OML Center and the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth (OFY)
The work of FPH to help build the nation extends in particular to the areas of climate change research and music education, through OML Center and the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth (OFY).
OML Center: Legacy for sustainable development
The Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation Inc. Objective is to formulate practical solutions that will benefit communities, solutions whose tangible outcomes help address the concerns of the most vulnerable during the dawn of the new normal brought about by climate change.
With this in mind, the center has teamed up with frontline government agencies, leading academic institutions and organizations such as the Climate Change Commission; the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration; National Academy of Science and Technology; United States Agency for International Development; the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation; the University of the Philippines; Ateneo de Manila University; and De La Salle University.
In 2013, the center started to work on building climate resilient communities. This effort focused on five key areas: enabling solution deployment and national/local government liaison; awarding of research grants; conducting in-house research and scientific activities; recognizing scientists’ achievements; and building network and raising awareness.
In the wake of Yolanda, the center’s leadership and team focused more on providing national and local government agencies and communities with necessary scientific information. This has proven to be vital in outlining new steps to restore settlements, facilities and livelihoods, and to rebuild ecosystems in the typhoon-affected areas.
OFY: Singing for a better future
Borne from the vision of FPH chairman Federico R. Lopez, ABS-CBN chairman Eugenio Lopez III and Gerard Salonga to create a worldclass orchestra that would showcase Filipino talent, the OFY—the youth ensemble of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra—serves as the training ground for musicians from underprivileged families.
Handpicked from existing ensembles throughout the Philippines, OFY scholars, whose ages range from nine to 21 years old, are supervised and trained by some of the most well-known musicians and artists of the country.
To date, the number of scholars has increased from 40 to 52 under OFY, and from 35 to 43 under the prep club; while the number of OFY satellite centers has also grown from six to 10—providing 270 beneficiaries with free lessons, meals, transportation and instrument support. (Hazel Velasco)