Aboitiz Group trains La Trinidad LGU and MSMEs on business continuity

Recognizing Benguet’s vulnerability to disasters, the local government of the provincial capital La Trinidad partnered with the Aboitiz Group to promote self-reliance among cooperatives operating in the municipality.

The Aboitiz Group, through its units Aboitiz Foundation, WeatherPhilippines Foundation, Aboitiz Equity Ventures – Risk and Security, and Hedcor Benguet, as well as the Mines and Geosciences Bureau conducted a series of disaster resilience-related training workshops for five cooperatives in La Trinidad, Benguet: Thanksgiving Multipurpose Cooperative, Barangay Alapang Multipurpose Cooperative, Lamut Multipurpose Cooperative, and Shilan Multipurpose Cooperative.

Cooperative members during the Business Continuity Planning held at La Trinidad, Benguet.

This training coincided with the International Day of Cooperatives 2019 (Coops Day) last July 6. Coops Day celebrates increased awareness of cooperatives, underscoring the contributions of the cooperative movement in resolving major problems identified by the United Nations. It also strengthens partnerships between the international cooperative movement and the other groups.

“Our vision in Aboitiz is to create self-reliant communities and organizations by raising awareness on disaster resilience and preparedness. We hope this kind of training is put to good use by our empowered partners in their everyday lives,” said Maribeth L. Marasigan, Aboitiz Foundation First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to the session with the cooperatives, a training was conducted to enable participants to create their own business continuity plans. The participants came from La Trinidad Cooperative Development Office, La Trinidad Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM), Benguet State University, Cooperative Development Authority – Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR), and CAR Cooperative Union.

The workshops covered topics on the basic concept of DRRM, hydromet (hydrological and meteorological), geologic hazards, and business continuity plans, which resulted in a risk-informed business continuity plan.

Participants discuss how to assess risks during the Business Continuity Plan training  held at La Trinidad, Benguet.

“The Training of Trainers brought new challenges for the LGU of La Trinidad. We have been conducting various DRRM efforts in the locality but we missed to have business continuity plan for our workplace. The training made us realize that for us to be effective BCP trainers, we have to develop our own plan,” said Orlando Pacya, La Trinidad Cooperative Development Office Head.

These training sessions were conducted in adherence to the Aboitiz Group’s promise of advancing business and communities by co-creating safe, empowered, and sustainable communities.


About Aboitiz Foundation

The Aboitiz Foundation is the corporate foundation of the Aboitiz Group that was established in 1988. Its purpose is to drive change for a better world by advancing business and communities through programs in education, enterprise development, and the environment. Since its inception in 1988, the Foundation’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) interventions have evolved from one-time donations to carefully designed programs that empower its beneficiaries to pursue their aspirations.

Today, the Aboitiz Foundation, through the Aboitiz business units, develops and implements “CSR 2.0” projects that aim to co-create safe, empowered, and sustainable communities. These CSR 2.0 projects are aligned with the Group’s core competencies, are scalable nationwide, and create deeper social impact on the communities and beneficiaries they serve.

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