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CLFI Launches 32nd ALS Center in Quezon City

Diliman, Quezon City- Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation Inc. (CLFI) again makes history as it launched  the 32nd Cebuana Lhuillier Alternative Learning System – Community Learning Center in Krus na Ligas Elementary School, Diliman, Quezon City last August 10. CLFI Executive Trustee Atty. Cesar Vidal and Program Department Manager Kristina Muñiz spearheaded the activity together with Region 1 Manager Felix Contapay, Area 102 Manager Efren Maranan, and officials from the Department of Education.

School Principal Rosario Sicam and Quezon City Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Quezada expressed their gratitude for all the help Cebuana Lhuillier has extended to the program and challenged the ALS learners to take advantage of this opportunity to study. In his remarks, Atty. Vidal discussed the company’s education advocacy. “You are the focus of this program, so always do your best and we will always be more than willing to extend a helping hand,” he said. Christian, an ALS learner, promised to study harder and give his best in behalf of his peers.

CLFI together with the Department of Education will launch more ALS Centers within the year.

CLFI Strengthens Connection in Cavite

Dasmariñas, Cavite – Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc. (CLFI) marked another milestone as it launched its 35th Alternative Learning System – Cebuana Lhuillier Community Learning Center (ALS-CLC) in Dasmariñas National High School last August 19.

Dasmariñas City Vice Mayor Rex Mangubat welcomed Cebuana Lhuillier to the event. “We will always be grateful for all the help Cebuana Lhuillier have extended to us and we will always be here to support you,” he said.

Meanwhile, CLFI Executive Trustee Atty. Cesar Vidal reminded the learners to always remember the ALS in them -- A-mbisyon, L-akas ng Loob at S-ipag -- and treasure it to become successful. Program Department Manager Kristina Muñiz also facilitated the turnover of IT equipment while Area 304 staff performed a dance number for the learners.

Prior to the launching of the CLC, Area 304 headed by Area Manager Simeona Punzalan conducted a Financial Literacy session with the ALS learners in the same school last May 20.

 
BPI Marks 165th Anniversary with Strengthened Support for National Development through BPI Foundation

Guest of honor VP Robredo highlights private sector support for inclusive growth agenda

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - To celebrate its 165th year, the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) is strengthening its commitment to the national development agenda by aligning the programs of its social development arm, the BPI Foundation, to better assist government initiatives for promoting inclusive growth, especially among the marginalized sectors of society.

This announcement was made at BPI Foundation’s #PartnerForProgress event last August 25, 2016, attended by the Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines, Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo. Also present were BPI’s top executives, including Jaime Augusto Zobel De Ayala, BPI Chairman, Fernando Zobel De Ayala, BPI Vice Chairman and BPI Foundation Chairman, Cezar P. Consing, BPI President and BPI Foundation President, as well as other key officials and employees of the bank.

The private sector’s role in supporting national development efforts

As the event’s guest of honor, Vice President Robredo discussed the national development agenda for poverty eradication and shared her five main advocacies of focus, including rural development, education, health, food security and women empowerment. She also highlighted the key role of the private sector, including both companies and ordinary citizens, in the achievement of inclusive growth targets.

“Citizen engagement is actually one of the advocacies that Jesse and I shared as we carried out our work. It is a cause I have long championed and continue to champion, even with Jesse’s passing,” said Vice President Robredo. “Now, as Vice President, I intend to bring further depth and substance to that campaign for citizen-centric governance, where you, our people, become the very engine of our country’s transformation.”

As a committed corporate citizen, BPI supports the national government in its targets and explores ways to make the best happen for more Filipinos in need. The Bank’s financial inclusion strategy provides for a greater focus in the Self-Employed Micro Enterprise segment, through BanKO, its microfinance vehicle, and in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) segment through BPI Ka-Negosyo/SME Segment.

“At the Ayala Group, we continue to look for opportunities to broaden access to our products and services with a view towards meeting the basic needs of a larger sector of the population. We believe we can play an important role through our business particularly in socialized housing, banking, telecommunications, water and more recently, education and healthcare,” said BPI Foundation Chairman Fernando Zobel de Ayala.

Tightly aligned to the Bank’s financial inclusion efforts, BPI Foundation deepens its impact which focus on education, entrepreneurship, and environmental sustainability, with the government’s national development priorities, by leveraging public and private partnerships in creating effective and measurable change. This is demonstrated by the Foundation’s various programs.

To equip Filipinos with the tools to achieve financial wellness, its education programs commence at the development stage with Manny and Me (for elementary students) and reinforced with BPI SHAPE (for senior high school students). These programs on financial education are integrated into the K-12 curriculum, in support of the Enhanced Basic Education Act (R.A. 10533). Meanwhile, itsFREE FinEd-in-a-Box, a series of modular learning materials on the fundamentals of financial education, is available for targeted sectors, including OFs, Farmers, MS Enterprises, etc, in support of the National Strategy for Financial Inclusion.

99% of registered businesses in the Philippines are MSME, and employ over 60% of the country’s workforce, making this an important sector for economic growth. The Foundation advocates and supports the identification and capacity development of social enterprises through its BPI Sinag Program. BPI Sinag U which promotes social entrepreneurship among university students, in support of the Youth Entrepreneurship Act (R.A. 10679) and BPI Sinag Accelerate which scales-up social enterprises, including those working for agricultural, IP, and Muslim communities, in support of the Go Negosyo Act or R.A. 19644.

Sustainable countryside development cannot prosper without environmentally responsible agriculture. The BPI Sustainable Agriculture Program aims to address financing barriers among farming communities byestablishing strategic partnerships and risk mitigants across value chain partners,government agencies and civic society to support the Agricultural Value Chain Financing Framework (BSPCircular No. 908, Series of 2016). In the pipeline are other relevant programs that include the introduction of financial literacy, agripreneurship, and climate-smart practicesto support the Rural Farm Schools Act or R.A.10618.

Promoting employee volunteerism with BPI BAYAN

Aside from celebrating BPI’s 165th anniversary, the event also celebrated the 5th anniversary of BPI Bayanihan para saInang Bayan, also known as BPI BAYAN, an employee-volunteer program that mobilizes its 15,000-strong workforce as partners in national development.

“Today, we renew our commitment for BPI BAYAN, now on its bigger and bolder iteration as BPI Bayan 2.0. We are now more relevant, and better equipped to meet national development goals as we seize the power of mobilizing our most valuable resource – our employees – to rise up to the challenge through the bayanihan spirit as partners for progress,” said Faye Corcuera, BPI Foundation Executive Director. “Our mission in BPI and in the BPI Foundation is to enable progress,” she concluded.

BPI Bayan 2.0 espouses choice and flexibility, giving four modalities that cater to differing volunteer motivations of our employees, from hands-on volunteering, volunteering for Foundation programs, employee group-driven volunteering, to social innovation through community immersion, where BPI employees can now contribute more directly to the wellbeing of their communities.

Corcuera summarized the role of the Foundation on how it has “shifted for more relevance, from a role marked largely by philanthropy and capital allocation, to working with the business for shared value, and alignment to national development.

She said, “BPI Foundation offers itself as a social innovation platform to address relevant societal challenges that enables the business to test strategies and business models that contribute to inclusive growth and long-term competitiveness to build resiliency and benefit society.”

 

“At the Ayala Group, we continue to look for opportunities to broaden access to our products and services with a view towards meeting the basic needs of a larger sector of the population,” said BPI Foundation Chairman Fernando Zobel de Ayala.

“BPI Foundation offers itself as a social innovation platform that enables the business to test strategies and business models that contribute to inclusive growth and long-term competitiveness to build resiliency and benefit society,” said Faye Corcuera, BPI Foundation Executive Director

Vice President Leni Robredo to BPI Bayan Volunteers: “As persistent as our country’s ills are, history has proven that nothing is more indomitable than the Filipino spirit. Each of you here stands as proof of hope, because volunteers like you are the backbone of positive change in this world.”

(from left) BPI Foundation Executive Director Faye Corcuera, BPI Foundation Chairman Fernando Zobel De Ayala, Vice President of the Philippines Leni Robredo, BPI Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel De Ayala, BPI Foundation President and BPI President and CEO Cezar Consing.

BPI Board of Directors and Executive Vice-presidents join Vice President of the Philippines Leni Robredo in a group photo.

 
Caltex Poro Marine Protected Area marker unveiled; declares environmental sustainability measures

Poro MPA Project Partners celebrate a milestone (from left); Liza Lim, executive director of Institute of Social Order, Cherry Ramos, coordinator for Policy,Government and Public Affairs at Chevron Philippines Inc., Florante Gerdan president of the Poro Point Management Corporation, Godofredo Hufana Poro Barangay Chairman, and Valmar Valdez department head for the City Environment and Natural Resources Office of San Fernando.

 

San Fernando, La Union, Philippines. Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of Caltex fuels and lubricants, together with the Institute of Social Order (ISO), the City of San Fernando, and the Poro Point Management Council (PPMC), unveiled the Poro Marine Protected Area (MPA) marker, which  signaled the start of the strict enforcement of City Ordinance No. 2015-03 “An Ordinance Establishing the Poro MPA, Creating Its Management Council and Providing for Its Management”, which was passed on March this year to establish a better clarification of management functions and pursue sustainable options, as well as allow marine and fishery resources to flourish.

“My dream is to be able to see the MPA regain its rich marine life, where visitors and local residents of San Fernando will enjoy the waters and the white sand beach that fringes the Poro Point Baywalk,” said Ives Nisce, chairman of the board of directors Poro Point Marine Corporation (PPMC). “I have witnessed the development of an MPA in Cebu - the Minantaw Marine Park and Sanctuary, which I was belatedly informed is also a Caltex project.  I was impressed with the marine life growth I saw while snorkeling, and wished the same for Poro,” added Nisce.

The onslaught of dynamite and cyanide fishing in previous years have heavily affected the coastal area in Barangay Poro, and already showed evidence of depleted fishery resources and degraded fish habitats, which led to the creation of the Poro MPA and the setting up of the Poro MPA Management Council through the strategic partnership among the private sector, the LGU, the ISO and the community.

The community’s sense of ownership over the MPA is essential, and requires substantial participation in planning and implementation. The Poro MPA Council exemplifies the community members’ unified pursuit of environmental sustainability by protecting the coastal area.

Serving as MPA guardians are the members of the Poro Management Council, many of whom are members of the Poro Sea Lovers Association (PSLA), a people’s organization formed out of a five-year program to which the CPI provided a Php7.2 million funding. The program is implemented through a public private partnership among the CPI, the City of San Fernando and the ISO.

PSLA is comprised of fishers and environment-conscious members of the community of Poro who also started to engage in social enterprises such as food and catering services to support their environmental conservation and protection activities. From an initial membership of 63 in June 2014, the PSLA now has 83 members.

This partnership between the private sector, government and NGOs in promoting and supporting environmental sustainability continues to encourage all stakeholders to engage in the rehabilitation and pursuit of sustainable options in conserving, protecting and developing the area. Already talks are underway for the program to partner with local academic institutions not only to pursue environmental research and environmental education, but also to help the PSLA members in developing social enterprises which would complement its environmental advocacy in the near future.

CPI, which maintains an oil terminal in Poro Point, believes in supporting projects that address human needs, protect the environment, and help small businesses to foster the economic growth of the country, and the well-being of communities.

 
Bangsamoro Youth Leadership Program off to an Auspicious Start

In Cotabato City, the journey of thirty-five Bangsamoro youth officially began on the eve of the celebration of Eid’l Adha, the Muslim Feast of the Sacrifice, a holy and solemn celebration to remind everyone about the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of absolute obedience to Allah.

The Bangsamoro Youth Leadership Program Leadership Communities (BYLP-LeadCom) is inspired by the Basilan Youth Leadership Program of 2015 and is now the biggest youth leadership program in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. The program is expected to produce thousands of exemplary young Muslim leaders who will jumpstart programs for development in their respective communities.

Coming from diverse backgrounds, to include student leaders and out of school youth, and from the five provinces of ARMM, namely Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, these promising young Muslims will undergo a month-long learning circuit which will bring them to key cities nationwide. During this phase, they are expected to learn, absorb and determine best practices which they can then apply to the second phase of the program.

The program’s 5-month long second phase entails the implementation of community development projects in the respective areas or specific barangays, where each of the 35 BYLP-LeadCom Fellows come from. Here, they will be given a chance to do put in motion their dream projects for the community with the help of mentors and aided by seed funding, as necessary.

The last phase, which completes the year-long process, will give them a chance to mainstream their programs and projects in partnership with appropriate government and private sector partners, for sustainability.

The BYLP-LeadCom is a joint project of Ayala Foundation, the Office of the Regional Governor of the ARMM and the Eisenhower Fellows Association of the Philippines.

Ayala Foundation President Ruel Maranan interacts with some of the Bangsamoro youth who qualified for the Bagsamoro Young Leaders Program, during the program’s kickoff in Cotabato City

The young leaders who are part of the Bangsamoro Young Leaders Program with ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman, Ayala Foundation President Ruel Maranan, and Ariel Hernandez of the Eisenhower Fellows Association of the Philippines

 

 
AES Philippines Bags 6th Asia Best Corporate Social Responsibility Practices Awards

AES Philippines received recognition from the recently concluded 6th Asia Best Corporate Social Responsibility Practices Awards 2016.  The event was held in Singapore on August 5th.

AES Philippines bagged awards under the following categories:

  • Best Sustainability Report : 2013–2014 AES Philippines Sustainability Report
  • Best CSR Integrated Business : AES Academy
  • Best Community Development : Masinloc Training Facility
  • Best CSR Impact Initiative : Masinloc Training Facility

The 6th Asia Best CSR Practices Awards is Asia's highest recognition for corporate organizations that have significant and positive impact on the lives of people around them. The awards were given by CMO Asia, a knowledge exchange group that focuses on leadership and networking among senior decision makers.  Among their mission is the sharing of global best practices across industries.

As AES Philippines is committed to sustainable growth, it is our continuing goal to ensure that our CSR programs and sustainability initiatives remain at the core of our business.

 


 
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