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Caltex Poro Marine Protected Area marker unveiled; declares environmental sustainability measures

Poro MPA Project Partners celebrate a milestone (from left); Liza Lim, executive director of Institute of Social Order, Cherry Ramos, coordinator for Policy,Government and Public Affairs at Chevron Philippines Inc., Florante Gerdan president of the Poro Point Management Corporation, Godofredo Hufana Poro Barangay Chairman, and Valmar Valdez department head for the City Environment and Natural Resources Office of San Fernando.

 

San Fernando, La Union, Philippines. Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of Caltex fuels and lubricants, together with the Institute of Social Order (ISO), the City of San Fernando, and the Poro Point Management Council (PPMC), unveiled the Poro Marine Protected Area (MPA) marker, which  signaled the start of the strict enforcement of City Ordinance No. 2015-03 “An Ordinance Establishing the Poro MPA, Creating Its Management Council and Providing for Its Management”, which was passed on March this year to establish a better clarification of management functions and pursue sustainable options, as well as allow marine and fishery resources to flourish.

“My dream is to be able to see the MPA regain its rich marine life, where visitors and local residents of San Fernando will enjoy the waters and the white sand beach that fringes the Poro Point Baywalk,” said Ives Nisce, chairman of the board of directors Poro Point Marine Corporation (PPMC). “I have witnessed the development of an MPA in Cebu - the Minantaw Marine Park and Sanctuary, which I was belatedly informed is also a Caltex project.  I was impressed with the marine life growth I saw while snorkeling, and wished the same for Poro,” added Nisce.

The onslaught of dynamite and cyanide fishing in previous years have heavily affected the coastal area in Barangay Poro, and already showed evidence of depleted fishery resources and degraded fish habitats, which led to the creation of the Poro MPA and the setting up of the Poro MPA Management Council through the strategic partnership among the private sector, the LGU, the ISO and the community.

The community’s sense of ownership over the MPA is essential, and requires substantial participation in planning and implementation. The Poro MPA Council exemplifies the community members’ unified pursuit of environmental sustainability by protecting the coastal area.

Serving as MPA guardians are the members of the Poro Management Council, many of whom are members of the Poro Sea Lovers Association (PSLA), a people’s organization formed out of a five-year program to which the CPI provided a Php7.2 million funding. The program is implemented through a public private partnership among the CPI, the City of San Fernando and the ISO.

PSLA is comprised of fishers and environment-conscious members of the community of Poro who also started to engage in social enterprises such as food and catering services to support their environmental conservation and protection activities. From an initial membership of 63 in June 2014, the PSLA now has 83 members.

This partnership between the private sector, government and NGOs in promoting and supporting environmental sustainability continues to encourage all stakeholders to engage in the rehabilitation and pursuit of sustainable options in conserving, protecting and developing the area. Already talks are underway for the program to partner with local academic institutions not only to pursue environmental research and environmental education, but also to help the PSLA members in developing social enterprises which would complement its environmental advocacy in the near future.

CPI, which maintains an oil terminal in Poro Point, believes in supporting projects that address human needs, protect the environment, and help small businesses to foster the economic growth of the country, and the well-being of communities.

 
Bangsamoro Youth Leadership Program off to an Auspicious Start

In Cotabato City, the journey of thirty-five Bangsamoro youth officially began on the eve of the celebration of Eid’l Adha, the Muslim Feast of the Sacrifice, a holy and solemn celebration to remind everyone about the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of absolute obedience to Allah.

The Bangsamoro Youth Leadership Program Leadership Communities (BYLP-LeadCom) is inspired by the Basilan Youth Leadership Program of 2015 and is now the biggest youth leadership program in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. The program is expected to produce thousands of exemplary young Muslim leaders who will jumpstart programs for development in their respective communities.

Coming from diverse backgrounds, to include student leaders and out of school youth, and from the five provinces of ARMM, namely Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, these promising young Muslims will undergo a month-long learning circuit which will bring them to key cities nationwide. During this phase, they are expected to learn, absorb and determine best practices which they can then apply to the second phase of the program.

The program’s 5-month long second phase entails the implementation of community development projects in the respective areas or specific barangays, where each of the 35 BYLP-LeadCom Fellows come from. Here, they will be given a chance to do put in motion their dream projects for the community with the help of mentors and aided by seed funding, as necessary.

The last phase, which completes the year-long process, will give them a chance to mainstream their programs and projects in partnership with appropriate government and private sector partners, for sustainability.

The BYLP-LeadCom is a joint project of Ayala Foundation, the Office of the Regional Governor of the ARMM and the Eisenhower Fellows Association of the Philippines.

Ayala Foundation President Ruel Maranan interacts with some of the Bangsamoro youth who qualified for the Bagsamoro Young Leaders Program, during the program’s kickoff in Cotabato City

The young leaders who are part of the Bangsamoro Young Leaders Program with ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman, Ayala Foundation President Ruel Maranan, and Ariel Hernandez of the Eisenhower Fellows Association of the Philippines

 

 
AES Philippines Bags 6th Asia Best Corporate Social Responsibility Practices Awards

AES Philippines received recognition from the recently concluded 6th Asia Best Corporate Social Responsibility Practices Awards 2016.  The event was held in Singapore on August 5th.

AES Philippines bagged awards under the following categories:

  • Best Sustainability Report : 2013–2014 AES Philippines Sustainability Report
  • Best CSR Integrated Business : AES Academy
  • Best Community Development : Masinloc Training Facility
  • Best CSR Impact Initiative : Masinloc Training Facility

The 6th Asia Best CSR Practices Awards is Asia's highest recognition for corporate organizations that have significant and positive impact on the lives of people around them. The awards were given by CMO Asia, a knowledge exchange group that focuses on leadership and networking among senior decision makers.  Among their mission is the sharing of global best practices across industries.

As AES Philippines is committed to sustainable growth, it is our continuing goal to ensure that our CSR programs and sustainability initiatives remain at the core of our business.

 


 
Making #Biggerdreams Happen For The Eighth Year

My Dream in a Shoebox aims to collect 75,000 shoeboxes as it expands its gift-giving project

Manila, Philippines -- 2016 promises to be a pivotal year for the information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) industry in the Philippines. This year, the industry recalibrates its targets and sets a more ambitious goal for itself as it faces the prospect of a future defined by unprecedented advancement in technology. As the industry sets for accelerated growth and development, it is also expanding its ambition to touch more lives through its annual gift-giving activity.

For seven years, My Dream in a Shoebox has been providing smiles to the faces of countless children across the country. The campaign which is spearheaded by integrated marketing communications agency, TeamAsia and the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), gives underprivileged children across the country school supplies packed in shoeboxes with the aim to help them dream #BiggerDreams.

In the past seven years of the program, My Dream in a Shoebox has touched the lives of over 100,000 children in different parts of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. In its eighth year, the program aims to collect 75,000 shoeboxes filled with pens, pencils, papers, and crayons that will be distributed to impoverished children nationwide.

“The IT-BPM industry believes that education is a key to the development of our country,” Benedict Hernandez, IBPAP Executive Committee Chairman, Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP) President, and Accenture Philippines Service Delivery Operations Lead. “We know that by investing in the education of our youth through My Dream in a Shoebox we help build a brighter future not just for the industry but also for our communities.”

Hernandez adds that with a new set of goals laid out in the Philippine IT-BPM Roadmap 2022, there must be a concerted effort from both public and private sectors to encourage the advancement of education. He says that a well-educated workforce is vital in ensuring that the country remains competitive in the global IT-BPM stage while contributing to the overall growth of the country.

This year, the program will help the children of Payatas Orione Foundation, SOS Children's Village, San Pedro Calungsod Parish, Ascension of Our Lord Parish, and other organizations directly benefiting students in need. It will also be distributed to children from different public schools in the country.

“We want to enable children from across the nation to seek education so they can have a brighter future. And we know that at times what stops them from going to school is the lack of supplies. Through this initiative, we hope to bring universal access to education to as many children as possible. They are the future of this country. We want be part of this growth,” Monette Iturralde-Hamlin, TeamAsia president said.

On its eighth year, My Dream in a Shoebox is inviting everyone to partake in this worthy effort by donating shoeboxes filled with school supplies as well as cash for the beneficiaries of the project.

To be part of this campaign, help by donating a shoebox filled with school supplies. Coordinate with Beverly Aguilar of TeamAsia through email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and mobile 0917-5281931. For cash donations, contact Acie Arroyo-Cruz of IBPAP through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 0908-8602389.

For more information, visit website http://www.teamasia.com/shoeboxcampaign/

 

TEAMING UP TO MAKE #BIGGERDREAMS COME TRUE. Benedict Hernandez, Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) Executive Committee Chairman, Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP) President, and Accenture Philippines Service Delivery Operations Lead, and Monette Iturralde-Hamlin, TeamAsia President and CEO inks a partnership agreement for this year’s My Dream in a Shoebox. In its eighth year, My Dream in a Shoebox aims to collect 75,000 shoeboxes filled with school supplies to help underprivileged children across the country continue their education and achieve their dreams.

 
Over 300 Students To Enjoy New Computers From Aboitiz Donor Fundacion Solventia

BOGO CITY, CEBU - Fundacion Solventia, a Madrid-based non-government organization (NGO) and Aboitiz Group donor, has recently pledged to donate 15 computer units to the Anonang Sur Elementary School in Bogo City, Cebu, a school whose repair the NGO funded two years ago.

These computer units, each equipped with a one-year Internet connection, are seen to benefit an estimated 340 students.

In 2014, Fundacion Solventia organized a fundraising marathon activity in Spain dubbed “Run for the Philippines” to help raise funds for the repair and rehabilitation of schools damaged by Typhoon Yolanda. The proceeds, donated to the Aboitiz Foundation, were allocated for the repair and rehabilitation of Anonang Sur Elementary School, which was among those heavily damaged when Typhoon Yolanda, one of the world’s strongest typhoons on record, hit the Visayas region three years ago.

Present during the Fundacion Solventia’s recent visit to the school were Fundacion Solventia Director Javier Iturralde Lind, Aboitiz Foundation Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Sonny Carpio, Bogo City Mayor Celestino Martinez, Bogo City Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Nimfa Bongo, Assistant to the Chief Schools Governance and Operations Division Bernarda Andales, and Anonang Sur Barangay Captain George Frasco.

“It has been three years since we started #BangonVisayas, and yet our commitment remains and our work continues. Through partners such as Fundacion Solventia, we are able to build a #BetterWorld for our student beneficiaries and their families despite the challenges of a calamity,” Sonny Carpio, Aboitiz Foundation Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Since 2013, the Aboitiz Foundation has turned over 272 classrooms in Northern Cebu as part of #BangonVisayas, its relief and rehabilitation campaign in the aftermath of the Bohol earthquake and Typhoon Yolanda. Of this number, 192 classrooms were repaired and 80 were newly-constructed ones. The fulfilment of this project brought the comfort and safety of a better learning environment to 18,000 students in 34 school beneficiaries.

Fundacion Solventia Director Javier Iturralde Lind (center) and Aboitiz Foundation Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Sonny Carpio (far right) the Anonang Sur Elementary School in Bogo City, Cebu which was repaired following Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. The school is set to receive 15 brand new computers with a one-year Internet connection from Fundacion Solventia, a donor of the Aboitiz Group.

Students of Anonang Sur Elementary School in Bogo City, Cebu are all smiles during the visit of Fundacion Solventia Director Javier Iturralde Lind (center, rear) following the school’s repair after it was damaged by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. The school is set to receive 15 brand new computers with a one-year Internet connection from Fundacion Solventia, a donor of the Aboitiz Group.

 

 
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