Philippine Time: 10:49 AM    |   October 21, 2017

CSR Initiatives

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Giving back to the community

GT Capital Holdings, Inc. (GT Capital) reaffirms its commitment to corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability as integral to its business. Developing communities and protecting the environment work hand-in-hand with the company’s strategic direction. Thus, GT Capital seeks long-term value not only through its corporate initiatives, but also through corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability projects.

GT Capital’s component companies are hard at work establishing timely and effective programs to tackle the challenges facing communities. Some of these projects address disaster relief and recovery, while others stimulate sustainable development and ensure an environmentally-friendly value chain. The company also focuses on customer welfare and occupational health and safety policies that promote rigorous standards, such as those implemented by Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation and other component companies.


Metrobank Group founder and Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty had always envisioned Metrobank to be not just one of the best banks in thecountry, but to be an institution that effectively contributes to achieving sustainable and developed communities while creating opportunities and wellsprings of hope for individuals who are considered key pillars of nation-building.

With this in mind, Dr. Ty established the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) in 1979 to serve as the main corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm of the Bank. Since its inception, the Foundation has been involved in social development initiatives throughout the country, implementing programs in the fields of education, visual arts, social development, and healthcare. The Foundation has also maintained active and dynamic partnerships with like-minded organizations that provide similar services for the underprivileged sectors of society.

As Metrobank celebrated its 53rd year in 2015, the Foundation marked its 36th. And, much like in previous years, Metrobank’s anniversary celebration on September 3, 2015 was anchored on its tradition of recognizing exemplary public servants—teachers, police officers, and soldiers who are considered the country’s unsung heroes and who make up the solid foundation of Philippine society.

For one thing, the 2015 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos—a collective of the awardees of the Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), and Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS)—were awarded in grand ceremonies at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium. The awardees were given trophies and specially designed gold medallions as well as a combined cash prize of 13 million pesos.

The week-long recognition program for the awardees also included courtesy calls to the Senate of the Philippines and the House of Representatives where resolutions commending their achievements were presented by members of both legislative houses. And for the first time in the history of the searches, the awardees were presented to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.

Through the years, the Foundation has also been an important grant-making organization, supporting countless projects and programs. In 2015, the Foundation supported a total of 119 socio-civic and charitable organizations with a consolidated grant amount of Php28 million to aid programs and projects in education, healthcare, and good governance.

Moreover, during its annual Anniversary Grants Turnover Ceremony, Metrobank Foundation awarded Php 15 million worth of grants to 40 chosen social development partners to support the latter’s programs and projects that benefit the marginalized and underprivileged sectors.

Some of the beneficiaries are Bikes for the Philippines Foundation and the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation who are, in turn, supporting the Department of Education’s “Pedals and Paddles Project: Bayanihang Bangka at Bisikleta,” which funded a total of 153 units of reconditioned bicycles and 10 units of motorized boats as transportation of students from far-flung areas, to and from their schools.

The Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE), in its 31st year of fostering Filipino artistry and creativity, continued to serve as a venue to develop holistic and well-rounded artists and designers while fueling their passion to create art for the common good. Part of MADE’s aim is to discover professional designers who are advocates of sustainable design solutions.

With the year’s theme "Empowering Dreams for an Inspired Nation," MADE’s recognition programs in painting, sculpture, architecture and interior design sought to challenge this generation of artists and designers to dream and expand their horizons and use their creativity to inspire the nation. On September 24, the 2015 MADE awardees were then recognized in ceremonies held at the Le Pavillon in Pasay City. The event was attended by personalities and individuals from the art and design industry.

The Foundation also believes that despite the nobility of their profession and amidst the hazards they face, journalists receive very little recognition for their important contribution as bearers of truth. It is for this reason that the Foundation has instituted the recognition program for the country’s exemplary journalists, upholding the indispensable role of journalists in shaping public opinion through the accurate reportage of facts.

As such, in its efforts to honor and celebrate commendable journalists, the Foundation, in partnership with Probe Media Foundation, awarded the second batch of Metrobank Foundation Journalists of the Year (JOY) on October 22 at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium. The JOY Search is a tribute to some of the country’s finest media practitioners whose noble work and countless sacrifice form an important pillar of Philippine democracy—the right to expression and informed choice.

The three awardees were:Maria Teresa "Marites" D. Vitug, editor-at-large of Rappler; Horacio "Howie" G. Severino, news anchor and Vice President for Professional Development of GMA Network, Inc.; and Nancy C. Carvajal, senior reporter of The Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Aside from all its recognition programs for teachers, soldiers, policemen, artists, and journalists, the Foundation also continues to provide assistance and support to the areas affected by super typhoon Yolanda. Through interventions in education, livelihood and health, the Foundation was able to do its share in rebuilding the devastated areas and aiding affected families.

In partnership with Plan International and with the generous donations of the Metrobank Group’s stakeholders and partners, the Foundation was able to construct 25 disaster-resilient classrooms in public schools in Eastern Samar and Leyte, which were all completed and inaugurated in 2015. The Foundation also turned over a total of 506 fishing boats to fishermen in the Visayas.

Meanwhile, the GT Foundation, the family foundation of the Ty family, also in partnership with Plan International, constructed three disaster-resilient barangay health stations equipped with birthing facilities in the municipalities of Mercedes and Guiuan in Eastern Samar and Palo, Leyte. MBFI, together with the GT Foundation, also donated Php 10 million to aid the Luzon provinces affected by super typhoon Lando (international name Koppu), coursing the donation to Caritas Manila and some media organizations.

The Foundation also made the celebration of the Chinese New Year more meaningful through its annual Bags of Blessing project. In this initiative, the Foundation distributed some Php10 million worth of food items, benefiting 10,000 families in 20 cities and provinces nationwide.

Maintaining its position as a leader in business communication and public relations, the Metrobank Foundation was recognized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP) and the International Association of Business Communicators-Philippines (IABC-Philippines).

During PRSP’s 50th Anvil Awards, the Foundation bagged one Platinum Anvil award, five Gold Anvil awards, and three Silver Anvil awards for its various programs in 2014. Moreover, the Foundation reaped a total of 10 Quills in IABC-Philippines’ Philippine Quill Awards,including its first Top Award for Communication Management for the entry “Metrobank Group Helping Hands Relief and Rehabilitation Response forYolanda survivors,” which was also conferred an Award of Excellence.

Indeed, the year 2015 was another busy and meaningful one for the Metrobank Foundation. In the coming years, the Foundation aims to remain committed to its endeavor of recognizing the role models of Philippine society while renewing the general public’s appreciation for the arts. On top of these, the Foundation will continue to support important sectors of society and provide help where it is most needed.


GT Foundation, Inc.

GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI) was established in 2009 to integrate the philanthropic activities of Dr. George S.K. Ty and family, and invest in strategic programs that advance the development of underprivileged communities.

In 2015, GTFIsought to reinforce its educational thrust with the addition of new legacy projects and scholarship programs for college, technical-vocational education and training (TVET), and senior high school.

Dr. George S.K. Ty Advanced Instrumentation Building

As part of its commitment to the advancement of engineering and technology study and research in the country, GTFI recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with De La Salle University to pledge PhP100 million for the construction of the Clean Room Building of the Engineering Laboratory and Technology facility at the De La Salle University Science and Technology Complex in Biñan City, Laguna.

The building, which will be named the Dr. George S.K. Ty Advanced Instrumentation Building, will be composed of four floors and a roof deck with a total floor area of 4,265 square meters. It is designed for sensitive equipment and testing of scientific research and it will house state-of-the-art laboratories and specialized rooms for dust-free tests and experiments. The building is envisioned to be integral in the development of innovation among the University’s engineering programs upon its completion in 2016.

Franklin Drilon Scholarship: A GT Foundation and Panay Energy Development Corporation Initiative

Ten students were selected to receive the Senator Franklin Drilon Scholarship grant that aims to assist bright but financially-challenged students towards productivity and employability as a means to lift them out of poverty.

The scholarship program is a full scholarship support divided among two tracks: a full baccalaureate degree in various disciplines at the Manila Tytana Colleges for seven scholars and a full automotive servicing certification program at Toyota Motor Philippines School of Technology for the three other scholars.

Community Health Stations with Birthing Facilities

GTFI concluded its Typhoon Haiyan recovery and rehabilitation initiatives in June 2015 with the inauguration of three community health stations with birthing facilities in the municipalities of Palo, Leyte, and Guiuan and Mercedes in Eastern Samar. These climate-change ready and disaster-resilient stations were built in partnership with Plan International – Philippines to deliver basic health services for the community as well as administer normal births through the rural health units.


Through the years, Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (TMP) has coursed its community work through the Toyota Motor Philippines Foundation (TMPF), the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm. In 2015, TMPF continued to pursue its social development projects in education, health, and the environment.

In line with its CSR initiatives in the field of education, TMPF adopted Pulong Sta. Cruz Elementary School (PSCES), as part of the company’s Adopt-A-School Program. The foundation donated voice amplifiers, which aim to help the teachers of the adopted school in their lectures and ensure better learning for the students.

In February, TMPF held its annual “Lakbay Aral” Educational Tour, this time for PSCES students. The participants toured the Philippine Science Centrum in Marikina City, the Lopez Museum, and the Ark Avilon Zoo Park in Pasig City. A month later, the Foundation then held its annual “Toyota Quest for the Best” Quiz Bee at the adopted school. Some 12 winners were awarded with cash prizes and trophies. Also in March and in time for graduation, TMPF gave gift certificates and tokens to the top five graduates of PSCES.

In April, TMPF awarded gift certificates to eight scholar-graduates for school year 2014-2015 who received honors from the following partner schools: College of Technological Sciences – Cebu, Guzman College of Science and Technology, and Lingayen Technological Institute.

In line with the annual “Brigada Eskwela”, TMPF donated painting and cleaning materials, while TMP Tech faculty, staff and students and TMP Team Members volunteered to help clean and refurbish the school facilities prior to opening of classes in June. TMPF also supported the annual physical examination of PSCES’s 79 teachers.

In December, TMPF donated two Engine Training Simulators (4E Gas Engine and 2L Diesel Engine) to Lingayen Technological Institute to aid students in automotive training.

In line with its CSR initiatives in health care, TMPF donated one Dialysis Machine to the Dialysis Center of the Santa Rosa Community Hospital (SRCH) in May.

In October, TMPF, together with Breast Cancer Imperative, Inc. (BRCAI) and the Philippine Foundation for Breastcare, Inc., conducted a talk on breast care and held a clinical breast examination and mammogram screening for the female teachers of PSCES. Also in October, TMPF conducted its 51st Medical and Dental Outreach Program (MDOP) at Malitlit Elementary School in Santa Rosa City, Laguna with 1,178 patients served.

In line with its initiatives for the environment, TMPF participated in the Sikad-Lakad-Takbo Para sa Kalikasan” (SILAKBO) activity in April. The activity was part of the Earth Day celebration of the city government of Santa Rosa, Laguna and was organized for the benefit of Save the Silang-Santa Rosa River Foundation. Some 33 Toyota Team Members participated in the activity as part of the organizing committee and as Run Marshalls.

In September, TMPF supported the 2015 International Coastal Clean-up in September by bringing 31 volunteers to the clean-up activity held at the Baywalk, Roxas Boulevard, Manila.

In October, TMPF inaugurated the Toyota Environment Education Theater (TEET) and conducted a Tree-planting activity at the Makiling Botanic Gardens (MBG) of the University of the Philippines-Los Baños. The volunteers planted 660 seedlings at the Toyota Adopt-A-Forest area.


The core of GBPC’s corporate social responsibility focuses on the health and education needs of the communities in which it serves. For one thing, GBPC has adopted 29 barangay health centers, particularly in Toledo, Iloilo, and Mindoro. These health centers have been receiving quarterly donations of medicine for common illnesses like cough and fever. As of end-2015, more than 27,700 beneficiaries were served by this program.

GBPC also continued with its scholarship program in 2015. In the program, elementary school scholars received school supplies and uniform while the high school scholars received a Php10,000 stipend each. For school year 2015-2016, the program has 372 scholars in elementary school and 233 scholars in high school, for a total of 605 scholars for the school year.

Acknowledging that its adopted communities have varying, often urgent, needs that can’t be immediately addressed by the local government for budgetary reasons, GBPC has also implemented social development programs on top of health and education-related initiatives to ensure that the needs of these communities are met.

In 2015, most of GBPC’s social development efforts were for Iloilo, one of the company’s major bases of operations. During the year, GBPC helped renovate and repair chapels, day care centers, and gyms; and put up waiting sheds in its adopted communities in the province. The company also established several health centers in identified barangays in the province and repaired and paved several important roads.


The thrust of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs of Federal Land, Inc. (Fed Land) for 2013 was towards re-greening the Philippine countryside and responding to the needs of calamity victims. As one of the leading property developers in the country, Fed Land commits itself not only to providing homes and masterplanned communities in strategic locations but also to environmental sustainability.

This commitment was very much evident in 2013 when volunteers from Fed Land joined around a hundred employees from the Metrobank Group in a tree-planting activity in Mt. Makiling, Laguna. The tree-planters were able to overcome a muddy and slippery kilometer-long trail from U.P. Los Baños to a forested area where they planted over 500 tree seedlings.

The company also did its share to help victims of super typhoon Yolanda by donating Php1.0 million for the Helping Hands relief and rehabilitation operations spearheaded by the Metrobank Foundation, Inc.


PCFI’s social development thrust has always been anchored on its tagline, “Creating communities, transforming lives.” The company has always initiated CSR projects that aim to transform lives in more ways than one. In 2015, the real estate company decided to focus on reaching out to the elderly and doing its share to positively transform their lives.

During the holiday season, PCFI representatives took the time to give food and gifts to the elderly of Kanlungan ni Maria Home for the Aged in Antipolo City, Rizal. The PCFI representatives also provided an afternoon of entertainment. The elders were treated to jokes by fellow residents and sang along to Christmas songs provided by a trio of musicians.

The activity was so successful that it was replicated in Iloilo City where PCFI visited the residents of Asilo De Molo, a home for the elderly run by the Daughters of Charity of the Philippines. Much like in the previous outreach activity, PCFI brought some Christmas cheer to the residents by offering food and gifts and providing entertainment to the elderly residents of the home.


In 2015, the CSR programs of AXA Philippines covered two major initiatives: the establishment of a major partnership with the Philippine Cancer Society, Inc. (PCSI) and the holding of an outreach activity in Smokey Mountain. AXA Philippines’ partnership with PCSI was for initiatives aimed at increasing the awareness of cancer prevention and treatment and the need for planning and preparing for the financial impact of critical illnesses like cancer. As part of the partnership, AXA Philippines committed to donate P100 for every AXA health insurance policy sold, resulting in a recent donation of Php1 million to the non-profit organization.

AXA Philippines also visited Young Focus, a non-profit organization that implements various programs to support the development of the children from the Smokey Mountain area in Tondo through education. The visit offered AXA employees the chance to meet the beneficiaries of Young Focus and directly interact with the community. AXA Philippines has planned further interaction among AXA employees and the children in Smokey Mountain in the future.