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Buong Taong Programa para sa Kalusugan, Inilunsad ng MWF

Upang mas lalong mapalawig at mapaigting ang pagsulong ng wastong paghugas ng kamay at matiwasay na kalusugan sa mga kabataang Pilipino at sa mga taong responsable sa paghubog ng kanilang kamalayan ay inilunsad ng Manila Water Foundation (MWF) ang programang “Health in Our Hands” sa Quirino Elementary School sa Anonas, Quezon City.

Ang bagong programang na kaloob ng mandato ng MWF na may kinalaman sa water education ay naghahangad na lalong pasidhiin ang halaga ng pansariling kalinisan o personal hygiene sa pagapapanatili ng magandang pangangatawan at kalusugan sa pamamagitan ng pangbuong-taong kampanya sa mga paaralan at komunidad. Tampok sa pagapapasinaya ng nasabing programa na dinaluhan ng higit 300 mga mag-aaral at guro ay ang masaya at interaktibong pagtuturo ng pitong hakbang ng wastong paghuhugas ng kamay at ang mga oras kung kailan dapat itong gawin. Bukod dito ay nagkaroon din ng hand painting, handwashing at pledging na sumisimbolo sa pakikiisa ng lahat ng dumalo sa pagsasabuhay at pagsusulong sa pagpapanatili ng maayos na kalusugan na nagsisimula sa malilinis na mga kamay.

Ang kahalagahan ng kampanyang ito ay ipinagbunyi ni MWF President Ferdinand Dela Cruz na ipinaliwanag din ang naging motibasyon ng kanilang organisasyon sa paggawa ng programang ito. “Noong nakaraang taon ay ipinagdiwang naming sa buong buwan ng Oktubre ang “Global Handwashing Day.” At ngayong taon nga ay napagasyahan namin na dapat ang kaalaman sa tamang paghuhugas ng kamay ay hindi lamang sa buwan ng Oktubre. Kaya minarapat namin na palawigin ang programang ito sa pamamagitan ng Health in Our Hands program. Buong taon kaming magtuturo ng wastong paghuhugas ng kamay upang lalo pang patibayin ang adhikain ng Manila Water Foundation,” sabi niya.

Ang pahayag na ito ni Dela Cruz ay sinegundahan naman ni Soroptimist International (SI) of the Philippines Governor Maria Tumaneng Rosario na ibinahagi rin ang misyon ng kanilang organisasyon kaakibat ang pagsuporta sa mga programang makakatulong sa kabataan.

Ang SI, sa pamamagitan ng kanilang Congressional Club, ay nagkaloob ng handwashing facility sa Quirino Elementary School matapos lapitan ang MWF upang humalili sa pagtuturo ng tamang paggamit nito para masiguradong maging daana ng pasilidad sa pagiging malusog ng mga mag-aaral na gagamit nito. Ang pagpapasinaya ng nasabing donasyon na mapapakinabangan ng halos 3,000 mag-aaral, guro at kawani ng paaralan ay parte ng programa noong araw na iyon.

“Ang tema namin para sa milenyong ito ay ang pagbigay ng malinis at ligtas na tubig sa mga kababaihan, matanda man o bata, at ang paglinang mga kaalamang dapat nilang taglay sa pagkakaroon nito alinsunod sa aming tagline na ‘Water is wealth for women.’ Kaya naman kami ay nagpapasalamat sa pagkakataon na maging kaakibat ang Manila Water Foundation na may kapareho naming pananaw at adbokasiya. Ang pasilidad na aming ipinagkaloob ay isang regalo dahil alam naming isa sa mga pinakamainam na paraan para makapagpabago ng buhay ay sa pamamagitan ng tubig,” pahayag ni Rosario.

Para naman magtuloy-tuloy ang pagbibigay tulong at kaalaman ay nag-iwan ng mga information education and communication materials ang Manila Water Foundation kasabay ng mga libro mula Scholastic na isa sa mga aktibo nitong kasangga. Dahil dito ay pawing mga salita ng pasasalamat ang namutawi sa punung-guro ng Quirino Elementary School na si Gng. Maricris Santos. “Isa kami sa pinakamapalad na nilalang sa mundong dito. Kahit papatapos na ang taong ito ng pag-aaral ay mayroon pa ring napakalaking regalo na ibinigay ang Manila Water Foundation at Soroptimist International para sa aming paaralan. Ang handwashing facility, mga kaalaman at aklat na ibinigay sa amin ay narito upang kami ay laging maging malinis at malayo sa sakit,” sabi niya.

Naroon din sa pagapapasinaya si Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte na isa ring miyembro ng Soroptimist International at taga-suporta ng Manila Water Foundation na nagbigay ng makabuluhang mensahe ng panghihikayat sa mga mag-aaral na lalong pangalagaan ang kanilang kalusugan. “Ayon sa mga pag-aaral, ang mga kabataan ay madaling dapuan ng germs at ‘yan ang dahilan ng kanilang pagkakasakit tulad ng sipon, ubo at pagsakit ng tiyan. At ang kalutasan sa mga sakit na ito ay ang tamang paghuhugas ng kamay. Kaya naman ang mensahe ko sa mga kabataan ay palagi silang maghugas ng kamay upang mapanatili ang kalusugan,” saad niya.

Ang “Health in Our Hands” ng MWF ay dadalhin din sa iba pang mga paaralan sa Metro Manila sa mga susunod na buwan.

Manila Water Foundation formally launched its “Health in Our Hands” program via an inaugural event conducted at Quirino Elementary School last March 17, 2017. The event also served as the formalization of MWF’s partnership with Soroptimist International of Congressional who donated a handwashing facility for the school.

In this photo are (L-R) Soroptimist International of Congressional President Judy Gutierrez, Soroptomist International of the Philippines Governor Maria Rosario Tumaneng, Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, Quirino Elementary School Principal Maricris Santos and Manila Water Foundation President Ferdinand Dela Cruz.

More than 300 pupils from grades 1 to 3, who all learned about the importance of making handwashing part of their lifestyle, attended the pilot run of the “Health in Our Hands” program at Quirino Elementary School.

Through MWF’s “Health in Our Hands” program, the advocacy on proper handwashing can be shared to more individuals all year-round.

By sharing the same advocacy of providing clean water for all, Manila Water Foundation and Soroptimist International explore the possibility of conducting the same engagement in other schools in the future.

Si Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte na isa ring miyembro ng Soroptimist International at taga-suporta ng Manila Water Foundation ay nagbigay ng makabuluhang mensahe ng panghihikayat sa mga mag-aaral na lalong pangalagaan ang kanilang kalusugan.

 
BDO Foundation and UST Donors Construct School Buildings in Tacloban

BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank, has constructed two school buildings in San Jose Central School in Tacloban City, Leyte in partnership with private philanthropists from the University of Santo Tomas Medicine Class '79 and Soroptimist International Makati. 

The new two-storey, eight-classroom buildings were turned over on February 17 in an event attended by BDO Foundation program director Rose Espinosa, BDO Tacloban-Rizal Avenue branch head Lucille Yao, donors, local government officials and Department of Education heads. 

At the event, the donors also distributed food and toys to the pupils. 

The school building project is in keeping with BDO Foundation's disaster response advocacy and rehabilitation program in areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda. 

Like many structures in Tacloban, the buildings of San Jose Central School were destroyed by the supertyphoon. About 90 percent of its 98 classrooms have been damaged, and more than 120 students reportedly perished due to Yolanda's storm surge. 

The structures built by BDO Foundation and its partners replace the ones completely destroyed by the disaster. 

Through the donation of the school buildings, the partners aim to give underprivileged youth greater access to education and help rebuild the lives of their families. The new classrooms are furnished with teachers' desks, school chairs, blackboards and fans. 

The new buildings could also serve as evacuation centers should calamities hit the area. 

San Jose Central School is situated on a 2.2-hectare property with an athletic oval that serves as venue for interschool athletic competitions in Eastern Visayas. The academic institution accommodates approximately 4,000 students.

BDO Foundation and donors from the University of Santo Tomas Medicine Class '79 and Soroptimist International Makati have partnered for the construction of two school buildings with a total of eight classrooms for Typhoon Yolanda-stricken San Jose Central School in Tacloban City, Leyte.

 
Auto Brands with Best CSR Programs Recognized

Auto Brands with Best CSR Programs Recognized

The Society of Philippine Motoring Journalists (SPMJ) recognized the outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs in the automotive industry at the first-ever ‘Driven To Serve Awards’ held last 23 February 2017 at the Ceremonial Hall of the Marriott Grand Ballroom at Resorts World Manila.

The winners are as follows:

ROAD SAFETY

Platinum: Ford Philippines – Driving Skills For Life

Gold: Volkswagen Philippines – Child Safety Initiative 2015-2016

Gold: Honda Cars Philippines Inc. – Teensmart & 1-M Blue Eco-Safe Driving Campaign


EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Platinum: Toyota Motor Philippines – Toyota Motor School of Technology

Gold: Isuzu Philippines Corporation – TESDA-Isuzu Auto Mechanic Training Center

Silver: PGA Cars Inc. – Porsche Training & Recruitment Center Asia


ENVIRONMENT

Gold: Toyota Motor Philippines – Peñablanca Sustainable Reforestation Project

Silver: Isuzu Philippines Corporation – Annual CSR Projects on Environment 2002 to 2013

Silver: Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. – Batad Restoration Project 2012 & 2015


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Platinum: Toyota Motor Philippines – GK Village in Sta. Rosa, Laguna

Silver: Nissan Philippines Inc. – Shelter Rebuild Drive with Habitat for Humanity

Silver: Ford Philippines – One Better World Project

Also given citations for their CSR efforts were Asian Carmakers Corporation (BMW Philippines), Auto Hub Group, Bermaz Auto Philippines (Mazda), Columbian Autocar Corporation (Kia), Hyundai Asia Resources Inc., and The Covenant Car Company (Chevrolet).

Winners were determined by a distinguished board of judges which included: Millie Dizon, chairperson of the International Public Relations Association based in the UK, and SVP of the marketing communications group of SM Retail; Rodrigo Franco, president and CEO of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation; Edgardo Gapuz Lacson, chairman of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines; Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr., honorary chairman of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Dr. Cristina Padolina, president and chief academic officer of Centro Escolar University; Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, president of Aeropagus Communications.

“The first Driven To Serve Awards recognized the most outstanding from the already outstanding good deeds done through the past decade by the car makers and distributors. Unknown to many, the car industry participants have been very active in giving back to the community,” notes SPMJ president and Manila Bulletin executive editor Pinky Concha-Colmenares.

SPMJ founding chairman Ray Butch Gamboa adds, “We share the common goal of uplifting the lives of our fellow Filipinos, hence this latest project which we call Driven To Serve aims to recognize the best CSR programs of automotive companies.”

The 1st SPMJ Driven To Serve Awards received invaluable support from venue host Resorts World Manila, cooperating sponsor Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC), the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (CAMPI), and Petron Corporation.

The Society of Philippine Motoring Journalists (SPMJ) is composed of established motoring journalists, editors, producers, publishers of respected publications and motoring shows on print, new media, television and radio.

 
BDO Volunteers Aid Typhoon Nina Victims over the Holidays

Officers and staff of BDO branches in Catanduanes, Albay and Camarines Sur conducted relief work for victims of Typhoon Nina during the Christmas and New Year holidays as part of efforts organized by BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank.

The volunteers mounted relief operations in various evacuation centers and distributed packs containing food, rice and water to more than 14,000 families to help them cope with the calamity.

BDO employees reached out to calamity victims in Buhi, Iriga City, Nabua, Pili and Sagnay in Camarines Sur; Libon, Malinao and Polangui in Albay; and Virac in Catanduanes.

The operations were led by BDO Catanduanes-Virac branch head Normilyn Marino, BDO Albay-Tabaco branch head Maria Yoradyl Adrales, BDO Iriga City branch head Jaime Verdida, BDO Camarines Sur-Nabua branch head Dina Haber, BDO Albay-Polangui branch head Jovy Reina Benipayo, BDO Legazpi City-Rizal Street branch head Armando Uy, BDO Camarines Sur-Pili branch head Gina Asinas and BDO Naga-Elias Angeles branch head Renato Tapel.

Often acting as first responders, BDO volunteers provide aid to victims of natural or man-made disasters all over the country. This is in keeping with the disaster response advocacy of BDO Foundation.

As a follow-up to its relief efforts, the foundation also pursues long-term rehabilitation and reconstruction programs in provinces hit by calamities.

Typhoon Nina, known internationally as Nock-ten, hit provinces on Christmas Day, causing heavy rainfall and widespread flooding, cutting off electricity and affecting as many as 380,000 people.

BDO volunteers from branches in Catanduanes, Albay and Camarines Sur trooped to evacuation centers to provide relief goods to families affected by Typhoon Nina.

 

 
Chevron to keep Olive-Ridley sea turtle nesting area protected

CPI has cordoned off the area to protect the nesting sites and prevent natural predators from preying and eating the eggs.

SAN PASCUAL, Batangas, January 19, 2017 — Multiple Olive-Ridley sea turtles have begun to nest as a result of Caltex brand marketer Chevron Philippines, Inc. (CPI)’s San Pascual coastal clean-up during the annual Week of Caring (WOC) held every September.

With two sea turtle nest sightings along the San Pascual coastline to date, CPI has been ramping up efforts to ensure that nesting grounds stay protected at all costs. Guards on duty have gently combed the surface sand over the nesting sites while taking extra care not to disturb the eggs, fenced the areas, and kept the sites safe from tidal waves.

CPI likewise continues to closely monitor two possible nesting sites near the causeway. It already enclosed the sites to prevent natural predators including monitor lizards or “bayawak,” stray cats and dogs, and even rodents from preying and eating the eggs. Guards also vigilantly keep close watch on the possible nesting sites to maintain enclosure integrity. CPI expects the turtle eggs to ripen and the hatchlings to mature and rise to the ground surface within two months.

Guards handling the nesting areas have all undergone Marine Sea Turtle 101 training by the Philippine Global Programme of Action with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Protected Area and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB).

The San Pascual nesting activity is the latest since the nesting activity along the Lagnas River shoreline in 2013. A “talisay” tree marks the area where Olive-Ridley sea turtles have laid their eggs.

“We are extremely elated with the success of our recent coastal clean-up, thanks to the continued support of the local community and CPI employees who have exhibited true volunteerism. We are committed towards preserving the Batangas coastal area as a declared marine sanctuary for Olive-Ridley sea turtles, and we will constantly safeguard these eggs, through our strengthened protection efforts,” Peter Morris, CPI Country Chairman, said.

About 200 CPI employees and over 100 town residents and students from San Pascual, Batangas joined the annual coastal clean-up, which removed a total of 514 garbage bags or 2.5 tons of worth of rubbish from the area. The coastal clean-up is the final activity of this year’s five-day WOC program, which included school facilities improvement, road safety education, and art therapy session. This is the ninth edition of the WOC, which advocates volunteerism among CPI employees and business partners.

Olive-Ridley sea turtle nestings have been spotted along the San Pascual coastline a few weeks after CPI employees held a coastal clean-up activity as part of their annual Week of Caring program.

 
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