Aboitiz Equity Ventures

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Meet Tony Canova, new ACO board advisor

In December 2018, the Aboitiz Group announced changes in the board membership of Aboitiz & Company (ACO), including the appointment of Mr. Antonio Canova as new board advisor. Aboitiz Eyes is pleased to introduce Tony to our fellow team members through this mini-feature.

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Future-proofing Aboitiz by Driving a Culture of Innovation

Aboitiz Group leaders once again engaged in fruitful discussions that zoomed in on a leader’s role in cultivating a culture of innovative thinking within their respective circles. Among the key subjects were the value of ideas in preparing a business face the constantly shifting realities of the world and the importance of changing management practices to accommodate and grow these ideas.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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.

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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).

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Notes by EMA: Civilization as it should be

There is a little shop in London called Sautter owned by Laurence Davis. He is an old friend of mine from whom I have been securing great Cuban cigars for a long time. In his little shop, he has four or five seats where aficionados enjoy their cigars, his company, and that of other civilized cigar smokers.

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Aboitiz Mindanao Unity Games 2018

About 200 A-People from various Mindanao-based Aboitiz business units came together for a day of fun-filled team activities at the second annual Aboitiz Mindanao Unity Games (UGames), held at Rancho Palos Verdes Clubhouse in Davao City on July 21, 2018.

L-R: AEV External Relations Manager Martin Castillo, CabSec Leoncio "Jun" Evasco, AboitizPower COO Manny Rubio, NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B. Bagasin, NIA Deputy Administrator C'zar M. Sulaik and NIA Deputy Administrator Romeo G. Gan.

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Improving capabilities through government partnerships

With GovRel’s Innovation in Governance Academy (IG Academy), Aboitiz was able to offer to both National Irrigation Authority (NIA) and Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) training modules which actually helped them improve not only themselves but also the processes they handle in their work assignments.

Last October 15, Aboitiz unveiled an artist's perspective of the Balabag Wetland Park (Boracay Wetland No. 4) development project with Sec. Roy Cimatu (DENR), Sec. Eduardo Año (DILG,) DENR-BMB representatives, and LGU officials.
From left: AEV Government Relations Manager Missy De Guzman, Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Executive Director Krisma Rodriguez, AEV VP Reputation Management Malou Marasigan, Interior & Local Goverment Secretary Eduardo Año, AEV Government Relations VP Christopher Camba, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores, Malay Vice Mayor Abram Sualog, Brgy. Balabag Captain Jason Talapian, and PGAA Architect Paulo Alcazaren.

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Aboitiz joins campaign to redeem the Boracay wetlands

The Aboitiz Group is giving the government’s ongoing rehabilitation of Boracay an added boost by partnering with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). On August 13, 2018, both parties signed a memorandum of agreement under which Aboitiz will adopt and revive Wetland 4, one of nine wetlands scattered across the island.

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Learning the art of visual storytelling

The Aboitiz Group Integrated Communication Workgroup organized the Visual Storytelling Training sessions last May and June to help communication practitioners across Aboitiz business units better understand how photos can be a powerful platform to present a unified and compelling story of advancing business and communities.

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AEV HR Team continues to find BetterWays

The BetterWays Forum aims to better understand team member needs and concerns, and to facilitate an exchange of ideas for the HR’s people-centric programs. It is also an opportunity to share updates, milestones, and upcoming plans to team leaders and members.

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Notes by EMA: The Western Levant

“Arafat died with 750 million US dollars in his personal estate. Had it not been for the creation of the State of Israel, he would have been known to his mother at most. The Jews had been forgotten before World War II. Where is the Coptic Church, anybody? Who would give a care about the Mossad?”

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Aboitiz Group bags top honors at Quill Awards

Aboitiz bags top Philippine Quill Award for 2nd straight year, takes home record 12 awards including the Company of the Year – 2nd Runner Up and the Top Division Award in Communication Management for “Let’s drive change for a better world: The Aboitiz No Impact Challenge.

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An Hour of R2R with EIA

In the latest episode of An Hour of R2R, Aboitiz Group President & CEO Erramon Aboitiz sat down with host Lorenne Alejandrino (AEV Reputation Management) to discuss resource efficiency, the organization’s platforms in support of it as well as his own “life hacks” to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Sustainability

Where is A-Park, you ask?

A-Park is all around us, steadily growing, helping us breathe cleaner air, and providing families sustainable means to live. It is both the place where we have planted our trees, and a movement that distinctly tells the Aboitiz sustainability mindset.

EYES ON TARGET. A-Shooters test their skills at the firing range.

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A-Club in Focus: A-Shooters Ready, Aim, Fire!

The A-Shooters Club is a duly recognized employee organization formed under the AEV A-Clubs program. Aside from their passion in the marvels and art of firearms, responsible gun ownership is one of the advocacies of the club, a mission they target through knowledge sharing with other people.

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A-Clubs in Focus: Musik-A’s Cause for Melodies

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.

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Choose to keep plastics off our oceans

As the hot season begins to wane and many of us scramble to the beaches for a last-minute attempt to “tan”, we Filipinos know all too well what tragedy it would be to lose the beauty of our endless stretches of coastline. Sadly, the Philippines is reported to be the third worst plastic polluter of oceans.

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ASM 2018: Our Brand Promise Thrives On Stakeholders’ Trust

Aboitiz Equity Ventures and AboitizPower held their respective 2018 Annual Stockholders’ Meeting on May 21 at the Fairmont Hotel in Makati City. AEV and its strategic business units aim to spend PHP77.6 billion in capital expenditures amid vibrant growth opportunities at home and abroad while taking advantage of opportunities to mirror the company’s thrust of advancing business while developing communities.

ABOITIZ RISK MINDSET. (From left) Chris Sangster, AboitizPower Executive Director for Project Development and Execution, speaks at the panel discussion with Vicky Tan (Head, Group Risk Management Unit, Ayala Corporation), Kent Chaplin (Lloyd’s APAC CEO), Wolfram Hedrich (Executive Director of Marsh’s Risk Center), and Paulo Garcia (Marsh).

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Aboitiz joins PARIMA discussion on key risks reports

PARIMA held its Marsh-Lloyd’s Risk Conversation forum in Bonifacio Global City last May 10, welcoming 96 delegates of whom 23 are risk practitioners from the Aboitiz Group. Discussions focused on significant findings of on global risk, city risk, and digitalization and their impact on the current approach to risk management.

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Notes by EMA: Conventional Wisdom & China

Yukon Huang – watch him on YouTube to get a full picture. This is a summary of what he thinks. I have learned from him. I have never liked conventional wisdom and have sought those that help me challenge the same; not for the sake of challenge but because in a world that is rapidly changing and adapting, conventional wisdom cannot generally be the best path forward.

IT IS HERE. Gartner VP Partha Iyengar explains what a digital business is and the elements that converge to make it succeed.

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What leaders should know about the digital revolution

A big part of the Aboitiz Group’s digital transformation blueprint is dedicated to and made up of people. For this reason, AEV Digital Management is creating a workshop for team members and another for our executives through a series of executive sessions, kicking off with resource speakers from Gartner.

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Notes by EMA: More on Leadership…

I have received requests to share with you my thoughts and experience on leadership with more articles for Aboitiz Eyes. I am happy to do so yet must clarify again that these are my thoughts and those that I have learned from others. None of us get all of this right and that is what makes life so wonderful – the joy of improvement and of achieving better ways.