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Philex Group Foundation, Inc., TV 5 join forces for disaster preparedness in schools

PFGI Social Investment and Partnerships Officer Gloria Batac (third from left) turns over disaster preparedness materials to Sherryl Yao, TV 5's Public Service Head for its Oplan Handa sa Eskwela 2015 at the office of Philex Mining in Pasig. With them are PGFI Finance & Admin Supervisor Vincent Villanueva; Philex Human Resource Service Assistant Kristine Molina; TV5 Technical Rescue Consultant Charlie Gil; and Public Service Desk Coordinator Chester Batongbakal. [fotoname: PFGI_TV5kitfoto]

PASIG CITY, Philippines - Philex Group Foundation, Inc. (PGFI), the corporate social responsibility arm of Philex Mining Corp. has partnered with Rescue 5, TV5's Emergency Response Unit, in the latter’s long-term commitment to propagate disaster preparedness and awareness especially in areas prone to natural calamities.

Gloria Batac, PGFI Social Investments and Partnerships Officer said that Philex has recently turned over survival kits and school supplies to TV 5' Oplan Handa sa Eskwela 2015, ceremonies held at its corporate office in Pasig

"We have just handed over 500 pieces of whistles equipped with a small compass, flashlights and school supplies that our Kapatids from TV5 will be distributing to 12 public elementary schools in Cebu City this December 2015," she said.

"We, too, here at Philex have conducted a series of lectures on earthquake preparedness which were presented by Rescue 5 and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvocs). Though Philex Mining has its own rescue team composed of miners, reaching out and being able to help others has been one of the major thrusts of the MVP Group," she said.

The Philex Rescue team is composed of miners who are always on-call when disasters or calamities strike, with a priority to search for survivors and recover bodies in any given disaster. The team has been responding to rescue operations since the 1990 killer earthquake that devastated Baguio City.

Meanwhile, Sherryl Yao, TV 5's Public Service Head said that Philex Mining's support will be very helpful to its Oplan Handa sa Eskwela program.

"Disaster preparedness is the main advocacy of Rescue 5, and it is also important to provide students with the necessary tools to compliment the disaster preparedness lectures we hold for them," she said.

Through Oplan Handa sa Eskwela, Rescue5 has developed a fun, innovative and sustainable way of educating school children on how to protect themselves during disasters. With this pioneering move, learning about disaster preparedness became accessible, easy to remember and more enjoyable for the youth.


Chevron initiates waste reduction contest with high school students

P1 million worth of tech-voc equipment awarded to highest-impact student-led eco project

Grand prize winning San Pascual National High School students with Chevron’s Joseph Bronfman, Area Business Manager for Finished Lubricants (2nd from Left), Peter Morris, General Manager for Philippine products (5th from left) and Herminio Esguerra, Herma Group of Companies Chairman (8th from left) 

San Pascual, Batangas, October 21, 2015 – In an effort to minimize land and water pollution in its host community of its Batangas Terminal, Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), through its Caltex brand, launched an environmental awareness program hinged on the ecology projects proposed by student-and-teacher teams in San Pascual, Batangas.

The program, named Caltex Eco(logy is) Me or Caltex Eco Me, attracted 30 project proposals from student-and-teacher teams of San Pascual National High School, the municipality’s biggest high school in terms of student population. Program partner American Chamber Foundation Inc. (ACF) chose three finalists for implementation in three barangays adjacent to waterways leading to the San Pascual coastline.

Team Flower in a Bottle, composed of 50 students and at least 2 teachers, scored the most points for highest impact and strongest sustainable component. The team received P1 million worth of technical-vocational materials including audio-visual equipment, sewing machines, and even hand and foot massage and spa sets which were on the winners’ wish list for their donation to their school. The team stood out as it reinforced the existing waste management program of Barangay Laurel through an ingenious method of turning reusable and recyclable plastic bottle caps to decorative flowers.

“One of the best incentives of this ecology contest is that Caltex empowered my students not only to bring waste management awareness in their own communities but also to enable them to become donors to their own school. These prizes are our team’s contribution and legacy to the current and succeeding classes of San Pascual National High School. We want all the students to remember our cause when they see and use these educational materials from Caltex,” Ermelinda Ilagan, the teacher/adviser of Team Flower in a Bottle, said during the Caltex Eco Me awarding ceremony.

Caltex Eco Me was fueled by auction proceeds from the Caltex Partners’ Day event held last March that included Caltex retailers, customers and various business partners. Herma Group of Companies Chaiman Herminio Esguerra, who won the auction’s highest bid for a vintage Caltex gas pump-style refrigerator, joined the Chevron leaders during the Eco Me awarding ceremony at the Chevron Batangas Terminal.

The Caltex Eco Me awards was held as the culminating activity of Chevron’s annual coastal clean-up activity for its Week of Caring 2015, a week-long volunteerism activity when employees and business partners serve communities where CPI operates and engage in activities that benefit disadvantaged communities. Joseph Bronfman, CPI’s Area Business Manager for Finished Lubricants, praised the participating teams. “These children who showed enthusiasm in keeping and preserving the environment deserve these educational items from the Eco Me program,” he said.

“Caltex Eco Me is a proactive program in addressing our environmental issues. It is our hope that as more and more of our communities become aware of the importance of waste management, we will soon see the day when we no longer need coastal cleanups,” said Peter Morris, CPI’s General Manager for Philippine products.


About Chevron Philippines Inc.


Chevron Philippines Inc. has been operating in the country for more than 90 years. Caltex™, its retail brand, offers high quality products and services. There are close to 700 service stations strategically scattered throughout the Philippine archipelago and employees working in several areas of business such as Marketing, Lubricants and Terminal operations. The Chevron products that are available in the Philippines include Caltex with Techron® fuel and Caltex Diesel with Techron®D, Havoline® and Delo® oils. More information on Chevron Philippines Inc. is available at

Ayala Foundation, Ayala Land turn over new school buildings, classrooms in Iloilo

Two years after Super-typhoon Yolanda, the Ayala group’s commitment to rebuilding resilient communities remain strong

Representatives of DepEd and the local government of Iloilo join Ayala Foundation Programs Director Joie Lopez during the ceremonial handover of Carles Central School held November 6.

In commemoration of the second anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda, the Ayala group of companies reaffirms its commitment to support communities devastated by the typhoon through the ceremonial handover of new school buildings in northern Iloilo province.

On November 6, 2015, Ayala Foundation and Ayala Land held turnover ceremonies for new school buildings and classrooms to the Department of Education and to the local government units.

Ayala Foundation and its partners officially turned over two 2-story, disaster-resilient school buildings for the Carles Central School in the town of Carles, and Cano-an Elementary School in Estancia.

The school buildings have a combined total of 16 classrooms, and feature rest rooms and emergency alarm systems. Taking into account the need to “build better,” the structures can withstand up to 250 kph of winds.

The new two-storey, eight-classroom building of Cano-an Elementary School in Estancia, Iloilo can withstand winds up to 250kph.

To date, Ayala Foundation and its partners have built and turned over five school buildings to Yolanda-stricken communities. The first two school buildings were built at the Old Sagay Elementary School in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, in November 2014. The third building was constructed at Cawayan Elementary School in Carles, northern Iloilo, and was inaugurated in September 2015. The five schools have a combined total of 33 classrooms.

Aside from the construction of school buildings, Ayala Foundation has implemented other interventions in the province. The Training Institute kicked off in Iloilo earlier this year, offering learning and mentoring sessions for 47 teachers and three principals.

Since the onslaught of Yolanda, the foundation and its partners have provided the following interventions in northern Iloilo: 16 temporary classrooms; a feeding program for 173 students; shelter kits for 100 families; 66 boats and 66 fishing nets for fishing families; and fertilizers and seedlings for 71 hectares of agricultural land.

Estancia Mayor Rene Cordero, Ayala Foundation Programs Director Joie Lopez, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Ferdinand Sy, and representatives of Congressman Niel Tupas of the 5th District of Iloilo are joined by the students of Cano-an Elementary Schools during the handover ceremony on the second anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda.

“We have committed ourselves to helping our Yolanda communities get back on their feet,” said Joie Lopez, Ayala Foundation senior director for Programs. “And all the interventions we have facilitated in northern Iloilo would not have succeeded without the collaborative spirit of our donors, LGU, DepEd, and the people of Carles and Estancia.”

Meanwhile, Ayala Land officially handed over new classrooms to the Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College.

These interventions are part of the Ayala group of companies’ Bulig Bisaya initiative for Yolanda-affected communities. To date, the Ayala group has invested over P400 million for relief, recovery, and rehabilitation initiatives for Yolanda-affected communities.


About Ayala Foundation

Ayala Foundation envisions communities where people are productive, creative, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipino. As a believer in creating shared value and inclusive growth, it has four key program areas—Education, Youth Leadership, Sustainable Livelihood, and Arts and Culture. AFI is a member of the Ayala group of companies.

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One Meralco Foundation celebrates 'The Power of Dreams'



One Meralco Foundation celebrates ‘The Power of Dreams’

One Meralco Foundation (OMF), the social development arm of the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) celebrates three milestones in its continuing mission to “spread the light” – that is, to bring social development to underserved communities – in a three-part program held Wednesday (September 2), at the Meralco Theater.

Dubbed “The Power of Dreams,” the two-hour event highlights three notable accomplishments of the Foundation since its re-launch in 2011 namely, the electrification of more than 100 remote public schools through its school electrification program, the launch of its energy education program and the 5th anniversary of its MVP Academic Achievement Awards program.


In 2011, One Meralco Foundation launched a first-of-its-kind advocacy program which provided an alternative for remote public schools around the country to gain access to electricity. The program energizes off-grid school using photovoltaic (solar) technology. The mission is to enable teachers in these schools to use modern teaching tools like computers and multimedia equipment and improve the learning experience of the students. Starting in Isla Verde, Batangas, the Foundation energized one school after the other, creating impact in far-flung communities from as far north as the Calayan Islands to as far south as Davao del Sur (Balut Island) in Mindanao. This year, the program energized its 100th school, an elementary school for Aeta students in Porac, Pampanga. Through the years, the program has brought much needed electricity to these remote communities. More importantly, it has sparked hope among the hundreds of thousands of students and teachers in these schools.


Although energy is everywhere and the possibilities of harnessing its power seems boundless, this valuable resource, unfortunately, is finite. And so, in line with Meralco’s commitment to make the future much brighter for Filipinos by ensuring them continued safe and reliable electricity service, One Meralco Foundation aligned with the Department of Education’s new K to 12 curriculum to develop learning tools which would help incorporate energy concepts in classrooms with the end goal of molding the minds of these future leaders so that they grow up being responsible energy users. Through the program, the Foundation was able to develop 350 energy learning cards in partnership with the Coalition for Better Education (CBE) and the Department of Education. These cards integrate energy topics in Science, Mathematics, English, Values Education, Social Studies and even MAPEH. One Meralco Foundation’s Energy Education Program will be formally launched during the “Power of Dreams” event.


Now on its 5th year, the MVP Academic Achievement Awards (MVPAAA) continues to reward children and siblings of Meralco employees who have performed exemplary well in their academics. The program rewards the hard work of these “scholars” through a cash assistance and a medal, a tangible insignia for a job well done. This year, the MVPAAA will reward 200 awardees and 42 Top Achievers (those who won in the previous year and continued to improve their academic performance through the next school year).

“The Power of Dreams” featured special performances by “El Gamma Penumbra,” the all-Filipino group which wowed TV audiences in Asia and around the world for their superb performances in the Asia’s Got Talent search in Singapore. The group bagged the Grand Prize from the said competition, besting contestants from all over the region, bringing pride to our country.

The a cappella champion “Acapella Go,” which also won an international a capella competition held in Singapore this year, also performed during the event.

Today’s celebration of the power dreams is also a testament of all us working together, empowering each other to move our nation forward,” said Meralco President and CEO Oscar S. Reyes in his welcome remarks.

“With Meralco’s corporate values driving our commitment to social responsibility, we have been steadfast in our mission in the Foundation to make an even greater impact in the years to come. We believe profoundly that our company’s business purpose is most powerful when it makes a meaningful contribution to our broader society. But for that work to succeed and to be sustained, we need the community’s all-out support, which can come only with understanding and commitment.

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To know more about One Meralco Foundation’s social development programs, visit

PHINMA Welcomes 33 New Scholars

The PHINMA National Scholarship (PNS) program welcomed 33 new scholars last September 16, 2015 during its Annual Banquet in One Rockwell, Makati City. PNS is the flagship program of the PHINMA Foundation Inc. Anchored in the PHINMA Group’s mission of Making lives better for all Filipinos, the program has been forming young leaders and professionals for the past nine years. Currently, the program has granted almost 200 scholarships and has produced 97 graduates in the fields of education, engineering, and accountancy.

During the Annual Banquet, Mr. Oscar J. Hilado, Chairman of PHINMA Inc., delivered a special message for the tenth batch of PNS Scholars. He emphasized the values of leadership, wisdom, and the virtue of sharing.


Mr. Oscar J. Hilado, Chairman of PHINMA Inc., welcoming the new batch of PNS Scholars

Every year, PNS grants the Life Can Be Better Award to a deserving graduate who is recognized for being an exemplary student, an excellent leader, and has embodied the values of integrity, patriotism, competence and professionalism. This year’s awardee was Emiliano M. Tan, a graduate of the UP College of Engineering with a degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and received various academic and non-academic awards as well. In his speech, Emil reminded his co-scholars and the PHINMA employees what it means to make life better for others. He said, “As individuals, we always have that choice to strive for something more. The real essence of having a better life is being able to transcend those choices and affect the lives of other people positively.”

PHINMA Executives with this year’s Life Can Be Better Awardee
(L-R) Mr. Oscar J. Hilado, Mr. Emil Tan, Dr. Magdaleno B. Albarracin and Mr. Roberto M. Laviňa

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