Lopez Holdings Corporation renewed its involvement in social responsibility projects in 2010.
With the substantial reduction of its debt, the company found opportunity to rebuild its relationship with causes that are consistent with its vision to improve the lives of Filipinos. The company provided support for educational and livelihood programs evaluated to be sustainable, with a measurable impact, and capable of being replicated across communities.
In 2010, Lopez Holdings provided P6 million in seed funding to Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. (KCFI) for the establishment of the Out-of-school and Mature Learners Alternative Learning Institute (OMLALI). As of December 31, 2013, the seed funding had been fully disbursed, covering the production of educational TV materials, the provision of KCh LITE (Knowledge Channel Light Instructional Tool for Educators), the provision of KCh content for the Alternative Learning System (ALS) to more mobile teachers, and teacher effectiveness training and monitoring. OMLALI reached more than the expected outcome at the end of the project. From the original target of 100 mobile teachers and from the revised plan target of 1,500 mobile teachers who would receive the ALS content videos, the project installed the KCh for ALS videos to 1,499 laptops of ALS implementers. In addition, 42 E-Learning Centers with 397 desktops received access to the KCh for ALS content videos during the ALS roadshows. These E-Learning Centes are used by ALS teachers in holding ALS classes in their communities.
Approximately 115,575 out-of-school youth and adult learners would benefit from these installed learning videos.
Lopez Holdings also established an endowment fund in the amount of P50 million to support KCFI operations. This endowment fund, established in 2009, provided P4.36 million in operational funds for KCFI in 2011, P4.36 million in 2012, and P2.9 million in 2013. The endowment fund was returned to Lopez Holdings in 2014, after associate ABS-CBN assumed full custody of KCFI operations.
On the initiative of staff members, Lopez Holdings supported BayaniJuan (BnJ) sa Southville 7, formerly BnJ sa Calauan, through a P1.5 million donation in 2010. Through the coordination between ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation or ALKFI (formerly ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc .) and the Department of Education, the donation funded the expansion of the canteen, the installation of artesian wells and the rehabilitation of the electric water pump of the public elementary school in the area. The donation also covered the installation of 32 solar street lights in Site 1, including community facilities such as the chapel, community center, school, wet and dry market, wellness center, playground, and recycling facility.
In 2011, Lopez Holdings committed to sponsor elementary scholars of Phil-Asia Assistance Foundation, Inc. (PAAFI) for six years. Founded by the late philanthropist Roberto M. Lopez, PAAFI helps urban poor children stay in school by subsidizing transportation, school projects, uniforms, as well as tutorial and counseling service. Each scholar’s performance is monitored through regular school and home visits by PAAFI social workers, and the quarterly submission of the report card. Since 1987, PAAFI’s “Off the Streets, Off to School” program has provided 11,140 scholarship grants, with 1,044 scholars enrolled for school year 2014-2015.
In 2014, Lopez Holdings supported the operations of Lopez Group Foundation, Inc. (LGFI) and its member foundations, particularly in the areas of arts and culture through Eugenio Lopez Foundation, Inc. which administers the Lopez Museum and Library; disaster relief and rehabilitation through ALKFI; and education through KCFI and PAAFI. These causes are consistent with its vision to improve the lives of Filipinos.