that we can be productive members of the community if given the opportunity"

The Edukasyon Mo Kabuhayan Ko initiative is a banner project of RD Foundation which started in 2013. It originally aimed to supplement the arm chair needs of public elementary school which later expanded to cover the furniture requirements of day care centers. With strong support from different partners, the project had distributed a total of 8000 arm chairs to 80 public schools in Gen. Santos City and South Cotabato Province. The second version of the project which was piloted last year had distributed a total of 3000 kiddie chairs and 750 kiddie tables to 103 day care centers in Gen. Santos City. RD Foundation targets to reach more areas in the region and hopes to get more partners.

BDO Foundation Signs Agreement for Teaching Kits Donation

BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank, has signed an agreement with C&E Foundation and Kusog Tacloban for the donation of elementary school instructional materials in areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

Backed by BDO branches, BDO Foundation will facilitate the distribution of 524 teaching kits in various elementary schools. This is in line with the foundation's disaster response advocacy and the Andam Pag-aram educational program of C&E Foundation and Kusog Tacloban.

Used specifically in the context of studying, Andam Pag-aram is a local term that means "prepare to learn".

The memorandum of agreement was signed by BDO Foundation trustee Lucy Co Dy, BDO Foundation trustee Jerome Guevarra, Kusog Tacloban president Teresa Custodio and C&E Publishing chief operating officer John Emyl Eugenio.

C&E Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improve the quality of education in the Philippines. It provides scholarships and supports schools with disadvantaged students.

Also a non-profit organization, Kusog Tacloban aims to strengthen the resilience of communities in provinces devastated by Typhoon Yolanda.

This is the second time BDO Foundation, C&E Foundation and Kusog Tacloban are pursuing the initiative. In 2015, teaching kits were donated in five Typhoon Yolanda-affected schools where BDO Foundation constructed school buildings.

Exclusively distributed by C&E Publishing, the teaching kits are designed to help kindergarten and grade one pupils develop their reading ability.

The kits contain phonetic readers, interactive charts, songs, vowel cards and story books. They aid in the teaching and mastery of the alphabetic principle, phonemic awareness, sound/letter correspondence, short vowel sounds and blending.


BDO Foundation has partnered once again with C&E Foundation and Kusog Tacloban for the distribution of instructional materials in elementary schools in Typhoon Yolanda-stricken provinces.

The Heart of Excellence in Leadership

After more than three decades of unparalleled excellence, service, and dedication to her craft, TeamAsia President and Founder Monette Iturralde-Hamlin has been recognized by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines as one of the recipients of this year’s Communication Excellence in Organization (CEO Excel) Award.

With this recognition, Iturralde-Hamlin joins an exclusive group of executives and corporate leaders who have proven their management competence and excellence in communication at a strategic level.

“This award belongs mainly to everyone in TeamAsia.” Iturralde-Hamlin said. “Our team has continuously exhibited excellence, and this recognition is an affirmation of the work we do in TeamAsia.”

Aside from serving as the president of the award-winning integrated marketing communications agency TeamAsia, Iturralde-Hamlin concurrently serves as chairman of the Philippine Association of Convention/Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers (PACEOS); chairman of Hopkins International Partners, Inc. (Philippines); and trustee and treasurer of the Women’s Business Council Philippines. She served as PACEOS President from 2011-2015 and as trustee and board secretary of the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) for four years.  She served for three consecutive years on the Philippine Tourism Promotions Board as director representing the Meeting, Incentives Travel, Conventions, Exhibitions & Events Services & Facilities (MICE) Sector.

Iturralde-Hamlin also conducts workshops on event management, strategic planning, business writing, presentation skills, team building, cross-cultural sensitivity, corporate social responsibility, communications, and handling difficult people.  She is part of the speaker roster of the LCF Corporate Social Responsibility Institute and the Philippine M.I.C.E. Academy, and a member of various professional organizations. She completed her Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology at the College of the Holy Spirit, graduating Summa Cum Laude; from which in 2014, she was recognized as one of the Ten Outstanding Alumnae of the College of the Holy Spirit. She continued her studies at the Asian Institute of Management as a full scholar, earning herself a Master in Business Management with Distinction.

Aside from her personal accomplishments, Iturralde-Hamlin also spearheaded several pivotal programs that has strengthened industries, changed lives, and redefined excellence in her field of business. Together with her late husband, Michael Alan Hamlin, Iturralde-Hamlin has played an instrumental role for the Philippine information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) industry. As a matter of fact, TeamAsia, through her leadership and in coordination with the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), conceptualized and staged the industry’s largest event, the International IT-BPM Summit for the past eight years. She also played a key role when the Philippines hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). As part of the core group of the Women’s Business Council which co-organized the APEC Public Private Dialogue of Women and the Economy together with the Department of Trade and Industry on September 17, 2015, she proposed a more interactive and responsive event website, the adoption of a mobile app that would incorporate an audience response system, and live social media coverage. All of these ideas were eventually integrated into the event, and it made the dialogue one of the most engaging and interactive events during APEC.

TeamAsia has also been one of the main proponents of My Dream in a Shoebox, an annual Christmas campaign that aims to provide underprivileged children around the country with school supplies that they can use to realize their dreams. This program is jointly run by Iturralde-Hamlin’s TeamAsia and the IT-BPM industry’s umbrella organization, the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP). In just  seven years, the program has been able to collect more than 100,000 shoeboxes filled with school supplies that were distributed to impoverished children.

“My Dream in a Shoebox is one of our most important projects. Through this program we are able to make a difference in the lives of thousands of Filipino children, and this year we aim to make a bigger impact by collecting and giving 75,000 shoeboxes,” Hamlin-Iturralde said.

The IABC CEO Excel Awards has been given annually to top-level business executives from both the private and public sectors. Individuals who were given this award are acknowledged as champions of excellent communication to achieve business goals, leaders for good governance, and responsible corporate citizenship.

7th IIS receives AFECA nod

Meanwhile, the 7th International IT-BPM Summit was also recognized recently by the Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Association (AFECA). IIS 2015 took home the third place in the Outstanding Convention Congress category of AFECA Awards 2016.

IIS was recognized for its sustainable use of resources which enabled it to be called as a green conference. The event was also very effective in its use of a mobile application that allowed delegates to participate in the event through an integrated audience response system. The topics of the theme also proved very relevant in the face of technological advancements that directly impacted the local and global IT-BPM industry.

The award was given last November 7 in Xiamen, China.

Leading Woman. TeamAsia President Monette Iturralde-Hamlin was recently recognized with the IABC CEO Excel Award. With this award, she joins an exclusive group of executives and corporate leaders who have proven their management competence and excellence in communication at a strategic level.

Information, Inspiration for Students Through Ayala Book Drive

Ayala Foundation celebrates National Reading Month by raising 200,000 storybooks for 200 public schools

With the help of books that tell inspiring real-life stories, imaginative children’s tales, and well-loved legends and folk tales, the Ayala group hopes to make an impact in the life and learning of students from 200 public schools across the country.

Through 200,000 storybooks that show the different facets of Filipino identity, history, and culture, the conglomerate promotes not only the practical value of literacy, but also the love of the written word. Reading gives children the freedom to seek information that is essential to learning, while also nurturing their imagination and creativity.

The storybooks were gathered through a book drive supported by subsidiaries, affiliates, and some partner organizations of Ayala Corporation. Spearheaded by Ayala Foundation Inc., the social development arm of the Ayala group, the book drive coincided with the celebration of National Reading Month in November.

Ayala Foundation ceremonially turned over the storybooks to the 200 recipient schools in a special event held at the Ayala Museum on November 25—designated as Araw ng Pagbasa, or National Reading Day.

The books were received on behalf of the schools by Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary Dina Ocampo from Ayala Corporation President Fernando Zobel de Ayala, president of Ayala Corporation and co-chairman of Ayala Foundation, and Ruel Maranan, president of Ayala Foundation.

The turnover was witnessed by Vice President Leni Robredo, who served as the guest of honor at the event.

“Whether through investments in the educational system or the many learning initiatives driven by Ayala Foundation, we aim to contribute in a significant way to the development of our country’s human capital," said Mr. Zobel. “We believe that our human capital is one of our strongest advantages as a country.”

“Education is a key program for us at Ayala Foundation, and we remain convinced of its power in freeing us from ignorance,” said Maranan. “And in any of our education interventions, we make sure that we work with like-minded partners—especially with government agencies like the Department of Education—so that our work is strongly aligned with the actual needs of our students, teachers, and schools. The storybooks that we are turning over to DepEd today, in fact, strongly supports the K–12 curriculum for language and reading.”

Also lending support to the book drive was Representative Jorge “Bolet” Banal of the third district of Quezon City, who is the advocate of “Araw ng Pag(b)asa” in Congress.

Rio 2016 Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz also shared her own story of hope during the event.

Ayala Corporation President Fernando Zobel de Ayala (center) and Ayala Foundation President Ruel Maranan welcome Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo talks about how reading can widen a child’s horizons

Students from CENTEX Manila represent students from 200 schools who will receive 200,000 storybooks from the Ayala group’s ‘100 for 200’ book drive. Present at the turnover are (from left) QC representative Bolet Banal, Airwoman First Class Hidilyn Diaz, Major General Conrado Parra Jr. of the Philippine Air Force, Ayala Group Head for Corporate Human Resources JP Orbeta, Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno, Vice President Leni Robredo, Ayala President Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Foundation President Ruel Maranan, APMC President Laurent Lamasuta, DepEd Undersecretary Dina Ocampo, and Ayala Foundation Senior Director for Programs Joanna Duarte.

Vice President Leni Robredo receives a token of appreciation from Ayala officials (from left) Dina Orosa, general manager of Ayala Multipurpose Cooperative; JP Orbeta, Ayala group head for Corporate Human Resources; Ruel Maranan, Ayala Foundation President; Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Corporation President; Laurent Lamasuta, Ayala Property Management Corporation President; Yoly Crisanto, Globe Executive Vice President for corporate communications; and Globe Chief Human Resource Officer Ato Jiao

Lighting a symbolic book-inspired Christmas tree at the Ayala Museum plaza to commemorate the “100 for 200” campaign are (from left) Dina Orosa, general manager of Ayala Multipurpose Cooperative; Representative Bolet Banal of the third district of Quezon City; JP Orbeta, Ayala group head for Corporate Human Resources; Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno; Ruel Maranan, Ayala Foundation President; Vice President Leni Robredo; Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Corporation President; Laurent Lamasuta, Ayala Property Management Corporation President; DepEd Undersecretary Dina Ocampo; Victoria Garchitorena, Ayala Foundation trustee; Lyn Almario, president of Adarna Books; Yoly Crisanto, Globe Executive Vice President for corporate communications; and Globe Chief Human Resource Officer Ato Jiao

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