Kicking Off Year of the Horse
Members assembled, all dressed in red, as the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) held its first General Assembly for 2014 on the eve of Chinese New Year, January 30, at the OML hall of the Energy Development Corporation.
The event gathered a total of 110 attendees including distinguished guests from partner associations and 97 participants from 46 LCF member organizations.
Business matters were presented as part of the Membership Meeting, along with a short audio-visual presentation on the League’s activities and achievements over the previous year. LCF also welcomed 5 new member organizations to the group namely MediCard Foundation, Inc., NetSuite (Philippines), Inc., PhilSeven Foundation, Inc., United Bayanihan Foundation, Inc., and WeatherPhilippines Foundation, Inc. Read more about LCF’s new members in this article: From 77 to 82!
(L-R): Ms. Monette Hamlin (LCF Secretary and President of TeamAsia), Mr. Butch Meily (President of Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation), Ms. Karen Smith (Private Sector Focal Point of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs) and Ms. Esther Santos (LCF Trustee and President of PLDT-Smart Foundation, Inc.)
The second part of the GA featured a learning session which provided members with the latest information on Typhoon Yolanda efforts. The Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF) President, Mr. Butch Meily, gave an update and the list of priority areas for reconstruction and rehabilitation. The second speaker, Ms. Karen Smith, Private Sector Focal Point of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs (UN OCHA), presented organized systems which the private sector and other humanitarian groups may use to be able to work effectively and efficiently during emergencies such as the Yolanda disaster.
Five new member organizations were inducted into the League of Corporate Foundations during its first General Assembly held on January 30, 2014 at the OML Hall, Energy Development Corporation. With this addition, LCF now has eighty-two (82) organizations as part of its roster of members.
MediCard Foundation, Inc.
Executive Director, Mr. Voltaire Victoria, introduces MediCard Foundation Inc. to the LCF Members
MediCard Foundation, Inc. is the CSR arm of MediCard Philippines, Inc. The foundation offers various health-related programs and outreach activities to benefit and enrich the lives of fellow people. At the General Assembly to represent MediCard Foundation, Inc. were Mr. Luis Montoya (President), Mr. Voltaire Victoria, Ph.D (Executive Director) and Mr. Bryan Vergara (Staff).
Learn more about MediCard Foundation, Inc. by visiting their website here.
NetSuite (Philippines), Inc.
Ms. Rhoda Navarro of NetSuite, Inc.
Ms. Rhoda Navarro, Global Employee Engagement Specialist, presented an overview of NetSuite (Philippines), Inc. and the projects organized by its corporate citizenship arm. The group supports various social enterprises across the country and the globe by providing donations, pro bono programs and social solutions through programs such as SuiteVolunteer and SuiteImpact Team.
Learn more about NetSuite, Inc. by visiting their website here.
PhilSeven Foundation, Inc.
Mr. Vicente Paterno, Board Chairman of Philippine Seven Corporation and PhilSeven Foundation, Inc.
PhiliSeven Foundation, Inc. (PFI) is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of Philippine Seven Corporation (PSC), the official owner of the nationwide chain of 7-Eleven stores. Programs and services offered by the foundation starts at home, where they provide quality education, nutrition and healthcare services to children and poor families in areas that are served by 7-Eleven stores. Board Chairman, Mr. Vicente Paterno, gave a brief presentation during the General Assembly. Accompanying Mr. Paterno at the Assembly were Ms. Violeta Apolinario (PSC HR and Admin Division Manager and PFI Mancom Chairperson), Ms. Liwayway T. Fernandez (PSC Operations Division Manager and PFI Board of Trustee), Mr. Lawrence M. De Leon (PSC Finance Division Manager and PFI Treasurer) and Ms. Israelita F. Lequin – (PFI Agency Head).
Learn more about PhilSeven Foundation, Inc. by visiting their website here
United Bayanihan Foundation, Inc.
Ms. Layle Ancheta gives a brief introduction to United Bayanihan Foundation, Inc.
United Bayanihan Foundation, Inc. (UBF) is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the pharmaceutical company UNILAB. UBF focuses on the healthcare of senior citizens and achieves to provide them with a community wherein they are valued, respected and able to experience the joy of ageing. UBF’s attendees at the LCF GA were Mr. Lamberto Lara (Executive Director), Ms. Marissa Cayabyab (Finance and Admin Assistance Manager), Ms. Layle Ancheta (CSR and External Communications Officer), Mr. Carlos Gonzaga (Internal Communications and Special Projects Officer), Mr. Mike Ubiernas (Project Specialist) and Ms. Chandra Garcia (Admin Assistant).
Learn more about United Bayanihan Foundation, Inc. by visiting their website here
Mr. Celso Caballero III represents Weather Philippine Foundation in its induction as new LCF member
The WeatherPhilippine Foundation (WPF) is a non-profit organization founded by Aboitiz Foundation Inc., Unionbank and Europe’s weather service provider mminternational (formerly known as Meteomedia).WPF delivers critical and accurate yet easy-to-understand weather forecasts to the Filipino community through their state of the art Automated Weather Stations (AWS). WPF hopes to aid in the improvement of nationwide disaster preparedness through the service that the foundation offers. Mr. Celso Caballero III (General Manager) and Ms. Kaye Rosario (Sustainability Officer) represented WPF during its induction at the LCF GA.
Learn more about WeatherPhilippines Foundation by visiting their website here.
View more pictures of the LCF General Assembly by visiting LCF's Official Facebook page.
New Board Officers Appointed for 2013-2014
Members of the LCF Board of Trustees have elected among themselves the new officers for 2013-2014.
Joint Message on the occasion of the World Teachers’ Day
Joint Message on the occasion of the World Teachers’ Day
A Call for Teachers!
5 October 2013
Teachers hold the keys to a better future for all. They inspire, challenge and empower innovative and responsible global citizens. They get children into school, keep them there and help them learn. Every day, they help to build the inclusive knowledge societies we need for tomorrow and the century ahead. On this World Teachers’ Day, we join forces to thank teachers and to call for more, better trained and supported teachers.
Nothing can replace a good teacher. Evidence shows that teachers, their professional knowledge and skills are the most important factor for quality education. This requires stronger training upfront and continual professional development and support, to enhance performance and learning outcomes. We know this and yet, far too often, teachers remain under-qualified and poorly paid, with low status, and excluded from education policy matters and decisions that concern and affect them.
And there are far too few of them today. At the global level, some 5.24 million teachers need to be recruited in order to reach the goal of universal primary education by 2015 -- 1.58 million new recruits and 3.66 million to replace those leaving the profession. The challenge goes beyond numbers – more teachers must mean better quality learning, through appropriate training and support.
This is essential for ensuring every learner’s right to quality education – especially, to reach the 57 million children of primary school age currently out of school. At current pace, we estimate that 49 percent of these children will never enter school, while 28 percent will start school late – 54 percent of them are girls. Equally worrying is the low level of learning. An estimated 250 million children are failing to learn to read and write by the time they reach the age for grade 4. Approximately half of these children are in school. The access and learning crisis must be urgently addressed.
Learning is not possible without professional, well trained, well supported, accountable and valued teachers. Teachers are the central solution to the learning crisis, and yet too many are poorly trained and poorly supported – often disconnected from the policy decisions that affect them.
Teachers are central to the provision of safe and supportive learning environments, and yet too many of them are teaching in circumstances of extreme hardship, emergencies and even attacks.
There are however, also bright parts to the picture. We have seen a range of efforts to improve teacher status -- through teacher professionalization and certification schemes, incentives for service in remote or disadvantaged communities, minimum wage laws, career development models, continued professional development, support to female teachers deployed in remote locations, peer-to-peer support and inter-generational mentoring, recognition awards and incentive for teacher progression, raising admission standards for teacher training programmes, public awareness campaigns, free training and recruitment bonuses. All of these practices ensure equality and quality and make a real difference to learning outcomes; they must be scaled up and taken forward.
This is where effective international action is essential, in support of national efforts to bolster teachers and education institutions, and improve the education opportunities of all children. All of this work must ensure that teachers’ pay and conditions reflect a commitment to delivering high quality education by a qualified and motivated teaching work force. This is why teachers stand at the heart of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative to make sure every child goes to school, receives a quality education, and develops a new sense of global citizenship.
This is our call for teachers today. Join us in thanking and supporting the teachers we have and in recruiting new women and men, to shape more effective education systems and prepare young people and adults for active and responsible participation in society. There is no stronger foundation for lasting peace and sustainable development than a quality education provided by well trained, valued, supported and motivated teachers. The education of future generations hangs in the balance unless we can rise to the challenge of putting the best possible teacher in every classroom.
Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO
Guy Ryder, Director-General, ILO
Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF
Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP
Fred van LEEUWEN, General Secretary, Education International