WITH 5,555 employees affected, some Lopez Group companies have been operating with a skeleton staff in the aftermath of typhoon Ondoy. We believe charity begins at home, so every effort is being made to assist them, as well as their families, get back on their feet. In particular, Lopez Group Foundation Inc. (LGFI) is accepting cash donations to help rebuild or rehabilitate employees’ homes that have been destroyed by the flood; there are drop-off points within your company to receive cash donations.
Someone has dubbed the post-Ondoy operations “People Power 3.”
Once again, Filipinos—regardless of social status or political affiliation— came together to help and commiserate with the 500,000 people staying in evacuation centers or in the remains of their homes. As we write this, thousands of volunteers are still hard at work with such organizations leading the relief or rescue operations—particularly Sagip Kapamilya—and mobilizing and coordinating with rescuers and victims alike via SMS and posts on Facebook or Twitter. To help, check out our list of establishments and agencies that are accepting volunteers or donations.
We hope to see the same unwavering commitment of our people in about seven months as we troop to the polling precincts to choose our next president. It’s never too early to start scrutinizing the “presidentiables”— whether they have formally thrown their hats into the ring or not—or to scout for election-related volunteerism opportunities. The May 2010 election is a very important one for us, as our October special report stresses. Boto Mo, I-Patrol Mo: Ako ang Simula or BMPM
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At the 10th Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Asian Roundtable, Lopez Group chairman Oscar M. Lopez (OML) underscored the necessity for corporate governance in order for companies to compete globally. The core of OML’s message— that adherence to corporate governance is about being world class—is reflected in Lopez Group companies and their adherence to various internationally recognized standards, such as Investors in People (IiP).
Kudos also go to the three new Accredited in Public Relations (APR) from the Lopez Group: Rosan Cruz, Carla Paras-Sison of Benpres and John Rojo of Bayan. As APRs, they are now part of an exclusive club of only 30 out of the Public Relations Society of the Philippines’s 142 members.