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Aboitiz Foundation #BangonVisayas - Update No. 10

 
Metrobank Foundation employee is PNVSCA’s Outstanding Volunteer

Mark Conrad “MACO” R. Ravanzo from Zamboanga City is this year’s recipient of the national award for the Youth Category of the Search for Outstanding Volunteer (SOV). He was awarded last December 13, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila, Ortigas Center, Quezon City as a highlight of the National Volunteers’ Month.

Maco is currently working under the Education Unit of Metrobank Foundation, Inc, aside from this, he is also the co-founder and leader of I am M.A.D. (Making A Difference), a network of young volunteers advocating to uplift the lives of Filipino children. With I am M.A.D., Maco was able to organize  personalized value transformation programs in 15 areas all over the Philippines, instilling in them the importance of education and the hope to achieve their goals to become productive members of the society.

The Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV) is a recognition program that culminates a year-long nationwide search for exceptional volunteer individuals and groups. The event is conducted by the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) in cooperation with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Offices, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao - Regional Planning and Development Office (ARMM-RPDO), and the National Volunteer Month Steering Committee (NVM-SC). The Search is both a recognition platform and advocacy medium of the government to promote and sustain volunteerism as a strategy for community development and nation-building. Since 2001, the SOV has recognized 109 individuals and volunteer organizations, thus bringing to the fore many years of outstanding practices and inspiring stories that changed the lives of many people and communities.

Other awardees are Mrs. Margarita H. Coscolluela, the recipient of the Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award (VLAA); Mr. Arvin O. Marabiles and Dr. Demetrio P. Anduyan, Jr., Ph.D., the national awardees for the Adult Category; awardees for the group category are, Volunteer Service Provider (VSP); The Kabalikat Civicom – 475 Marinduque Chapter and PLDT Employee Volunteers; Special citation was also conferred to Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) or the German Development Service.

 
Insular Foundation Life Cycles Newsletter - Dec 2-8, 2013

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Chevron Helps Needy Communities in One Week of Caring

Volunteers rack up 2,876 hours of charity work in 7 social investment projects

 

 

MANILA, Philippines. Dec. 10, 2013 – Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex brand of fuels and lubricants, closes the year with a celebration of the spirit of volunteerism among its employees and business partners by helping out needy communities in one week of volunteerism called Week of Caring (WOC).


About 724 Chevron employees and Caltex retailers recently painted murals with children with learning disabilities, played traditional Filipino games with orphans, planted tree seedlings, did talk therapy with victims of sexual slavery in WW2, fed abandoned and abused animals, and cleared a turtle sanctuary in San Pascual, Batangas from trash and debris.


Diversity is a corporate value that is strongly encouraged by the company. Chevron believes that active involvement in a variety of environment through community service makes for well-rounded and high performing employees. Thus, the Caltex brand marketer cultivates a volunteer culture done during company time. CPI has been doing its annual volunteer drive for the past six years.

 

“We encourage employees to immerse themselves with the disadvantaged members of society while at the same time fostering camaraderie to make them a stronger team. We also involve the other members of the Chevron family such as our Caltex retailers, station locators and branded marketers in social investment projects so that host communities and other stakeholders get to experience the human side of the Caltex brand,” said Raissa Bautista, CPI manager for Policy, Government and Public Affairs.

 

For the 2013 WOC, the Chevron volunteer corps logged in 2,876 total hours of volunteer work. The cost benefit for project partners is significant. “We, at LIFT Learning Center, are honored to be chosen by Chevron to receive a painting renovation with mural painting on our walls. What they have done will make the center more conducive for learning and appealing to the eyes of the special children we serve and educate,” says Maria Anjelica Lee, LIFT coordinator.

 

Caltex  Cares

 

The Chevron WOC was launched with a mural painting activity at the LIFT Learning Center where children with learning disabilities are educated and taught to be more independent. Chevron repainted the school premises and volunteers together with LIFT kids and their parents finished off the renovation by painting bright murals along the walls.

 

On the second day, a more fast-paced activity awaited sports-minded Chevron volunteers headed by no less than the Chevron country chairman, Peter Morris.  Along with business consultants and Caltex retailers from the greater Manila district, the Chevron contingent tried to reclaim their youth as they were paired and competed with 50 orphans of Nayon ng Kabataan in Mandaluyong City while playing traditional Filipino games such as patintero and luksong tinik.

 

For the third day, 240 kids and at least 8 of their teacher-guardians from the four public elementary schools of Pandacan toured Philippine Science Centrum. CPI volunteers helped the center’s tour guides explain key exhibits. Chevron collaborated with PSC and the schools to sponsor only the most indigent pupils from third to sixth grade levels with strong science aptitudes. Sixth grader Mary Joyce Tapales said, “The field trip is quite costly for us and I know my parents cannot afford the expenses. I’m so happy because Chevron gave me the opportunity to have this experience I will never forget.”

 

On the fourth day 2 batches of Chevron volunteers separated to different destinations. One group trooped to a former landfill in San Mateo, Rizal where they planted 270 seedlings which in 15-20 years will be fully grown acacia, molave, golden shower and dipa trees.

 

The other team visited the comfort women of Lila Pilipina in Quezon City, a support center for victims and survivors of rape and sexual slavery by Japanese troops during World War II. Now in their 80s and 90s, the brave elderly still cry when they recall the abuse that shattered their honor and dignity70 years ago. Of the 170 documented victims, less than half are still alive to tell their stories.

 

On the 5th day, Chevron volunteers fed the 256 cats and 74 dogs rescued and undergoing extensive treatment at the PAWS (Philippine Animal Welfare Society) rehabilitation center in Quezon City. PAWS is a volunteer-based NGO trying to prevent animal cruelty through education, animal sheltering and advocacy.

 

 

Protecting a Turtle Sanctuary

 

The WOC culminated with Chevron employees, joined by residents of its Batangas host community, got rid of the trash, debris and other flotsam dotting the beachfront of Chevron’s terminal in San Pascual. The Chevron terminal has the only beach and the only DENR-declared sanctuary for the endangered Oliver Ridley turtles in the municipality. At least 597 volunteers collected an estimated 600 garbage bags in 3 hours that were segregated into biodegradables, recyclable materials and non-recyclable materials totaling over 7.2 metric tons. The coastal cleanup was timed to prepare the beach for the turtles nesting season which ends in February.  The activity was made even more meaningful when CPI included a 30-minute turtle encounter training session that taught the volunteers on the right way to approach and protect turtles they may encounter on the beach. The timing was perfect because a mere six days after the cleanup, a turtle nest was found near the high tide mark.  Under the guidance of Batangas DENR, the nest’s 110 eggs were transferred to higher and safer grounds, cordoned off to keep away predators. Chevron employees have added to their roles as environment warriors the duty of being pawikan protectors.

 

Aside from Week of Caring, CPI is continuously involved in various social investment projects through its Caltex Energy for Learning (EFL) initiative. EFL supports projects that provide education and livelihood skills to disadvantaged people groups so that they can have better opportunities in life.

 

Most recently, Chevron companies in the Philippines, Chevron Corporation in the US, as well as Chevron employees contributed a total of P69.5 million for disaster relief assistance to communities affected by super typhoon Yolanda.

 

 

About Chevron Philippines Inc.

Chevron Philippines Inc. has been operating in the country for more than 90 years under its retail brand, Caltex, offering 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.

 
Jollibee Group FoodAID Mobile Kitchen for Yolanda-affected communities

“Salamat at may Jollibee Mobile Kitchen. Lalong lumakas ang loob namin para bumangon.” (Thank you because there is Jollibee Mobile Kitchen. This gave us the determination to rise up and move forward). – Armando Alfar

Armando Alfar is one of the thousand beneficiaries of the Mobile Kitchen of Jollibee Group FoodAID roving in different locations in Leyte since November 20, 2013. The Mobile Kitchen is part of Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) and the Jollibee Group Foundation’s (JGF) Jollibee Group FoodAID to help address the issue of hunger in the province, a major concern after the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda. The Mobile Kitchen also addresses the immediate problem in the communities and evacuation centers where there are limitations on how to use uncooked food donations.

JFC’s corporate supply chain, Zenith Foods Corporation, as well as franchisees and local partners facilitate and help out to bring the food served in the Mobile Kitchen to the beneficiaries.

As of December 4, 2013, more than 32,000 beneficiaries have been served “hot lugaw and boiled egg” in different hospitals and evacuation centers in Ormoc City and Palo, Leyte.

“Sobrang saya namin na may lugaw kami galing sa Jollibee, kadako sa tabang ani saamo lalo na ngayon walang trabaho ang asawa ko,” (We’re very happy we have porridge from Jollibee, this is a big help especially now that my husband doesn’t have any source of living), said Arlene Pasturan, mother of five kids from Ormoc, Leyte.

The Mobile Kitchen is primarily supervised by JFC – from the preparation of the food ingredients, to the set-up of the cooking equipment on the sites, to the actual distribution of the food to the beneficiaries. At the same time, JFC also shares the processes of the Mobile Kitchen to the community to ensure sustainability of the project.

“The Mobile Kitchen setup is like JGF’s Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) School Feeding Program where parents are taught to cook so that they can apply and continue this even beyond JFC’s assistance,” Jollibee Group Foundation President Grace Tan Caktiong said.

JFC will be turning over all the cooking equipment and tools as well as premix ingredients of the lugaw to the local authorities and civic partners for continuation of the Mobile Kitchen until end of December.

Aside from the Mobile Kitchen, JFC and JGF continue to distribute JFC products and food relief packs through Jollibee Group FoodAID program to severely devastated families in the Visayas.

JFC and JGF are also prepping up their planned rehabilitation efforts in the region where they are committed to conduct a special school feeding, provide support for farmers’ livelihood recovery and provide technical skills training and college scholarship for affected youth.

As of today, total donation from JFC and donors has reached P41 Million.

For participation and more information about JFC and JGF's Typhoon Yolanda relief and rehabilitation efforts, please contact Jollibee Group Foundation via +63.2.688.7133 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Residents of Ormoc, Leyte line up in an orderly manner while waiting to receive Jollibee Group FoodAID Mobile Kitchen of hot lugaw and boiled egg.

An excited child receives his share of hot lugaw from a Jollibee Group Foundation employee.

Employee volunteers from Jollibee Foods Corporation assist in giving out hot lugaw to the residents of Ormoc, Leyte courtesy of Jollibee Group FoodAID Mobile Kitchen.

 
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