Sustainable development has been defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (Our Common Future, 1987) Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is now integrated into this discipline which calls for the convergence of economic development, social equity and environmental protection.
In 2015, Lopez Holdings Corporation invested P18 million in sustaining the operations of Lopez Group Foundation, Inc. (LG FI) 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 ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI); and education through Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. (KCFI). The Company also sponsored some student beneficiaries of Phil-Asia Assistance Foundation, Inc. (PAAFI). These causes are consistent with its vision to improve the lives of Filipinos.
Lopez Group Foundation, Inc. (LGFI)
In 2015, LGFI raised the awareness of Lopez Group employees about corporate sustainability, as the philosophy embracing CSR efforts across the group. The Foundation also undertook sessions with different Lopez Group companies and foundations to collate information on CSR investments in order to provide a macro overview of the group’s use of resources.
LGFI turned over 540 chairs to the new Ormoc City National High School and Ormoc City Special Education Center. The chairs were made by the Tongonan Farmers Association in Leyte.
LGFI and Philippine Toy Library donated toys, books and school supplies for the 201 children enrolled in the New Poblacion, Salvacion and Tinadtaran day care centers in Buenavista, Guimaras, as well as to the Buenavista Learning Resource Center, which serves as the library and play area of children in the municipality.
LGFI also tapped EDC’s Leyte rebuilding team to assist in the reconstruction of BayaniJuan structures damaged by Typhoon Glenda in Calauan, Laguna. LG FI continued to sponsor 11 scholars from the OML Dayap Elementary School. Ninety native and endangered trees were also planted in the area as part of the turnover of a school building and Binhi tree planting activity.
As it exited its Halad project in Guimaras, LG FI helped establish linkages with Bureau of Plant Industry and the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the area, as well as prepare baseline information on all of the cooperative’s projects from 2007 until 2015. Farm operations were maintained and production of vegetables and fruits were undertaken.
As part of its philanthropic initiatives, a donation of P150,000 was given for the construction of four classrooms of the St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Learning Center in Batad, Iloilo.
LGFI also coordinated the visit of 900 underprivileged children to Kidzania, in cooperation with Ang Misyon, First Philippine Industrial Park-assisted communities, Knowledge Channel Foundation, Phil-Asia Assistance Foundation, and Third Gen/TG Services.
LGFI is certified by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC).
Eugenio Lopez Foundation, Inc. / Lopez Memorial Museum and Library
On its 55th year, the Lopez Museum and Library revisited its collections and renewed the institution’s continued relevance as a Filipiniana resource and research hub.
The Lopez Museum and Library ran the exhibition Propaganda from February 6 to July 4, 2015. The exhibition commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II . It featured works of the late Don Salubayba, a 2009 CCP Thirteen Artists awardee; World War II posters; election-related archival materials; and still photos from LVN movies, among others.
The Museum and the Institute of Maritime and Ocean Affairs (IMAO) co-presented a lecture by Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on “Historical Facts, Historical Lies, and Historical Rights in the West Philippine Sea”. The lecture was in conjunction with the Library exhibition, Common Ground, which ran from February 21 to May 30, 2015. It featured 21 antiquarian maps from the Library collection drawn by Western cartographers.
Printmakers Pandy Aviado and Joey Cobcobo were featured in the Artist Talk series in March 2015.
Frames of Reference, which ran from April to July 2015, was the first of eight multi-sited exhibitions that celebrated the 50th anniversary of National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab).
Historian Ambeth Ocampo gave a lecture on July 4 at the Museum in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of his bestseller, Rizal Without the Overcoat.
The Museum’s last exhibition for the year, Open Ends, ran from August 21 to December 23. It highlighted rarely seen studies, sketches and unfinished painting by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo and works of Juan Luna. Contemporary art by guest artists Riel Hilario, Toym Imao and Ling Quisumbing were also featured. Ateneo de Manila instructor Isa Nazareno on November 21 presented new perspectives on Hidalgo’s works, as they were exhibited in Open Ends.
Dr. Milagros Guerrero, Ramon Villegas and Evita Sarenas on November 7 presented findings from their appraisal project in The Library Unveiled: Recent Discoveries from the Lopez Collection. The talk inspired continued research, scholarship, and collaboration across disciplines.
ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI)
Four classrooms each in Sta. Rita 1 Central Elementary School in Samar, and UP School of Health & Sciences, Tacloban Campus; and two classrooms in Tabunan National Highschool in Borbon, Cebu were turned-over by Sagip Kapamilya. From the donations of the public, the classrooms were part of the Yolanda rehabilitation efforts of ALKFI’s Disaster & Risk Reduction Management Program. Each of the classrooms was built based on the design by Energy Development Corporation (ED C) and Department of Education, and could withstand 250 kph wind velocity.
Sagip Kapamilya, with the help of donors, also gave assistance to victims of other typhoons, serving 17,577 families in the provinces of Aurora, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Nueve Ecija, Isabela, Ilocos Sur, Benguet and La Union in the aftermath of typhoon Lando. Some 13,176 families affected by typhoon Nona were reached in Romblon, Bulacan, Northern Samar, Sorsogon and Mindoro.
Bantay Kalikasan, the environmental arm of ALKFI, partnered with ED C, ABS-CBN Corporation, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DEN R), the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the local governments of Antipolo, Leyte and Oriental Mindoro for Puno ng Buhay, a campaign to reforest the Marikina Watershed, Mindoro, Lobo in Batangas, and parts of Samar, Leyte and North Cotabato. The DEN R committed to provide 10 million trees to be planted in the specified areas while the DA would provide cash crops for the livelihood of the communities. ED C, the first representative of the business sector to support Puno ng Buhay was charged with all the activities in North Cotabato.
Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. (KCFI)
Founded in 1999, K Channel, the all-educational flagship of KCFI, provides students and teachers with videos, games and applications to supplement lessons in the classroom. These multimedia learning resources cover Science, Math, English, Filipino, Araling Panlipunan and Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao or Personhood Education for K+12 levels.
Formerly available only on cable, satellite and the internet, K Channel television in 2015 became one of the channels bundled with the ABS-CBN TVPlus, the digital terrestrial TV platform of ABS-CBN Corporation. Aside from being affordable to public schools and easier to install, ABS-CBN TVPlus made K Channel accessible to more households, pre-school children and out-of-school learners.
A recent survey of more than 40,000 students all over the country showed that respondents who regularly watch K Channel outperformed by up to 45%, all other respondents across all grade levels.
Close to five million learners in more than 6,000 schools and community learning centers around the country have access to and are learning best with K Channel.
KCFI continues to help run the Superintendents’ Leadership Program (SLP ). One hundred sixty public schools superintendents have graduated from the program, while two more batches of 60 are currently taking it. Meanwhile, KCFI’s Learning Effectively through Enhanced Pedagogies (LEEP ), which trains teachers and principals on teaching and learning approaches to effectively implement the K+12 curriculum, has trained around 2,000 schools as of February 2016. Evaluation studies conducted on the two programs are very positive.
Phil-Asia Assistance Foundation, Inc. (PAAFI)
PAAFI assists elementary, high school and college students in Metro Manila public schools by providing a monthly allowance to help with transportation, uniforms and projects. In addition, it conducts regular social worker visits, annual medical and dental check-up for scholars, and values education in partnership with local parishes.
PAAFI collects books for its portable libraries, a project that began in 2014 and continued in 2015. A portable library has over 200 books that scholars may borrow for a month. It rotates among sites that serve scholars every six months. At the end of 2015, PAAFI had three portable libraries under management.
Since 1987, PAAFI has given 11,782 grants, with 1,259 scholars enrolled for schoolyear 2015-2016. It is certified by the PCNC and registered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development.