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SM Foundation improves health center in Batangas town

Interior of the improved Lemery Municipal Health Center.

A community health center in Batangas province’s Lemery municipality that caters to 46 villages with a total population of 93,157 and serves about 150 patients daily was recently improved by SM Foundation Inc. and turned over to local government and health officials.

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‘Buhay OFW’ launches anti-human trafficking movement on 7th year

Buhay OFW host Marissa del Mar (fifth from left) pose with representatives from various organizations, including Dante Jimenez of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and laywer Michael “Mike” Toledo of the Management Association of the Philippines (fourth and sixth from left, respectively) after signing an agreement establishing the Anti-Trafficking OFW Movement (ATOM) project at Golden Bay Restaurant in Pasay City on July 18, 2017.

Story and photo by Hananeel Bordey / Special to The Market Monitor Weekend cable public-service show Buhay OFW took a big step in fighting human trafficking on its seventh anniversary by launching the Anti-Trafficking OFW Movement (ATOM) at the Golden Bay Restaurant in Pasay City on July 18, 2017.

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BDO Foundation bags CSR gold award

Edwin Reyes (right), Banco de Oro Unibank (BDO) Transaction Banking Group head, poses with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program of the Year Gold Award he accepted on the BDO Foundation’s behalf at the 2017 Retail Banking Awards in Singapore.

Singapore-based finance publication Asian Banking & Finance recently conferred its prestigious Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program of the Year Gold Award on the BDO (Banco de Oro) Foundation in recognition of the latter’s rehabilitation program for rural health units.

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MVP Group of Companies reaches out to families of Marawi’s fallen soldiers

Manuel V. Pangilinan and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (seventh and eighth from right, respectively) pose with some of the top executives of the donor companies and the Savellano family (seated) representing the families of the fallen soldiers. The Cabinet spouses posing with them are (standing 10th from left) Marissa Aguirre, Edith Lorenzana, Betty Medialdea, and Kristine Dino. Not in photo is Marisol Tugade.

Business leader Manuel V. Pangilinan, also known by his initials MVP, recently led the turnover of financial assistance to the families of the fallen soldiers and police officers of the Marawi City siege that began in May.

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BDO Foundation extends helping hand to Marawi City evacuees

As part of relief operations organized by the BDO Foundation, volunteers from Roman Catholic organization Ako ang Saklay Inc. distributed relief goods to thousands of
people affected by the Marawi crisis, as well as police and military personnel stationed in the city.

As many as 3,000 families displaced by the crisis in Lanao del Sur province’s Marawi City and about 300 soldiers wounded in ongoing military operations there recently received relief goods from the BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of Banco de Oro Unibank, as part of its disaster-response advocacy and commitment to serve communities affected by armed conflict. 

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SM Foundation treats Dualtech scholars to ‘Transformers’ screening

The SM Foundation Inc.’s Dualtech technical/vocational scholars pose for a groufie
after they watched the latest Transformers movie at the SM Mall of Asia.

The SM Foundation Inc.’s Dualtech technical/vocational scholars were treated recently by their benefactors to watch the latest Transformers movie in 3D IMAX at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. It was a happy occasion for the scholars who expressed their thanks to Henry Sy Sr. 

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Hanabishi, GMA Kapuso Foundation renew alliance to improve Filipinos’ lives


Leading homegrown appliance manufacturer Hanabishi recently renewed its partnership with the GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF) for another year. To reinforce its commitment to make a difference through the reconstruction of schools and post-rehabilitation efforts, Hanabishi will donate electric fans and water dispensers to help more financially challenged communities. 

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BFAR director, governors sign pact to guard Visayan Sea

(From left) Cebu Provincial Environment and Management Office (Pemo) head Baltazar Tribunalo Jr., representing Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III; Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr., Fisheries Undersecretary and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
(BFAR) National Director Eduardo Gongona, and Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. sign the covenant for
the protection and conservation of the Visayan Sea. CANDEZE MONGAYA/OCEANA

Governors and mayors from the Visayas have committed to restore the Visayan Sea, one of the richest fishing grounds in the Philippines, and protect it from illegal commercial and destructive fishing, it was learned recently. 

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PLDT supports digital literacy with outreach program, quiz

(Standing sixth from left) Rose Pauline Cotejo is hailed as the grand champion in the Teacher’s category. With her are (from left) Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) Community Relations Head/Consultant Evelyn M. del Rosario, UP Open University Chancellor Dr. Melinda dP. Bandalaria, GMA artist Rita Daniela, Information Technology Officer (ITO) Emmanuel Mendoza, teacher Rogel Aro, Juan Pamplona National High School Principal Clavel Salinas, Rep. Arlene Buot of Cebu province’s Carmen town, and Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Roseller Gelig.

Leading telecommunications and digital-services provider Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) continues to champion digital literacy among public school teachers and students with its PLDT Infoteach Outreach Program. 

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Sy clan honors SM Foundation’s scholar-graduates with dinner

(From second from right) Hans Sy, Henry Sy Sr., Felicidad Sy, Debbie Sy, and Harley Sy pose with scholar-graduates with academic distinction at the recent 21st Presentation of Graduates at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. These graduates are among the 256 supported by SM Foundation Inc.

Henry Sy Sr., together with wife Felicidad, joined their children Tessie, Hans, Harley, and Debbie in hosting a testimonial dinner in honor of this year’s 256 scholar graduates of SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI) at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City recently. 

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