Simulations and drills for earthquake, landslide to be implemented in four Benguet municipalities

In an effort to build disaster-resilient communities, a series of landslide and earthquake drills and simulations will be implemented in four Benguet municipalities covered by the current World Food Programme (WFP) project during the first quarter. The activity aimed to measure effectiveness of the developed Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) plans, an output of …

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More tourists visit Mt. Purgatory-Mangisi, sustainable eco-tourism ensured

Records by the Bokod Municipal Tourism Office show a hike in Mount Purgatory- Mangisi visitors, a notable impact of the information, education and communication (IEC) campaign for the promotion of the eco-tourism site. Based on records, visitors increased to an average 200- 300 per month from its former 50-100 trend. Highest record was 643 during …

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Microfinance clients undergo disaster preparedness and response training, meat processing

A training on disaster preparedness and response and meat processing was attended by 120 Microfinance clients on November 25-27, 2015. The disaster preparedness and response (DPR) training aimed to provide practical ways for clients to better prepare their families in the event of a disaster. With Christopher Bartolo, a seasoned broadcaster as the resource speaker, …

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COMMUNITY LEADERS AS ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPIONS Communities sharing responsibility for the Amburayan River

On January 20-22, 2016 a training for the deputation of river and forest rangers for the Amburayan river basin and watershed was conducted in Santol, La Union. Representatives from People’s Organizations and community members from covered barangays were capacitated and empowered toward environmental protection. Melchor Ramirez, the leader of the Barangay Salvacion Farmer’s Association and …

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BRIDGING CULTURES AND COMMUNITIES: Shared goals for river protection

On December 23, 2015 the community of Barangay Ramot in Santol, La Union gathered for their annual barangay meeting to discuss and celebrate their achievements for the year. Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. along with Leonard Cachero, a researcher from Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University were present to gather data and report on the …

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COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY Creating a culture of environmental consciousness

On November 3, 2015 the community leaders of barangay Up-uplas in Sudipen, La Union gathered for a session to discuss, among other concerns, the state of the Amburayan River. The Jaime V. OngpinFoundation, Inc. (JVOFI) was present to facilitate the discussion and provide updates of the project, Protecting and Defending the Amburayan River Basin and …

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JVOFI turns 35: Ensuring a legacy of sustainability for future generations

JVOFI reached another milestone as it celebrated its 35 years founding anniversary at the University of the Cordilleras PE Building Multipurpose Hall on December 18. Bearing the theme “Ensuring a legacy of sustainability for future generations,” the new tagline of JVOFI, the occasion commenced with the opening of a photo exhibit showcasing its different programs …

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JVOFI Joins the UN Global Compact

Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. is now a participant in the United Nations (UN) Global Compact. Started in 2005, the Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative calling companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals. The Global …

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JVOFI FY2014-15 Annual Report Now Available

Our latest annual report is now available! Read the report here.

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PMFTC Bridge Scholarship to assist poor but deserving students

One hundred eighty underprivileged but deserving students are set to become scholars of the PMFTC BRIDGE Scholarship Program starting the second semester of school year 2015-2016. BRIDGE stands for “Nurturing and Bridging the Gap in Education among Youth.” The scholarship is part of the PMFTC Access to Education Program that aims “to increase the level …

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