Project WASH wins Project Handog 2.0

From Left to Right: Nelson Teodico; Brgy Relations Coordinator Roy Mayormita; WASH Coordinator Marites O Miranda; School Principal Minnie Alcantara; QAQC Inspector Giovanni Losloso; WASH Coordinator Alexis Atienza; School Coordinator

Through the years, the Lopez Group has focused on equipping communities to stand on their own through its various corporate sustainability initiatives. Among these include programs on education and environment, two centerpiece elements that First Balfour aims to address through Project Handog, the company’s corporate sustainability competition.

Launched in May 2015, Project Handog seeks to challenge First Balfour engineers to use their engineering genius for a noble cause. This year, they were asked to come up with innovative solutions using ecobricks to help improve the condition of public schools or communities where the company has its presence. After a series of careful deliberation, the winning Project Handog entry called WASH (Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene) is set to build toilet and hand wash facilities using ecobricks in Pantay Bata Elementary School in Tanauan, Batangas.

“Using ecobricks to build a simple but sturdy structure brings many inspiring messages and transforms waste into something useful. It not only provides a facility for hygiene, it will also educate the students about doing something now to protect the environment and ensure a viable planet in the future,” shares Project Handog Committee Chairman and First Balfour HR Head Carlos Pedro C. Salonga.

For First Balfour, this is our Zero Hero way of giving back with a difference.