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CEMEX culminates masonry program to typhoon-hit area in Cebu

Some of the graduates of the Experto Ako! Masonry Skills Training Program pose with CEMEX leaders and San Remigio LGU officials in front of the newly inaugurated CEMEX Skills and Livelihood Center in San Remigio, northern Cebu

Leveraging on the success of its previous skills-training program for up and coming young masons, cement company CEMEX recently entered into public-private partnership with a local government unit in Cebu for the implementation of its “Experto Ako” masonry skills training at San Remigio, one of the areas worst-hit by typhoon Yolanda.

The partnership with CEMEX saw 30 men from the community receiving a month-long skills training that offered a comprehensive and multi-faceted approach to professional building.  During training, the participants were given lessons and modules on proper cement application and equipment. They also received TESDA-approved workshops on leadership and communication skills.

“The Experto Ako program is a skills training project of CEMEX that aims to help professionalize the rank of stone workers and builders in the construction industry,” explains Chito Maniago, CEMEX Philippines Foundation executive director.  “We also see it as a more meaningful way of giving back to the community.”

It is the second time that the company conducted the “Experto Ako!” program in the Visayas region. In May last year, the company carried out the program for community members in Naga, Cebu, home to the company's  Apo Cement Plant.

Coinciding the graduation of the masons was the inauguration of CEMEX’s new livelihood training center in San Remigio which is designed to help raise the bar of producing quality competency building programs for residents in the community. The training center is expected to level up the residents’ capabilities in various skills, enabling them to increase their competency and chances of finding better jobs.

According to Maniago, the 30 residents given training in San Remigio compose only the first batch of training participants. After undergoing training, the successful graduates will be asked to help in the company’s bigger project called “Build Unity,” a typhoon rehabilitation initiative to help rebuild houses for families in Northern Cebu.

The “Experto Ako!” masonry skills training program falls under CEMEX’s umbrella Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program called the “Build the Nation Together.” The program is designed primarily to help address the country’s need for masons who are well equipped to build better homes and buildings.

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Aboitiz completes physical turnover of Yolanda classrooms in north Cebu

A new six-classroom school building in Bogo Central School III

 

The Aboitiz Foundation, the corporate social development arm of the Aboitiz Group, recently announced the completion of the physical turnover of all 227 classrooms in north Cebu that were repaired and constructed last year as part of its schools rehabilitation efforts in response to Yolanda.


The fulfillment of this promise brought 15,000 students in 29 school beneficiaries in the towns of Bogo and San Remigio to the comfort and safety of a better learning environment after the typhoon ravaged schools in the Visayas.


Aboitiz attributes the realization of this commitment to the “bayanihan” spirit that moved individual and corporate donors, partners from the government and private sector, and its team members.


The Foundation spent a total of P194 million on the rehabilitation of schools, a portion of the donations culled from the #BangonVisayas campaign.

 

“We believe that a better-educated youth means a better Philippines. That’s why we continue to put education at the forefront of our corporate social responsibility initiatives,” stressed Aboitiz Foundation Chairman Erramon Aboitiz.

 

Students of Banban National High School in Bogo City are thankful for their three-storey, new school building

 

The Group’s promise of a better learning environment is also manifested through the development of special science elementary schools  and technical-vocational high schools, repair and construction of regular classrooms, “Aklat, Gabay, Aruga Tungo sa Pag-unlad at Pag-asa Silid Pangarap” classrooms, teacher skills training, and scholarships and financial assistance.

 
Taguig schools receive science and tech-voc facilities

At the MOA signing during the techvoc workshop rooms turnover at Taguig National High School. In photo (from left to right): Aboitiz Foundation EVP/COO Augusto Carpio III, President Susan Valdez, Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, Aboitiz Foundation Trustee Stephen Paradies, Taguig-Pateros Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Danilo Gutierrez and Taguig NHS Principal Santiago Alvis.


The Aboitiz Foundation turned over last February 18 three additional technical-vocational (tech-voc) workshop rooms to Taguig National High School (TNHS) and another three special science classrooms to Taguig Elementary School (TES) as part of its commitment to develop science-based skills among young students and bring alternative learning to high school graduates.

Since last year, the social development arm of the Aboitiz Group has already implemented various projects in these adopted schools in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

The three tech-voc workshop rooms for TNHS are for dressmaking, beauty care services (nail care) with massage therapy, and computer hardware servicing. Reference books, tools, and equipment were also donated.

The Foundation funded last year the training of teachers for NCII certification and refurbished TNHS’ Electrical and Automotive Technology class. These projects were turned over in March 2014.

At the Taguig ES, where Special Science Elementary School (SSES) Program is already implemented from grades 1-6, Aboitiz turned over newly-refurbished special science classrooms, additional 20 units of thin client system with multimedia package for teaching enhancement.

During the first year of SSES implementation in Taguig, Aboitiz refurbished the school’s science and computer laboratories, donated microscopes, science books, ten computer units of thin client system with multimedia package.

Taguig ES is just one of the 22 schools that the Foundation is looking at developing into SSES. Once the pilot implementation is successful, the program will be replicated in other schools that show potential in the areas of Science, English, Information Technology, and Math.

“We believe that a better educated youth means a better Philippines. That’s why we continue to put education at the forefront of our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives,” said Aboitiz Equity Ventures SVP for Human Resources Txabi Aboitiz.

In 2014, the Foundation invested over P400 million to bring communities a better learning environment through Aboitiz BetterWorld initiatives SSES and tech-voc education, repair and construction of regular classrooms and those that were damaged by super typhoon Yolanda, ‘Silid Pangarap’ classrooms built in partnership with non-profit organization Aklat, Gabay, Aruga Tungo sa Pag-unlad at Pag-asa, teacher skills training, integrated computerization, and scholarships and financial assistance to deserving students.

 

Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. is the corporate foundation of the Aboitiz Group. Established in 1988, it addresses the social and economic development needs of marginalized members of society. It constantly delivers value to its stakeholders including the communities where it has presence. The foundation focuses its corporate social responsibility efforts on education, enterprise development, and environment. #

(From left to right) Taguig-Pateros Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Danilo Gutierrez, Aboitiz Foundation Trustee Txabi Aboitiz, President Susan Valdez, Division Science Supervisor Dr. Leticia Andor, Sta. Ana Barangay Captain Conrado Aquino Jr,  Aboitiz Foundation EVP/COO Sonny Carpio and Taguig City Vice Mayor Ricardo Cruz Jr. ceremonially cuts the ribbon during the turnover of refurbished special science classrooms at Taguig Elementary School last February 18, 2015.

A high school student from Taguig National High School testing the new high speed sewing machine donated by Aboitiz Foundation.

 
Aboitiz Foundation to re-build tech-voc school in Cebu

Tech-Voc as an alternative learning. From left: Mandaue City Schools Division superintendent Virginia Zapanta, Mayor Jonas Cortes, and Aboitiz Foundation EVP and COO Sonny Carpio.

The Aboitiz Foundation recently inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the local government of Mandaue for the construction of a three-storey, 10-classroom school building and seven laboratories at Subangdaku Technical-Vocational (tech-voc) School in Mandaue City, Cebu.

The school was among those that were badly hit by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Cebu on October 2013. It has been declared unsafe and recommended for demolition by Mandaue City Engineering Office. Students temporarily held classes in makeshift tents.

The corporate social development arm of the Aboitiz Group vowed to help make education more accessible to about 80% of high school graduates who can’t afford to go to college by developing technical-vocational schools in the country in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd).

“Part of building a BetterWorld is ensuring that we have conducive and safe learning environment. This will keep the children's interest to learn,” said Aboitiz Foundation Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Sonny Carpio.

Carpio signed the MOA with Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes and Schools Division Superintendent Virginia Zapanta.

Last year, the Foundation allocated funds for the construction of 27 Special Science Elementary Schools and tech-voc classrooms all over the country. In Cebu, Subangdaku was one of the schools in Cebu it supported with the installation of electrical wiring system for the school’s new metal workshop through Metaphil, Aboitiz Group’s construction arm.

Education remains to be Aboitiz Foundation’s primary focus as it continues to implement programs that help uplift the country’s public education system.

It allocates the biggest chunk of its annual budget for education-related initiatives such as infrastructure building, scholarships and financial assistance, integrated computerization, asset donations, among others.

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Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. is the corporate foundation of the Aboitiz Group. Established in 1988, it addresses the social and economic development needs of marginalized members of society. It constantly delivers value to its stakeholders including the communities where it has presence. The foundation focuses its corporate social responsibility efforts on education, enterprise development, and environment. #

 
Chevron computer donation boosts police e-blotter system

Batangas, Philippines – The municipal police in San Pascual, Batangas has reinforced its e-blotter system recently with the use of computers and printers donated by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex fuel and lubricants, and Chevron Holdings Inc. (CHI), a pioneer multi-functional shared services center, in partnership with the American Chamber Foundation Philippines Inc. (AmCham Foundation).

Using the computer units, police officers in San Pascual can now carry out a more seamless and secured documentation of crime reports. The e-blotter system is part of the improved Crime Incident Reporting System (CIRS) of the Philippine National Police. Photo shows San Pascual, Batangas Senior Police Officer Renato Melecio demonstrating the step-by-step procedures on how to document and access crime data reports in the e-blotter database.

“We used to store all subpoenas, warrant files, rogues gallery, and blotter records in just one computer.  Thanks to Chevron, and the computers donated, we can now store more files and transmit reports to our headquarters faster,” said Manuel Maligaya, police senior inspector, San Pascual municipal police.

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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 750 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 www.caltex.com/ph.

 
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