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BDO Foundation and Philippine Geothermal Production Company construct school building in Catarman, Northern Samar

More than 130 students stand to benefit every year from a new three-classroom school building constructed by BDO Foundation and the Philippine Geothermal Production Company, Inc. (PGPC) in Baybay Elementary School in Catarman, Northern Samar.

The result of an agreement signed by the foundation and PGPC, the partnership project aims to address the shortage of classrooms in the school and provide teachers and students an environment conducive for learning.

The structure was turned over to administrators in ceremonies led by BDO Foundation president Mario Deriquito, BDO Foundation program director Rosemarie Espinosa, PGPC chief finance officer Ian Jason Aguirre, PGPC director for legal and corporate affairs Ma. Fe Guirnalda-Lucero, and PGPC government affairs lead Victor Dugan. BDO Unibank and BDO Network Bank officers in the province also witnessed the official opening of the building together with school officials.

“The shortage of classrooms affects the academic performance of students,” Baybay Elementary School principal Noel Dolorzo shared. “The new building will help in the development of our learners. It will also serve as an evacuation site for the community during calamities. Thank you, BDO Foundation and PGPC, for your assistance.”

The structure is the latest project of the foundation and PGPC, a pioneering geothermal energy company that provides clean, reliable and renewable energy to meet the Philippines’ power requirements. BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank, previously collaborated with the geothermal firm for the construction of other school buildings as part of post-Typhoon Yolanda rebuilding efforts.

The corporate citizenship initiative in Catarman supports the partners’ shared advocacy to aid underserved communities affected by disasters. The municipality has been severely affected by Super Typhoon Odette and other disasters in recent years.

Supportive of the Department of Education’s Adopt-A-School program, the construction of the school building included the provision of blackboards, tables, chairs and electric fans.

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Security Bank Foundation continues to champion education with three new school buildings in Negros Occidental

Security Bank Foundation turns over second building in Silay Negros Occidental to Gov. Emilio Gaston Memorial Elementary School. From left to right: Tess Golez, Jaime Golez, Mark Golez (former Mayor, Silay City), Dr. Carmela Oracion (Director, Ateneo Center for Educational Development), Melissa R. Aquino (Trustee & Corporate Secretary, SBFI), Melissa Simpao, Rafael F. Simpao, Jr. (Chairman, SBFI), Hon. Joedith Gallego (Mayor, Silay City), Dr. Luz Banson (Assistant Schools Division Superintendent, DepEd Silay), Michelle Lorei Gayoma (Business Manager, Security Bank Bacolod North Drive Branch), Dennis Guadarrama (Relationship Manager, Security Bank Visayas Banking Center), and (2nd Level, 1st) Inocencia Deles (Principal, Gov. Emilio Gaston Memorial Elementary School).

Security Bank Foundation Inc. (SBFI), the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of Security Bank Corporation focused on education, has successfully turned over three new classroom buildings, equivalent to 14 classrooms, in the cities of Kabankalan, Silay, and Victorias in Negros Occidental.

The donated classrooms consisted of two-story buildings with a four or six classroom configuration and can house up to 50 students per classroom. These buildings were built during the pandemic and turned over to Gov. Emilio Gaston Memorial Elementary School in Silay, Negros Occidental (4 classrooms); Kabankalan National High School in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental (4 classrooms); and the Victorias National High School in Victorias, Negros Occidental (6 classrooms) before the return of face-to-face classes.


“Through our Build a School, Build a Nation: The Classrooms Project program, we continue to uplift the quality of education received by Filipinos by reducing the classroom to student ratio significantly, giving Filipinos a chance of lifting their lives out of poverty and ensuring a better tomorrow,” says Rafael F. Simpao, SBFI Chairman.

Since 2023, 113 schools in 65 cities and municipalities nationwide have been prepared for the face-to-face classes. Apart from the donation, SBFI has also committed to regularly conduct maintenance checks and repairs on all its donated school buildings to ensure that it can be used by future generations.

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RVR Siklab Awardee JB Tan’s iVolunteer brings back volunteer engagement expo

iVolunteer, the volunteering platform co-founded by Ramon V. del Rosario Siklab Awardee JB Tan, will be hosting its third volunteer expo together with the corporate social responsibility arm of the country’s biggest mall operator.

Go! Volunteer 2023, organized by iVolunteer together with SM Cares and SM Supermalls, is a 4-day volunteer engagement event that gathers nonprofit organizations with diverse advocacies and volunteers to match their needs and interests. It is scheduled on May 6-7 at the A Event Center in SM Megamall and on May 27-28 at the SM Davao Annex.

“For us, Go! Volunteer 2023 is significant in a way that it ushers in the start of bringing back physical volunteering,” said Tan, who currently serves as iVolunteer Executive Director. “We all started volunteering because of a personal reason, either to try an experience or find connections. Volunteering is the perfect way to discover something new for your life,” he said.

Apart from learning about different advocacies and volunteer groups, attendees to the event can also listen to discussions by invited speakers within the volunteer space, as well as enjoy exciting games and activities. Admission is free.

PHINMA lauds JB Tan and iVolunteer and their work in highlighting the value of sharing time, talent, and treasure with communities. Recognizing this, PHINMA, through the PHINMA Foundation, sponsored iVolunteer’s Volunteer Engagement Workshop held at the Asian Institute of Management last November 26, 2022. This workshop aimed to equip participating NGO partners with the skills and knowledge necessary to engage both new and long-time volunteers. It featured speakers from various fields, including community development, volunteerism, and leadership, who shared their expertise and experiences to inspire and motivate the participants.

PHINMA also holds volunteerism as one of its pillars and constantly encourages active participation by PHINMA employees and their families and friends in various activities. As a mission-driven corporation, PHINMA believes volunteerism can be a catalyst for positive community transformation and a vehicle for nation building.

The PHINMA Group mobilized close to 1,000 volunteers to help clean, repaint, repair, and prepare 40 public schools during last year’s Brigada Eskwela. Their collective effort spruced up 80 classrooms, which benefited 10,907 students and more than 250 teachers across the country. To celebrate the company’s 66th anniversary last November, the volunteers came together again, with some 1,300 joining activities, such as tree-planting, coastal and river cleanups, and blood donation drives.

“PHINMA looks forward to iVolunteer’s expo and the exciting opportunity to gather more people to join us in our advocacy of creating better initiatives. We are especially proud of JB Tan, our RVR Siklab awardee, and how his work reflects the very essence of the recognition we gave him in 2019,” said Peter V. Perfecto, PHINMA Vice President for Public Affairs.

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PHINMA CSR Council Visits Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation Emergency Operations Center

On March 24, 2023, PHINMA‘s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Council visited the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The objective of the visit was to gain a better understanding of PDRF’s disaster preparedness and response capabilities and to enhance collaboration between PHINMA’s CSR Council and PDRF.

During their visit, PHINMA’s CSR Council was oriented on PDRF’s HANDA platform, which is a Hazard and Disaster Analysis for Business Resilience tool. The tool helps businesses identify and assess their vulnerabilities to different hazards and disasters, and prepare accordingly.

Moreover, the Council was also introduced to the key features of PDRF’s EOC facilities, which are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and equipment to ensure that the center can operate effectively during a crisis. The CSR Council also learned about PDRF’s Cluster System, which is designed to facilitate proper coordination and collaboration among various stakeholders before, during, and after a disaster period.

The group was welcomed by Guillermo Luz, PDRF’s Chief Resilience Officer, Veronica Gabaldon, Executive Director, and Anna Katrina Aspuria, Unit Head, Development Programs & Innovation Unit. They provided insights on PDRF’s history, vision, and mission, as well as its initiatives to build resilience and promote disaster risk reduction in the Philippines.

The visit of PHINMA’s CSR Council to PDRF’s EOC was a significant step towards promoting disaster preparedness and strengthening collaboration among different organizations to improve the country’s resilience to disasters. It is hoped that this kind of partnership will continue and that more organizations will join efforts to mitigate the impact of disasters in the country.

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Metrobank Foundation carries home four Anvil Awards

Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) wins one Gold and three silver Anvils at the prestigious 58th Anvil Awards held at Manila Marriott Hotel. Photo shows the delegation led by president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña, executive vice president Philip U. Dy, executive director Nicanor L. Torres Jr., and assistant executive director Dyan A. Tee.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) took home four trophies at the recently concluded 58th Anvil Awards for its programs and tools that define outstanding public relations. The awards received at the Gabi ng Parangal last March 8, 2023 consisted of one (1) gold and three (3) silver Anvils.

Presented annually by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP), the Anvil Awards is the symbol of excellence in public relations. With the theme “Isang Habi” or “One Weave,” PRSP awarded organizations that were able to weave work, imagination, and purpose into one. 

Specifically, MBFI received a Gold Anvil for its 2021 annual report “Rekindling Hope” and another 3 Silver Anvils for the following: 2022 Metrobank Outstanding Filipinos; 2022 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Awarding Ceremony; and 2022 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) Awarding Ceremony. 

Gold Anvil for 2021 Annual Report “Rekindling Hope” 

Winning a Gold Anvil under the PR Tools category, the 2021 Annual Report of MBFI “Rekindling Hope” honored the Filipinos’ unfailing instinct to persevere amid hardship, and served as an ode to the awe-inspiring power of community. Data showed that the publication reached 100% of its target audiences, increased readers’ trust and confidence in the organization, and inspired people with its message of hope. Annually, MBFI consolidates its operational achievements and financial standing in a comprehensive report. Through this annual publication, MBFI complies with regulatory requirements and showcases its closely held values: integrity, accountability, transparency, professionalism, and fairness.  

Twin Silver Anvils for 2022 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos

MBFI’s flagship program in recognizing Outstanding Filipinos was awarded with 2 Silver Anvils for its 2022 edition of the search, under the PR Program on a Sustained Basis and PR Tool Special Events categories, respectively. 

Considered as one of the most prestigious career-service awards in the Philippines, the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos recognizes exemplary servants in the academe, military, and police sectors. Since 1985, the recognition program has awarded 695 Outstanding Filipinos—376 teachers, 166 soldiers and 153 police officers—for going above and beyond the call of duty as public servants. 

In 2022, amid a gradual return to normalcy, MBFI successfully shifted to a hybrid implementation cycle maximizing available online platforms for the search and information campaigns to reach beyond its usual audiences, while also ensuring the return of face-to-face judging and recognition ceremonies befitting the awardees’ achievements. Its success reinforced the Award’s prestige and provided a platform to highlight the work and contribution of each awardee, expand the reach of their advocacies, and leverage networks to gather greater traction and support in the public and private spheres.

The 10 awardees were conferred through a ceremony that blended traditional and modern technology. For the first time, the conferment ceremony was held in a hybrid format, comprising a face-to-face program and a livestream. Thousands of people watched the ceremony, and many of them expressed appreciation for what they found to be a fitting and inspiring tribute to exemplary public servants.

Silver Anvil for MADE 2022 Awarding Ceremony 

On the other hand, MBFI’s pioneering recognition program for visual artists also bagged the Silver Anvil under the PR Tool Special Events category. 

The 2022 edition of the MADE competition relied heavily on the role of digital media.  The highlight of the awarding ceremony was a 59-minute video streamed online that not just springboarded artists to prominence, but also concretized art that transcends space. The Awarding Ceremony was designed to make it more relevant to various audiences–young artists, creative professionals, and art enthusiasts. 

MBFI has been winning the Anvil awards since 1985. To date, it has won 99 Anvil awards for its various public relations programs and tools, gaining the record as the first corporate foundation to win a back-to-back Grand Anvil (Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Teachers in 2010 and National Teachers’ Month Campaign in 2011) and 2 Platinum Anvils (“Launching Dreams:” The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. 35th anniversary Celebration in 2015 and “Empowering Filipinos, Building the Nation” 2014 Metrobank Foundation Annual Report in 2016) in the history of the award-giving body.

MBFI has also earned three Hall of Fame Awards for its programs, the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence or MADE (2016), the Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (2018), and the National Teachers’ Month (2020). It was also hailed as Company of the Year during the 51st Anvil Awards in 2016.

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The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) was established on January 8, 1979 by Dr. George S. K. Ty, sixteen (16) years after he founded the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company (Metrobank). MBFI envisions to be the country’s premier corporate philanthropic foundation contributing a significant impact on social development. Its flagship programs include the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos; Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE); Metrobank Scholarship Program (MSP); Metrobank MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC); Grants and Social Development Partnerships, Disaster Response, National Teachers’ Month (NTM) celebration, and the Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair Lectures. MBFI is also the principal owner of the Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH), one of the leading centers of wellness in the country.

As a development organization, MBFI aims to uplift individuals and the sectors they represent and strategically link with institutions for a shared purpose. By creating and propagating a culture of excellence and providing solutions to stakeholder’s needs, the Foundation continuously expands its scope of reach and be at the forefront in serving communities. As the heart of the Metrobank Group, “Excel. Engage. Empower” or the 3Es remains its roadmap.

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PHINMA honors exemplary scholar-graduate for making lives better

MANILA – Proudly Filipino conglomerate PHINMA, through its foundation, on Tuesday recognized one of its scholar-graduates for embodying the qualities that the company values the most: academic and leadership excellence, integrity, and social responsibility; and for living up to the company’s mission of making lives better.

PHINMA’s Making Lives Better Award is given to a graduate of the PHINMA National Scholarship (PNS) Program who has demonstrated exceptional academic performance, leadership skills, and commitment to PHINMA’s core values.

This year’s awardee, John Paulo Aniceto, graduated magna cum laude from the Philippine Normal University in 2022. In his senior year, he was chairperson of the PNU Red Cross Youth Council. He was also active in Red Cross activities outside of school, serving as a youth peer educator since 2014 and internal vice-president from 2018 to 2021 in the institution’s Rizal chapter. Today, Aniceto teaches Filipino in the grade school department of Colegio San Agustin-Makati.

“It is disheartening to observe that our students come from a generation when the information they utilize to learn about and understand their world comes from erroneous and incorrect sources. So let’s keep holding up the torch high at the forefront of change…If I keep doubting myself because of the shortcomings and depressing realities we have seen, this award will mean nothing to me. We are now left with no choice but to constantly stand up and build our communities up to their full potential. Whereas our children are the dream-makers, each with a special capacity for nurturing ideals and aspirations,” he said as he accepted the award.

Aniceto’s mother, Nila, is especially proud of him, as she has witnessed how he persevered through the challenges presented to their family. She also thanked PHINMA for being their partner in reaching for their dream of a comfortable life. In her speech to the crowd, she addressed the parents in the audience, urging them to let their children become active participants in society.

“Masaya rin na makita siyang nakakatulong at nakakapagbigay ng inspirasyon sa mga kabataan. Nagsimula ito noong sumali siya sa Red Cross Youth kung saan mas nahubog niya pa ang sarili bilang leader at hanggang sa pumasok siya dito sa PNU. Kaya naman, bilang Nanay niya patuloy ang aking pagsuporta sa kaniya dahil dito raw niya nakikita ang kabuluhan ng kaniyang buhay…Sa atin pong mga kasama rin na magulang na nandito po ngayon, gaya po ng aking patuloy na sinasabi sa sarili. Hayaan nating magsuri ang ating mga anak sa kalagayan ng ating bansa, suportahan natin sila sa kung papaano nila nakikitang makapagbibigay ng kakaunting pagbabago sa ating komunidad,” she said.

PNU President Dr. Bert Tuga, in his closing remarks, talked about the power of dreams, which provide a clear vision and a sense of purpose and direction in life. He applauded the awardee and scholars present who “have forged their own path to achieve remarkable success and make a positive impact on the world around them.” He also thanked the PHINMA Foundation for its “unwavering support in our mission to provide quality education to Filipinos.”

“Your generous contributions have made a significant impact on our efforts and we are honored to have their partnership in this important endeavor. Your contributions continue to help enhance the quality of education and create opportunities for Filipinos to access education and make their lives better regardless of their socio-economic background. Because of you, we are able to actualize our core values of truth, excellence, and service. Thank you for your continuous support and trust.”

Tuesday’s luncheon was not only to recognize Aniceto as an exemplary scholar-graduate, but also to thank PNU, which has been PHINMA Foundation’s partner for 17 years in its scholarship program. “The Philippine Normal University was identified from the start as our preferred partner and will continue to be key to the program’s success especially as we expand to include scholars from the other PNU campuses across the country,” said PHINMA Foundation Vice President Peter Perfecto.

PHINMA and PNU have been partners for the last 17 years in providing scholarships to deserving students with great leadership potential. Out of the 253 graduates of the PHINMA National Scholarship Program since 2006, 189 were from PNU. Sixty-five PHINMA scholars are also currently enrolled in PNU.

The two institutions are united in molding future leaders like Aniceto, who dreams of someday serving in the Department of Education as a school division superintendent. Apart from Aniceto, eight PHINMA scholars who graduated from PNU have been recognized for their contributions in making lives better.

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PHINMA confers 2022 Making Lives Better Award on PNU graduate John Paulo Aniceto

PHINMA, through its foundation, has recognized one of its scholar-graduates for embodying the qualities that the company values the most: academic and leadership excellence, integrity, and social responsibility; and for living up to the company’s mission of making lives better. PHINMA’s Making Lives Better Award is given to a graduate of the PHINMA National Scholarship (PNS) Program who has demonstrated exceptional academic performance, leadership skills, and commitment to PHINMA’s core values.

This year’s awardee is John Paulo Aniceto, who graduated magna cum laude from the Philippine Normal University (PNU) in 2022.

PHINMA and PNU have been partners for the last 17 years in providing scholarships to deserving students with great leadership potential. Out of the 253 graduates of the PHINMA National Scholarship Program since 2006, 189 were from PNU. Sixty-five PHINMA scholars are also currently enrolled in PNU.

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Jollibee Group Foundation inks MOU with Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Plant Industry to boost Benguet farmers’ livelihood

Jollibee Group Foundation has announced that it has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI) to further help Farmer Entrepreneurship Program (FEP) farmers in Benguet.

According to the Foundation, BPI’s expertise in research and development, crop production and protection, and technology promotion and transfer, will allow the partnership to explore the feasibility of growing onions in Benguet province.

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Ang Hortaleza Foundation announces Ganda Mo, Hanap Buhay Ko program to instill basic cosmetology skills

To help unemployed women from Metro Manila and nearby provinces to gain a source of income and become self-reliant, Ang Hortaleza Foundation Inc is running the Ganda Mo, Hanap Buhay Ko program–a free four-day comprehensive skills training course on basic cosmetology.

Participants are taught basic hair cutting and coloring, manicure and pedicure, and nail art and foot spa techniques.

To join, those interested must be aged 19-45 years, should hold at least an elementary degree, need to attend all sessions without being absent, and can bring models.

Those who successfully finish the course will receive a certificate of completion and a starter kit to enable them to earn a living as homeservice beauticians.

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BDO Foundation upgrades 5 health centers in Batangas, Bohol and Cebu

As part of its contributions to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal no. 3 to ensure healthy lives and promote the well-being of all people at all ages, BDO Foundation continued to rehabilitate rural health units (RHUs) in underserved communities across the country.

The corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank recently completed the rehabilitation of Agoncillo Health Center and San Luis RHU II in Batangas, Sibonga Municipal Health Office in Cebu, and Rural Health Unit Buenavista and Tubigon Municipal Health Office in Bohol. The foundation has successfully upgraded 131 health centers since 2012.

The corporate citizenship initiative is in line with the foundation’s advocacy to help improve the healthcare delivery system in the country. The program is made possible by officers of BDO and BDO Network Bank branches, who recommend health centers that need assistance.

Guided by municipal health officers, BDO Foundation improved the aforementioned health centers’ layout and interior design, lobbies and waiting areas, offices, birthing clinics, consultation and treatment rooms, facilities, furniture and fixtures. Using available space, the foundation also built play areas for children.

With the projects completed, health workers are now better equipped to provide primary and maternal healthcare services to their constituents. BDO Foundation’s projects in Batangas, Bohol and Cebu are expected to benefit more than 192,000 people in 126 barangays.

“There are no words to express our happiness,” Agoncillo municipal health officer Dr. Richard Landicho shared. “We are happy that we will be able to serve our patients in a facility that promotes their healing and well-being. We are truly grateful to BDO Foundation for renovating our rural health unit, enabling us to continue our health programs and helping our community.”