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Manila Water Foundation’s 2015 Global Handwashing Day Celebration Reaches Luzon, Visayas & Mindanao

Representatives of the local government unit of Tagum City and Department of Education pledged for proper handwashing with Manila Water Foundation Executive Director Carla May Beriña-Kim, Manila Water Foundation Program Manager for Water Education Arvee Joy Bello-Galman, Tagum Water District General Manager Nelly Gentugaya, Tagum City Council of Women President Alma Uy, and Rotary Club of Tagum Golden L.A.C.E.S. President Rae Kara Malbog.

Over 40,000 individuals from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao took matters into their hands as they pledged for a cleaner, healthier and safer lifestyle and joined Manila Water Foundation’s month-long and nationwide celebration of the 2015 Global Handwashing Day (GHD).

Guests of honor led the pledging for proper handwashing in Bagong Nayon II Elementary School in Antipolo. (Front row, from left: Councilor Ronald Barcena, Ms. Chiqui Roa-Puno, Manila Water Foundation Executive Director Carla May Beriña-Kim, Unilever Brand Manager for Cleansing Carlos Corrales, Manila Water Project and Stakeholder Engagement Head Badette Del Rosario, and Manila Water Foundation Program Manager for Water Education Arvee Joy Bello-Galman.

During the entire month of October, Manila Water Foundation and its partners reached out to students from 18 schools, residents from 5 low-income communities, and individuals in 8 malls, a world class museum and a theme park all over the country to emphasize that handwashing is an important habit that everybody must practice.

Students who regularly wash their hands can protect themselves from diseases, improve their attendance in school and enhance their development


For the past three years, Manila Water Foundation, the social responsibility arm of Manila Water group of companies in the Philippines, has been supporting the Global Handwashing Day through activities that include demonstrations and actual handwashing, which complement their commitment to educate Filipinos of all ages on water, health and sanitation.

“Global Handwashing Day shouldn’t just be celebrated and observed once a year. It should be a lifestyle for all because it’s the simplest, most cost-efficient way to be healthy. We at the Foundation hope that more people help us spread this important advocacy.” says Manila Water Foundation’s Executive Director Carla May Beriña-Kim.

The men and women of Manila Water Foundation #RaiseAHandforHygiene during the month-long celebration of the  2015 Global Handwashing Day.

The Global Handwashing Day events were well supported by local government units and institutions as they also promised to uphold this year’s GHD theme, “Raise a Hand for Hygiene.” They reinforced the concept of the easiest and most effective way to keep oneself in pink of health, by enjoining children and adults alike to regularly practice and promote proper handwashing as part of overall hygiene and health.

“I commend companies that aren’t purely commercial and are socially responsible. Thank you Manila Water in general and Manila Water Foundation in particular for spreading advocacies like proper handwashing” remarked Mandaluyong Congressman Neptali Gonzales.

“This initiative is very much welcome here in Quezon City as we also advocate handwashing for overall hygiene and health. I look forward to working with Manila Water Foundation on other projects and activities related to this advocacy,” said Councilor Eufemio “Pinggoy” Lagumbay

The family that pledges to wash their hands together stay healthy always.

The month-long and nationwide celebration of the 2015 Global Handwashing Day was co-presented by Unilever and Scholastic and sponsored by Globe, Enchanted Kingdom, Ascorbic Acid Ceelin, Ayala Malls, and Ayala Cinemas. Institutional partners include the Department of Education, The Mind Museum, Clark Development Corporation, Tagum Water District, Tagum City Council of Women, Rotary Club of Tagum Golden L.A.C.E.S., Red Cross Boracay-Malay Chapter, Boracay Island Foundation, Inc., Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Boracay, Manila Water, Clark Water, Cebu Water, Laguna Water, Boracay Water, and Healthy Family. ABS-CBN Publishing, Working Mom, Smart Parenting, Good Housekeeping, Wish FM 107.5, Energy FM 106.7, DZUP 1602 and Yes FM Boracay served as media partners.

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Play is Cool at the Joy Schools

Why Mondelez Philippines believes in Play and Why You Should Too

Iring-iring is a game where the players sit in a circle with their hands behind their backs. The “Taya” or “It” drops a handkerchief behind one person and he/she must catch the “Taya” before the latter sits in his vacated spot in the circle or else he/she becomes the new “Taya.”

Younger generations will never know that “around the world” has a different meaning outside of the conventional one. Back in the days when “Patintero” was one of the few things kids did at 4:00 pm, you were powerful if you were the “around the world” – meaning the only player who could walk on all the lines and tag players. Many happy memories were created by this game, which certainly deserves to be brought back.

It’s not even about nostalgia or wanting to relive the golden moments of youth. Play is much more than a game. It is a learning avenue too. One that Mondelez Philippines hopes the adopted students of its Joy Schools program will re-discover through its “Play is Cool” challenge.

Joy Schools is a three-year adoption program of Mondelez Philippines, the company formerly named Kraft Foods. As a maker of delicious snack products like Tang, Eden Cheese, Cheez Whiz and Oreo, the Company is dedicated to helping promote balanced nutrition and active play among its six adopted public elementary schools. The Joy Schools is implemented together with partner the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP).

To energize students for learning and play, a 9-month daily feeding program for undernourished students is also part of the Joy Schools program.

To complement its ongoing daily feeding program for 1,200 undernourished students, the Company has been similarly helping them become stronger and more active through play. The World Health Organization cites the benefits of doing physical activity such as play to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact children aged 5-17 years old are recommended to have at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity everyday (WHO. 2015). Together with a balanced diet comprised of a variety of foods to provide nutritional needs, physical activity is one of the keys to a healthy and active lifestyle.

Play is not Laru-Laro Lang. The Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED) has long been a partner of the Joy Schools program and Mondelez Philippines by providing valuable learning to teachers of the adopted schools. This time they’ve used their experience in promoting excellence in education by facilitating the “Play is Cool” challenge.

Shares ACED Executive Director Carmela Oracion: “We have seen the benefits of both academic learning and those that come from interaction, including play. Having regular active play opportunities does not only help promote strong bodies. Regular active play also helps develop the students' brains and contributes positively to a child's ability to learn. Additionally, it also teaches children the value of fair play and team work. We’re very happy to be working with Mondelez Philippines in this endeavor to help children love play more and as an added benefit, re-learn seemingly forgotten Filipino games.”

Kadang Kadang and Iring-iring. “Play is Cool” was a play competition among five adopted Joy Schools in Manila held last October 1, 2015 at the Padre Zamora Elementary School in Pasay – one of the adopted Joy Schools. Students re-learned the Filipino games of their parents’ youth and at the end engaged in a friendly competition against each other. “This does not stop with the event though,” adds PBSP Executive Director Rafael Lopa. “The Joy Schools is a sustainability program to empower students, teachers and even parents to avoid future barriers to nutrition, education and a better life. Thus we have asked for the commitment of the schools to ensure the games continue to be played even after the event, to become part of their daily academic and physical education.”

Bulong Pari was one of the games played during the Joy Schools “Play is Cool” event. In this game, teams must pass one message to each other by whispering it, ensuring the message doesn’t get lost along the way. Thereby promoting the value of listening.

Here’s an educational rundown of the games the students played – which even adults could benefit from re-learning. There was “Kadang Kadang” a relay game where competitors try to complete the race first while wearing coconut shell stilts. “Iring-iring” is a game where a circle is formed and a “Taya” or “It” is chosen. The “Taya” goes around the circle and drops a handkerchief behind one person. That person must pick up the handkerchief and tag the “Taya” before the latter is able to sit in his vacated spot in the circle. Otherwise he becomes the new “Taya.”

The intriguing and hilarious “Bulong Pari” and the more commonly known Agawan ng Buko, Tumbang Preso, Sipa, Pabitin and Basagan ng Palayok were re-learned and played as well.

Mondelez Philippines aims to create joyful centers of learning where children’s nutrition and well-being are given focus. This deep-well and roundabout playground in the Company’s adopted Joy School in Tacloban aims to encourage kids to play more – all while pumping water to the school every time the kids play.

The “Play is Cool” challenge is one of many activities under the Joy Schools program to promote active play among students. A deep well pump seesaw and roundabout currently provide students in Panalaron Central Elementary School in Tacloban - the sixth adopted Joy School, avenues for fun and water to the school for washing and cleaning purposes.

This and many other initiatives aim to create joyful centers of learning for the students. Where their nutrition, education, well-being and future are being taken care of.

For more information on Mondelez Philippines’ Joy Schools program, visit

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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