AES Philippines concludes inaugural APEX competition for partner cooperatives
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The pioneering 2014 AES Philippines Performance Excellence (APEX) competition was successfully concluded last July 31 in Baguio City, ending a year-long endeavor which sought to promote operational excellence and quality service among the company’s electric cooperative (EC) customers in Luzon that participated in the contest.
To prepare for the APEX competition, AES Philippines – through the AES Academy -- conducted sessions to train its EC customers in APEX methodologies and project management tools. The AES Academy is a pioneering program that provides professional development and capability building to EC employees on a wide variety of topics, including safety, corporate governance, financial management, and more.
After being trained in APEX methodologies, each EC spent the last year applying the APEX tools to projects in their organizations, and then presented these projects to the judges of the competition. Of the nine participants, Pampanga I Electric Cooperative Inc. (PELCO I) emerged victorious and bagged the P100,000 cash prize for its winning entry involving the use of advanced metering infrastructure to reduce non-technical system loss, which has the potential to lead to diminished costs for the cooperative’s customers. PELCO 1 expects the project to deliver an 80% non-technical system loss reduction from its current 2.99% as well as real-time pilferage detection, lower system loss charge, and improved system reliability.
"The insights that PELCO 1 and the other electric cooperatives have acquired on successfully identifying and tackling existing business issues through APEX have proven invaluable," said PELCO 1 General Manager Engr. Loliano Allas. "We look forward to applying the APEX methodology in our trade as we strive for efficiency and quality in delivering services to our end-users."
Meanwhile, San Jose Electric Cooperative (SAJELCO) claimed second place with its entry, “Improve system reliability by constructing additional feeder line.” Pampanga Rural Electric Service Cooperative, Inc. (PRESCO) rounded up the top three with its entry, “Improvement of collection efficiency.”
During the awarding ceremony and fellowship dinner held at the Baguio Country Club, AES Strategic Business Unit (SBU) President Scott Kicker encouraged the electric cooperatives that participated to continuously strive for excellence during the concluding ceremonies.
Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Commissioner Josefina Patricia Asirit, another competition judge, lauded AES Philippines for the competition’s success. She remarked, “It’s not really a contest because all were winners. There was learning from the nine entries not just for the cooperatives but even for us, the judges.”
Other customers which participated in the competition include the Aurora Electric Cooperative Inc. (AURELCO), Camarines Sur II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CASURECO II), Pangasinan I Electric Cooperative (PANELCO I), Tarlac I Electric Cooperative (TARELCO I), Zambales I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ZAMECO I), Zambales II Electric and Cooperative (ZAMECO II).
Apart from Mr. kicker and Commissioner Asirit, the APEX board of judges was composed of Neeraj Bhat, AES Philippines Market Business Leader; Chrysogonus Herrera, Vice President of the AES Philippines Commercial Affairs; Gloria Victoria Yap-Taruc, Commissioner of the ERC; and Mylene Capongol, Director of the Department of Energy.
(Top row, R to L) AES Philippine VP for Commercial Affairs Chrys Herrera, AES Philippines Market Business Leader Neeraj Bhat, ERC Commissioner Josefina Patricia Magpale-Asirit, Atty. Gloria Victoria Yap-Taruc and AES Asia SBU President Scott Kicker joins on stage the officers of the Pampanga Electric Cooperative I (PELCO 1) led by General Manager, Engr. Loliano Alas (seated, 4th from Left), shortly after the Pampanga-based electric cooperative received the top prize for winning over-all the competition. The APEX Competition was participated in by nine electric cooperatives in Luzon served by the AES Philippines.
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Adopted Scholars of Muntinlupa School Receive School Things
The Grade four (uppermost photo) and Grade six scholars (above) happily clutch their school materials after the turnover ceremonies for the Adopt-A-Scholar Program. With them are Insular Foundation Administrator Ana Maria R. Soriano, Insular Foundation Program Manager Teresita Melad, and Itaas Elementary School Principal Raul T. Felix.
One hundred-fifty-seven Grades four and six students from Itaas Elementary School in Muntinlupa City received their school things consisting of school supplies, uniform and shoes.
The students are all scholars under the Adopt-A-Scholar Program administered by the Insular Foundation, Inc.
The Program is being supported by Insular Life employees who have pledged to provide these school materials to their scholars until they graduate from grade school.
The Program, which started in 2003, supports selected students who are mostly children of prisoners, prison guards and the poorest of the poor at the New Bilibid Prison Compound in Muntinlupa City.
The Insular Foundation aspires to be a committed partner in building self-reliance for the communities it serves.
Article by:: Karen L. Plata (Insular Foundation, Inc.)
On the road to recovery: CEMEX builds Unity Village for typhoon survivors
UNITED THEY STAND. Forty-four families affected by typhoon Yolanda will soon find their new homes inside the CEMEX Unity Village in Cayang, Bogo. This housing project is under the Build Unity rehabilitation program of CEMEX in partnership with the Bogo City Government and Gawad Kalinga.
Bogo, in the northern part of Cebu, used to be a thriving city with about 18,000 families. Life was uncomplicated and the joys of its people simple— until last year’s onslaught of typhoon Yolanda
Houses were blown off, trees toppled over, and dreams swept away.
The coastal town with verdant terrain turned into a plateau of mud. Crops were destroyed and boats couldn’t ply the rough seas. For Annalou Muana, a Bogohanon, it was a picture of desolation. “It was one of the most terrifying moments in my life,” she said in dialect. “All we were thinking that time was how to save our family.”
The resilience of the people prevailed over the storm. Much like pure ores unearthed from the hottest of furnace, the tenacity of the Bogohanons triumphed. Little by little, they tried to pick up the pieces of what was left after the storm and start over again.
For Annalou and the rest of the people in the City of Bogo, it was a tall order to return to normalcy. While the path may be uneven and rocky, they will have people with them as they tread this journey. In a tripartite agreement among CEMEX Philippines Foundation, City of Bogo local government, and Gawad Kalinga— the CEMEX Unity Village will be built.
The Unity Village is a housing project of CEMEX Philippines Foundation under Build Unity, a rehabilitation program for the Yolanda-affected communities fueled by the global donations from CEMEX business units worldwide.
“We are brothers and sisters, and your journey is also ours,” said Chito Maniago, executive director of CEMEX Philippines Foundation, as he welcomed the beneficiaries during the Unity Village groundbreaking ceremony at the hilly terrain of Cayang, where the village will soon rise. “With our dynamic partners, we want to build not just a sustainable village but also a community of hope.”
"We are happy that the building of houses for the affected families is already starting. Bogo is very thankful for companies like CEMEX who do not hesitate to help," said City of Bogo Mayor Celestino Martinez, Jr. "Everything was almost wiped off the ground. It was a question on how to build. With CEMEX's Unity Village, the road to recovery is starting to take shape."
UNITY RISING. Bogo City Mayor Celestino Martinez, Jr. (left) and CEMEX Philippines Foundation Executive Director Chito Maniago (right) unveil the Unity Village design in Cayang, Bogo as Gawad Kalinga - Cebu Head Atty. Toby Florendo looks on.
There will be 44 two-storey houses in each village and CEMEX committed to build two Unity Villages in Bogo. With the help of Gawad Kalinga and the local social development body, 44 families were identified as recipients. Most of them, like Annalou’s family, were previously living in coastal areas which are considered danger zones. Another Unity Village with 44 houses will be built in Daanbantayan, also an area severely hit by the typhoon.
Aside from houses, CEMEX Foundation also repaired the damaged classrooms and library of Kawit National High School in Medellin, Cebu as part of its Brigada Eskwela caravan.
Another initiative of the Build Unity program will be the provision of a boat ambulance or “bancambulansya” that will ply the coasts of Carnaza, Malapascua, Gibitngil, and Batbatan among others. CEMEX will also provide resources for the completion of health center equipment in the area.
Meanwhile, for San Remigio, CEMEX will be partnering with 3 Villages 1 Goal to put up a skills and livelihood community center for masonry and other vocational training programs. There will also be installation of driftwood and cement sculptures to further promote the eco-tourism in San Remigio.
CEMEX Philippines is the manufacturer of the only eco-labeled cement brands in the country including Island Portland Cement, Palitada King, Rizal Portland Super, Rizal Masonry Cement, APO Portland Premium, APO Portland Cement, APO Masonry Cement, and APO Pozzolan. For more information, please log on to http://www.cemexphilippines.com. For partnerships, please contact the Public Affairs Unit and email
Metrobank Group sustains Yolanda rehabilitation: Health stations to be constructed
GTMF Deputy Executive Director Nicanor L. Torres, Jr. and Plan International-Philippines Country Director Catharina van der Hor sign a MOA to construct health stations with birthing facilities in Leyte and Eastern Samar.
Nine months after the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda, rehabilitation of damaged health facilities and restoration of vital health services in affected areas remain a top priority.
In this light, the Metrobank Group through GT-Metro Foundation (GTMF), the family foundation of Metrobank Group Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty, signed a memorandum of agreement with Plan International – Philippines on August 13, 2014 at the Metrobank Plaza to signify its partnership for the rehabilitation of health facilities.
GTMF and Plan will build three health stations with birthing facilities in Palo, Leyte; and Mercedes and Guiuan, Eastern Samar. As an added feature of the Department of Health (DOH)-compliant health stations, disaster-resilient elements will be included in the design and planning of the stations.
GTMF has allocated over P6 million for the construction of the health stations that will be complemented by a P1.6 million contribution from Plan, which will manage the projects.
GTMF Deputy Executive Director Nicanor L. Torres, Jr. considered the undertaking as Metrobank Group’s contribution to restoring access to health services, especially to pregnant mothers and their newborn babies.
The World Health Organization estimated that some 220,000 pregnant mothers will give birth within the year and about 70,000 newborn babies are in need of care in Yolanda-affected areas.
“As a foundation that is primarily into implementing health programs for disadvantaged communities, we see how a lack in working health facilities may reverse the gains that have been achieved in curbing maternal and infant mortalities in challenging areas,” said Mr. Torres.
Each health station will be fully equipped to meet the basic health needs of up to 900 families residing in three to six adjacent barangays and cater to about 10-15 births per month.
Aside from the health stations, the Metrobank Group will build 25 classrooms in eight schools and complete the turnover of 500 fishing boats in various Yolanda-affected areas in the Visayas.
GT-Metro Foundation, Inc. (GTMF) is a non-profit organization that serves as the family foundation of the Ty Family. Established in 2009, GTMF commits to serve the community through programs for health and the environment, as well as through its legacy projects, grant making activities, and disaster response initiatives. Visit www.facebook.com/gtmetro for more information.