Employees Volunteerism in Action

One of the significant things to consider once a student is in school is his/her allowance for food, transportation and even for school materials. Without which, the student will have a hard time catching up in school and worst, he or she may drop out. Surely, it would be heartening to see that a kid just staring at his/her classmates buying and eating their snacks and hoping that someone will give him/her at least some of their food. Due to poverty, their parents are not able to provide for the needs of their children particularly the things needed for their education.

The “P20 for a Cause” initiative under the Tulong Pambaon Project is one of the projects being implemented by the ICCP Group Foundation Inc. (IGFI) with the active involvement of the ICCP Group employees. It is currently being implemented in six (6) IGFI areas – Cabuyao and Calamba in Laguna, Sto. Tomas and Malvar in Batangas, Hermosa, Bataan, San Fernando, Pampanga, Lapulapu City in Cebu and in Cagayan de Oro. Indigent pupils are able to access twenty pesos (Php20.00) per day as allowance used to buy food or snacks, for daily fare, or for other school materials needed by the beneficiaries.

In the main, the project aims to improve the school participation of indigent students and complete their primary education. The initiative started in 2012 in Calamba, Laguna with twenty (20) indigent beneficiaries, i.e. 17 were supported by the program funds of IGFI and 3 were sponsored by two (2) ICCP Group employees. It has continued until 2015 with the same number of beneficiaries given the limited resources.

In the early part of 2016, IGFI launched a program on the involvement of ICCP Group employees in the CSR projects and activities such as Tree Growing, Toys for Kids in Need Project, Birthday Celebration with a Cause, and Tulong Pambaon Project (P20 for a Cause), among others. With these initiatives, a number of employees expressed interest to join in the said CSR activities.

Focusing on the Tulong Pambaon initiative, from 20 beneficiaries from 2012 to 2016 with only 2 employees sponsoring 3 kids, it swelled to 188 for the school year 2017-2018 with 45 sponsor-employees. For the current school year (2018-2019), beneficiaries increased to 250 with 60 sponsor-employees from all IGFI sites. This is because of the active promotion on the part of IGFI with the ICCP Group on the project.