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Security Bank bags triple win at 16th Philippine Quill Awards for CSR and Non-Profit Initiatives

Security Bank bagged a triple win at the 16th Philippine Quill Awards held at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, Newport City, Pasay City.  The Bank received awards for its social responsibility and non-profit initiatives, namely: Build A School, Build A Nation: The Classrooms Project; Fashion Can Serve; and 8 Bravo Awards.

With the theme “Purpose in Communication,” this year’s program emphasized the importance of communication in paving the way for the truth to come out, and in shaping the world for the better. For 2018, the awarding body received 817 nominations.

Topping the list of Security Bank’s awards is the 8 Bravo Awards program which won an Award of Excellence under the Non-Profit Campaigns category.  The 8 Bravo Awards program is a partnership project between Security Bank and the Zonta Club of Makati & Environs Foundation.  It was established to recognize Filipinas who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to leadership and service, reflecting Security Bank’s commitment to promoting women empowerment in the Philippines.

For the third consecutive year, Security Bank Foundation’s Build A School, Build A Nation: The Classrooms project received an Award of Merit under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) category.  By building classrooms for public schools, the project seeks to provide better learning conditions and improve the academic performance of thousands of public school students nationwide.

Also winning an Award of Merit under the CSR category was the partnership project of Security Bank and ICanServe Foundation, Inc. (ICS), the Fashion Can Serve runway-for-a-cause event.  Fashion Can Serve was a fundraising fashion show which featured some of the Philippines’ most notable fashion designers to send a message of hope and raise support for the advocacy of ICS for women’s health and wellness.

The Philippine Quill is the country’s most prestigious awards program in the field of business communication.  It has been bestowing the seal of approval to the most reputable organizations and corporations in the nation for almost two decades, emphasizing the use of excellent communication to achieve business goals, and to make a difference in society.



Sarangani project on teen pregnancy takes grand prize at youth forum on health

Over 1,000 delegates watched as Team TeenPUYOG, from Region XII – SOCCSKSARGEN, was named the Grand Champion of Ideas Positive Run 8 at an annual youth forum on public health, held in Iloilo City last August 12 and 13. Their project, IDOLescent M.A.T.T.E.R, empowered peer educators to engage T'boli youth on the prevention of teenage pregnancy.

Engaging the indigenous community through peer education

The team’s youth members, Claresse Ann Bautista, Desirre Merced Mae Pagaduan, Elizabeth Ariel Hannah Maturan, Edgardo Martinez, and Raffle Tagapulotan, were assisted by their mentor, Godwin Lord Gallo. They explained, “The positive idea behind this project is to capacitate our IDOLescents to take lead in [addressing] teenage pregnancy through peer education.”

The project helped reduce teenage pregnancy by 50% during the time of implementation. The team believes that the key to their project’s success was “the positive engagement of the indigenous community of T'boli in Barangay Maligang, together with the barangay council and Sangguniang Kabataan.”

The awarding of the Grand Champion was the highlight of the two-day Ideas Positive Youth Forum on Public Health, organized by Unilab Foundation (ULF). Youth delegates were joined by representatives from civil society organizations, government agencies and local government units, advocates and persons with disability. All the sessions were designed with the objective of discussing pressing health issues and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,  and the solutions that can be contributed by the youth.

“Collaborate, innovate, and inspire”

At the opening ceremonies, ULF Executive Director Lilibeth Aristorenas emphasized the role of the youth in development. “As we celebrate International Youth Day, [we can see] that the youth is indeed a force to reckon with. Millennials are taking over the world to build a better future for the next generation.”

The keynote speech was given by Randy Halasan, Commissioner of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) and Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Emergent Leadership. He said, “The youth have a crucial role to play in the future of our country. Collaborate, innovate, and inspire other youth to join you in your other programs and projects.”

Elaine Tan, Executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation, talked about the state of the ASEAN youth, and echoed Halasan and Aristorenas’ sentiments. “Youth is an important stakeholder in the ASEAN.”

Youth and government, working together for health

Among the youth delegates were over 300 newly elected members of the Sangguniang Kabataan. The SK attended a special workshop that gave them an overview of their responsibilities as elected youth officials, and equipped them with the knowledge to develop and implement health programs in their barangays during their term.

Besides the SK participants, many other delegates expressed their desire to participate more actively in health projects. Select delegates collaborated to draft a collective youth statement for health. In the document, titled ‘Youth Declaration for Healthier Communities,’ the youth stated, “We believe that the youth are the prime movers of change. We acknowledge that we have creativity, energy and passion, and we will do our best to help make our communities better and healthier. We commit to raise awareness among the youth on their vital role as agents of change.” The statement was presented to the National Youth Commission, in the hopes that it would be adopted by Congress and other relevant government bodies as a reference on how the youth can participate in matters of public health.

What else can the youth do for public health?

The forum provided youth delegates with different platforms for sharing innovative ideas on public health. Nearly thirty delegates attended the Health Journalism workshop, fellowship and competition. Students and researchers were also given a venue to present their research findings at the Health Research exhibit and the poster presentations. And four teams from University of the Philippines-Visayas Iloilo City Campus, University of the Philippines-Visayas Tacloban Campus and Capiz State University participated in the health debates.

The forum also featured a Health and Tech Expo, presented by STEM+PH, ULF’s initiative for championing STEM education. The expo provided visitors with opportunities to learn about STEM, while senior high school and college students were given an opportunity to showcase health-related inventions and innovations.

The program included twelve breakout sessions tackling various health-related topics, such as environment, children’s welfare, HIV/AIDS, sustainable tourism and industry, innovation and infrastructure. The sessions featured experts such as Jose Angelito Palma of World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines, Dr. Louie Ocampo of UNAIDS Philippines, and Dr. Melinda dP. Bandalaria of UP Open University.

Inspired by the Run 8 National Finalists and the discussions and activities at the forum, many youth participants expressed an interest in participating in the next run of the competition.

Ideas Positive will open recruitment for Run 9 in October 2018.


Vivant Foundation energizes off-grid school of Bantayan, Cebu

More than 730 students at Hilotongan Integrated School (HIS) will finally get to use and learn from computers that have been sitting idle in one of their classrooms for some time.

HIS has been energized with the help of Vivant Foundation, which installed a 50-kWp (kilowatt peak) solar power system to improve learning conditions for the school’s 734 elementary and high school students.

“At Vivant, we pay attention to the current and future needs of our communities. Students at the Hilotongan Integrated School have not been able to take advantage of the computers allotted to them, which puts them at a disadvantage compared to students in urban areas,” Vivant Foundation Executive Director Shem Garcia said. “We aim to help schoolchildren in off-grid schools like Hilotongan acquire the knowledge they need to adapt to the future so that they can help their families and their communities.”

The 50-kWp solar rooftop PV panel installed at HIS powers the two computer CPUs and 46 monitors of the high school computer lab and the six computers at the grade school computer room, as well as the air-conditioning for both. It also powers the sound system in the school and the perimeter lights to keep the campus secure at night.

Vivant also upgraded the electrical wiring system in the school and donated LED light bulbs and electric fans to make the 20 classrooms at HIS conducive for learning. The solar power system includes inverters and batteries that ensure that lighting and appliances continue to function even when there’s cloud cover and that perimeter lights remain on at night.

HIS was chosen as pilot beneficiary for the off-grid electrification component of Vivant’s Project Liadlaw because it has the biggest student population among un-energized islet schools in Cebu Province.

Project Liadlaw also includes integrating solar power into the Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM) tech-voc curriculum of Bantayan National Senior High School (BNSHS). BNSHS is the first senior high school in the country to offer EIM-Solar.

“The maintenance of the HIS solar PV system will be part of the on-the-job training of BNSHS EIM students, preparing them for a growing sector in the country's energy market," Garcia said.

Vivant Foundation worked with the Department of Education and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to develop a solar power installation and maintenance module that was integrated into the EIM track at BNSHS.  To enable the teachers to effectively teach solar power installation and maintenance, Vivant organized a TESDA-certified training for EIM instructors of BNSHS and Mandaue City Comprehensive National High School, which also received tech-voc teaching equipment and tools from the foundation.

TURNOVER. Vivant Foundation, led by Executive Director Shem Garcia (fifth from right), turns over a 50-kilowatt peak solar power system to the Hilotongan Integrated School, represented by head teacher Nelita Cervantes (sixth from right), during a ceremony last Aug. 10, 2018. The event was witnessed by officials of the Department of Education and the Bantayan Municipal Government.

EMPOWERING GENERATION NEXT. By providing ample solar energy to the Hilotongan Integrated School (HIS) in Bantayan, Cebu, Vivant Foundation enables the next generation to adapt and thrive in the future. The 50-kilowatt peak solar power system at HIS powers the more than 50 computers, which were never used before because the school did not have enough power supply.

TURNOVER. Vivant Foundation, led by Executive Director Shem Garcia, turns over a 50-kilowatt peak solar power system to the Hilotongan Integrated School, represented by head teacher Nelita Cervantes, during a ceremony last Aug. 10, 2018. The event was witnessed by officials of the Department of Education and the Bantayan Municipal Government.

EMPOWERING GENERATION NEXT. By providing ample solar energy to the Hilotongan Integrated School (HIS) in Bantayan, Cebu, Vivant Foundation enables the next generation to adapt and thrive in the future. The 50-kilowatt peak solar power system at HIS powers the more than 50 computers, which were never used before because the school did not have enough power supply.


An investment like no other: Security Bank Foundation inaugurates classrooms for 7,000 students in Olongapo



Security Bank Foundation, Inc. (SBFI) continues its investment in education by helping the government address classroom shortage in public schools through its Build a School, Build a Nation: The Classrooms Project.  Beginning with its commitment in 2011 to construct 60 classrooms over a period of five years, SBFI has exceeded its initial target and has turned over 417 classrooms nationwide, with Olongapo City receiving 12 new classrooms on 20 June 2018.

A two-storey, four-classroom building was inaugurated in Gordon Heights I Elementary School (GHIES) while a two-storey, eight-classroom building was turned over to Olongapo City National High School (OCNHS).  Both school buildings were built to provide conducive learning facilities for 7,000 learners in Olongapo City.

Officers from Security Bank were present during the inauguration headed by SBFI Chairman Rafael F. Simpao, Jr., Olongapo Branch Business Manager Homer Guerrero and Subic Branch Business Manager Amalia Trinidad.  Partners from local government and educational institutions also graced the event led by Olongapo City Councilor Benjamin Cajudo, Department of Education Division of Olongapo City Schools Division Superintendent Bernadette Tamayo, Ateneo Center for Educational Development Executive Director Dr. Carmela Oracion, GHIES Principal Nestor Balois and OCNHS Principal Eva Unay.

The school principal of GHIES welcomed the guests with Security Bank's own slogan, "You deserve better!"  He stated that if he would be allowed to change it, he would say, "Security Bank, you are the BEST!" He added that "Wala akong ibang alam na banko na may ganitong proyekto.  Bukod tangi ang Security Bank.”

Security Bank Subic Branch Business Manager Amalia Trinidad happens to be an alumna of OCNHS, one of the beneficiary schools.  "It made me prouder to work in Security Bank.  At least, before I retire, I was able to see this gift of Security Bank to my own community", she conveyed.

Sixteen classrooms have already been constructed in Lucena, Quezon and San Pablo, Laguna while another 110 classrooms are slated for construction in various cities and municipalities.  Security Bank Foundation will continue to invest in more classrooms nationwide.  Security Bank is committed to be a partner in securing a better tomorrow for the next generation of Filipinos through better education.That’s BetterBanking.


Aboitiz Group helps build disaster-resilient communities in Mindanao

For a disaster-stricken community still reeling from the aftermath of an earthquake, a disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) training is more than just a learning session — it means key to survival.

That is why residents of Sarangani and South Cotabato, including their local government units’ DRRM offices, barangays, and schools worked together to strengthen their respective towns’ preparedness during disaster and in addressing disaster risks.

The Aboitiz Foundation, with private weather information provider WeatherPhilippines Foundation, Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, and the University of the Philippines National Operational Assessment of Hazards Center conducted a two-day DRRM training to more than a hundred community members and school representatives to help make these communities disaster-proof.

The training, organized last July 9 to 10 and 12 to 13 by AboitizPower’s Energy Sales team and its customers South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative, Inc and Cotabato Electric Cooperative, Inc., will help them prepare for and respond to hydro-meteorological and geological hazards.

Last July 3, a 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck Glan, Sarangani, while Kabacan, South Cotabato has been placed under a state of calamity due to floods that submerged seven barangay following torrential rains. These incidents have reinforced active participation during the training sessions.

“I realized that our community was exposed to different hazards and it is important to have the right plans on how to reduce risk and strengthen our capacities. Plans should not be for compliance only, but should follow the right process,” said Rogilie Dagondon of Barangay Baliton.

“Beyond responding when calamities strike, we in the Aboitiz Group aim to foster a culture and mindset of resilience among our beneficiary communities, allowing them to prepare for and address hazards during disasters. This is part of our commitment to advance business and communities by co-creating safe, empowered, and sustainable communities,” said Maribeth Marasigan, First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Aboitiz Foundation.

Levelling off with the participants prior to the training proper.

Fred Dalumpines of Aboitiz Foundation explains to the participants the concept of DRRM training.

Brainstorming with the participants on DRRM concepts.

Kaye Rosario of Weather Philippines Foundation highlights the importance of integrating the weather tools in disaster risk reduction.

Nikki Cadiz of UP NOAH facilitates the identification of hazards  in the community.

Joan Salcedo of DOST-PHIVOLCS presented to the participants the hazards of earthquake phenomenon.

One of the participant presented to the group  the identified capacity of their community.

The participants for School-Based DRRM training.

The participants for Community-Based DRRM training



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