The Metrobank Foundation bestowed the 2014 Partner in Empowerment, Advocacy and Commitment to Excellence (PEACE) recognition upon the SGV Foundation (SGVF) during its 35th anniversary celebration last 29 January. SGVF Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President Itos Cruz accepted the award.
The roster of PEACE honorees comprises institutions from various sectors that mirror the Metrobank Foundation’s commitment to uplifting the lives of the least in society and recognizing outstanding Filipinos. The SGVF was recognized for being a valuable partner in ensuring the successful implementation of the Metrobank Foundation’s programs that promote a culture of excellence and social responsibility towards nation-building. In particular, SGV was the official tabulator in the conduct of the Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Teachers and Journalists of the Year.
Despite the preparations for the upcoming busy season, the Asia-Pacific Talent Hub (ATH) still found time to give back to the students of Abuyog South Central School in Leyte who were adversely affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda last November 2013.
The typhoon devastated the students’ homes and everything left inside, including their books and school supplies. Wanting to bring hope to the students and believing in the importance of quality education, the ATH set out on a mission to send the children much-needed supplies. The ATH outreach committee coordinated with Ms. Jane Marie Arias, a faculty member from the school.
Two boxes of the repacked bags were delivered to the Port of Manila for shipment. After four days, the bags arrived in Leyte and were then distributed to 98 Grade 1 and 130 Grade 2 students. Ms. Arias shared that the school’s faculty members, as well as the principal, burst into tears when the bags arrived. They became even more emotional when they started reading the messages of hope our people wrote in the Christmas cards packed with the school supplies. One senior associate wrote “…lagi kang magpakabait, mag-aral mabuti at sumunod sa iyong mga magulang. Huwag kang mawalan ng pag-asa. Lagi mong tatandaan mahal ka ni Jesus. Lagi siyang nandiyan sa tabi mo at hindi ka niya pababayaan…”
SGV donated a total of 150 pre-owned laptops to the 1000 Teachers Program (1000 TP) of the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) last 18 February at The Tower Club, Makati. The SGV Foundation facilitated the donation to PBEd.
In the laptop turnover ceremony, SGV Vice Chairman and Deputy Managing Partner Itos Cruz and SGV Foundation Projects Committee Chair Cynthia Manalapig along with PBEd Chairman Ramon Del Rosario and President Chito Salazar handed out laptops to four scholars from De La Salle University-Manila (DLSU) and University of Santo Tomas (UST).
According to SGVF Chairman and President and PBEd Board Member Vic Noel, “SGV is an institution that puts a premium on education and considers lifelong learning as one of its core values. In today’s schools where technology has become a necessary tool, we hope that the laptops will be very helpful to the PBEd’s scholars in their studies.”
DLSU 1000 TP scholar Shaira Abdon shared, “I am so thankful because I used to do my school requirements in school or through my friend’s laptop. Now, through SGV and PBEd, I have my own laptop. This is a really big help to me and my studies.”
The laptops will be distributed to the hundreds of PBEd’s 1000 TP scholars studying in more than 20 universities across the country.