Davao City schoolchildren got the chance to learn about sustainable practices and the conservation of marine biodiversity at Aboitiz PawiCAMP, a day camp dedicated to the protection and preservation of sea turtles or pawikan in the area.
“Ang Diyos, hindi kaming ginawang pangit. (God made us all beautiful, in his image)” With those six simple words, Cheska, who was born with a cleft lip and palate, managed to powerfully speak her truth and shatter the ignorance of a bully’s cruel taunts.
Senior high school (SHS) students, specifically Grades 11 and 12, will now have an opportunity to have a glimpse of the workforce life through a work immersion program by the Aboitiz Foundation in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd) and Philippine Business for Education (PBEd).
The Aboitiz Group reinforced its long-standing support for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the country as it launched the ‘Kabataan Inyovator: An Aboitiz Robotics Competition’ — an initiative that aims to support the country’s young scientists, starting with the Davao leg.
Aboitiz Foundation and WeatherPhilippines Foundation concluded National Disaster Resilience Month (July) with collaborative efforts to empower schools and communities on disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM).
On the 25th year of Hindang Banana Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative (Hindang MPC), its members crossed a milestone by enriching what they already knew about corn production. The 35 farmers, who were among those affected by the Marawi siege, completed a training session on land preparation for crop utilization, crop management, and yield improvement presented by Aboitiz Foundation and Pilmico.
About 400 Grades 11 and 12 Aboitiz scholars converged in Cebu City last June 25 during the Aboitiz High School Scholars General Assembly and Career Clinic, where they gained valuable educational lessons applicable during and after college.
The device, which is about the size of a finger, is wireless, lightweight, and has intuitive features that allow it to read printed and digital text aloud and recognize faces, products, and other things in real time.
A total of 20 technical-vocational (tech-voc) scholars are guaranteed full support for their education through a partnership between the Aboitiz Foundation and Dualtech Training Center in Calamba City in Laguna.
KINDer, Aboitiz Foundation’s crowdfunding website, gathered almost half a million pesos or Php466,599 during its “12.12 Double Your Kindness Day” fundraiser. This amount was matched by the Foundation, bringing the total amount raised to nearly one million pesos to fund various development projects.
Around 74%, or 3 in every 4 of the technical-vocational students granted certification after availing of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Aboitiz Scholarship Program have successfully gained employment this year.
The Aboitiz Foundation, together with the Philippine Red Cross and Taguig City local government provided assistance to 130 families displaced by a fire in Barangay Bagumbayan, Taguig City last Nov. 23, 2018
More than 3,000 entrepreneurs from Benguet, Davao City, and Albay have received microfinance assistance from the Adopt-a-Branch program of CARD, Inc. and Aboitiz Foundation. The Adopt-a-Branch program aims to provide easy, affordable access, and friendly experience to microfinance clients who come from rural and unbanked areas.
“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.”
Aboitiz Foundation believes that when hearts and minds are aligned toward advancing business and communities, the possibilities for growth are boundless. It is committed to creating boundless opportunities and partnerships through initiatives in the areas of education, enterprise development, and the environment.
The Aboitiz ABC Summit served as a venue to introduce the new Weather Solutions mobile application and KINDer, Aboitiz Foundation’s crowdfunding platform. Both projects demonstrate how the connection between people and technology is advancing business and communities in the digital space.
For a disaster-stricken community still reeling from the aftermath of an earthquake, a disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) training is more than just a learning session — it means the key to survival.
As the affected residents like Noni and Jasmine cannot solely depend on government financial assistance, the Aboitiz Group sought to create sustainable forms of livelihood for them through Pilmico and Aboitiz Foundation. Pilmico also provided training for Noni, Jasmine, and their fellow Marawi residents on how to bake and manage a bakery. It will also monitor the progress of the bakery business.
Following the 1990 Luzon earthquake, members of Thanksgiving coop had to look for their main source of livelihood to meet daily needs. With willpower to overcome this challenge, 16 women came together to form a livelihood association and continue to rise above the circumstances.
The sound of a live band playing as the crowd sings and cheers…in the office. This was definitely not your usual Friday night scene but the lively festivities were matched only by a genuine warmth filling the air as A-People spent their ‘overtime’ to enjoy music and raise funds for a worthy cause.
On its 11th year as a partner in DepEd’s Brigada Eskwela, the Aboitiz Group introduced new activities for A-People who gathered in Manila, Cebu, and Davao to help our public schools prepare to open a new school year.
Wilburt Wong, Bakery Technician at the Pilmico Research and Training Bakery, shared his one of a kind experience with the ‘noble bakers’, many of whom fought and were injured in the line of duty in Marawi.
Gero Torres has always considered family a treasure. Living the values espoused in his own family as guide, he ensures that his life and work philosophy reflects the Aboitiz Foundation’s goals of building inclusive and peaceful societies.
Science whiz kids from Taguig Integrated School have once again brought honor and pride to the Philippines by taking home major awards at an international exposition in Malaysia for their innovative yet practical household products.
The pawikan, since named Agdao, underwent a simple procedure to remove an 8-inch arrow that had been lodged in its neck, which caused a large lump to grow and leaving its head angled several degrees to the left.
“We are very lucky to have the Aboitiz Foundation as our partner in our relief efforts. As a starting branch, there is a lot of pressure to provide service, but your generosity greatly helps us to deliver assistance and comfort to the affected families, especially to the kids and infants,” Julian Beato Philippine Red Cross Taguig Administrator, expressed.
The warm welcome of the first quarter of 2018 proves that we are on the right track. We expect that throughout the year, we will continue to focus on issues and initiatives that matter to our stakeholders, most especially to our communities.
Following their completion of the recent AboitizLand Purposive Skills Training Program for Carpentry NC II and Tile-Setting NC II certifications, 50 Liloan locals are intent on further excelling with their newly acquired craft.
Under KISS ME is the Aboitiz-led livelihood project dubbed P.A.G.K.A.I.N. Para Sa Mga Bayani livelihood program, featured at the launch of the TIENDA project at Camp General Manuel T. Yan in Mawab, Compostela Valley Province with President Duterte and Agriculture Sec. Manny Piñol as guests of honor.
AP Renewables, in partnership with the Aboitiz Foundation, held the Youth Leaders Summit in Batangas and Albay, where 122 youth participants from host communities of APRI MakBan and Tiwi showcased their skills and presented their ideas on how they can innovatively solve pressing problems of their communities.
A child living in poverty can only dream so much — such as going to college, landing a good job, and eventually helping the family find its way out to a more comfortable life. But for Jeselle Benabaye, nothing is impossible with hard work and determination.
As part of its support to the Department of Education’s (DepEd) K-12 program, Davao Light and Power Co., Inc. in partnership with the Aboitiz Foundation, formally turned over electrical laboratory tools to Sto. Tomas National High School (STNHS) on Jan. 10, 2018.
Three cooperatives from the humble community of La Trinidad, Benguet will soon start selling sumptuous breads and pastries after receiving a boost from the Aboitiz Group through starter kits and skills trainings necessary to start up small businesses.
The year 2017 marked several turning points for the Aboitiz Foundation. From the change in leadership to the innovations in our CSR strategies, we took a more challenging course to translate the Aboitiz Group’s brand promise of advancing business and communities into co-creating safe, empowered, and sustainable communities nationwide.
Sgt. Eric Ubalde was chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the Noble Bakers Project of the Aboitiz Foundation in partnership with the SOCOM Foundation, under which he, along with 59 other wounded soldiers, underwent a comprehensive bakery management training program provided by Pilmico Foods Corporation.
With the help of the Aboitiz Foundation and Pilmico Animal Nutrition Corporation (PANC), an hour’s worth of walking to school now only takes 10 minutes following the turnover of a 200-meter bridge that connects sitios Dam and Bayabas in Armenia, Tarlac City.
Under CARD’s Adopt-a-Branch Program, the Aboitiz Foundation has been helping microfinance units in Tiwi, Calinan, and La Trinidad, benefitting the branches’ 2,846 members. The story of Elizabeth Cuya and how she succeeded in providing for her family’s needs is a shining example of the fruits of the Foundation and CARD’s partnership.
Over a hundred Aboitiz Group team members spent their holiday break volunteering for the relief operations to assist 6,000 families affected by flash floods brought by TS Urduja and Vinta in Visayas and Mindanao.
San Jose National High School in Sto. Tomas, Batangas was declared the champion of PaToK Race to Reduce Public Schools Project 2017, the inaugural inter-school competition launched by Aboitiz Group led by Aboitiz Foundation and AP Renewables, Inc.
Embracing the brand promise of advancing business and communities by co-creating safe, empowered, and sustainable communities, CSR representatives of various Aboitiz Business Units are determined to develop and implement development projects that are integrated, inclusive, and solution-focused.
Over 550 kids from Barangay Bagumbayan and the Children of Cebu Foundation, Inc. joined the outreach activities at the Cayetano Sports Complex, Barangay Bagumbayan in Taguig City, and at the Aboitiz Corporate Center in Cebu City.
The Aboitiz Group, through Aboitiz Foundation, has granted 12 bakery livelihood packages to the Office of Participatory Governance in support of the government’s Biyaya ng Pagbabago Program, a poverty alleviation program spearheaded by the Office of Cabinet Secretary.
More than two thousand senior high school students participated in the recently conducted Career Clinic at the SMX, Mall of Asia in Pasay, and the Taguig Education Fair at the Lakeshore Hall, Taguig City.
Youth urged to act on environment at the Aboitiz GFR Cebu 2017, which coincided with National Day for Youth in Climate Action. This youth-oriented waste management advocacy is brainchild of a group of Aboitiz scholars. GFR was first staged in Cebu and Manila in 2012 and 2016, respectively, through the auspices of the Aboitiz Foundation, the corporate foundation of the Aboitiz Group.
The event was highlighted by a mini-play that demonstrated what children should do to stay safe during a typhoon, flood, earthquake, or fire. In addition, fun games and prizes were also prepared to make the afternoon even more memorable.
More than 900 students are using refurbished classrooms at the San Rafael Technological and Vocational High School, made possible with the help of the Aboitiz Foundation and the Aboitiz Power Corp.’s business unit Therma Mobile, Inc.
The Aboitiz Foundation and Pilmico Foods Corporation, The food business unit of the Aboitiz Group, partnered with the Department of Agrarian Reform to provide sustainable livelihood opportunities for more farmers in the country, as well as help improve the country’s agricultural sector.
Through the Aboitiz Foundation’s enterprise development program, PAMULCO was granted its first loan of PHP150,000 in 2010. They used this to improve the cooperative’s profitability and gain financial stability.
Following 56 days in incubation, the first batch of pawikan hatchlings for the BER months have been released back to the sea at the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park. This batch of baby pawikan emerged from nest number 5 for 2017, which was found on July 29.
As the CSR arm of the Aboitiz Group, Aboitiz Foundation has spent nearly three decades making lives better for communities where Aboitiz companies operate. The mission remains focused on helping people help themselves but the method continues to evolve with the needs of the changing times.
The Aboitiz Foundation and Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc.’s Government Relations team recently joined forces with the Philippine Army’s Army Artillery Regiment and the Department of Education-Division of Nueva Ecija to distribute learning kits to five elementary schools in Tarlac and Nueva Ecija.
One of the hightlights of the National Clean-Up Day celebration at the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park was the warm welcome of the pawikan eggs during today’s validation of Nest number 7, which was discovered on Sept. 14, 2017.
AboitizPower business unit APRI launched the Read to Succeed Program, a project that aims to furnish 47 classrooms with reading corners, train 48 teachers on effective reading instruction and creative storytelling, and train 23 team members on creative storytelling.
Aboitiz-supported Ricardo P. Cruz Sr. Elementary School (ES) in Taguig City was recently recognized as the Best Brigada Eskwela Implementer 2017 (Division Search, Mega School Category) by the Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Taguig City.
The bakery training will re-equip the soldiers or the Noble Bakers with essential baking skills which will enable them to actively contribute to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the community where they serve.
From our initiatives, 25 cooperative members in Davao are now certified bakers after recently undergoing the NC II Training on Baking and Pastry Production at the Philippine Baking Institute in Davao City and received certification.
The Aboitiz Foundation supports M/V Amazing Grace through the ship management services of Abojeb, which includes ensuring the efficiency of the vessel, arranging for maintenance and repair, assigning technical consultants, and developing and implementing a safety management system.
As part of its Enterprise Development for a BetterWorld program, the Aboitiz Foundation believes that key to an empowered community is equipping its members with the capability to help themselves through sustainable livelihood and the availability of employment opportunities.
Exciting things are ahead for the Aboitiz CSR Group as it continues its journey to drive change for a better world. The interactive and fun-filled Midyear CSR Forum 2017 introduces a shift in development program’s strategies towards co-creating safe, empowered, and sustainable communities.
Inspired by its purpose of driving change for a better world, the Aboitiz Group’s CSR Expo delegation, led by the Aboitiz Foundation, commits to take the lead in developing more innovative and inclusive business models within the Aboitiz Business Units (BUs).
The Aboitiz Foundation has long been a staunch supporter of Philippine education reform, believing education is where the Group can make the biggest impact. This, in turn, supports the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, specifically on Quality Education (ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all).
Hedcor’s effort of delivering free medical services to the communities was made possible with support from the local government units, municipal and barangay health workers, Bethesda Optical Clinic, Emergency Medical Services-Baguio Chapter, Ilocos Sur Medical Society, Philippine Dental Association-Benguet and Vigan Chapters, Police Dental Team of Camp Bado Dangwa, Philippine Nurses Association-Ilocos Sur Chapter and the Rotary Club- Baguio and Vigan Chapters.
For us, the ultimate measure of our CSR efforts is in knowing that our beneficiaries have made a better life for themselves because of the empowering options they were given through our education projects.
Making our surroundings greener and more sustainable is a community activity. In June, people from different walks of life gathered at the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park to do their part in protecting the planet in celebration of the country’s environment month.
Samuel and Paul James are among the 10 CIT-U students who received scholarships from AboitizPower subsidiary Therma Visayas, Inc. (TVI) for the school year 2016-2017. Under the TVI Purposive Scholarship Program, scholars received full tuition assistance, allowance for books and monthly stipend.