The Joys of Working for Joy
Mondelez Philippines Employees Share Joy to Schools
When we feel the hardships of finishing a task, our minds drift back to the reason behind it all. As the sweat drips from your brow, or your feet start to ache in places you never thought they could, you think back on why you endeavored to do something you know would not be easy. Then you remember. The shy smile of a child. The chance at a brighter future. The legacy you will leave behind. All of these things are worth working hard for. Worth sharing joy for.
On the afternoon of October 10, 2014, when most corporate office workers would already be dreaming of the fun Friday night ahead of them, almost 200 people from Mondelez Philippines were planning a different sort of revelry. This kind would not only bring joy to them, but more importantly to the students of the Company’s adopted schools.
As one employee volunteer Elmer Saulog shares, the activity they were about to do was “… Simply to share what we have to other people in so many unique ways.” Mondays through Fridays Elmer works in solving the Company’s IT issues. On that particular day, he was more concerned about addressing an issue of his assigned school, Padre Zamora Elementary in Pasay City, one of Mondelez Philippines’ six adopted public elementary schools in the Philippines.
The name Mondelez Philippines may not be familiar, but its former name of Kraft Foods might be – as are its brands Tang, Eden Cheese, Cheez Whiz, Oreo, Toblerone, Cadbury Dairy Milk, Tiger Energy Biscuits and Halls. Delicious products that many Filipinos have found joy in by sharing with their family and friends.
Sharing Joy. While creating joy through its products, The Joy Schools program is Mondelez Philippines’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative which aims to create joyful centers of learning and transform its adopted schools into the Top 10 in their Cities. To date six have been adopted, with 5 in Metro Manila and 1 in Typhoon Yolanda-ravaged Tacloban in Leyte. For the past 3 years, the people of the Company have been doing their share in creating joy for the schools through the Share Joy day. On this day, employees use their own talents and skills to create activities to bring joy to the schools.
Arlene Amante, who can usually be found marketing one of Mondelez Philippines many delicious brands, was another volunteer during the event. While she excels in creating winning promotional campaigns for the brand Cadbury Dairy Milk, by her words sharing joy through volunteerism lets her do the same. “I joined the Share Joy activity because it let me put smiles on people’s faces with the little things we did, which happen to be the things we’re good at.”
Arlene and her partner volunteer Michelle Santillan, herself a Senior Brand Manager for another famous brand, Tang, created joy for their school located in Parañaque by holding a mural-painting contest among the students. They also utilized their strategies in marketing by making this activity more fun through a contest among the kids.
The activity is something their adopted school Sampaloc Site II Elementary School in the City would greatly benefit from, being one of the most congested schools in Metro Manila. Though space might be an issue, the joyful murals can somehow help make the facilities more engaging for learning. Thankfully though, volunteer initiatives like this and the continuing feeding program and teacher training provided by Mondelez Philippines since 2011 has allowed the school to overcome its limitations and become the #1 public elementary school in Parañaque City based on the National Achievement Test.
Joy Inside and Outside. “Our passion as a Company is to create delicious moments of joy,” shares volunteer Michelle Leslie Pablo – who led a review for the National Achievement Test in the adopted Bayanan Main Elementary School in Muntinlupa. “While we’re allowed to pursue this joy inside the office through career growth opportunities, activities like the Share Joy day allow us to nurture our values by putting them into practice for the benefit of other people.
Indeed, joy is something that’s shared in Mondelez Philippines, both inside its offices and outside with its community. “It’s all about sharing a part of me to others,” quips volunteer Ralph Geronimo whose work in the Company’s Operations department allowed him and co-volunteer Mic Gutierrez to provide one way to help the school deal with the flooding problem in adopted General Vicente Lim in Tondo.
These tasks the volunteers accomplished were not easy – and done on top of the daily work they had. So why do it? Again, it all goes back to the reason behind it all. For the shy smiles of children who learned something that day. The chance at a brighter future through education. And the legacy that volunteers will leave behind.
Volunteer Janelle Tanlim from the Sales department says it best. “I’m a firm believer in the ripple effect a simple gesture can do. With the Mondelez Philippines community coming in as one unit, dropping that pebble into the pond, we could create more and more ripple effects.” More delicious moments of joy too.
To know more about how Mondelez Philippines creates delicious moments of joy, visit http://ph.mondelezinternational.com.
PJ Lhuillier Group named CSR Company of the Year
The PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies’ (PJLGC) education and sports advocacy projects bested nine of the Philippines’ top conglomerates, bagging this year’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Company of the Year award during the recent Asia CEO Awards in Solaire Resort and Casino.
The country’s most preferred microfinancial and business-to-business company, PJLGC has been offering Filipinos with quality and innovative services and products alongside its promotion of its corporate social responsibility advocacies.
Under the group is Cebuana Lhuillier, which offers pawning services; Cebuana Lhuillier Services Corporation, which handles money remittance, bills payment, corporate payouts, collections, foreign exchange, electronic load, and remit to account; Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions offers microinsurance and traditional insurance products; Cebuana Lhuillier Bank, which provides banking services, and Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the Group.
“We are happy with this distinction from our contemporaries in the industry. This recognition affirms our continued commitment to, and fortifies our company’s mission of, giving opportunities for people to be a valuable component of society. Education and sports are excellent channels for growth and personal development for the people, most especially the disadvantaged and financially challenged,” said P.J. Lhuillier Group President and CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier.
Its CSR efforts were deemed most distinguished among its fellow finalists—Cognizant, HSBC, IBM, Lafarge, Magsaysay, Meralco, Philex Mining, SM Cares, and WiPro.
PJ Lhuillier Group’s Advocacies
Since the incorporation of the company’s CSR arm, the Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc. (CLFI), PJLGC has been advocating “education for all” through its nationwide scholarship program, which targets to produce family bread-winners and contributors to the country's economy. At present, CLFI offers around 300 scholarship slots nationwide.
This year, PJLGC helped thousands of out-of-school youth and adult to restart their education journey through the establishment of 16 Cebuana Lhuillier Alternative Learning System (ALS) Community Learning Centers nationwide.
PJLGC is also recognized as a long-time patron of Philippine sports through its President and CEO, Jean Henri Lhuillier.
The company implemented projects that aim to boost sports development and awareness in the country such as the grassroots developmental tennis and basketball programs—the year-round Cebuana Lhuillier Age Group Tennis, and the Tryouts ng Bayan. The company also currently owns and manages a team that plays in the Philippine Basketball Association Developmental League (PBA D-League)—the Cebuana Lhuillier Gems.
PJLGC has also been supporting and sponsoring various Philippine National Teams in their quests to bring sports glory for our country, such as:
l Philippine Davis Cup Team
l RP Blu Boys and Girls
l RP Youth Bowling Team
l Philippine Men’s and Women’s National Basketball Team
l Team Gilas Pilipinas
The company, through its President and CEO, also holds key positions in different sports organizations in the country:
n Chairman of the Board, Philippine Tennis Association (PhilTA)
n Team manager of the Philippine Davis Cup Team
n Team owner of Cebuana Lhuillier Gems
n President of the Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines (ASAPHIL)
PJ Lhuillier was also one of the finalists for the Top Employer of the Year award, with Jean Henri as a finalist for the Global Filipino Executive of the Year.
Asia CEO is an annual award-giving body that recognizes distinctive and diverse achievements of the country's most accomplished management teams and industry leaders.
Chevron volunteers increase tree count in San Mateo landfill
Manila, Philippines – At least 600 seedlings of golden shower, molave, mabolo, neem and other Philippine hardwood trees were planted by volunteers from Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex fuel and lubricants, at the 73-hectare Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) landfill in San Mateo, Rizal.
Chevron volunteers brought the total planted area in the MMDA landfill to 52% of the target 250,000 newly-planted seedlings, according to MMDA. The activity forms part of the MMDA and DENR’s goal of adding 10,000 seedlings to complete its target of 100,000 this year, in support of the government’s on-going National Greening Program.
Last year, Chevron volunteers went to the same landfill and planted about 270 seedlings, 90% of which have since grown taller and stronger despite Typhoon Glenda last July.
“We hope that more companies like Chevron will continue to set an example in conducting sustained tree-planting activities. This initiative is vital for the much needed rehabilitation of the landfill, which we envision to be one of the country’s finest tourist eco-parks known for its diverse flora and fauna. It also fits well in our disaster risk reduction and management plan for the whole metro,” said Poteet Morales, MMDA public relations officer.
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.
WeatherPhilippines and Globe Collaborate with Local Governments on Disaster-Preparedness Advocacy
WeatherPhilippines Sustainability Officer Kaye Rosario (2nd to the left) and Ian Meimban of Globe (Right) with President Carlos P. Garcia Municipality MDRRMO’s.
WeatherPhilippines and Globe continue to strengthen their partnership towards proactive disaster-preparedness during the recent Bohol and Daet AWS Rollout and Capacity- Building Training last September.
During the event, WeatherPhilippines trained Bohol and Daet mayors and MDRRMO’s on how to install the Automated Weather Station (AWS), and how to access their specific municipality’s weather information via weather.com.ph.
Aside from the programmed rollout, Globe and WeatherPhilippines explained that this partnership will make it more convenient for Local Government Units (LGU’s), who are affected by adverse weather conditions, to disseminate weather information more quickly among its stakeholders.
Globe also promoted the packaged information dissemination platform, exclusively offered to LGU’s, which includes weather information text blasts, internet connectivity, and specific community-tailored disaster response trainings.
The AWS Rollout and Capacity Building Training with Globe aims to ensure the public that weather information will be accessible through various media to ensure efficient, effective and proactive disaster-preparedness among communities.
About WeatherPhilippines Foundation
WeatherPhilippines Foundation is a corporate social responsibility initiative of the Aboitiz Group, in partnership with Union Bank and MeteoGroup- a leading global weather services organization. It is the trusted and reliable private weather information organization that aims to reduce disaster risks in the country by providing free, critical weather forecasts to the Filipino public.
PAGASA reports remain as the official data; WeatherPhilippines only seeks to complement government’s efforts in enhancing the country’s disaster resilience.
This CSR initiative of WeatherPhilippines is made possible through the financial resources of the following platinum donors: SM Supermalls, ICTSI, Vista Land, NickelAsia, and LBC.
WeatherPhilippines aims to disseminate weather information among a wider network of communities through Globe Telecom, Inc., the official telecommunications partner of WeatherPhilippines.