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Capital One Philippines uplifts Filipinos through CSR initiatives

The information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) industry is a major job source in the Filipino economy. It makes a difference by not only uplifting the Filipino workforce but also through initiating corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs on the ground.

Capital One Philippines Support Services Corp., the Alabang-based global in-house contact center of Capital One Financial Corporation, is one with the industry in giving Filipinos a chance for a better life. Through its “Investing for Good” strategy, Capital One Philippines combines the strength of its workforce with the company’s resources and identifies communities that need assistance.

For Capital One Philippines, it does not matter if it is a community in Alabang or in far south like Bohol. “Changing lives for good knows no geographic boundaries,” said Capital One Philippines Head of Operations Tom McCormick. “Capital One Philippines is proud to partner with local community organizations to affect positive change.”

In 2015, associates logged 10,222 volunteer hours and had a 99% volunteerism participation rate – proof that when a company invests in its people, its people extend the same level of commitment to them.

Capital One Philippines partnered with Tuloy Foundation through the Contact Center Readiness Program, the first-ever contact center training curriculum accredited by TESDA. What started as an initial grant to build a learning center became an instrument of hope for young Filipinos who want to quality for jobs in the IT-BPM and other service industries. Thus far, nine graduates are employed in Capital One Philippines.

“The partnership between Tuloy Foundation and Capital One Philippines is very inspiring and can serve as a template for sustainable and transformative partnership.  Capital One looked into places and situations where our kids can say they have been very well taken care of. Truly it is a very unique, inspiring and mutually enriching partnership,” shared Fr. Marciano “Rocky” Evangelista, SDB, president and founder of Tuloy Foundation.

Benefitting more than 600 students, Capital One Philippines also renovated the kitchen and feeding room of Alabang Elementary School (AES) and refitted them with new shelves and cabinets. New appliances were also given to AES to ensure that its students will get freshly prepared and nutritious food every day. As part of Capital One Philippines’ “We Got Your Back!” event, students were also given waterproof backpacks and school supplies. Faculty members received backpacks with solar powered LED lights, umbrellas, notebooks, and pens. Capital One Philippines also supports the Health Awareness Intervention for Nutrition initiative which helps meet nutritional needs of children under AES’ Malnutrition Program. Volunteers make use of their time preparing and serving food to kids.

Capital One also supports Haven for Children, a temporary shelter which provides healing and empowerment to former street children, through a series of annual CSR initiatives. These include a summer sports clinic called “Kids Day Out”, a Halloween Party, a Movie Day, and a Christmas gift-giving program dubbed “Toys and Tunes”. When its servicing team won PHP15,000 worth of gift certificates from its premier recognition program, the team opted to use the money to give back to the community by holding a kids’ party at Haven for Children.

Its engagement has also moved beyond the immediate community where it operates.

Last July, Capital One Philippines sealed a partnership with International Care Ministries (ICM) by supporting its “Transform” and “Jumpstart” programs for Bohol’s ultra-poor. “Transform” is a livelihood initiative benefitting an estimate of 1,150 families while Jumpstart provides kindergarten education to children from low-income neighborhoods.

Through a partnership with ICM and Stop Hunger Now, volunteers created meal packs with rice, vegetables, flavoring, and a vitamin sachet including 23 essential vitamins and minerals. The activity yielded more than 900 volunteer hours and benefitted six communities in Bohol.

To cap the year off, Capital One Philippines worked with integrated marketing communications firm TeamAsia and the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines through its My Dream in a Shoebox Christmas initiative. Capital One Philippines donated 1,500 shoeboxes filled with school supplies, making Christmas merrier for more Filipino children.

As an organization that believes in the importance of doing the right thing, Capital One Philippines continues to invest not only in the amazing Filipino talent but also in the wellbeing of the communities in the Philippines.

In 2016, we plan to do even more in collaboration with our community and industry partners to support and aid those in need in the Philippines,” said McCormick.

Food Service Livelihood Program Brings Poro Fishers Added Income, Marine Protected Area Closer To Reality

Affordable meals in Ilocano country? Wen, Manong! Luto ti Poro’s tasty home-cooked local cuisines answers the need for taste, convenience and true value for money while helping the environment.

San Fernando City, La Union. March 1, 2016 – To augment the income and help wean folks from overdependence on fishing, the Poro Sea Lovers Association (PSLA), a people's organization in barangay Poro in San Fernando City, La Union, recently opened Luto ti Poro (Ilocano for Poro Cuisine), a restaurant and catering services livelihood project.

PSLA launched Luto ti Poro to help the fisher folks of Poro, who live along the coast of San Fernando Bay, cope with the rapid development that comes with living near a large industrial zone. The livelihood project offers home-cooked local cuisines to community residents and workers. It also offers catering services to several institutions and offices of San Fernando City and Poro Point’s growing industrial and commercial zones. The food service training provided by TESDA instructors and on-the-job experience prepare the restaurant’s staffs, who are PSLA members, for possible employment in the city’s growing tourism industry. Luto ti Poro also serves as a direct-to-market venue for legally caught marine products of the PSLA members.

PSLA was founded through a grant of Php7.2 million from Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of Caltex fuels and lubricants, to the Institute of Social Order (ISO) for the creation and management of the Poro marine protected area (MPA). As a livelihood project of PSLA, Luto ti Poro will allow PSLA to focus on the planned 173-hectare multi-use Poro Marine Protected Area (MPA) to conserve Poro Bay’s depleted marine resources.

“We are inspired by how Chevron goes beyond grant donation to ensure that sustainable components are built in their social investment programs.  We now have work outside of fishing. We are strongly encouraged by the growing patronage of our community because this will enable us to help that help more fishers. We encourage everyone to visit us or we can deliver straight to your doorstep. Try our best-selling Igado, Sinanglaw, and Pinaryaan Manok,” said PSLA President Moises Cacap.

Dr. Liza Lim, director of project partner Institute of Social Order (ISO), said that apart from the creation of livelihood for PSLA members, “Luto ti Poro profits can be used by PSLA to better equip the MPA guards, buy fuel for the patrol boat, and conduct more workshops for the conservation of San Fernando Bay.

PSLA also partnered with the City Government of San Fernando and the Poro Point Management Corporation (PPMC) to boost support and sustainability of the Poro MPA. PPMC pledged to include PSLA and, consequently, Luto ti Poro, in their community projects. So far, the city government has provided a Php50,000 grant to jumpstart PSLA's rice trading venture to complement the eatery and an annual Php500,000 stipend for the operation of the Poro MPA.

A Week of Gift Giving: NetSuite Employees Continue to Give Back

Posted by Rhoda Navarro, Program Manager, Corporate Citizenship, (View original article here)

The holiday madness may be over, but a lot of people are still reeling from the love and happiness brought by the year that was. This is especially true for NetSuite employees in the Philippines and the charity partners who they had the opportunity to help.

At NetSuite Philippines, we have once again celebrated the spirit of the season with our holiday giving program. Through the efforts of the NetSuite Philippines’ SuiteImpact Team, which is NetSuite’s hands-on volunteerism program, and the Social Committee, NetSuite employees were able to collaborate with local charities Virlanie Foundation, Philippine Christian Foundation and the C.R.I.B.S. Foundation to share the joy of the season with local children participating in their social good programs.


SuiteEmbrace: Adopt-a-Child Day

On December 11, a total of 78 NetSuite volunteers took some time off of work to participate in the 8th Adopt-a-Child Gift-Giving Program. A total of 150 children from Virlanie Foundation and Philippine Christian Foundation joined the event and were adopted by NetSuite employees. All of the children have corresponding sponsors, who granted their wishes for Christmas, such as clothes, toys, school supplies, groceries, and more.

The event coincided with the Kiddie Christmas Party, which was also attended by children of NetSuite employees participating in the event. Apart from the gift-giving, various songs and dances were performed during the program. Food stalls and booths for face painting and balloon-making helped keep everyone full and happy.

Rainy Saturday at C.R.I.B.S. Foundation

Another highlight last month was the holiday offsite celebration at C.R.I.B.S. Foundation, a nonprofit which operates an orphanage, as well as a safe space for girls who have suffered sexual abuse, held on December 19. Despite the heavy rains, a good number of NetSuite Philippine employees still made it to the event to spend time with the babies and teenage girls who live at the foundation.

The employees, through the leadership of the Social Committee, distributed medicines, diapers, milk and hygiene essentials. The items were purchased in advance using the proceeds from a NetSuite Movie-for-a-Cause fundraiser held in November.

Indeed, there is no better feeling than being able to share your blessings with other people, especially the less privileged. The annual giving activities of NetSuite Philippines have not only promoted camaraderie among its employees, but have also allowed them to extend love and happiness beyond themselves.

I am proud that NetSuite employees continue to take part in our regular corporate good and social responsibility activities and events. A big thank you to all of the participants that volunteered this year, and may we continue to give back to our local community in 2016!

Manila Water Foundation Inaugurates Pilot Community Toilet Project

Present during the inauguration and turnover of the community toilet facility are (from L-R) Barangay Councilor Guillermo Tanate, MWF President Ferdz dela Cruz, Barangay Councilor Leonardo Lazano, Brgy. Sto Domingo Captain Janice Tacsagon, Cainta Mayor Keith Nieto, San Buena Homeowners’ Association President, Edwin Pafin, MWF Program Manager Arvee Galman and MWC Pasig Business Zone Manager Ryan Eje.

Manila Water Foundation recently inaugurated and formally turned over its very first community toilet project to the 800 families of San Buena Compound in Cainta, Rizal who have lived without access to a proper toilet facility for more than 30 years.

Ever since they can remember, the residents of San Buena Compound have had no proper toilet and sanitation facility available, prompting them to resort to open defecation, meaning they have used the streets, nearby bodies of water, and their own backyard as toilets.   Thus, Manila Water Foundation saw it fitting to provide a community toilet for the 3,500 individuals in the compound to hopefully shatter old practices, reshape personal lives, and create sensible toilet habits.

Fe Escame, a resident of San Buena Compound since the ‘70s, shows the state of the previous toilet project in their area.  She says that toilets are not usable anymore since there is no available water system.

Fe Escame, a resident of San Buena Compound since the 1970s and a mother of five, is used to seeing neighbors urinate and defecate in the open.  Even her 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren find it nothing out of the ordinary.  They are also guilty of the said practice.“Nasanay na kami. Syempre tao lang din naman, kapag kailangan mo magbawas, kailangan ilabas,” (We’re used to it.  It’s a human thing, when you need to go, you just do it.”) she nonchalantly stated.

Ferdz dela Cruz, President of Manila Water Foundation, chats with the residents of San Buena Compound, Cainta, Rizal.

Open defecation, together with its health and social implications, are just some of the issues that Manila Water Foundation aims to address in line with its vision to uplift the lives of Base of the Pyramid (BOP) communities. “This 8-cubicle community toilet project does not only address the sanitation aspect, which is such an important human activity that should be done properly.  Aside from responding to the health concerns, such as waterborne diseases, we will see how it changes the whole person and the whole community, how they engage with each other and the way they see themselves, whether it’s behavior, sense of dignity or attitude,” said Manila Water Foundation President Ferdinand M. dela Cruz.

In partnership with the Local Government of Cainta and Manila Water Pasig Business Area, a design for a community toilet complete with a water source system and a septic tank in place was constructed using the standards set by the Sanitation Code of the Philippines and Manila Water Company. This is a huge improvement from the first two toilet projects in the area, which quickly folded due to the absence of water supply and a septic tank.

Fe Escame is satisfied with the community toilet project and grateful to Manila Water Foundation for choosing San Buena as the project’s first recipient.

Fe and her neighbors feel that this project of the Manila Water Foundation is really different and will most likely succeed as she quipped, “Importante ang tubig para magamit siya nang tuloy tuloy at saka para malinis siya dahil pwede naming ma-flush ‘yan.” (“Water is very important in maintaining the facility.  It keeps it clean, as we are able flush the toilet after every use.”)

Cainta Mayor Keith Nieto, who has extended his full support for this project from day one has pledged for the maintenance of the facility, payment of the water consumption, and cooperation of San Buena compound’s homeowner’s association.

Cainta Mayor Keith Nieto reminds San Buena residents to use water wisely and maintain the facility’s cleanliness.

“The 8-cubicle toilet project of the Manila Water Foundation in San Buena is remarkable because toilets are necessary. It is as basic as human survival.  We all need comfort rooms and it will benefit a lot of people living here.  And I will make sure, on behalf of the people in Cainta, that this will last and we will maintain it well. I have already employed two people whose main task is just to handle the cleanliness and sanitation of the facility.  I just hope that everyone will cooperate and understand the importance of this pilot project so that at the end of the day, if there will be more people or NGOs that will be willing to help us out, they will see that here in San Buena, when they were given the chance to have this blessing, they kept it, protected it, secured it and they valued it,” Mayor Nieto eagerly remarked.

The facility is open to San Buena residents from 5am to 12 midnight, on a first-come-first-served basis and is to be used for bathing and toilet purposes only. This early, Fe could already feel the benefits and comfort of having an available toilet in their community. “Kapag naglalakad ako ngayon, wala na akong duming naapakan kasi yung mga tao may lugar nang mapupuntahan kung kailangan nilang magbawas.  At kapag naliligo ako mas maginhawa.  Sa loob ng banyo, tinatanggal ko ang damit ko kapag naliligo.  Pakiramdam ko malinis na malinis ako ngayon.  At mas makakasiguro kami na ang mga bata dito, kasama ang mga apo ko, ay maiiwas sa sakit. Tignan mo sila ngayon, hindi na mukhang madudungis,” (“I get to walk around and I don’t step on feces anymore because people now have somewhere to go to when they need to defecate.  And now I am able to take a bath without any clothing.  It feels better and I feel so clean. We are also assured that the kids in the compound, including my grandchildren, are less susceptible to diseases. Look at the kids around us, they don’t look grimy.”) she shared with a smile.

BDO Foundation and PGPC open new school building in Albay

As part of its rehabilitation program in areas affected by recent disasters, BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank, has turned over a new school building in Tiwi Community College in calamity-prone Albay. The province has been affected by the imminent eruption of Mayon Volcano, Typhoon Ruby and recently by Typhoon Nona.

The school building was jointly funded by the foundation and Philippine Geothermal Production Company (PGPC).   PGPC is a Filipino corporation operating the Tiwi and Mak-Ban geothermal facilities.  Allfirst Equity Holdings, Inc., an affiliate of SM Investments Corporation, holds 60% of PGPC's outstanding shares while the remaining 40% is held by Chevron Geothermal Philippines Holdings, LLC.

The initiative is in fulfilment of BDO Foundation's reconstruction efforts in areas affected by disasters, while PGPC's contribution is in line with its corporate social responsibility program in its host communities in Tiwi.

The four-classroom school building addresses the need for more classrooms in the college, which used to hold classes in school corridors to accommodate students.

The inauguration, blessing and turnover of the school building was attended by BDO Southern Luzon region head Geronimo Diaz, BDO Bicol area head Jose Virgilio Alvarez and BDO Foundation program director Rose Espinosa.

Also at the event were BDO Legazpi City-Rizal Street branch head Armando Uy, BDO Legazpi City-Rotonda branch head Lani Domiquil, BDO Legazpi City-Tahao branch head Thaddeus Tuason, BDO Legazpi City-Albay District branch head Gene Lupango, BDO Albay-Daraga branch head Myra Montallana and BDO Albay-Tabaco branch head Maria Yoradyl Adrales.

PGPC was represented by its director for Tiwi Asset Operations Hector Morota and Policy, Government and Public Affairs staff. Tiwi mayor Leo Templado attended as guest of honor.

Founded in 1994, Tiwi Community College offers courses on education and office administration to about 1,600 college students who live in Tiwi and neighboring municipalities. It also serves as a venue for disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation trainings.

The college, which is situated in a 5,228-square-meter land area, is one of the evacuation centers in Tiwi that accommodates two vulnerable coastal barangays.

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