First batch of DDLS Philippines' Microsoft Azure students with the DDLS team at the Microsoft office.

Social Enterprise

Aboitiz Kickstarts Social Enterprise For IT Training and Education

Local information technology (IT) practitioners were recently given comprehensive training on the latest in cloud computing with a four-day run of Microsoft Azure Fundamentals and Microsoft Azure Administrator classes, thanks to the latest partnership between the Aboitiz Group and DDLS, Australia’s largest provider of corporate IT and process training.

(From left) Angono artists Manuel Alejandro and wife Joy, Jon Del Rio, AAA President Fredrick Sausa, UnionBank's Kim Unidad, and Felix Amoncio | Painting in the background: "The Party" by Manuel Unidad Chua

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My GoBeyond Art-vocacy for Angono Artists

UnionBank’s award-winning GoBeyond Communities program encourages UnionBankers to promote our personal advocacies to gain greater support from fellow team members. As someone who hails from the “art capital of the Philippines”, Angono, Rizal, I have always wanted to promote our local painters. This led to the idea of organizing a fundraising art exhibit called’A heART U Share’ at the UnionBank Plaza.

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Banking and Financial Services

UnionBank Awards Partners In Digital Transformation

UnionBank awarded seven of its partners for their outstanding contribution to the bank’s digital transformation in an event dubbed as “Partners Appreciation Night” held last August 2, 2019. The partners awarded were IBM, Deloitte, Via Appia, Trends & Technologies, SMS GT, Digivation and Questronix.

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Notes by EMA: A Few Simple Qualifications in Leadership

The Aboitiz Eyes team tells me that our readers have a great interest in leadership. That is good news because, at the end of the day, we have seen that people work for people, and not for companies. We would like them to be loyal to institutions and, of course, that is an educational and cultural goal, but they work for individuals — individuals they look up to, respect, learn from, are engaged by, motivated by, and have fun. “Fun” here being so much more binding of the above than too many realize.

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Functional Development Clusters Hold Recognition Day

Last August 16 marked the culmination of all the hard work put in by participants in the year-long learning journey as part of the Functional Development Cluster program. Functional Development Clusters were established in 2017 to prepare the Aboitiz Group’s collective pool of talents for future roles in the organization.

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Playing our way to disaster awareness in Batangas

KiDisaster 2019 is a collaborative CSR initiative among Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Republic Cement, Aboitiz Foundation, and WeatherPhilippines Foundation that sought to bring disaster awareness and resilience knowledge to students of San Jose Sico Elementary School in Batangas City, one fun-filled activity at a time!

Corporate Center

AEV ends first half of 2019 with PHP9 billion net income

AEV ended the first half of 2019 with a net income of PHP9 billion, 11% lower than the PHP10.1 billion recorded last year. Without one-off gains, AEV’s core net income stood at PHP8.9 billion, 16% lower from PHP10.6 billion year-on-year (YoY). AEV recorded consolidated EBITDA of PHP26.5 billion during the first semester of 2019, a 5% decrease from the PHP28 billion recorded last year.

Banking and Financial Services

UnionBank launches PHX stablecoin with i2i as first use case

UnionBank marked another trailblazing milestone in promoting inclusive prosperity through blockchain technology by being the first bank in the Philippines to implement a stablecoin use case on July 25. PHX, the UnionBank-developed peso stablecoin, was implemented on the i2i platform which connects rural banks to one another and to UnionBank.

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Honor Roll

A ‘Gold Quill’ for our Noble Bakers

The Aboitiz Group brought honor to the country as the company was recognized as among the world’s most outstanding organizations for its livelihood program empowering the country’s soldiers during the recently held 2019 IABC Gold Quill Awards held in Vancouver, Canada.

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ABC Stories

Take a break the A-People way

Despite the demands of work that need to be accomplished from a day-to-day basis, our team leaders and team members from Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV) and Aboitiz Power definitely don’t forget to take a deep breath, relax, and have some fun. Now that’s what we call work and play!

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Corporate Center

PARIMA Manila tackles evolving risks in gauging preparedness

Today’s risk practitioners are facing a new scope of risks with varied meanings in the way they impact operations. With the theme of ‘Redefining Risks’, the 2019 Pan-Asia Risk and Insurance Management Association (PARIMA) regional conference in Manila sought to understand these new challenges and posed this question: “Are risk professionals prepared?”

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Corporate Center

Meet our Risk professionals newly certified by PARIMA

Risk Management practitioners from across the Aboitiz Group were officially recognized as Certified Risk Professionals at the PARIMA 2019 Manila Conference last May 22 held at Shangri-La at the Fort. The nine Aboitiz team members had taken and passed the rigorous two-hour exam for the PARIMA-ANZIIF Certified Risk Professional Certification Programme (PA-CRP).

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Banking and Financial Services

PETNET recertified for ISO 9001:2015

PETNET, Inc. affirmed its adherence to world-class quality management standards after receiving the continued certification to ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems awarded on March 5 by Certification International Philippines, Inc. (CIPI).

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Corporate Center

Values-Driven Growth: AEV and AboitizPower ASM 2019

Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV) has earmarked PHP81 billion in capital expenditures (capex) for 2019, a 65% increase from roughly PHP50 billion utilized in the previous year. The bulk of the fresh funding will be infused into power and infrastructure projects to sustain growth momentum over the long-term.

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Corporate Center

Ensuring earthquake preparedness

This week, two earthquakes — within 48 hours of each other — were felt in Luzon and in the Visayas and although Metro Manila and Cebu felt weaker tremors, the strength of the quakes was enough to rattle and cause shock among citizens.

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ABC Stories

#Teamwork: The A-Club Program is back!

Here in the Aboitiz Group, the fun and enjoyment don’t stop. In support of the mission to provide A-People with a gateway to widen their network and meet new people, the A-Club Program is back on its second year. This year, seven newly formed clubs are added to the six pioneer clubs, making this family a bigger community for 2019.

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ABC Stories

It runs in the blood

Giving back to the community in whatever way possible has always been in the DNA of A-People, and that includes donating blood. Aboitiz partnered with Philippine Red Cross for a bloodletting activity at the Taguig Corporate Center to contribute to the national blood requirement and help save more lives.

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Cover Story

Salamat kaayo, JRA!

Perhaps, Mr. Bobby Orig put it best: JRA was a hardened Giver — generous in giving you his full attention, guidance, epic stories and jokes, encouragement, appreciation, a bear hug. As A-People, JRA was our dedicated chairman but, more so, someone who openly shared himself to all, inspiring generations of team members to be the best at what we do.

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Aboitiz ranks among Asean’s top 50 PLCs for corp gov

At the 2nd ASEAN Corporate Governance Awards held in Kuala Lumpur last November 21, Aboitiz Equity Ventures and AboitizPower were among named among the public listed companies (PLCs) to make it to the Top 50 ASEAN PLCs. AEV and AP were recognized for achieving excellence in corporate governance best practices based on the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard (ACGS) assessment in 2017.

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Corporate Center

Bright ideas emerge from the Aboitiz Group’s first ‘Decode Tomorrow’ hackathon

The Philippines’ digital community, seen as an emerging growth sector, got a significant and innovative boost with the staging of the Aboitiz Group’s Decode Tomorrow: An Aboitiz Future Challenge. Held from November 10 to 11, gathered 800 professionals, start-ups, freelancers, and college students to a 24-hour hackathon to come up with solutions for business- and community-oriented challenges specific to Aboitiz business units.

After seven years, a Davao Light Kaibigan once again receives the Don Ramon Aboitiz Award of Excellence through Elmer "Bambi" Amigo (third from left). He is celebrated by his Aboitiz team leaders (from left) Rodger Velasco, Davao Light Chief Operating Officer; Txabi Aboitiz, AEV Chief HR Officer; and Jim Aboitiz, AboitizPower Distribution Group Chief Operating Officer.

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Man of the Hour: Davao Light’s Elmer Amigo is 2018 DRAAE awardee

Elmer Amigo is blessed with a surname that appropriately describes who he is to many: a friend. The easygoing and trustworthy Bambi, as many call him, exemplifies passion and dedication to the profession he has held for nearly three decades. It is only fitting that Davao Light’s go-to guy has been presented with the 2018 Don Ramon Aboitiz Award of Excellence.

The Aboitiz Group will kickstart an agri micro-entrepreneurship program for corn farmers, build bakeries and donate baking equipment, conduct capability-building training, donate hollow-block making kits and sacks of cement to help rebuild structures, and donate electrical equipment to Lanao Del Sur Electric Cooperative (LASURECO) to help restore power service to the area.

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Aboitiz launches sustainable livelihood programs in Marawi

The Aboitiz Group launched a number of sustainable livelihood programs to help Maranaos start anew, one year after Marawi City’s liberation from the armed siege. Dubbed “Kawiyagan: Biyaya ng Pagbabago”, the program is a series of sustainable livelihood initiatives for the residents of Sagonsongan Resettlement Site, which temporarily houses thousands of displaced families. It complements the government’s efforts to help the once bustling capital of Lanao Del Sur get back on its feet.

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Corporate Center

AEV’s nine-month net income up by 9% to PHP17.3 billion

On a year-to-date basis, AEVs net income for the first nine months of 2018 was PHP17.3 billion, 9% higher than the PHP15.9 billion recorded last year, while core net income stood at PHP17.7 billion, up 4% from PHP17.1 billion last year. Gains from the company’s Power, Food, and Land strategic business units contributed to the increase.

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Cover Story

EIA Zeroes in on Living Our Brand Promise

While this year’s ‘Coffee with EIA’ took a slightly different format by having only one session for the day instead of several, it provided an opportunity for both Aboitiz Equity Ventures President & CEO Erramon I. Aboitiz and team members to spend more time on the Q&A and digging deep on how our brand promise, advancing business and communities, applies in various circumstances.

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Banking and Financial Services

PETNET celebrates milestones and gears towards the future

It was a night of recognition as PETNET employees gathered at Casa Ibarra in their emerald green attire in celebration of the company’s 20th Founding Anniversary with the theme “PETNET @ 20: Celebrating Milestones, Valuing People” last August 10. The celebration highlighted the service awardees and the notable employees who contributed to the company’s success.

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ABC Stories

A-Clubs in Focus: Creating hope in the community through basketball

The A-Balleros take pride in knowing the history of the sport and everyone involved in it. Even before A-Club was launched, the members would rally to form a team that would represent in sports fests or even just for a simple friendly game after office hour. The club, in coordination and partnership with various business units, aims to have a weekly/monthly get together to play for camaraderie and fitness.

ABC champions from across the Aboitiz Group took a trip to Gawad Kalinga's GK Enchanted Farm to learn from and be inspired by the social enterprise models that are helping our local farmers create wealth in the countryside.

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Enchanted trip to a better future

“The planned tour around the farm was a memorable one. Every step taken was a step towards understanding human compassion — of how the vision and action of the farm’s founders led to a community of equally compassionate individuals, whose social enterprises not only benefit their own families and the program itself but as well as that of the communities where they operate.”

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Corporate Center

Stellar – The Aboitiz Recognition Night 2018

This year’s theme was aptly called “Stellar” — a word used to refer for “star” as the company shed the brightest light on its team members who are identified as the lifeblood of the organization — recognizing 40 awardees, ranging from 10 years up to 40 years of service from both Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV) and Aboitiz Power (AP).

From left: Michael Gallagher, The Stevie Awards President, Henry R. Aguda, UnionBank Chief Transformation Officer, Michelle Rubio, UnionBank HR Director, and James P. Ileto, UnionBank VP Public Relations

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UnionBank takes home Stevie Awards for HR achievement

UnionBank was recognized at the 2018 Stevie Awards for Great Employers in ceremonies held last September 21 in New York City. The awards recognize the world’s best employers, human resources professionals, teams, achievements and all HR-related products and suppliers that help create and drive great places to work.