The Ramos Peace and Development Foundation (RPDEV), in collaboration with the SGVF, published the 17th volume of Former President Fidel Ramos’ (FVR) collection of essays and speeches. Perform, Reform and Transformwas launched last 20 February at Powerbooks in Greenbelt 4. In attendance were SGVF Projects Committee Chair Cynthia Manlapig, Assistant Treasurer Ruben Rubio, RPDEV partner-in-charge Ladiz Avila and Executive Director Marlu Balmaceda.
The SGVF provides assistance in the publication of books and materials to document thoughts and declarations on public interest issues, leadership, management and professional thinking. This book, which is part of FVR’s legacy to younger Filipinos, is the foundation’s seventh project with RPDEV since 2001.
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.
Two months after Typhoon Yolanda devastated the Visayas region, donations to the SGV Foundation (SGVF) Calamity Fund from our EY family continue to arrive. Aside from the previously reported donations from EY offices in Dubai, Thailand and Korea as well as the EY P&G Team, SGVF has also received donations and pledges from EY Malaysia managing partner Sang Hoe Chow, EY China Foundation Ltd. (a charity representing Hong Kong and Mainland China), EY Taiwan, EY Hamburg partner Frank Broetzmann and EY Cologne partner Gerd Stürz.
The SGVF Calamity Fund was initially used for food sponsorship for DSWD volunteers and financial assistance for SGV staff and SGVF scholars directly affected by the typhoon. In addition, the SGVF also made donations to the Andres Soriano Foundation, ABS-CBN Foundation, PLDT-Smart Foundation, Metrobank Foundation, Synergeia Foundation and Children’s Hour Foundation.
The EY Procter & Gamble (P&G) Team turned over a ceremonial check of USD 5,000 to the SGV Foundation (SGVF) during the team’s recent Town Hall Meeting. Instead of having the usual annual team dinner, the team decided to donate the allocated budget to the SGVF Calamity Fund to help the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. Global Client Service Partner Mark Beischel and Global Transaction Advisory Services Leader Greg Stemler gave USD 1,000 each and Global Risk Partner Steve Arnold challenged the rest of the team to donate another USD 3,000.
SGVF Chairman and President Vic Noel, SGV Advisory Leader and P&G Engagement Team Partner Winnie Chan, and SGV Chief Financial Officer Ruben Rubio were present to receive the team’s generous donation. Market Group 8 Leader Arnel de Jesus and Tax partner Luis Ferrer were also in attendance.