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BDO Foundation upgrades health center in Agusan del Sur

More than 80,000 people from 27 barangays are expected to benefit from the rehabilitation of the Rural Health Unit and Reproductive Health Center of San Francisco, a project undertaken by BDO Foundation.

The people of San Francisco in Agusan del Sur celebrated the unveiling of the town's health center, which was recently rehabilitated by BDO Foundation. At the inauguration and turnover of the Rural Health Unit and Reproductive Health Center of San Francisco, the community thanked BDO and expressed their commitment to maintain the upgraded facilities.

Rural health physician Dr. Eddie Cabanban noted the significant improvement of the health center's facilities, saying these will encourage patients to visit and consult more frequently.

BDO Foundation improved the offices, consultation rooms, treatment rooms, dental clinic, laboratory, various furniture and fixtures, breastfeeding area and birthing clinic of San Francisco's health center. A play area for children and a waiting lounge for senior citizens were also installed.

The rehabilitated rural health unit was officially turned over to local government and health officials in an event attended by BDO Foundation president Mario Deriquito, BDO Agusan del Sur-San Francisco Gaisano banch head Mary Grace Alday and One Network Bank branch operations officer Wendle Fernandez.

The health center is located in the municipality of San Francisco, which is touted as the commercial capital of Agusan del Sur. Originally constructed in 2006, the Rural Health Unit and Reproductive Health Center of San Francisco delivers as many as 20 child births per day.

The upgrade of the health center in San Francisco is one of many completed by BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank. Through the rehabilitation of rural health units all over the country, particularly in disadvantaged communities, the foundation aims to help improve the delivery of primary and maternal healthcare services. The corporate social responsibility initiative is backed by the wide network of BDO and ONB branches nationwide.

BDO Foundation's rehabilitation project in Agusan del Sur and other parts of the region help alleviate the plight of Mindanaoans affected by armed conflict and natural disasters.

Aboitiz Foundation turns over library and research center

Photo shows (Top, from left) City Councilor Atty. Darwin Icay, Vice-Mayor Ricardo Cruz, Jr., Faculty Club President Antonio Santiago. (Below, 2nd from right) Aboitiz Foundation First Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Maribeth Marasigan with Grade 1 special science students.

The Aboitiz Foundation, the corporate foundation of the Aboitiz Group, recently turned over a newly-refurbished library and research center to Taguig Integrated School (TIS) as part of its commitment to develop science-based skills among young students.

“I am sure this newly refurbished library will be a place of many inspiring stories like that of our scholars, and of the Taguig Integrated School’s very own young Filipino inventors. Our dream in the Foundation is to help every student that we assist reach his or her full potential and eventually reach his or her dreams. We are inspired by our purpose of driving change for a better world in doing more and striving harder to turn this dream into a reality,” said Aboitiz Foundation First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Maribeth L. Marasigan. She also encouraged everyone to read books because it can “take you to places, unleash imagination and creativity, and bring you to a world of your own.”

“What is beautiful with this partnership with Aboitiz Foundation and the Department of Education TaPat (Taguig-Pateros) is that it is basically trying to emphasize and strengthen the love for reading among our children,” Office of the Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Officer-in-Charge Dr. Carleen S. Sedilla said.

Now on its 5th phase, the program of developing a Taguig Science Elementary School aims to establish facilities necessary for effective science-based education and hopes to enhance teachers’ imparting skills as well as students’ academic performance.

Aside from the library refurbishment, books and computer units were also donated. Grolier International, Adarna House, and the National Book Development Board also donated additional books to the library.

BDO Continues Support for Marawi Evacuees

BDO Unibank continued to serve people affected by the armed conflict in Marawi City through various corporate citizenship initiatives. The largest bank in the Philippines joined other companies in providing financial assistance to the families of at least 100 soldiers and police personnel killed in the Marawi siege. Facilitated by BDO Foundation, the bank's P2-million donation was turned over to the families in an event in Malacañang Palace. 

BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank, also partnered with Makati Medical Center (MMC) Foundation to support a medical-surgical mission for injured soldiers. The foundation donated 200 hygiene and grooming kits to the Marawi Mercy Mission for military personnel confined at Camp Evangelista Station Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City. The mission was organized by MMC Foundation in partnership with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation and the Adventist Medical Center in Iligan. 

For an estimated 33,000 school children displaced by the fighting in Marawi, classes were inevitably disrupted. In response, BDO Foundation and One Network Bank, the rural bank subsidiary of BDO, provided 238 teachers with educational kits to enable them to continue teaching students in temporary learning spaces in evacuation centers. 

These donations are on top of the relief goods previously provided by the foundation for around 3,000 families displaced by the fighting and 300 soldiers injured in the military operations.

Through various corporate citizenship initiatives, BDO Foundation continued to pursue efforts to support civilians, police and military personnel affected by the Marawi City crisis.

Dominic Ochoa plays barangay pediatrician

first ever sitCOM-mentary show “dok ricky, PEDIA (pedia ng barangay)” DEBUTS ON ABS-CBN

ABS-CBN launches Philippine television’s first ever “sitcom-mentary show,” “Dok Ricky, Pedia (Pedia ng Barangay)” this Saturday (September 9), 8:30 am that aims to educate mothers on proper nutrition and childcare for growing families.

A project of the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI) and the National Nutrition Council (NNC), the program features actor Dominic Ochoa, who will play a pediatrician and a single father arriving at the health clinic of the fictional Barangay Masigla to help the community care for its babies and children.

What makes the program different and special is that it will insert commentary courtesy of the NNC to further educate viewers on the importance of good health among children and tips in child-rearing.

According to the NNC, one out of four pregnant women is nutritionally at risk and 33% of children in the Philippines are stunted or short for their age, due to poor nutrition and bad habits in child care. Studies also show that malnutrition can be prevented in 1, 000 days of the child, a period when parents can bring out their child’s full potential.

Joining Dominic in the cast of this groundbreaking program are Louise Abuel, who plays his son Johann, Lotlot Bustamante as Kapitana, who initially doubts the capability of a male doctor to do the job, and Teacher Julia, played by Yen Santos. Adding to the dynamic cast of characters is Tatang, played by Raul Morit, regarded as Barangay Masigla’s wise old man, and the loveteam of Kristel Fulgar and CJ Navato, who will play Trixie and Thor.

ALKFI, is a committed advocate for public service and a manifestation of ABS-CBN's commitment “To be in the service of the Filipino.” Since 1989, it has been at the forefront of development programs that uniquely affect strategic sectors in the Philippines - each one with distinct goals and considerable impact. ALKFI is also behind the show “G Diaries,” which promotes Philippine tourism and caring for the environment.

Don’t miss “Dok Ricky, Pedia (Pedia ng Barangay)” every Saturday, 8:30am on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD. For more information, visit the ALKFI website or follow ALKFI on Facebook (@abscbnfoundationkapamilya) and Twitter (@ABSCBNLKFI).

2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Revealed; P1M Awaits Each Awardee

The 2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos (from left top row): Jennifer Rojo, Dr. Esperanza Cabrera, Dr. Alonzo Gabriel, Edgar Elago, (from left bottom row) Staff Sergeant Narding Pascual PA, Lieutenant Colonel Elmer Suderio PA, Lieutenant Colonel Ricky Bunayog PA, Police Chief Inspector Rosalino Ibay, Jr., Police Senior Superintendent Joel Doria, and Police Officer 3 Shiela May Pansoy.

This year’s Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos have been named during a press conference held on August 10 in Quezon City. As a career-service award for Filipino exemplars in the academe, military, and police sectors—ten (10) Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos were presented, consisting of 4 teachers, 3 soldiers, and 3 police officers to the members of the media. Five of the ten awardees come from Mindanao. Each awardee will receive a cash incentive of Php 1 million each, a gold medallion, and a trophy.

Based on the theme of “Beyond Excellence”, a Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino is recognized for rendering service above and beyond his/her call of duty. His/her accomplishments must have inspired and influenced their peers as well as the people in their respective communities. Their works must have transformed a community with a lasting positive impact on people and to the country.

For the teacher category, the awardees are: (1) Jennifer Rojo of Neogan Elementary School (Tagaytay City); (2) Edgar Elago of Magallanes National High School (Magallanes, Agusan del Norte); (3) Dr. Esperanza Cabrera of De La Salle University (City of Manila); and (4) Dr. Alonzo Gabriel of the University of the Philippines-Diliman (Quezon City).

Soldier awardees, on the other hand are: (5) Staff Sergeant Narding Pascual PA of the 26th Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army (Talacogon, Agusan del Sur); (6) Lieutenant Colonel Elmer Suderio PA of the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, 1st Infantry Division, Philippine Army (Labangan, Zamboanga Del Sur); and (7) Lieutenant Colonel Ricky Bunayog PA of the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, 6th Infantry Division, Philippine Army (Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao).

Police officer awardees are: (8) Police Officer 3 Shiela May Pansoy of Digos City Police Station (Digos City, Davao del Sur); (9) Police Chief Inspector Rosalino Ibay, Jr. of the Manila Police District (City of Manila); and (10) Police Senior Superintendent Joel Doria of Cebu City Police Office.

“We present to you these exceptional individuals who embody the best in the Filipino and have redefined public service as a worthy endeavour,” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña. “From teachers who shine a light on the future of our children and youth, to heroic military officers who exhibit acts of valor and integrity as guardians of our sovereignty, and to police officers who are peace warriors, life savers, and community builders, the awardees, no doubt, render service above and beyond their respective call of duties,” he continued.

The awardees were chosen by the distinguished members of the Final Board of Judges chaired by Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson and co-chaired by Quezon City 4th District representative Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte, Jr.. The other members include: Court of Appeals Associate Justice Magdangal De Leon, US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, Manila Electric Company president and CEO Oscar Reyes, Asian Institute of Management president and dean Dr. Jikyeong Kang, Palo Archbishop John Du, and GMA Network senior vice president for radio Miguel “Mike” Enriquez.

Joining the ranks of 645 outstanding public servants recognized by MBFI since 1985, the awardees will be honored during the formal conferment ceremonies on September 7, 2017 at the Metrobank Plaza, Makati City as part of Metrobank’s 55th anniversary celebration.

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