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Sustainability Report

Foundation

In 2020, Lopez Holdings Corporation donated P2.72 million in sustaining the operations of Lopez Group Foundation, Inc. (LGFI) and its member foundations, as follows: Eugenio Lopez Foundation, Inc. which administers the Lopez Museum and Library; ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI); Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. (KCFI); Phil-Assistance Foundation, Inc. (PAAFI); and OML Center. The total includes assistance provided to Manggahan Elementary School in Pasig City, location of its old headquarters, through Binhi English Literacy Foundation, Inc.

Lopez Group Foundation, Inc. (LGFI)

2020 was the year that changed lives and perspectives.

TAAL VOLCANO HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE

With the eruption of Taal Volcano in January, LGFI spearheaded a donation drive within the Lopez Group and its employees. LGFI raised funds in cash and in kind to provide urgent relief to communities and nearby evacuation centers in two barangays where First Gen operates.

In the course of implementing initiatives based on its strategic plans for 2020, the COVID 19 pandemic struck and a nationwide lockdown was enforced requiring a work from home regimen for all non-essential workers and employees.

COVID 19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE

True to its DNA in helping others, in the midst of the pandemic, LGFI navigated unprecedented levels of disruption and uncertainty. It found ways to maintain service continuity, support staff and adapt to meet the changing needs of its communities and beneficiaries most affected by the economic shutdown.

LGFI provided social assistance to various groups hit hard by this crisis such as the UP Ikot Drivers and Operators Association, UP Workers Union, Loyola Heights jeepney and tricycle drivers, street dwellers and vendors in and around the Katipunan area, in the form of packed meals, assorted breads/pastries and sandwiches, thermal scanners, face masks, face shields and hygiene kits. LGFI also coordinated the administering of Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Tests to jeepney and tricycle drivers in preparation for the resumption of their operations.

On collaborative efforts with various sectors to alleviate hunger, LGFI coordinated the distribution of vegetables, rice and eggs generously donated by the National Anti-Poverty Commission-Disaster Sector as well as food packs to several barangays in Marikina distributed by the Bayanihang Marikenyo at Marikenya, a community service group focused on relief efforts in Marikina.

LGFI also provided cash assistance and meals to PWD members of Tahanang Walang Hagdanan (TWH) and Bigay Buhay Multi Purpose Cooperative and a cash donation to the Archdiocese of Caloocan to help in purchasing relief goods for the community.

Moreover, LGFI provided seed money to its beneficiary community of weavers in the Province of Guimaras to sew face masks which were sold to the Guimaras LGU which in turn distributed them to their constituents.

EDUCATION RESPONSE

The rising cases of COVID 19 infections also forced the closure of schools and the shift to online learning, the largest disruption in the country. Millions of students were unprepared for this. LGFI purchased affordable tablets approved by the Department of Education (DepEd) for grade school and high school students who had no gadgets to continue their academics. Twelve children of the UP jeepney drivers were recipients of this BLAST (Blended Learning Assistance) Program. In partnership with HAYAG Pilipinas, a youth-led initiative, LGFI coordinated the distribution of DepEd-approved tablets to 100 scholars of the Phil-Asia Assistance Foundation, a foundation member under the Lopez Group.

LGFI continued its scholarship program to include four students from Dayap National High School in Calauan, Laguna, 10 from Lyceum of the Philippines, Batangas, 2 from Batangas State University, and one from First Industrial Science and Technology School (FIRST School) to help with their online learning needs.

OTHER COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE EFFORTS

LGFI facilitated the provision of construction materials to residents of UP Pook Arboretum who were severely affected by Typhoon Rolly.

A cash donation was given to the Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan (BALSA) for the victims of Typhoon Ulysses for the purchase of relief goods and to Our Lady of Victory Training Center, Inc., a training and rehabilitation center for the physically handicapped based in Mindanao.

LGFI is certified by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC) and is a registered organization with the Department of Social Welfare and Development  (DSWD). It is also an accredited Civil Society Organization (CSO) in the Province of Guimaras.

Eugenio Lopez Foundation, Inc. / Lopez Museum and Library (LML)

In 2020, the Lopez Museum and Library (LML) focused on engaging audiences beyond its walls and serving the cultural community in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prior to lockdown, LML mounted a series of activities at Pineapple Lab art space in Poblacion Makati to celebrate 100 years of Philippine cinema, including film screenings of ABS-CBN Sagip Pelikula’s restored classics, lectures, and a cinema exhibition.

In response to the pandemic, LML took an active role in the Alliance of Greater Manila Area Museums, which presented a series of online talks addressing the Covid-19 challenge and the needs of the museum community. LML aided Green Papaya Art Projects, a leading repository of early experimental and contemporary art archives, with the rescue and first aid treatment for over 1,000 items devastated by fire during quarantine. LML was also a presenter at the 2020 Manila Museums Summit entitled, “A Call to Transform.”

In addition, LML concluded its technical grant with the Getty Conservation Institute for the integration of sustainability in managing collections; provided lectures as part of Museo Kordilyera’s online Museum Management Training program; and became an active proponent of the Lopez Group Advocacy Cluster for Arts and Culture, fostering synergy across the group and engaging the sector with contemporary issues and dialogue.

ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. (AFI)

The year 2020 was very challenging for AFI. The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic affected a significant portion of AFI’s donors and partners leading to significantly decreased donations for its advocacies and programs. ABS-CBN, AFI’s biggest donor and supporter, lost its broadcasting franchise. Because of this, AFI lost valuable airtime which it uses as leverage in its partnerships and in promoting its advocacies. ABS-CBN is always the first to give donations during calamities and disasters as well as in the conduct of public service. It contributes a substantial amount to the yearly donations received by AFI.

Undaunted and true to its core of being in the service of the Filipino, AFI continued providing timely and relevant aid to Filipinos all over the country. AFI quickly adjusted and innovated its methodology in delivering its services to cope with the effects of the pandemic and the non-renewal of the franchise. AFI’s three main programs, Sagip Kapamilya, Bantay Kalikasan, and Bantay Bata 163 pivoted some of their services to remain relevant especially during the pandemic.

AFI began 2020 with “Tulong-Tulong sa Taal”, as it united the nation in helping Filipinos affected by the Taal Volcano eruption in January. “Tulong-Tulong sa Taal” brought together the efforts of ABS-CBN for Taal evacuees, from relief operations led by Sagip Kapamilya to delivery of “Serbisyo at Saya” in evacuation centers with the help of ABS-CBN employees, artists, programs and subsidiaries. 20,355 families or 101,775 individuals received relief packs and 5,403 people enjoyed hot meals from the soup kitchen, while 663 individuals were given psychological services in over a hundred evacuation centers through AFI’s humanitarian assistance arm. ABS-CBN sent out “Serbisyo at Saya” caravans that visited different evacuation centers to offer medical missions, fun activities and other useful services to help ensure the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of displaced residents.

As the a nationwide lockdown was imposed to response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ABS-CBN and AFI launched “Pantawid ng Pag-ibig,”, a very well-received fundraising drive, that raised a total of P530,028,172—split between P415,165,352 in cash and P114,862,820 worth of in-kind donations. The total includes the P100 million seed fund provided by the Lopez Group through FPH and ABS-CBN to start off the campaign in March 2020 which allowed the AFI team to arrange the delivery of relief goods from the manufacturers to local government units (LGUs) within the first week of the lockdown. AFI partnered with Metro Manila LGUs for the first phase of the campaign. In the second phase, Sagip Kapamilya together with its distribution partners and at least 1,500 volunteers conducted face to face distribution. By December 31, the campaign had delivered relief packs to an estimated 925,000 families. This included 20,946 Noche Buena packs distributed to frontliner and ultrapoor families. AFI together with its partners were also able to feed 213,987 individuals with hot meals. AFI gave relief packs and hot meals in the cities and municipalities of the National Capital Region (NCR), Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Rizal, Zambales, Bulacan, Tarlac, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Bataan, La Union, Pangasinan, Oriental Mindoro, Nueva Ecija, Quezon, Albay, Cebu, Leyte, Samar, Negros Occidental, Iloilo, and Davao City.

A sub-campaign of “Pantawid ng Pag-Ibig”, “Ligtas Laban sa COVID-19” aimed to provide much needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to medical frontliners. Among the first beneficiaries were the medical frontliners in East Avenue Medical Center as ABS-CBN delivered masks, safety goggles, biscuits and energy bars to those leading the fight against COVID-19. Children from Bantay Bata and Bantay Kalikasan communities also wrote letters of encouragement and drew posters to show their thanks to the medical frontliners. Their artwork and letters were included in the donations to institutions. By yearend-2020, “Ligtas Laban Sa COVID-19” had provided PPEs and other necessary equipment and personal needs of medical frontliners in 133 hospitals and 26 institutions in NCR, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Central Visayas and Eastern Visayas.

Despite the loss of ABS-CBN’s broadcasting franchise, AFI continued with its main programs and advocacies. Bantay Bata’s 163 hotline saw the expansion of its services to accommodate mental health concerns. During the pandemic, calls with valid concerns received tripled from 30 per week to 94 per week. In partnership with the Quezon City Local Government, 115 children who experienced neglect and/or were abandoned were given a home at the Children’s Village. The year also saw 54 children reintegrated with their families or nearest of kin after being separated from them for the longest time. 299 scholars received continuous assistance through the Bantay Edukasyon (BEDUK) project. 100 BEDUK scholars also graduated in 2020. Bantay Bata’s Medical Unit was able to assist 512 patients and its regional offices were able to serve 6,372 clients with various medical, legal, and other related concerns.

In the latter part of the year, AFI launched “Tulong-Tulong sa Pag-Ahon” to help those affected by typhoons Quinta, Rolly and Ulysses. Through this campaign, Sagip Kapamilya was able to deliver relief goods to 102,794 families and hot meals to 9,351 individuals. The program also helped 2,526 families affected by fire and provided 663 individuals with Psychological First Aid Training.

For its rehabilitation projects, Sagip Kapamilya completed the provision of NutriPan equipment and training to 16 schools benefitting 41,452 students with vitamin fortified bread. It also completed the construction of the classroom in Bito Elementary School that will benefit 536 students in Marawi, Lanao del Sur. Sagip Kapamilya also provided medical equipment and medicines to 22 Barangay Health Stations that is seen to benefit 55,581 individuals.

Sagip Kapamilya together with Programa Genio (PG) also assisted schools to adjust to learning in the new normal. 103,433 students were given school kits under the Gusto Kong Mag-Aral Project. 38,112 students and 1,631 teachers in 41 schools were supported in their COVID 19 learning transition with risograph machines, bond paper, and storage boxes. 7,494 students from 21 schools were provided with powerbanks to help continue their studies through distance learning.

Utilizing the power of the digital space, PG stayed in touch with its beneficiary schools providing training through several available digital platforms. PG conducted online Career Coaching that benefitted 3,795 students (Grades 10-12; 15 schools), 105 teachers from four schools were trained in 21st Century Teaching Strategies and The Art of Effective Evaluation, and 978 teachers from 47 schools were trained on Building Better Mental Health and Self Care.

Bantay Kalikasan (BK) continued the enrichment and protection of the La Mesa Watershed. A total of 80 hectares were enriched which is equivalent to 32,000 trees planted. Another 346 hectares with 138,400 trees that was established from 2017-2019 were sustained. The nursery of the Watershed also produced 175,699 seedlings of native tree species for the year. With the La Mesa Ecopark closed to the public due to the pandemic, BK pivoted the park to be a distribution and selling hub to help move the produce of its partner communities. It also became a learning hub for online urban farming that included the distribution of 2,027 urban farming kits. BK continued to help its community in Tumana, Marikina by successfully linking the community to buyers of ecobags and masks leading to an incremental income of almost P770,000 for the 80 members of the community. It also conducted 93 environmental advocacy related activities engaging 403 individuals.

Through its Bantay Baterya and Bantay Langis campaign, BK was able to recover and recycle 497,885 liter of used oil, collect 71,887 kg of used lead acid batteries (ULABs) with 46,727 kg of lead recovered and 7,908 liters of sulfuric acid collected and treated, and collect and recycle 28,550 kg of scrap and other recyclables. Thanks to over 220 donor companies, this project continues to be a success.

Through its partnership with Science Education Institute (SEA) in the protection of the Verde Island Passage, BK donated printers to 17 schools in Mabini and Lobo, facilitated 18 public learning webinars, two private webinars and online workshops on marine science reaching 5,900 people, and repaired 22 boats and four homes/stores affected by the typhoon Quinta.

For its Green Initiative Project, BK is now present in 11 regions, 19 provinces, 35 municipalities/cities, and 52 barangays. BK is in partnership with 68 people’s organizations, cooperatives, and other groups with at least 5,432 direct beneficiaries. In 2020, these partner communities help plant 6,835 trees/propagules, conduct 1,535 community clean-ups, and establish community food banks and centers of kindness to battle the increasing incidence of hunger brought about by the pandemic. BK also help move and sell 40 tons of vegetables and 82.5 tons of rice to assist 245 partner farmers leading to P5.3 million gross sales for them.

BK also conducted advocacy building by conducting 28 digital learning activities on topics such as Climate Change 101, Climate-smart Agriculture, Urban Farming, and Building Environmental Advocacy that benefitted 7,425 individuals.

Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. (KCFI)

KCFI, a non-stock, non-profit organization established in 1999, continues its commitment to be in the service of the Filipino people in the education sector despite the unprecedented emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, humanity’s toughest adversary in recent times.

With the introduction of the Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELCs) under the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) of DepEd in response to the pandemic, KCFI aligned its video lessons to the MELCs ensuring 100% coverage of topics and lessons from elementary to high school. It ran a campaign called “Stay at Home, Learn at Home” and later on “School at Home” to promote the new programming grid and learning ecosystem of Knowledge Channel. Over 230 video lessons were produced in 2020 through sponsorships, while acquired content from 6 YouTube creators and from the Office of the Vice President, and daily livestreaming content on Facebook and Kumu helped expand an already extensive library of videos, games and other learning resources.

Acknowledging the alternative and distance learning modalities implemented by DepEd in the absence of face-to-face sessions, KCFI strengthened its platforms and ensured greater access to its video lessons on-air, online, and offline. It remained undeterred by the denial of ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal despite losing the much-needed presence in ABS-CBN TVplus and SKY Direct, two key platforms where Knowledge Channel was accessed in homes and schools. Through the spirit of Bayanihan and partnerships, Knowledge Channel continues to air on cable and satellite-connected households through Cignal, Satlite, GSAT, SkyCable, and PCTA cable affiliates. Knowledge Channel’s programs are also available on free TV and DTT through School at Home on A2Z. Online learners can watch video lessons on knowledgechannel.org, YouTube, and even on ABS-CBN’s iWant and Just Love Kids. For module-based learners or for those with no access to TV and internet, over 1,000 Knowledge Channel Portable Media Libraries and KnowledgeTV sets were deployed nationwide through sponsorships of local government units and donations from private institutions.

KCFI also shifted its teacher training programs to the virtual space by launching KCTINN or Knowledge Channel Teaching in the New Normal. Teachers were given in-depth pedagogical and hands-on support on how to integrate technology in their teaching within the context of the BE-LCP of DepEd. 336 schools with a total of 2,585 participants were trained on KCTINN. Technical trainings were conducted online in 10 areas in Luzon and Visayas reaching a total of 204 schools and 907 participants. Implementation for the three-day training on Early Childhood Care and Development also started last year in 5 areas with a total of 350 participants comprised of development workers, parents, barangay nutrition scholars and health workers.

To narrow the resources and technology gap in distance learning, KCFI also provided much needed support to parents and learners through special projects. In December 2020, KCFI launched the Big Blue Hearts Campaign in partnership with Mary’s Way Foundation, Globe Telecom, and ABS-CBN to provide Prepaid WiFi Learning Kits and 6 months of internet load allowance to 102 parents and learners from Balibago Elementary School, and Santa Rosa Elementary Schools Central 1 and 3. The collaboration aimed to provide online connectivity to Grade 1 pupils so they could continue their learning at home using the Basa Bilang videos which help improve beginning reading skills.

KCFI provided immediate assistance to disaster-stricken communities through the EduKalidad sa Kalamidad Emergency Education Program where KnowledgeTV sets were deployed in evacuation centers during the Taal volcano eruption so affected learners could continue learning. Towards the end of the year, KCFI, in partnership with ABS-CBN Foundation, raised funds through Tulong-Tulong sa Pag-Ahon Para sa Edukasyon to help communities in Rizal affected by typhoons. Over 2,000 learning kits were donated to DepEd Tanay, San Mateo, and Rodriguez.

KCFI is also actively leading the Education and Children’s Rights and Development clusters for the Lopez Learning Synergy Summit. In partnership with other Lopez companies, the Education cluster is focused on the implementation of the Agham Para sa Pagbabago project in Brgy. Malabrigo, Lobo, Batangas. This project will help enhance the Science curriculum and lesson plans for Grades 3 and 7, provide learning kits and Knowledge Channel video lessons, teacher training and mentoring, and monitoring and evaluation.

On its 21st year, KCFI never ceased to find ways to innovate, adapt and thrive even in the New Normal. Undaunted by the numerous challenges and difficulties the past year has brought, it remains the first educational channel in the country with a library of over 2,000 video lessons and counting, and reaching over 5 million households through satellite, cable, and on-air.

Phil-Asia Assistance Foundation, Inc. (PAAFI)

PAAFI assists elementary, high school and college students in Metro Manila public schools by providing a monthly allowance. In partnership with 23 parishes and two schools, 1,297 scholars were enrolled for schoolyear 2020-2021. This brought to 18,927 the total number of grants provided by PAAFI since 1986.

In 2020, Philippine International Aid (PIA) conducted a virtual concert to aid the families of scholars affected by the pandemic. Food and hygiene packages were distributed to all scholars in July. Tablets were also distributed to 174 PAAFI beneficiaries to assist in their online learning as classes went virtual. Tablets were donated by Hayag Philippines, PIA and PAAFI chairman Marites Lopez.

Among the PAAFI scholars for 2020-2021 are 144 children of ABS-CBN employees who lost their jobs following the denial of the company’s broadcast franchise. A fund-raising initiative of the FPH and FGEN Group called “EduAksyon” focused on providing assistance to these children. Donations came from their companies and employees. LPZ and employees, INAEC Aviation Corp.,  Lopez Inc. and Third Gen Holdings Corporation also sponsored some of the children.

PAAFI also gave financial assistance to 10 scholars and their families whose homes in Silang, Quezon City were washed away or destroyed by Typhoon Ulysses. Due to quarantine protocols, PAAFI did not conduct its traditional Christmas party for beneficiaries, however all of them still received the Christmas gift packages from their sponsors.

PAAFI’s registration with the DSWD and accreditation with the PCNC, both effective until 2021, are due for renewal.

Oscar M. Lopez Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation (OML Center)

The OML Center started 2020 fully geared to respond to the call for climate action by surfacing climate stories from regions and in sectors, and innovative solutions. While some plans were curtailed or delayed by the health emergency, the Center was able to ramp up efforts to ensure the usability of climate information and promote resilience-building through co-produced actionable knowledge.

Aside from the Center’s regular research outputs, other highlights of the Center’s work in 2020 include the Klima Film Festival, which was aimed at mainstreaming climate change conversations through compelling storytelling and cinematic techniques developed by Filipino youth. Held in partnership with the Climate Change Commission (CCC), the top ten films were made available to the public through iWant TFC. Also with the CCC, through its National Panel of Technical Experts, the Center conducted an online forum to assess the current knowledge on sea level rise and foster discussion among key sectors and institutions.

With the Corporate Sustainability Group of First Philippine Holdings Corporation (FPH), the Center was able to successfully complete its assessment of physical risks and climate change impacts associated with FPH assets.

The Center also held the Climate Resilience Challenge, which sought to surface innovative, interdisciplinary solutions-oriented ideas to build climate resilience. The top two solutions that emerged focused on addressing water scarcity by treating agricultural wastewater through constructed wetlands, and establishing a concrete, sustainable and inclusive disaster risk financing for the province of Misamis Oriental.

Binhi English Literacy Foundation, Inc.

For SY 2020-2021, Binhi modified its program in response to the new normal in learning brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Based on the DepEd's Basic Education-Learning Continuing Plan (BE-LCP), Binhi created the ClassHome Kit, a 24 week literacy program utilizing a blended approach of distance learning. The Kit contains instructional videos, school supplies, arts and crafts materials, and enjoyable activity sheets related to the lessons.

LPZ sponsored one Beginning Reading Program Kit 1 class of 25 students of Manggahan Elementary School in Pasig. This learning support rolled out on December 8, 2020 and is currently ongoing. It is expected to culminate in the first week of July 2021. Under this Binhi class, parents are guided by teachers Nancy Monterde and Helen Agura via online communication. Teachers meet with parents weekly for the submission and checking of completed output.

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