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WeatherPhilippines Pushes Nationwide Coverage of Automated Weather Stations

In a span of only two years and seven months, WeatherPhilippines has deployed a total of 559 Automated Weather Stations (AWS) as of the end of September 2014, and is set to meet its target of deploying 750 AWS all over the country by the end of of December 2014.

The last municipalities that received a total of 65 AWS during the month of August and September were the priority meteorological sites in the provinces of Lucena, Iloilo, Bohol, Daet, and Naga.

 

The AWS Rollout and Capacity Building Trainings, conducted by WeatherPhilippines, taught mayors and municipal disaster-risk reduction and management officers (mdrrmo’s) how to install the automated weather stations, and how to access the processed weather information on weather.com.ph. These trainings were organized by WeatherPhilippines with the goal of empowering local governments towards their advocacy of proactive disaster-preparedness and climate change adaptation.

 

WeatherPhilippines will continue its AWS deployment until it reaches its goal of deploying and installing a total of 1000 AWS nationwide.

 

 

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.

 
Manila Water Foundation doubles its reach for Global Handwashing Day

Manila Water Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the Manila Water group in the Philippines, reached twice as many people from last year’s celebration through its week-long series of events for the 2014 Global Handwashing Day. Together with Unilever, they promoted the importance of washing hands with soap as an effective way to prevent diseases in Laguna, Pampanga, Metro Manila, Cebu and Boracay. The nationwide campaign reached over 14,000 people. “Last year, we were overwhelmed with the positive feedback from our celebration that we decided to push for bigger and better events this year. We wanted to reach more people and create a healthier environment for everyone.” said Ferdinand dela Cruz, President of Manila Water Foundation.

 

Date

Location

School

Mall Exhibit

October 13 (Mon)

Laguna

San Vicente Elementary School

Pavilion Mall

Octotber 14 (Tue)

Pampanga

Air Force City School

Marquee Mall

October 15 (Wed)

Metro Manila

Pitogo Elementary School

Trinoma

October 16 (Thur)

Metro Manila

Ricardo P. Cruz Elementary School

October 17 (Fri)

Cebu

 

Cebu Business District

October 18 (Sat)

Boracay

 

Boracay Regency

D’Mall

Providing children with the knowledge and skill of handwashing will give them the capacity to protect themselves from sickness. This is why Manila Water Foundation visited over 10,000 students and shared with them the proper and effective way of handwashing. Through a physical demonstration, the students were able to quickly apply the lesson they had just learned. They were also encouraged to stamp their handprints on the pledge wall to signify their commitment to regularly making it a habit to wash their hands.

“This simple task [of handwashing] can lower the number of people affected by fast-spreading illnesses that take a toll not only on one’s health, but also on the family’s budget. When done properly, regularly and collectively, handwashing can create healthier communities”, says Carla Beriña-Kim, Executive Director of Manila Water Foundation.

Manila Water Foundation wanted to further expand its reach to the general public by setting up booths in Ayala malls and business districts to impart the benefits of handwashing. Participants were asked questions on the advocacy before receiving a token from our sponsors. They were also encouraged to place a commitment sticker on the pledge wall to create a healthier environment for everyone by washing hands.

“We do hope that we can actually carry on promoting this habit [of handwashing] because indeed it will be saving us a lot of lives,” said Chito Macapagal, VP for Corporate Affairs & Sustainability of Unilever.

The nationwide celebration of Manila Water Foundation was co-presented by Unilever and was supported by Manila Water, Laguna Water, Cebu Water, Boracay Water, Clark Water, the Department of Education, Ayala Malls, Ayala Mall Cinemas, Boracay Regency, D’Mall, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Boracay, Philippine Red Cross, Clark Freeport, Boracay Foundation, Globe, Eveready, Ritemed, Enchanted Kingdom, BIC, Yonex, Acer, Ceelin, Jamba Juice, Yes! FM 911, 105.5 FM, Business World, Business Mirror, Rappler and WhenInManila.com.

Visit www.facebook.com/ManilaWaterFoundation to learn more about this week-long celebration or get in touch with Manila Water Foundation through 917-5900 local 1025 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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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