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Why adopting a community is key to sustainability

Corporate social responsibility as we know it is quickly evolving, and for the better. Companies are intentionally going beyond philanthropy and are moving into sustainable community development. As we enter into what social entrepreneur Wayne Visser calls the Age of Responsibility or CSR 2.0, people are becoming more aware of social issues and are now looking up to organizations with economic capacity to make a real and lasting impact to underprivileged communities. This is the vision of My Dream in a Shoebox.

An educational movement spearheaded by the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) and integrated marketing communications firm TeamAsia, My Dream in a Shoebox aims to equip children from impoverished communities with the school supplies needed to pursue their studies. Committed to making a substantive impact, My Dream in a Shoebox believes in the importance of growing with a community and leading them to attainable progress, especially when it comes to equipping the next generation leaders and professionals through education.

In 2013, My Dream in a Shoebox adopted the Payatas Orione Foundation, Inc. (PAOFI) as one of its primary communities. The establishment of PAOFI in the country was inspired by the ideals of St. Luigi Orione who served for the education of the children of the working class throughout his life. Currently, PAOFI selects hardworking indigent students from Quezon City and Lucena City and supports all their educational needs.

Last year, My Dream in a Shoebox gave out school supplies and donated cash for the development of PAOFI’s training facilities. To date, it has provided more than 10,000 shoeboxes and around 500,000 pesos for the education of the children in PAOFI.

“Every year we witness our scholars become inspired to study harder because of the stimulating environment kindled by the school supplies and facilities provided by My Dream in a Shoebox. It is evident that they show their thankfulness by becoming more responsible in all areas of life, especially in regards to their studies,” said Father Martin Mroz, PAOFI Executive Director.

Through the help of My Dream in a Shoebox, PAOFI was able to purchase computers, tables, chairs, fans, and sinks; and repaint and fortify rooms to become safer and more conducive for learning.

“Long-term partnerships allow our scholars to grow firmly. It enables sustainable growth and it allows us to plan the development of our organization ahead of time,” he concluded.

After supporting PAOFI for the past five years, My Dream in a Shoebox remains steadfast in their commitment to partner with the organization in empowering children to pursue their lives’

fullest potential. In the coming years, PAOFI aims to extend their reach by increasing their number of scholars from 590 to 1,000 by 2020. They are also planning to build a three-story tutorial center in Payatas City and a gym in Lucena City.

On the other hand, My Dream in a Shoebox is looking forward to adding to its adopted communities this 2018, especially through its partnership with the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation. Aside from PAOFI, My Dream in a Shoebox has also been consistently supporting the Ascension of Our Lord Parish in Parañaque, San Pedro Calungsod Parish in Muntinlupa, and the S.O.S Children's Village. It has also reached out to multiple remote communities including the villages of the Mangyan in Occidental Mindoro, Aetas in Pampanga, and Dumagat in Bulacan.

“It is a joy to witness our adopted communities growing with us. This has been our vision since the onset of the campaign, and we are thrilled to equip more next generation leaders in the years to come,” Monette Iturralde-Hamlin, TeamAsia President said.

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Philam Foundation’s ‘Pamaskong Handog’ for the students, teachers of Sual Central School


Just in time for Christmas celebration, Philam Foundation, Inc. in partnership with Team Energy Foundation, Inc. inaugurated 1-storey 2 classroom building in Sual Central School, Sual, Pangasinan last December 20, 2017.


The project was made possible through the Project SiKAP of Team Energy Foundation Inc. and Philam Foundation’s flagship program, Philam Paaralan. To date, Philam Foundation has turned over 133 classrooms all over the Philippines.


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10 Million Awaits 10 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos


The memorandum of agreement signing with the Armed Forces of the Philippines was led by MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña  (7th from left), AFP Chief-of-Staff General Rey Leonardo Guerrero (6th from left), TOPS president Atty. Roy Rafols (5th from left), TOPS chairman Rolando Ramirez (6th from right) together with key officers of the AFP and its major branches of service.

Nominations are now accepted for the 2018 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos. The announcement was made by Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña during the MOA signing with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on February 5 at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, through the presence of AFP Chief-of-Staff General Rey Leonardo Guerrero.

Ten (10) Filipino exemplars - 4 teachers, 3 soldiers, and 3 police officers - will be recognized for their initiatives and concrete contributions to the development of their sectors and communities. The awardees will be honored during Metrobank’s 56th anniversary celebration in September and each of them will receive one (1) million cash prize, a trophy, and a gold medallion.

“Through the Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Filipinos, we want to further highlight the overall contributions, inspiring stories of gallantry, innovations and sacrifices of modern day heroes and heighten general public’s appreciation of these professions and the institutions they represent,” said Sobrepeña.

Under the search, teachers, soldiers, and police officers who are eligible to join must have a minimum of 10 years of service with at least “very satisfactory” rating in the last 10 years of service to their profession. Those who are set to retire must have at least 3 remaining years of service. Qualified elementary and secondary teachers must have completed academic requirements for Master’s Degree while Higher Education teachers must have a doctorate degree. Qualified AFP commissioned officers (Captain to Colonel) must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree while AFP enlisted personnel (Corporal to Chief Master Sergeant) must have completed a High School degree. PNP commissioned officers (Police Inspector to Police Senior Superintendent) and non-commissioned officers (Police Officer 2 to Senior Police Officer 4) must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree.

Nomination forms and detailed guidelines are now available via the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Facebook page. Deadline for nominations to be sent to the MBFI Secretariat is on March 1, 2018. For further inquiries, you may call telephone numbers (02) 898-8898, (02) 857-8757, (02) 945-7006 or mobile numbers 0956-873-4684, 0925-830-3717, and 0933-522-4186. Please look for Kristal Todcor (teachers), Third Salang (soldiers), and Beni Benipayo (police officers). You may also send inquiries via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Nomination forms can also be accessed through

The search is held in partnership with the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education; Rotary Club of Makati Metro and the Armed Forces of the Philippines; Rotary Club of New Manila East, Philippine Savings Bank, and the Philippine National Police.

Newly Rehabilitated Pangasinan Health Center Unveiled

A new and improved rural health unit in Pangasinan was recently reopened, ready to deliver primary healthcare services more efficiently to patients including mothers and babies, children, senior citizens and persons with disability. Bugallon Rural Health Unit I and Birthing Facility, which recently underwent rehabilitation, was unveiled to the public in an event attended by local government officials.

The inauguration of the health center was witnessed by Bugallon mayor Jumel Anthony Espino and municipal health officer Dr. Jose Isidro Rico, who thanked BDO Foundation for rehabilitating the town's health center. 

According to Dr. Rico, "Our rural health unit was damaged by typhoons in 2016 and 2017. We hoped and dreamed for a better workplace and better access to quality healthcare for our patients. When BDO Foundation offered to rehabilitate our rural health unit, we welcomed the engagement. Our staff was excited." 

"On behalf of the people of Bugallon, our sincerest appreciation to our good Samaritan, BDO Foundation. The rehabilitation of our rural health unit empowers our constituents and helps us become more responsive to the healthcare needs of the people, especially the poor and marginalized," he added. 

The structure was turned over to local government and health officials by BDO Foundation president Mario Deriquito, BDO North Central Luzon area head Rosette Tinio and BDO Pangasinan-Lingayen branch head Malou Mendoza. BDO branches, 14 of which are located in Pangasinan, support the rehabilitation program of BDO Foundation. 

Through its rehabilitation program, the foundation helps improve the delivery of primary healthcare services all over the country. The corporate citizenship initiative is in line with its disaster response advocacy and long-term rehabilitation program for provinces marginalized by calamities. 

BDO Foundation improved Bugallon Rural Health Unit I's lobby and waiting areas, offices for doctors and nurses, dental clinic, pharmacy, TB DOTS area, storage areas, furniture and fixtures, among other facilities. The health center's consultation, treatment, conference, pre-natal, labor and delivery rooms were significantly improved. 

The corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank also built a breastfeeding station, a play area complete with books and toys for children, and a waiting lounge for the comfortable use of senior citizens. 

The improvements in the health center are expected to benefit a population of more than 36,000 people residing in 11 barangays. Established back in 1991, Bugallon Rural Health Unit I averages as many as 25 child births per month.

Ayala Reaffirms Commitment To Support Marawi

One year after announcing the construction of a drug rehabilitation center in Marawi City,  the City Government of Marawi and Ayala Corporation, through its social development arm Ayala Foundation are inaugurating the Siyapen Center, which is expanding its services to address some of the most pressing needs of the city.

Inaugurated in January 2018, the Siyapen Center, which was originally developed as a community-based center for the holistic care of drug patients, will also now serve as a hub for economic activity for Marawi residents, especially for those in need of short-term employment, on a cash-for-work basis.

The Siyapen Center was officially launched in a program at Bgy. Sagongsongan with President Rodrigo Duterte, Marawi Mayor Majul Gandamra, Lanao del Sur Governor Soraya Alonto-Adiong, and Ayala Foundation President Ruel Maranan, and other partners from the government and private sectors.

The Siyapen Center—which is named after the Maranao word for “care”—is a 70-bed, 2-storey facility with a total floor area of 851 square meters, sitting on a lot area of 2,000 square meters. Located in Barangay Poblacion, the building used to be a public market and is owned by the Marawi City government. It was refurbished with the help of the Ayala Corporation through the Makati Development Corporation. The building was completed in May 2017, and fortunately survived the Marawi Siege.

Aside from the refurbishment of the building worth PhP30 million, Ayala is also providing cash for work funding of Ph3 million for the livelihood initiatives of Marawi City. Two service vehicles, provided with the assistance of the Bank of the Philippine Islands, are also turned over to the city government, for the Siyapen Center’s use.

Aside from the Siyapen Center, Ayala has also donated Php10M for soldiers who served during the crisis and their affected families as they begin to rebuild and recover from one of the most difficult ordeals that the country has faced.

“The Ayala group remains committed to assisting our fellow Filipinos in Mindanao, particularly in the recovery and development of Marawi City,” says Fernando Zobel de Ayala, president of Ayala Corporation. “Through Ayala Foundation, the Ayala group has been working closely with communities in Muslim Mindanao for more than 50 years, and we wish to continue to be partners in its progress.”

“We are grateful for our continued partnership with the City Government of Marawi, not only for the Siyapen Center, but also for other initiatives that can help improve lives in the communities,” says Ruel Maranan, president of Ayala Foundation. “Through livelihood support and other community development programs, we wish to reaffirm our support for the people of Marawi on their way to recovery.”

Siyapen follows the Ayala tradition of more than 5 decades of partnership with Mindanao.  Back in 1964, the Filipinas Foundation (FF), forerunner of Ayala Foundation, gave a year-long grant to the College of Agriculture of Xavier University’s (Ateneo de Cagayan) Sumilao Cattle Research program that sought to upgrade the quality of livestock in Bukidnon. In the early 1970s, FF commissioned several studies on Muslim Mindanao, looking at migration patterns, culture, public policy and economic opportunities. This was recognized to help “mend broken ties in Muslim Mindanao.” These old documents can still be accessed at the Filipinas Heritage Library(FHL) and some findings may still be applicable to present times. This was among the initiatives of FF President Enrique Zobel, who was given the honorary title of Sultan for his extraordinary friendship and support to the Bangsamoro people. During the burning of Jolo in 1974, Enrique Zobel gave temporary shelter in Manila to Muslim students who lost their homes.

Ayala Foundation President Ruel Maranan (left) ceremonially hands over the Ayala group’s support for Marawi to Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra (right). President Rodrigo Duterte personally witnesses the handover.

The 70-bed Siyapen Center in barangay Poblacion, Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.

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