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).
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.
Some of us grew up with the saying “knowledge is power” popularized by Ernie Baron, the late broadcaster known for being the country’s resident weatherman. The younger generation though is more familiar with Nathaniel “Mang Tani” Cruz, one of today’s popular names in the field of weather reporting and meteorology. Probably for most of us, this is as far as weather information goes ー listening to weather forecasts on radio and television.
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.
Aspiring entrepreneurs with a passion for baking have been given a headstart with the support of Pilmico and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Women’s Center’s (TESDA-Women’s Center) Bakery and Pastry Production Training at the Wooden Spoon Business Innovation Center at the TESDA Compound. Since its inauguration in December last year, the facility has seen its first 50 graduates march and get certified by TESDA last July 5.
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!
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.
Every school functions beyond teaching its young students. From time to time, it can turn into a meeting venue, a temporary shelter for displaced families, and, just recently, a place to choose our nation’s leaders.
About 5,000 Aboitiz team members from various parts of the country upped their game in helping combat climate change by taking part in the annual Aboitiz groupwide simultaneous tree planting held on July 18 at 22 sites nationwide. An estimated 95,000 fruit-bearing seedlings and native trees were planted.
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.
Widus International Leisure Inc. (WILI), owner and operator of a premier leisure destination at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga, has taken a significant leap in promoting sustainable tourism. The company partnered with AboitizPower to supply the sprawling Widus Complex with Cleanergy, the AboitizPower brand for clean and renewable energy.
It was May 25, the last day of the week-long Brigada Eskwela in Kanacan Elementary and High School for which a hundred volunteers gathered for a short program before starting their work. This moment of excitement was in contrast to the feeling they had in the journey to reach the community.
Guided by its core values of service, teamwork, and responsibility, close to 870 CitySavings team member volunteers helped prep 230 public schools nationwide become better learning spaces for the coming school year through the Department of Education’s (DepEd) ‘Brigada Eskwela’ held from May 20 to 25.
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.
After a series of breast cancer awareness fora called Project Pink, City Savings Bank, Inc. (CitySavings) went beyond raising awareness by making actual health service accessible to teachers through a medical mission last May 23 at San Francisco SPED Central School, Camotes, Cebu.
This July, Aboitiz team members and stakeholders will once again go on an annual pilgrimage beyond city limits to make a statement for the planet via the annual Simultaneous Tree Planting (STP) activity — part of the A-Park program — and plant an estimated 95,000 seedlings nationwide.
Nestlé is aiming for plastic neutrality, which is essentially recovering plastics equal to what it produces. Republic Cement is licensed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to use and dispose of qualified waste streams through cement kiln co-processing.
UnionBank’s McKinley West (Taguig City) and Legazpi City (Albay) branches have received their LEED Gold Certification under the LEED v4 Interior Design + Construction standards for retail buildings, which brings the bank’s total number of LEED-certified branches to 10 in Luzon.
Various initiatives are being carried out for the protection and conservation of the Panigan-Tamugan Watershed. The area is especially critical as it where Davao City’s water supply will be sourced through the Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project (DCBWSP).
More farmers will soon benefit from a renewed public-private partnership project between Pilmico and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) that aims to promote sustainable agri-livelihood in the country.
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.
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.
The natural and man-made disasters that have struck the island province of Bohol in recent years have highlighted the significant role of community-based disaster preparedness. Early this year, leaders of six barangays in Loboc enhanced their capabilities in this area.
With the average Filipino worker spending at least 41.4 hours weekly* in the workplace, team members’ workplace wellness becomes a business essential. At UnionBank, we recognize this need and are bringing our team members the workplace sustainability.
Project TEACH: Educator Empowerment Program aims to address the critical issue of teacher quality in Philippine public schools. It is anchored in the belief that the quality of education begins and ends with the quality of teaching and learning in our learning institutions.
CitySavings through its Catarman Branch heeded the Department of Education’s (DepEd) call for assistance by spearheading relief operations to 12 public schools in Northern Samar last January 16 and 22.
“Tropical cyclones are a fact of life. Time and again, like the ebb and flow of water, people have to adapt with its ever-changing ferocity and numbers.” In this #WeatherWiser feature, WeatherPhilippines walks us through the basics of tropical cyclone naming.
Read more about the Aboitiz Group’s partnership with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of National Defense to provide sustainable livelihood for our retired and wounded soldiers through a camp-based enterprise, P.A.G.K.A.I.N para sa mga Bayani Livelihood Program.
A typical morning for 19-year-old Shajhana from Concepcion, Iloilo starts with preparing breakfast for her child and husband while young people her age would be preparing for school. At 17, she’s had to set aside studies when she became a teenage mother.
As part of its commitment to look after the health and well-being of Filipino teachers, City Savings Bank (CitySavings) marked Breast Cancer Awareness Month last October with Project Pink in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) Regions 4A (CALABARZON), 4B (MIMAROPA) and 7 (Central Visayas).
Half a year after Pilmico’s Kutitap Feeding Program started in their schools, students of Calangitan and Manga Elementary School go through lessons with full tummies and bright minds while the local bakery supplying the bread is now a certified partner for growth.
The Mantibugao Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Farmers Cooperative (MARBFC) dreams of big things for their organization. They envision themselves to be a strong and viable cooperative that uplifts their members through more jobs, opportunities for growth, and sustainability programs. With the help of Pilmico and Aboitiz Foundation, this is only the beginning for the MARBFC.
A-People have once again proven that sustainability loves company, following the third run for the Aboitiz No Impact Challenge. And for 2018, the biggest Groupwide race to reducing our carbon footprint has evolved into becoming champions for greener, healthier lifestyle!
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
Aboitiz team members from Davao Light and Apo Agua were joined by fellow volunteers from Rotary Club of Davao, B. Carpio National High School, and Ateneo de Davao University at the shores of Aboitiz Cleanergy Park in Barangay Matina Aplaya on International Coastal Clean-up Day last September 15.
“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.”
As part of the Aboitiz ABC Summit event, invited speakers from the public and private sector took center stage for a presentation and panel discussion that revolved around the theme “Innovations That Advance Communities”.
Since it was founded back in 1965, CitySavings has been true to its founders’ vision of “helping people of moderate means”. From sari-sari store vendors to jeepney drivers or to public school teachers, the bank has helped fulfill dreams through simple financial products and straightforward banking services.
Held on August 2, 2018, the event welcomed about 250 women at the multi-purpose hall and livelihood center of the oldest and biggest barangay in Pasig. Women make up 55% of Pinagbuhatan’s population of 170,000.
UnionBank is the first bank in the Philippines to adopt the LEED standards as it continues to implement green building practices across its network, encouraging the construction of energy and resource-efficient buildings that are healthy to live in.
WeatherPhilippines partnered with the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Training Institute to jointly formulate, prepare, and implement programs and projects that will strengthen the capacities of agricultural communities.
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.
Behind the simple and unassuming façade of Mabolo Elementary School on the corner of M.J. Cuenco and Juan Luna Avenues in Cebu City, is a community of teachers, students, and volunteers who eagerly prepare the school well in time for the opening of classes every year.
Learn about the Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) Technology being used by Therma South, Inc. (TSI) in generating power. This modern technology is one of the environment-friendly means of generating power out of non-renewable fuel.
As an organization that aims to engage Filipinos to take care of our country’s forests, we in Aboitiz seek to create the ripple effect needed to impart the value of environmental sustainability to our communities, starting with the youth.
Weather disturbances and the noticeable drop in the fish catch over the years have affected Barangay Calubcub 2 in San Juan, Batangas. AboitizLand responded by rolling out an alternative income-generating program to help the community.
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.
ACI is the only JGC contractor from the Philippines to receive the distinction in safety excellence and joins other contractors for ongoing worldwide projects including those in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Australia, and Indonesia.
The Aboitiz Group hosted the “Private Sector Workshop on Business & Ecosystem-based Adaptation” last July 6, gathering key stakeholders from Philippine industry, the insurance and finance sectors, and key policymakers for dialogue to identify and discuss collaboration to support ecosystem-based climate adaptation.
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.
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.
At the core of every successful community is a group of people working hand-in-hand towards a single vision. This is how one would describe the members of two Ozamiz-based organizations, Unity Association and Clarin National High School Family Multipurpose Cooperative, who found new livelihood opportunities at Pilmico’s Mahalin Pagkaing Atin Food, Agri, and Livelihood Expo last June at their city.
For 40 years now, AboitizPower run-of-river hydro business unit, Hedcor, has been supporting its host communities in every way possible, driven by the Aboitiz Group promise of advancing business and communities.
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.
Income generated from rice sales will be used to support health programs in Baseco. Other peoples’ organizations and cooperatives in Tondo, Manila will also benefit from the rice donation by starting their own community rice enterprise
For Angeline “Angie” Quiatchon, teaching means so much more than the lessons taught inside a classroom. Recognizing her essential role in preparing the young to become productive members of society in the future, 30-year-old Teacher Angie of Bitin Elementary School in Laguna, has made learning more engaging, hence more meaningful, for her students.
For CitySavings, advancing business and communities through its 106 branches nationwide means heeding the call of the Department of Education to support this year’s Brigada Eskwela initiatives from May 28 to June 2.
WeatherPhilippines Foundation has signed a memorandum of agreement with Knowledge Channel Foundation with the aim of promoting disaster resilience among schools and instill the #WeatherWiser mindset in today’s young generation.
The answer is a resounding YES. Each one of us can help mitigate climate change. In this UnionBank feature, find out how the Sustainability team is slowly introducing a plant-rich diet to team members so that they can lessen their carbon footprint.
The landlocked municipality of Alilem – a couple of hours south of Vigan – may not have as much picturesque Hispanic architecture similar to its more popular neighbors, but it has been contributing much more as the world faces the challenge of environmental conservation.
Hedcor, in partnership with Aboitiz Foundation, Aboitiz food business unit Pilmico Foods Corporation, Benguet Technical School, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Benguet, recently held a National Certification (NC) II Training on Bread and Pastry Production, which was participated by 25 members of its partner cooperatives in La Trinidad and Tuba, Benguet.
Aboitiz joinins the rest of the world in celebrating our role as stewards of the planet. In the week of March 19, leading up to Earth Hour’s March 24 switch off, Aboitiz Equity Ventures and AboitizLand took the lead in making the week-long Earth fest worthwhile.
Chef Wilburt Wong, Pilmico’s Techincal Baker for Luzon, reflects on his 3-month baking workshop with the soldiers from the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and what he cherished the most about the experience.
At the end of the four-week challenge, Aboitiz team members managed to avoid a record total of about 206 tons of CO2e and, overall, an improved lifestyle for participants, all while helping the planet.
Driven by a Higher Purpose, the 2016 UnionBank Sustainability Report is the Bank’s first standalone sustainability report following the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards. With the publication of this report, UnionBank is the first among financial institutions in the Philippines to use the GRI Standards.
“As Magat Hydro enters its 10th year, we will ensure that it continues to provide not just power, but ‘positive power’ — the kind that helps sustain the environment and uplift communities, the industry, and the economy,” Joseph Yu, President and CEO, SNAP
AboitizPower is committed to powering progress and energizing lives. We integrate environmental stewardship and stakeholder engagement into our operations. We work closely with our stakeholders to comply with pertinent laws, policies, and other requirements, minimizing our carbon footprint and mitigating the environmental impact of our operations, given the best and cost-effective applicable technologies.