At PHINMA, our business is our CSR, and our CSR is our business. PHINMA Corporation’s corporate social responsibility initiatives therefore focus on areas in line with our main businesses and contribute to the Company’s mission of making lives better by providing quality education, affordable housing, and reliable and renewable power. The Company also encourages its employees to volunteer and reach out to local communities, in their personal capacity, through socially relevant programs.
Fundamental to PHINMA Education is its commitment to its mission, as it continues to improve upon its methods to provide education that allows its students and their families to improve their lives. That commitment reflects the ideals of PHINMA.
PHINMA Education schools have made their contributions felt as on top of its already low fees, the network extends scholarships to about a third of all students. Evacuation and relief programs were created when Typhoon Lando hit the Philippines, and together with the local and non-government units, the PHINMA Education schools continued its annual bloodletting activities and donations of slippers to select areas. Each school continues to donate seedlings to chosen areas, and continues to provide IT services to barangays in their cities. PHINMA AU’s Bulilit University, a program to improve retention and introduce learning among children, currently manages six day care centers. Other college-specific activities include entrepreneurship training, and PHINMA COC continues to conduct mass wedding and mass baptism ceremonies for people in their community.
PHINMA’s commitment in providing quality Education can also be seen by its continued support of the PHINMA National Scholarship (PNS) program, the flagship program of the PHINMA Foundation. Initially having only 10 scholars when it began in 2006, as of December 31, 2015 the PNS had a total of 96 scholars enrolled in education, accounting, and engineering courses in both Philippine Normal University (PNU) and the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman. To date, the program has produced 97 graduates: 95 of which have taken their respective board exams, with a 98.95% passing rate. This year, one of our scholars placed 9th in the recent LET results, while another of our scholars was the topnotcher of the Electronics and Communications Engineering board.
One of the main thrusts of the PNS program is to produce not just graduates but leaders. Year-round activities are therefore made available to the scholars to hone the students’ skills and potential in becoming leaders. On-the-job trainings, leadership conference, and workshops are conducted for the continuing development of the scholars. In 2015, the annual leadership conference theme was “HERO in ME” where the scholars were taught to develop their skills as leaders and given the chance to share and create programs around advocacies that they personally support.
The program continues to provide opportunities for the scholars to be exposed to history, arts, and culture through educational trips to watch the Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil play staged by PETA, and the Ballet Philippine performance of Peter Pan.
Also in 2015, the PNS was supported by several individuals and institutions, with 12 scholars sponsored by PHINMA officers and employees, and PHINMA directors and their families; 3 by EMAR Corporation; 3 by Multinational Investment Foundation Inc., and 1 by the Doña Marta T. Hernandez Foundation. PNS is targeting to support 100 scholars every school year.
Union Galvasteel Corporation (UGC) also continues its support for the Education sector by completing the reroofing of Real and Lamesa Elementary Schools in Calamba, Laguna, as well as the Sagrada Community School in Bicol. UGC also granted plant trips and implemented extensive OJT programs to students. At least 6 scholarships were also awarded to numerous talented students in select schools including Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU), Batangas State University (BSU), and Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU). UGC employees also volunteered in the annual Brigada Eskwela of Tayud Elementary School in Cebu.
UGC continues to conduct Summer Computer Camps to different elementary schools surrounding the vicinity of their plant – this year, they catered to students from Real Elementary School. Aside from this, UGC employees volunteer their time and expertise to assist students from select barangays in Laguna by providing Basic Computer Literacy workshops for incoming Grade 5 and 6 public school students.
In 2015, UGC’s sustaining initiatives in the protection of the environment included tree planting, river and coastal cleanups, mangrove propagation, waste recycling, waste management, and active participation in green forums and programs both public and private.
In partnership with local government units, UGC personnel had three tree planting activities in Canlubang, Calamba City, Laguna, and Mangrovetum Park in Bunawan, Daao City. On the other hand, UGC – Visayas assisted in the Highway Greening Project in Brgy. Bagsak Pardo, Cebu City.
As part of their waste management program, trash bins and dust pans were fabricated in partnership with LGU’s and public schools in the provinces where UGC’s offices are present.
Volunteers from UGC plants completed the construction of housing units as part of its efforts to help families in Palo, Leyte deplaced by Typhoon Yolanda last 2013. The blessing and Turn-over ceremony of three units was held last December 2015 with Archbishop John Du, Mayor Remedios Petilla, Cannossian Sisters and UGC representatives.
UGC in Cagayan De Oro took part in boosting disaster preparedness in their area by donating life jackets for use during severe storms. These life jackets were recycled from UGC materials using employee households to do the sewing.
When typhoon Lando hit last 2015, UGC Nueve Ecija employees participated in relief operations for fellow employees, their families and other communities affected by the storm.
In Davao, the city government partnered with UGC in providing the motoring public with better, newer street signs for traffic control. UGC is helping create a safer and more orderly traffic in the city.
UGC also targeted the repair and restoration of dilapidated sheds along the highways and near schools to create a better impact on the lives of commuters and students. In partnership with local barangay officials, UGC North Mindanao has successfully implemented these initiatives, providing safe haven for commuters during rainy or sunny days.
UGC joined hands with the Philippine National Red Cross in a volunteer bloodletting program for the Blood Bank of the PNRC. Many employees volunteered for this endeavor, and it has since become one of UGC’s regular activities.
Individual Social Responsibility
PHINMA lives up to its mission of making lives better as it continues to empower and encourage its employees to join its efforts towards nation building through the PHINMA HERO Network. PHINMA HERO seeks to inspire, equip, and mobilize PHINMA employees to make life better through volunteering and giving.
In celebration of its 6th year, the HERO Network invited Tony Meloto of Gawad Kalinga to speak to the employee volunteers during the HERO Anniversary. The celebration was a success, attracting more than 100 of our volunteers to PHINMA Plaza’s roof deck to listen to his inspirational message about the importance of doing more for our less fortunate brothers and sisters, and how we should work together as one nation to help them rise from the struggles of poverty and become self-sustaining citizens contributing to society.
This year, PHINMA also partnered with the Ateneo De Manila University for a Strategic Management class focused on creating sustainable livelihood opportunities for a partner GK Community. Some of our top executives served as mentors to the students, and guided them as they learned about the basics of starting and running a business, as well as strategy development and management. They also served as panelists for the panel defenses that the students had to go through, providing their own wisdom and insight by critiquing the presented business models. The business, which our volunteer mentors assisted in, will be tested and implemented in 2016 for the benefit of the GK Zabarte community in Quezon City.
In July, PHINMA HERO, in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross, held another blood donation drive at PHINMA Plaza. There were more than 50 people willing to donate blood, and although not all were cleared to donate, the desire to make life better and save a life was evident in all those who went. In the end, a total of 25 safe and quality blood bags were collected for the benefit of others.
The HERO program will continue to collaborate with the different CSR Groups of the company, as well as strengthen its partnership with the various adopted communities and beneficiaries in order to provide more meaningful avenues for employee volunteerism. Through these efforts, HERO continues to work towards achieving 100% volunteer participation within the PHINMA Group in 2016.