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Ayala Foundation launches post-Yolanda initiatives in northern Iloilo

Carles and Estancia host ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of three new school buildings, as well as the turnover of boats, fertilizers, and seeds for farming and fishing families

Some of the 66 fishing families from barangay Poblacion and Cawayan in Carles, northern Iloilo, receive their fiberglass boats, as part of Ayala Foundation’s post-Yolanda interventions in sustainable livelihood

The municipalities of Carles and Estancia in Iloilo province take another major step toward recovery, following the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan)

On February 9, Ayala Foundation and its partners held the official launch of its education and sustainable livelihood interventions in Carles and Estancia.

In Carles, the foundation led the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of two disaster-resilient, two-story school buildings—one for Carles Central School, and another for Cawayan Elementary School. The buildings will have a combined total of 12 classrooms, and will also feature emergency alarm systems, kitchens, and shower areas. Taking into account the need to “build better,” the structures, when completed, are meant to withstand up to 250kph of winds.

Aside from the school buildings, Ayala Foundation has also initiated a feeding program for the students of the Carles Central Elementary School, and it will run until school year 2016–2017. In addition, teachers from the school will receive skills enhancement through Ayala Foundation’s Training Institute.

In terms of sustainable livelihood, a total of 66 fishing boats will be provided for fishing families from barangay Poblacion and Cawayan. The Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation’s Peter Project helped construct the boats, as well as identifying and monitoring the progress of the recipient families.

Meanwhile, in Estancia, Ayala Foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a two-story, eight-classroom, disaster-resilient school building at the Canoan Elementary School. A feeding program for the students will also be initiated. AFI’s Training Institute is also scheduled for the year to hone teachers’ skills, and help them enhance the classroom experience.

In terms of sustainable livelihood, Ayala Foundation is providing seeds and fertilizers to help rehabilitate 63 hectares of farmlands.

“More than just building better structures and offering sustainable livelihood support, we believe in providing inspiration for the people of Estancia and Carles—inspiration that they can carry with them as they work toward improving their families’ and their communities’ quality of life,” says Joie Lopez, senior director for programs at Ayala Foundation.

“We’re also honored by the commitment of our donors, the LGU, the local DepEd, and the people of Estancia and Carles,” says Dino Abellanosa, Ayala Foundation’s lead for Visayas. “Their full support and willingness to partner with us are what drives us to see these initiatives to completion.”

Ayala Foundation’s investment for Yolanda-related interventions amounts to PhP93 million. Aside from Northern Iloilo, the foundation’s Yolanda-related initiatives are also present in Sagay and Cadiz, Negros Occidental; and Tacloban City and Javier, Leyte.

These interventions are part of the Ayala group of companies’ Bulg Bisaya initiative, which has raised over PhP400 million for Yolanda relief, recovery, and rehabilitation.

About Ayala Foundation

Ayala Foundation envisions communities where people are productive, creative, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipino. As a believer in creating shared value and inclusive growth, it has four key program areas—Education, Youth Leadership, Sustainable

Livelihood, and Arts and Culture. AFI is a member of the Ayala group of companies.

Uygongco Foundation Inc. recognized by DSWD as best NGO in Region 6

UFI Executive Director, Ma. Pia Paz Gan Uygongco accepting the ‘Salamat Po Award’ from DSWD Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre, CESO III

Uygongco Foundation Inc. has been awarded with DSWD Field Office VI’s ‘Salamat Po Award’, recognized as the best NGO in Region 6 for invaluable efforts towards the betterment of the vulnerable and disadvantaged children by implementing a Best Practice “Uplifting the Academically Challenged Children” in Iloilo City and Provinces of Guimaras and Capiz.

The ‘Salamat Po Award’ presented to Uygongco Foundation Inc. as the best performing NGO in Region 6

The honor was given on Friday at DSWD’s 64th Anniversary event held at Punta Villa Resort, Arevalo, Iloilo City. Ma. Pia Paz Gan Uygongco, Executive Director of Uygongco Foundation Inc. spoke at the event on behalf of the awardees ‘We believe that change for the better is the reason why we exemplify genuine concern, passion, dedication, transparency, commitment and most of all selflessness for the less fortunate.

Last year, UFI became the first DSWD Level II accredited NGO in the region and did so after only six years existence. The foundation is also accredited with PCNC, the Philippine Council of NGO Certification. In reference to UFI’s numerous certifications, Ms. Gan Uygongco said ‘All of these would not be possible if we did not have the heart and passion to genuinely share our expertise and our capabilities to our adopted communities. We practice quality and excellence rather than quantity

UFI Executive Director, Ma. Pia Paz Gan Uygongco (fourth from left) with Uygongco Foundation Inc. staff members.

DSWD Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre, CESO III together with UFI Executive Director, Ma. Pia Paz Gan Uygongco

UFI’s major programs include providing financial assistance for over 600 elementary and high school students at 14 public schools across Iloilo City, Guimaras and Capiz. UFI elementary students are also beneficiaries of a daily feeding program, which works on improving the nutritional status of the students and ensures they are motivated to stay in school.

UFI is the social responsibility arm of La Filipina Uy Gongco Group of Companies, home to companies such as Philippines Foremost Milling and Amigo Terrace Hotel and Mall as well as food retail brands like Amigo Sigurado pasta. The foundation takes pride in uplifting the host communities of its companies, seeking to make them self-sustainable through education and community development.

WeatherPhilippines Conducts first LGU Weather101 in Tacloban with IOM Philippines

WeatherPhilippines team with IOM CCCM Program Coordinator, Conrad Navidad


WeatherPhilippines conducted its first Weather 101 for LGUs last January 24, 2015 in Leyte Park Hotel, Tacloban, in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration Philippines (IOM Philippines).

According to WeatherPhilippines General Manager, Celso Caballero III, “WeatherPhilippines’ goal of creating a WeatherWiser nation does not stop with providing free, accurate and localized weather information. We want to engage people to use that critical weather knowledge to mobilize their communities, and to improve society.  Our Weather 101’s with the LGUs perfectly sum up this objective.”

Tacloban Disaster-Risk Reduction Management Officers learning how to track a storm

The first LGU Weather and Tropical Cyclone training added a simulation on storm-tracking, where the participants were given map coordinates, and were instructed to plot the typhoon track within 24 hours. The next Weather 101’s with LGUs will incorporate risk-mitigation strategies, and exercises for appropriate preparations before, during, and after a typhoon.

IOM Philippines initiated this milestone with WeatherPhilippines to develop a more systematic decision-making process in disaster-risk reduction, with the use of weather knowledge and information.

“The partnership between IOM Philippines and WeatherPhilippines helps us achieve the organization’s  ultimate goal- to inspire and to empower communities to build a weatherwiser nation” Mr. Caballero said.

WeatherPhilippines is looking forward to conducting more weather trainings in Yolanda-affected areas in Eastern Visayas, in partnership with IOM Philippines and other organizations with the same objective.


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.

Free car check-up as Caltex-Pugad Mobile Mechanics mark year 2

Manila, Philippines, January 29, 2015 – In celebration of its second year of providing quality and affordable automotive services, the Mobile Mechanic program, an on-call car repair service staffed by former youth migrants, is offering a free car check-up as a way of thanking loyal patrons. The check-up includes tests on brakes, tires, headlights and battery fluid levels, among others. As an added incentive, each customer also gets a 10% discount on car wash for every preventive maintenance service.

Mobile Mechanic is a skills training and livelihood project of Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex fuels and lubricants, and the Don Bosco Pugad Foundation in Makati which is a home for disadvantaged migrant youths from Palawan, Mindoro, Iloilo, Romblon, among others. The mobile mechanics are selected Pugad youths ages 19 to 24, who have completed a 15- month training program in four technological courses under the Don Bosco Technical Institute (DBTI) as well as on-the-job and professional training from car companies like Isuzu, Toyota, Ford and Honda. Since its inception, the program has serviced over 1,450 customers in Makati and other parts of Metro Manila. Pugad reports that at least 40% of these clients are repeat customers. Income generated supports the daily expenses of nearly 100 boys rescued from a life of vagrancy, child labor, abuse and poverty, 90% of whom are taking vocational-technical courses at DBTI. The graduates help sustain the program through one-on-one training for their younger colleagues.

Aside from donating the van, uniforms, tools and a year’s supply of Caltex lubricant products to jumpstart the enterprise, Chevron also conducted safety seminars and product knowledge training to highlight the importance of the right lubricants in regular auto maintenance like oil change.

Eight of the 12 graduates of the Mobile Mechanic program have full-time jobs in car companies or auto repair shops across the country.

“The boys’ hardworking spirit and superb service are what made me a regular customer for almost a year now. In fact, my friends have also become some of their loyal customers. ” said Rey Villanueva, a Makati resident.

“From living broken lives, I’ve seen how the boys honed and loved their jobs as mechanics. Equipped with proper training, they are now swiftly finding jobs in car companies they just once dreamt about. We deeply appreciate that Chevron shares our vision to transform them to become productive members of our society,” said Don Bosco Pugad Center, Executive Director, Fr. David Buenaventura.

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



27,000 Households Made Stronger

Mondelēz International Rebuilds Homes and Lives after Yolanda

Nenita and Nicolas Bardalo of Leyte. Veronica Jaingue of Samar. They are just a few of the names and lives behind the headlines of Typhoon Yolanda. It’s been more than a year and much has been said and done to wipe away the nightmares it caused. In fact, there is danger of it being soon forgotten. Such is the unfortunate nature of current events. But even when headlines fade, it is the strength that now grows in the people, communities, and regions affected by the typhoon that will forever remain.

This strength is one that Mondelēz International has worked to rebuild. The Company formerly named Kraft Foods is one of those who have helped the region brought to its knees to find new strength to stand up again.

The strength to keep living, to keep feeling joy. “We believe that strength comes from being able to stand on your own after a fall. It is what helps you to keep facing challenges and create joy in your life despite them,” relates Maria Cindy Lim, Head of Corporate and Government Affairs of Mondelēz International in the Philippines.

The Company that aims to create delicious moments of joy started their efforts to build back the strength of those affected by the tragedy by adopting one public elementary school in Tacloban, Leyte for its three-year “Joy Schools” program. By providing a 9-month feeding program, teacher training, and facilities improvement, the adopted school aims to not only return to normal but to be better – a model school in fact.

To create more joy, Mondelēz International in the Philippines has also adopted one public elementary school in Tacloban, Leyte under a 3-year partnership called the Joy Schools program. With this support, the Company aims to help the school regain their strength and be a model school in the future.

Similarly, by supporting the global poverty-fighting organization CARE, homes and lives were made stronger with Mondelēz International’s help. CARE works in 87 countries to support nearly 1,000 poverty-fighting humanitarian-aid projects. In the one year after Yolanda, CARE with the support of Mondelēz International, has helped 27,000 households to be stronger through livelihood grants and by helping create sturdier homes for their families.

A stronger house means a stronger home. Nenita and Nicolas Bardalo of Maricum in the Province of Leyte received training and financial support from CARE to rebuild their home. When Typhoon Yolanda struck, their home was utterly destroyed. The couple then had to live with their two children in a makeshift house. Nenita said she had a sore back from hunching over all the time in their makeshift dwelling and they constantly banged their heads on the ceiling.

The Bardalo family of Leyte stands in front of their newly-constructed home, which they have made stronger through the support of CARE and Mondelēz International.

Now Nenita and Nicolas are proud to show their rebuilt home with stronger walls and roofing. Nicolas was one of the community carpenters trained to “build back safer” and help others do the same. The couple also received cash assistance to complete their home repair. Nenita says they ensured the money was spent wisely on shelter materials.

Stronger women make strong families. The typhoon washed away the home, cooking materials, and sari-sari store of Veronica Jaingue from Basey, Samar. Veronica had always been self-sufficient, earning a living from her store and cooking vegetables to sell to neighbors. But the typhoon put a stop to her independence, taking away all she had. She had to go through months without a source of income.

Businesswoman Veronica Jaingue from Basey, Samar has regained the strength to stand on her own again after the tragedy of Typhoon Yolanda. The financial grant provided by CARE through the help of Mondelēz International has encouraged Veronica to restart her sari-sari store and even embark on a new food business.

A livelihood grant from CARE changed all that. Now, Veronica is standing tall and strong again. Through the grant she was able to restart her store and even gain the courage to start a new business. She has since begun successfully selling homemade ginger tea and pickles. Now, she even gets big orders for weddings or events in her town. Want to know what Veronica’s new dream is? Seeing her products on the shelves of a big mall.

“I was happy when I started earning again, that I even bought sandals for myself,” shares the 79-year old widow and mother of two. “It was so rewarding to be able to afford that for myself. I also want to save for the future. So that when I stop working, I still have money for my needs,” she ends.

These are the stories of strong people with brighter futures. “These stories are what inspire us to keep creating joy for our community,” adds Lim. “Hopefully, the people who have regained their strength will continue to inspire others. So that more and more people can stand strong - even those not affected by Typhoon Yolanda, and create joy for themselves.”

For more information on how Mondelēz International creates joy in the Philippines, visit

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