Corporate Social Responsibility

#StuffItChallenge winners go to KidZania Manila

First Balfour Zero Hero – an internal environmental sustainability campaign – introduced an interdepartmental competition dubbed as the #StuffItChallenge in March 2017. The program which ran until the end of May had employees stuff empty plastic bottles with non-biodegradable waste. The stuffed bottles or ecobricks will then be used to build simple structures in public schools where First Balfour has its operations. More than a thousand ecobricks were collected from

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First Balfour Signs MOA with TIP

First Balfour recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) for various capability development activities. Founded in 1962, TIP is a private, non-sectarian higher education institution offering various technical, arts, and science courses. The MOA signing, led by First Balfour President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Anthony L. Fernandez and TIP President Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz, intends to tie-up the two companies for activities aimed

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First Balfour Signs MOA with Paranaque Schools for Project K12

26 April MOA Signing | L-R: Dr. Arcadio Santos NHS TLE Teacher Laureano Macatuggal and Principal Corazon Mandar, First Balfour SVP Caloy Salonga and President and COO Anthony Fernandez, Parañaque NHS Principal Dr. Rosendo Abulog and Asst. Principal Rodel Valejos One of the key features of the K+12 Basic Education Reform of the Department of Education (DepEd) is the inclusion of two more years of specialized secondary education or Senior

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Bringing Joy to the Kids of Kabaritan

A total of 386 students of Kabaritan Elementary School were cheered by employees of First Balfour. in their outreach activity held last November 19. The Company donated bags filled with school supplies and basic necessities, in aid of the students who had been victims of the typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng. Aside from the students’ houses, their school has also been heavily damaged by the floods. Since then, First Balfour has

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First Balfour Sponsors KCh’s LEEP Training Program

First Balfour once again partners with the Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. (KCFI) to sponsor the Learning Effectively Through Enhanced Pedagogies (LEEP) program for selected public schools in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. Developed by former Department of Education Secretary Dr. Fe Hidalgo and her team, the 3-day training program seeks to enable the participants from public elementary and secondary schools to use K to 12 concepts in classroom activities using enhanced pedagogies

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First Balfour helps build Bayanijuan’s Calauan Community

Last May 5, First Balfour, in partnership with First Philippine Holdings Corporation and Lopez Group Foundation, Inc. officially launched to the community the Calauan resettlement area in Laguna. First Balfour shouldered the rehabilitation of two school buildings and the design and building of the Calauan livelihood center and a covered basketball court. The ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Oscar M. Lopez Dayap Elementary School was led by no other than OML

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First Balfour Receives Scroll of Honor from PRC

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Blood Services awarded First Balfour with a Scroll of Honor during its Blood Donors Recognition Ceremony last August 6 at the Manila Hotel. Human Resources (HR) – Employee Relations’ Anchel Cruz, who has been spearheading First Balfour’s annual bloodletting activity since 2003, and Environment, Safety and Health’s (ESH) Mehlani Morada received the plaque from PRC Governor Rosalind Wee (leftmost in photo). The Scroll of Honor

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First Balfour Blood Donation Drive Reaches A Decade

It was in 2003 when First Balfour held its first blood donation drive. This year, its foremost Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative celebrates its 10th anniversary with the theme “Be Someone’s Superhero: Save Lives By Donating Blood.” Organized in cooperation with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), this year’s blood drive held last March 2 in the Head Office Training Room witnessed a good turnout. Seventy qualified donors – a significant

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LGBU Feeding Program

As part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities, the First Balfour Leyte Geothermal Business Unit (LGBU) Projects organized a feeding program for 100 Day Care children at the Lim-ao Barangay Hall, Kananga, Leyte last October 14. Joined by Project Managers Alfredo S. Maninang, Jr. and Benedict S. Suaco, field engineers and project nurses took turns in pouring these kids’ bowls with arrozcaldo prepared by the project management team.

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First Balfour partners with Knowledge Channel

First Balfour donated educational television packages from Knowledge Channel to the Inawayan Elementary School (IES) in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Norte and the Binugao National High School (BNHS) in Toril, Davao City. In the turnover ceremony of the “Gift of Knowledge” held last January 25, First Balfour President & COO shares that, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility efforts, the company finds ways to foster good relations and help

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Run for Greener Pasture

The Leyte Geothermal Business Unit (LGBU) Various Projects’ Environment, Safety and Health (ESH) and Human Resources (HR) Departments collaborated to hold its first Run for Greener Pasture, a fun run and tree planting activity held at the Lake Danao Park, Brgy. Danao, Leyte last October 25. The Project Management Team ran 2 kilometers to the site where they planted 200 seedlings of Laua-an Trees at the foot rail of the

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Project Teams Join Brigada Eskwela 2015

Every year, the Department of Education (DepEd) conducts the National Schools Maintenance Week more popularly known as Brigada Eskwela. Now on its 12th year, this school maintenance activity engages all education stakeholders to contribute their time, effort, and resources in ensuring that public school facilities are prepared in time for the school opening. Several First Balfour project teams volunteered for this year’s Brigada by helping repaint classrooms and fixing damaged

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Roots in Boots

To help boost awareness on proper waste management as well as combat deforestation, the Environment, Safety, and Health (ESH) Team of the NJ3RD Access Road & Pad Development Project launched Roots on Boots as part of their Waste Minimization Program. Damaged and used safety boots were recycled as temporary nursing pots for seedlings given by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO)

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All out for First Balfour Zero Hero

More than 40 First Balfour employees were in attendance during the Climate Reality Project (CRP) and Be+Aware presentation made by Perpi Tiongson of the Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation. Held to launch the second phase of First Balfour’s Zero Hero, the CRP and Be+Aware campaign brought eye-opening facts about climate change and urged attendees to come up with commitment cards towards creating

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BGBU Project Team Joins Coastal Clean-up Drive

In line with the celebration of the World Environment Month, the Bacman Geothermal Business Unit (BGBU) Project Team participated in the Pick It Up, Clean It Up, and Sea Change: Coastal Clean-up Drive at the Sorsogon City bay walk last 20 June 2015. Organized in cooperation with the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Sorsogon, the two-hour clean-up drive was held to help minimize water pollution and raise

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