Thursday, August 17, 2006

Lexmark Supports PBSP's Upland Project

PBSP and Lexmark International Philippines signed a Memorandum of Agreement for a partnership for the reforestation costs, environment related project implementation, institution building to BUKID Multi Purpose Cooperative (MPC), The BUKID MPC is an assisted cooperative of PBSP's Cebu Watershed Management Program (CWMP). This project is a part of the enterprise support to include abaca production to the upland farmers who are members of the BUKID MPC.

The photo above during the MOA signing: From right: Mr. John F. Domingo, Chair of PBSP Visayas Executive Committee (VIXCOM) and President of Magellan Veneer Corporation; Mr. Paul Flutty, President of Lexmark International Philippines; & Ms. Eileen Mangubat, Member of PBSP VIXCOM & Chair of PBSP's Hillyland Committee and Publisher of Cebu Daily News.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Cebu Business Fights Poverty Through CSR

PBSP hosted the “Freedom from Poverty: Cebu Business Fights Poverty Through Corporate Social Responsibility.” The luncheon corporate event was held at the Casino EspaƱol De Cebu last August 2, 2006 and was attended by 62 people coming from 35 companies and CSR partner organizations.

During the forum, Mr. Jose Levi Villanueva of the UnionBank, Chair of the PBSP Visayas Executive Committee and Member of the PBSP Visayas Executive Committee, presented the poverty reduction and corporate social responsibility thrusts of PBSP Visayas.

The keynote speaker of the event Ms. Yolanda V. Ong, Group Chairperson of Campaigns & Grey, showcased the moral and practical and aspects of engaging in CSR. She also emphasized the importance of strategically communicating the CSR initiatives of companies and advocacy works of various organizations.

The corporate gathering was opened with the performance of the "Pandanggo sa Ilaw" by the dance troupe of the Cebu State College of Science and Technology. Towards the end, the attendees joined the PBSP Board and staff in lighting the candles as expression of support to CSR.

One of the milestones of the Forum was the show of interest of some non-member companies to implement CSR into their core business. There were also inquiries by some non-member companies on how to become a member of PBSP, to which this is being followed up by PBSP staff.