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PGFI ups sustainability efforts for outlying communities

Philex Group Foundation, Inc. (PGFI) helps Philex Mining Corporation’s (PMC) outlying communities in Padcal through sustainable livelihood. Through PGFI’s partnership with Benguet State University’s College of Home Economics & Technology (BSU-CHET), they have set up the Meat Processing Training Program (MPTP) to equip their beneficiaries with the appropriate competencies in running a meat processing business.

Accordingly, after going through several assessments and an extensive 3-month training in entrepreneurship, new business enterprise organization and development, marketing, and pricing strategies, the Meat Processing Training Program produced its first batch of operator-trainers.

On May 15, 2014, the 15 MPTP graduates began work at the Padcal Meat Processing Business Center.  Established in 2010 under a previous partnership agreement between PMC and the Foundation for Peoples Development (FPD), the center has been under the supervision of PGFI since 2013.

The operator-trainers – all from Padcal and its outlying communities – are now part of the Px Community Foods and Marketing Inc. (PxCMFI).

As part of their strategy to empower the operator-trainers and further develop their skills not only in meat processing but also in running a business, PGFI designated one plant manager to oversee the meat processing operation, two quality assurance officers, one training coordinator, and one liaison officer from among the 15 graduates. The Foundation then supplemented their training with a tactical visioning workshop that developed and aligned the personal and collective goals of the operator-trainers.

“In terms of meat processing, the beneficiaries are doing very well. They follow strict standards to maintain the taste of the products. Likewise, they trust and follow the designated officers despite the fact that they are all from the same training class,” said Paul Buenconsejo, PGFI Executive Director.

Mr. Buenconsejo also shared that since the system is a new experience for the PxCMFI staff, it is understandable that there are apprehensions with regard to decision making. However, he believes that this will soon be addressed as they become more comfortable working together in a business environment.

In the long run, the operator-trainers will lead the Meat Processing Business Center as employees of PxCFMI. Through the Meat Processing Business Center, PxCMFI is projected to earn enough profit to help expand its operations in Padcal. As part of its sustainability efforts, PxCFMI plans to scale-up by tapping other meat processing business centers in Tuba, Benguet.

 

Operator-Trainers: Challenging but fulfilling!

Operator-Trainers Batch 1 officers (from L-R) Marjorie Sanidad, Lydia Tuginay, Irene Prado, Abigail Mongalini and Catherine Camacho recalled their experiences and shared their insights on the Foundation’s Meat Processing Training Program

Plant Manager Abigail Mongalini, whose father has been working in PMC since the 1980s, grew up in Padcal. Ms. Mongalini is proud that she can now give back to the community by being a part of PxCMFI. “I am happy because I learned a lot about meat processing. Our training did not only focus on the concepts of meat processing but also on entrepreneurship and marketing,” said Ms. Mongalini.

PxCMFI Training Coordinator Marjorie Sanidad and Quality Assurance Officer Lydia Tuginay echoed Ms. Mongalini’s statement, adding that their training has helped them identify the appropriate strategies for the business center.

Further, the operator-trainers shared that the skills they acquired are not only applicable to the business but also to their households. “For me, one of the most important contributions of the program is that it introduced us toCurrent Good Manufacturing Practices’ (CGMP). It ensures that our products are of high quality and fit for consumption. CMGP also helps us better understand the consequences of mishandled and ill-prepared food at home,” shared PxCMFI Liaison Officer Catherine Camacho.

Other than training on meat processing, entrepreneurship, marketing, and CGMP, the program provided personality development geared towards the holistic growth of the participants. “I am very blessed because I am part of this program. Apart from meat processing, they taught us valuable lessons about life, attitude, and personality. We also talked about building harmonious relationships with our co-employees. PxCFMI developed my leadership and interpersonal skills related to our business,” said Quality Assurance Officer Irene Prado.

All the operator-trainers were one in saying that PxCMFI has given them an opportunity to earn an income for their families and to be of help for their communities. With the plan of making them home-based meat processing trainers, their communities will benefit greatly by becoming processed meat producers and distributors of PxCMFI.

“PxCMFI creates a lot of opportunities; everyone has a chance to earn. This will apply to those who are home-based as well,” said Ms. Mongalini. “I believe that PxCFMI will also help the outlying communities by getting raw materials from them. With PxCFMI’s plan to get supplies like livestock and spices from the outlying communities, they too, will have an opportunity to make money,” added Ms. Prado. 

 

Product of their hard work: Karne Del Oro

As a testament of the operator-trainers’ hard work, PGFI launched its processed meat products in Padcal on September 1, 2014.  The meat products such as pork morcon, chicken pork roll, and chicken inasal will be marketed under the Karne Del Oro brand and will be available in Padcal through the Philex Mines Community Consumers Cooperative (PMCCC).

One of PGFI’s long-term goals is to recruit dependents of PMC employees to become external distributors of Karne Del Oro products. PGFI is also considering to partner with other cooperatives such as the Baguio-Benguet Community Credit Cooperative for the Karne Del Oro products to become available to the general public.

The operator-trainers at work in the Meat Processing Center in Padcal, Benguet

The new graduates of PGFI’s Meat Processing Program look forward to applying the concepts they learned in their training

 
K Channel, Unilever to strengthen hand washing awareness to 1 M students

K Channel yesterday celebrated Global Handwashing Day together with Unilever at the Mandaluyong Elementary School – a Knowledge Channel connected school, launching their joint campaign to increase students’ awareness on the importance of hygiene and proper hand washing.

Held every October 15 worldwide, the Global Handwashing Day reminds children of the importance of proper hand washing and how it can prevent them from suffering from communicable diseases.

From L-R: K Channel’s Sonja Garcia, Unilever’s Chito Macapagal and Gina Lorenzana and  K Channel President and Executive Director Rina Lopez-Bautista with Unilever Brand Representatives

Around 400 students from Mandaluyong Elementary School participated in the event which was also participated in by Knowledge Channel’s President and Executive Director Rina Lopez-Bautista, Unilever executives Chito Macapagal and Gina Lorenzana and UNICEF’s Jon Villasenor. Kapamilya leading man Jericho Rosales surprised the students together with Bb. Pilipinas title-holders Parul Shah, Mary Ann Guidotti, Yvethe Santiago, MJ Lastimosa and Hannah Sison. Hosting the event was actress and celebrity mom Dimples Romana.

Kapamilya Actor Jericho Rosales demonstrates proper handwashing with a gradeschool student as program host Celebrity Mom Dimples Romana observes

The celebration also launched the newest Global Handwashing jingle ‘Hugas Sayaw’ composed by former Pinoy Dream Academy scholar and singer-songwriter RJ Jimenez. Produced by K Channel in partnership with Unilever, the music video illustrates how proper hand washing should be done, with easy-to-remember dance steps.

K Channel conducted classroom-based sessions to further deepen children’s understanding of proper hygiene and cleanliness. Aside from fun group activities, Grade 3 students were treated with singing, dancing, and watching a short video entitled, “Nang Magkakulay ang Nayon.”

Both Unilever and Knowledge Channel have partnered to educate 1 million students through a 20-minute video episode on proper hygiene that will demonstrate the 9 steps of proper hand washing. This video will be aired nationwide on K Channel for a year, and will also be made available on www.kchonline.ph, and will be installed in K Channel Portable Libraries. Vaseline 2-in-1 soap bars, flyers and banners will also be distributed to schools.

More activities will take place in the coming weeks as K Channel brings the campaign to different public schools in Metro Manila. Volunteers are welcome to help educate children and spread the cause for cleaner hands and healthier lives.

Students from Mandaluyong ES make their pledge for a better life with cleaner hands

Photos by Gelix Mercader and Niña Sherizze de Sagun

 
Chevron, JCI Manila, and GK create Caltex Playland in Smokey Mountain

Manila, Philippines, November 3, 2014 – Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex fuel and lubricants, in partnership with Gawad Kalinga (GK) and the Junior Chamber International Manila (JCI), has made learning more fun for at least 700 pre-school children in Smokey Mountain with the creation of the Caltex Playland, an interactive learn-through-play area, and the renovation of the GK day care center.

At least 105 volunteers composed of Chevron employees, project partners, parents, teachers, and students, painted together to create the Playland that teach children about safety, hard work, excellence and creativity.

In addition to the sweat equity, CPI donated P150,000 in materials and skilled labor, while JCI and GK donated P400,000 also in cash and kind. Chevron employees complemented their company’s contribution by also passing the hat to donated P25,000 in cash and 35 sets of school supplies, 26 sports equipment, 108 toys, 335 children books and other educational materials as well as several pretend play costumes to promote the children’s cognitive development.

“The idea to create a safe and a more playful environment will help the kids learn, hope and dream for more in their life. We simply lack the resources to get the vital tools they need for learning. I’m just so glad that Chevron came to help,” said Delia Valenzuela, Gawad Kalinga volunteer teacher.

The project forms part of the Caltex Energy for Learning Initiative, which aims to help needy communities acquire new knowledge and skills through educational projects. The activity also marked the first day of the Chevron Week of Caring, the energy company’s week-long celebration of diversity and volunteerism.

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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DepEd, CLFI inaugurate ALS Learning Centers in Cavite and Laguna

As series of DepEd-Cebuana Lhuillier Alternative Learning System (ALS) Community Learning Center (CLC) launches took place nationwide, Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc. (CLFI) encountered different learners and realized – age doesn’t matter.

Antonio Abeledo, 59, a garbage collector and a DepEd-Cebuana Lhuillier learner, was determined to be a secondary degree holder via ALS despite his age.

Efigenia Tadefa, 56 (left), and Antonio Abeledo, 59 (right), are two of the oldest DepEd Cebuana Lhuillier ALS learners. Despite their advanced age, they availed free education to support their families.

“Maganda ang may pinag-aralan. Noong kabataan ko, nabarkada ako… Nakilala ko si Mr. Anquilan (ALS mobile teacher), pinakilala niya ang ALS… Ginusto kong umangat sa kahirapan… Inspirasyon ko ang anak ko.”

The 12 year old girl Jemimah Leyva was one of the youngest in her group. She finished only second grade but with ALS, she can fulfill her dream to reach high school and be a nurse someday.

Abeledo and Leyva were just two of the 117 ALS learners of the CLC inaugurated last September 12, the Rosario Elementary School in Cavite. Said school received a desktop computer, printer and projector with screen.

CLFI Executive Director Atty. Cesar Vidal, Region III Regional Manager Mr. Rolando Dario, Department Manager Ms. Pebbles Muñiz, Area Managers Mr. Leo Marcos Peren and Mrs. Susan Anadon conveyed Dr. Jean Henri Lhuillier’s message to the learners – “ALS. Always Love Schooling.”


School officials became very grateful to Cebuana Lhuillier. Mrs. Catalina Pasicolan, Guidance Counselor; Mr. Sonny Mercado, SB Secretary; Dr. Carmencita Tosco, OIC ALS Supervisor; Ms. Diane Topacio, District Supervisor and Mrs. Edna Pangilinan, ALS Coordinator inspired the learners towards positive attitude and proper education.

Meanwhile, a full-force launching program occurred last August 19 at F. Benitez Memorial Elementary School, few minutes away from one of the chosen CLC, Pagsanjan Mobile Library in Laguna.

Said event was graced by the former Laguna governor himself, ER Ejercito, with his wife, Pagsanjan Mayor Girlie Ejercito. The couple finally found a new partner in their advocacy for the out-of-school youths – CLFI.

Mr. Victor Fedrigalan, representing Bureau of ALS (BALS) OIC Director Dr. Edel Carag, said that the CLC will be of great help to all ALS stakeholders and that it will “serve for skills development, livelihood, entrepreneurship, etc.”

Also present to grace the event were Ms. Florentina Pancap, Principal and ALS Consultant; Dr. Wilmer Gahite, District Supervisor; Mr. Rogelio F. Opulencia, Assistant Schools Superintendent; Dr. Diosdado San Antonio, Regional Director of Region IV-A; Dr. Orlando Valverde, ALS Education Program Supervisor; Mr. Dario; Ms. Muniz and Mr. Abelardo Aquino, Area Manager.

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The Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc. is the corporate social responsibility arm of the PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies, which manages the country’s leading pawnshop, Cebuana Lhuillier. The Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation was founded in 2000 by Ambassador Philippe Jones Lhuillier.

 
Outstanding Teachers, Soldiers and Police Officers Honored During Metrobank’s 52nd Anniversary Celebration

Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos with the Guest of Honor Senate president Franklin Drilon (9th from left), Metrobank Group Chairman George S.K. Ty (8th from left), Senator Sonny Angara (7th from left), Senator Cynthia Villar (10th from left), Senator Grace Poe (11th from left), Metrobank Chairman Arthur V. Ty (6th from left) and Metrobank president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña (12th from left).

 

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) conferred this year’s winners of its Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), Search for The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), and Search for the Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS) in an awarding ceremony held on September 5, 2014 at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium. Senate President Franklin Drilon served as the guest speaker, while distinguished officials from the government, business, academe, and diplomatic communities graced the event. The event served as one of the highlights of Metrobank’s 52nd anniversary celebration.

Collectively called as the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos, these exemplary teachers, soldiers and police officers are hailed because of their dedication to service and being champions of excellence even in the most trying of circumstances.

“There are countless stories of bravery, heroism, sacrifice and gallantry not only in the AFP and PNP, but also among our teachers and other government workers. They are our modern-day heroes, who have remained honest and true to their calling, who will not hesitate to walk the extra mile and transcend their limitations just to give the best service possible to our country and people,” said Senate president Drilon in his speech. “As a tradition I started in 2002, last Monday, the Senate passed a resolution commending the achievements of the 2014 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos, which resolutions were authored and sponsored at the floor by Senators Poe, Villar and Angara. The resolutions were presented to the awardees during their courtesy call. To our awardees, you are shining examples of good public servants who are worthy of emulation by your peers and members of your respective organizations and communities,” he continued.

 

Four (4) elementary, four (4) secondary public school teachers, and two (2) professors from the higher education level join the rank of 326 Outstanding Teachers honored by Metrobank Foundation since 1985. The 2014 Outstanding Teachers are (photo above, from left to right): Anna Bella F. Abellera of Naga Central School I (Naga City); Sharon Rose P. Puyo of Cabadbaran South Central Elementary School SPED Center (Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte); Dr. Enerio E. Ebisa of Doña Juana Actub Luch Memorial Central School (Iligan City); and Dr. Allan Moore S. Cabrillas of San Jose West Central School (San Jose City, Nueva Ecija) for the elementary Competition. Meanwhile, the secondary competition winners are: Dr. Juanito A. Merle of Talipan National High School (Pagbilao, Quezon); Dr. Jesus C. Insilada of Alcarde Gustilo Memorial National High School (Calinog, Iloilo); Dr. Matrose P. Galarion of Angeles City National High School (Angeles City); and Dr. Noel V. Ibis of Vinzons Pilot High School (Vinzons, Camarines Norte). While, Dr. Resurreccion B. Sadaba of the University of the Philippines-Visayas (Miag-ao, Iloilo) and Dr. Teodora D. Balangcod of the University of the Philippines-Baguio (Baguio City) are the winners for the higher education competition.

On the other hand, the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines awarded as 2014 Outstanding Soldiers are (photo above, from left to right): Colonel Teodoro A. Llamas PA, Master Sergeant Aladin S. Dacayanan PA, and Staff Sergeant Rehum P. Magno PA from the Philippine Army. The winners from the Philippine Navy are: Captain Alberto B. Carlos PN, Sergeant Eugene J. Padilla PN (M), and Commissary Steward 2nd Class Felix B. Guaves II PN.  While Lieutenant Colonel Adriano SJ. Duadico PAF, Staff Sergeant Sheryl P. Toribio PAF, and Technical Sergeant Benny G. Dofitas PAF are the winners from the Philippine Air Force. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Florencio Ritchie I. Capulong III MAC, from the Medical Administrative Corps completes this year’s batch of winners.

Meanwhile, the 2014 Outstanding Police Officers are (photo above, from left to right): Police Senior Superintendent Cedrick G. Train (Palo, Leyte); Police Senior Superintendent Rodelio B. Jocson (Maguindanao); Police Chief Inspector Byron F. Allatog (La Trinidad, Benguet) and Police Chief Inspector Reynaldo E. Ariño (Zamboanga City) for the Police Commissioned Officers category. Meanwhile, the winners for the Police Non-Commissioned Officers category are: Police Officer 3 Michael D. Pontoy (Kalibo, Aklan); Senior Police Officer 1 Reynaldo G. Solante (Cebu City); Police Officer 2 Arshear U. Ismael (Zamboanga City); Police Officer 3 Alexander B. Fazon, Jr.(Butuan City); Senior Police Officer 1 Rey H. Sarcon (San Fernando City, Pampanga) and Police Officer 3 Comet D. Dumangeng (Sta. Rita, Pampanga).

“We have always believed in the Filipinos’ potential to succeed given the ample opportunities to pursue their dreams,” said Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña. “We honor exemplary teachers, soldiers and police officers who have braved the odds, blazed a trail in their respective fields, and inspired other people through their deeds because as we enable them to reach for their aspirations, they, in turn, help us reach the Metrobank Foundation’s dream of nurturing a society that is committed to the task of nation-building,” he continued.

Outstanding Police Officer PSSupt Cedrick Train delivered the response on behalf of the 2014 awardees. “Despite the many challenges, the awardees have remained steadfast in their spirit and control of human faculties, clinging to their passion and enthusiasm to serve the people. They are never afraid of treading the dangerous landmine of public criticism, ridicule or unfavorable perception.  An individual  may be a weary soldier in the field, a strained and stained police officer in the street, a burn-out teacher in the classroom, but  each and every single one of them are fighting their own precious battles with dignity and pride. Evidently, they did not fail in this respect as they emerged victorious as leaders of innovation and change,” expressed PSSupt Train. “Nevertheless, this is not so much about the award as it is about the message that it strongly conveys-- that there are countless teachers, soldiers, policemen and policewomen who are doing their tasks with utmost vigor and dedication, and that there are those who believe in their potentials as model public servants.  But much more fitting, the awardees want to thank and acknowledge all the people who have endured with them as well as the people they worked with throughout their careers.  They have inspired, taught and guided the awardees to the path of excellence,” he continued.

PSSupt Train conceptualized and implemented the Geographical Reference for Integrated Deployment-Selective Enforcement to Reduce Victimization and Integrate Community Empowerment Strategies (GRID-SERVICES) This initiative maps street crime and other incidents, and employs COMPSTAT data for crime intelligence and analysis. Among the programs he established to train police personnel to properly address risky behavior among the youth and interfaith cooperation are the Anti-Illegal Drug Education and Services, Safer Schools Project, and Police Spiritual Alliance with Lumads and Muslims. As a lawyer, PSSupt Train may easily go for greener pastures outside the service but he says that he finds fulfillment in nurturing and strengthening the core values of the police service.

Another awardee this year is Outstanding Teacher Dr. Resurreccion Sadaba who specializes in Mangrove Studies at the University of the Philippines Visayas. He has co-authored the books “Handbook of Mangroves in the Philippines” (2004), and “Beach Forest Species and Mangrove Associates” (2004) as products of his researches on mangroves, particularly on the impact of oil spills on the mangroves, as well as on beach forest species and mangroves associates. He also initiated research training for teachers to equip secondary school teachers in Region 6 with skills and knowledge in relating to science. He also serves as adviser and resource person on mangrove rehabilitation projects in Guimaras and Iloilo.  Recently, he is a resource person for the Inquiry on the Estancia Oil Spill by the Committee on Energy of the House of Representatives.

Outstanding Soldier Colonel Teodoro A. Llamas PA was at the forefront of the mission to neutralize the MNLF forces who wanted to declare independence from the Philippine government during the Zamboanga siege. Through his strategic direction and experience in hostage rescue and urban combat, the AFP was able to rescue 113 hostages and capture over a hundred MNLF fighters, on top of the seizure of high powered firearms. Col. Llamas also designed the low-cost semi-collapsible barracks that is still being used in the AFP today and saved hundreds of thousands in construction costs for the institution.

Each SOT, COPS and TOPS awardee was presented with a trophy and gold medallion. Each SOT awardee received Php 500,000 cash prize while TOPS and COPS awardees each received Php 400,000 cash prize.

Now on its 30th year, Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Teachers, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), honors the teaching profession, recognizing those who exhibit competence, remarkable dedication to their work, and effective educational leadership, as well as their various community involvements. Metrobank Foundation Search for The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Makati Metro for the past 15 years, honors the gallant men and women of the Armed Forces who go beyond expectations and highlights their achievements and efforts toward nation building and development. On its 12th year, Metrobank Foundation Search for the Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service, in partnership with the Rotary Club of New Manila East, honors the career achievements of gallant police officers of the nation who actively mobilized, involved and organized the community to become fellow vanguards of peace and order.

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The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) was established on January 8, 1979 by Dr. George S. K. Ty, sixteen (16) years after he founded the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company (Metrobank). As the corporate social responsibility arm of the Metrobank Group, the Foundation implements various programs in education, visual arts and healthcare and maintains an active and dynamic partnership with other organizations that likewise provide services for the underprivileged sectors of society and remains equally responsive to emergency and relief operations for affected Filipinos in times of natural calamities in the Philippines and in Asia. Among the Foundation’s flagship programs are the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE), Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS), Search for Journalists of the Year (JOY), Metrogold Scholarship Program (MSP), and Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC).  MBFI also spearheads the celebration of the National Teachers’ Month (NTM) held from September 5 to October 5 of every year since 2008. The Foundation also implements the Fellowships for International Understanding Program in partnership with selected international organizations and diplomatic missions. It also supports programs aimed at educating the citizenry on public-interest issues through research and lectures given by the distinguished chair holders of the Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair Lectures, established by the Foundation in partnership with reputable educational institutions. MBFI is also the principal owner of the Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH), one of the leading centers of wellness in the country. The Foundation recently celebrated its 35th year with the theme, “Launching Dreams” serving as its beacon in the next five (5) years. It shall continue to Excel, Engage, and Empower, but this time even more conscious in supporting the various sectors of the Philippine community in pursuing their individual and collective dreams -- for an educated workforce, for accessible medical care, for outstanding professional careers, and for a responsible and enlightened citizenry. Through the Foundation’s recognition and social development programs, it shall continuously strengthen and assist Filipinos in their endeavors, raising their abilities and improving  their way of life, inspiring and uplifting their spirits, so that one day, they may be empowered enough to know reality of their dreams.

 

 
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