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LCF CSRI Conducts Workshop on Communicating Your CSR: Doing it Good and Telling it Well

A total of 15 participants who were Corporate Social Responsibility practitioners and communicators from 13 corporations and organizations in the Philippines attended the Communicating Your CSR: Doing it Good and Telling it Well workshop held on 21 February 2013 in Via Condotti, Best Western Plus Antel Hotel Makati Avenue, Makati City. The event was organized by the Corporate Social Responsibility Institute of the League of Corporate Foundations.

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The participants were welcomed by Ms. Kristella Gutierrez, Program Assistant; Ms. Jasmine Galindo, Communications Officer; Ms. Liza Revita-Agullo, Program Manager; and Ms. Helen O. Orande Executive Director of LCF.

The two respected and experienced resource speaker of the workshop were Mr. Chito Manigao, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, CEMEX Philippines and Asia; and Ms. Maria Montserrat Iturralde-Hamlin or Monette Hamlin, President of TeamAsia. They also served as the moderators of the workshop. The two resource persons are also active member of LCF, Mr. Maniago is the Chairperson for Communications Team while Ms. Hamlin is the Trustee and Public Affairs Director.

There were two (2) additional resource speakers from the media industry, Mr. Paul Vincent Mercado, Cluster Head, Education, Airtime Marketing, Business Development and Production Services of ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.; and Jaylord Asayo, TV5 News Reporter.

The workshop programme consisted of five (5) modules and two (2) activities. During the sessions, the participants listened to the presentations/lectures of the resource speakers. They were also asked questions so they can better their programs and spread information about their organization.

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Towards the end, resource speakers summarized the workshop and also shared what they learned from the group. In turn, the participants told the group what they have learned because of the workshop. Ms. Orande gave the Closing Remarks; and along with Ms. Revita-Agullo, distributed the gifts and Certificates of Appreciation to the speakers and Certificate of Participation to the participants.

 
LCF Holds General Assembly, Inducts New Member

Forty-six member organizations gathered during the League of Corporate Foundations’ (LCF) General Assembly held on February 15, 2013 at the Best Western Plus Antel Hotel.

Opening the afternoon’s activity was a learning session, where representatives from selected government offices discussed regulatory updates from their respective agencies: Mr. Rex Paul Ricoter, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Taxpayer Assistance Services Technical Assistant, discussed the taxability of corporate foundations; Ms. Leonora Tandoc, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Monitoring and Audit Division Head presented updates on filing and documentary requirements for foundations for 2013; the final speaker, Mr. Sigfred Briones, Pag-IBIG Fund Appraisal Department Manager III, discussed available housing assistance through their Institutional Loan and their End-User Financing Programs.

(Photo above: LCF Board of Trustees (BoT) with Learning session guests speakers. (Clockwise left to right) Ms. Monette Iturralde-Hamlin, Trustee; Mr. Ricky De Castro, LCF Treasurer; Mr. Sonny Carpio, LCF Chairperson; Ms. Natalie Jorge, LCF Secretary; Mr. Rex Paul Ricoter, Bureau of Internal Revenue Taxpayer Assistance Services Technical Assistant; Ms. Leonora Tandoc, Securities and Exchange Commisision Monitoring and Audit Division Head; Mr. Sigfred Briones, Pag-IBIG Fund Appraisal Department Manager III)

Following the learning session was the induction of the new LCF member, Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc. (TIHG). TIHG implements their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs through Resorts World Manila (RWM), a gaming hub located in Pasay City. Within a year of operations, TIHG has launched its flagship CSR Program, Up With People, which encourages young participants from different sectors to engage in community service, and promotes arts and culture among them through several musical shows. They have also partnered with other organizations such as Philippine Christian Foundation, Gawad Kalinga-Baseco and Bukas Palad to create nation building activities, focusing on the impoverished communities around Metro Manila. TIHG was represented by Ms. Joji Silva, Assistant Director of CSR.

(Photo above: Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc. Induction. Ms. Joji Silva (center) with LCF Trustees)

Leading the business matters for the organization, LCF Chairperson, Mr. Sonny Carpio, introduced revisions to the LCF Vision, Mission, Goals and Key Result Areas, for the information of the members. Highlights of activities from 2012 were also presented to the members, as well as upcoming events for the year.

 
LCF Welcomes New Members

The League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) celebrated the Christmas Season with an induction of new members: Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. Foundation (HARI Foundation), Liberty Commercial Center Foundation (LCC Foundation), and the Philippine Airlines Foundation (PAL Foundation) (PAL Foundation rejoins the League after two years’ hiatus). 

Representing HARI Foundation was their President and CEO Ms. Fe Perez-Agudo, First Assistant Executive Director Marissa Balmaceda, and Second Assistant Executive Director Atty. Lorna Veloso.

Coming all the way from Bicol, LCC Foundation was represented by their Chair Mr. Antonio S. Tan, Executive Director Guada Espinas, and Program Office Eugene Sangil.

PAL Foundation was represented by their Executive Director Menchu Sarmiento and Candie Zapanta. 

Following the induction was a presentation of U-Share by LCF Member Unionbank. To cap off the afternoon, a Christmas Party themed “Everyone is a Hero” saw guests attired as super heroes from various genres.

 
LCF Inducts New Members

The League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) celebrated the Christmas Season with an induction of new members: Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. Foundation (HARI Foundation), Liberty Commercial Center Foundation (LCC Foundation), and the Philippine Airlines Foundation (PAL Foundation) (PAL Foundation rejoins the League after two years’ hiatus).

Representing HARI Foundation was their President and CEO Ms. Fe Perez-Agudo, First Assistant Executive Director Marissa Balmaceda, and Second Assistant Executive Director Atty. Lorna Veloso.

Coming all the way from Bicol, LCC Foundation was represented by their Chair Mr. Antonio S. Tan, Executive Director Guada Espinas, and Program Office Eugene Sangil.

PAL Foundation was represented by their Executive Director Menchu Sarmiento and Candie Zapanta.

Following the induction was a presentation of U-Share by LCF Member Unionbank. To cap of the afternoon, a Christmas Party themed “Everyone is a Hero” saw guests attired as super heroes from various genres.

 
LCF Enterprise Development Committee holds "Tara, Magbenta Na!"

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Budding entrepreneurs from various communities supported by LCF members gathered last 18 October 2012 at the Laurel Mansions to improve their product development skills from industry experts.

The LCF Enterprise Development committee (EntrepCom) held "Tara, Magbenta Na!" (translation "Come on, Let' Sell!") a learning session on product development and merchandiser interaction. The activity is the second stage in a series of business development learning events spearheaded by the committee.

The event opened with a warm welcome from Villar Foundation Executive Director Atty. Rhaegee Tamana, who sponsored the event venue and logistics. EntrepCom Chair Theresa Tumbali (of UCPB-CIIF Foundation) provided an overview of the whole day's program. To inspire the participants, success stories were shared by parol-making and environment-managing communities supported by the Villar Foundation.

The delegates cut their teeth on the many trends, requirements, and best practices provided by speakers invited by the EntrepCom:

  • Trends and Opportunities in Product Development - Mr. Rey Luciano Soliven (Consultant, Product Development & Design Center of the Philippines)
  • Packaging: How Important Is It? - Ms. Ana Maria Veronica Solano (Consultant, Product Development & Design Center of the Philippines)
  • How to be a Supplier - Mr. Steven Cua (President, Philippine Amalgamated Supermarket Association); Ms. Annabel Quiogue (Kultura, Shoemart, Inc.); Ms. Ana Serrano (Asst. Vice President, Supermarket Non-Food Division, Shoemart Inc.); Ms. Leah Lee (Asst. Vice President, Supermarket Fresh Division, Shoemart Inc.)
  • Jocelyn Uy (SM Savemore, Shoemart Inc.)

Cua, Quioge, Serrano, Lee, and Uy answered questions from the audience in an open forum. Most questions concerned the struggles faced by small entrpreneurs in penetrating mainstream merchandisers. 

A product critiquing activity was held to encourage a real-time consultation. The participants brought their merchandise for inspection and advice of the speakers.

Raffled off throughout the day where prize items brought by the EntrepCom members. The day was synthesized by committee vice-chair Ken Reston (of San Miguel Foundation) and was closed by LCF Advisory Council Member Lydia Sarmiento.

 
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