Amy Chua | May 16, 2018
In 2018, the International Day of Families on May 15 pays tribute to the critical role of families in moving Sustainable Development Goal 16 or ‘Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development forward’. For Aboitiz Foundation’s Gero Torres, his family is a treasure whose values are a reflection of Aboitiz Foundation’s goals in building inclusive and safe societies.
Gero takes pride in belonging to a tight-knit family and, every Sunday, he makes sure to spend precious time with them at their farm to harvest vegetables, tend their animals, and share stories about the week that’s passed or things that lay ahead. It is through these moments of connection that they are able to keep their relationship strong.
“In return for the love that we give, we will be happy seeing you giving that same level of love — or even beyond that — to your families in the future,” Gero quotes something his father once told him.
This deep value for family has been handed down from generations. Gero’s father, a farmer and public official, has always been mindful of keeping their traditions and close family ties while his mother raised him and his siblings to become good-natured and caring individuals. Both have been a great influence in shaping the young man’s beliefs and, today, as a Senior Project Officer of the Aboitiz Foundation, he remains guided by the idea that well-nurtured families make a better and peaceful society.
For me, my most important responsibility in my work with the Aboitiz Group is to maintain good working relationships with our partner organizations. I regard them as family. I get attached to them, and I look out for their well-being. I want them to grow.
While Gero commits to his personal goals and the goals of the Aboitiz Foundation, he is firm in his conviction to do whatever he can to help the members whom he serves to live better lives for their families. This is his contribution to advancing business and communities.
I do not mind the long travel, traffic, and stress; even if I have been on a week-long field work in Mindanao. I just need to spend lunch every Sunday with our family in Nueva Ecija.
The Torres family annually holds reunions despite their hectic schedules and being apart from each other.