Metro Pacific Investments Foundation Inc. (MPIF), the corporate social responsibility arm of leading infrastructure conglomerate Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), has distributed 50 bicycles to members of the Aeta community in Sapang Uwak, Porac, Pampanga.
Through a beneficiary partnership with Neo Zigma Cycle Corporation and Interval Gear Events Management (IGEM), MPIF mobilized the fifth stage of its Puhunang Pangkabuhayan program for alternative livelihoods, with the help of Pinatubo Eco-Adventure and Cultural Enclave Katutubong Anak ng Mount Pinatubo (PEACE KAMP) and Alagang Kapatid Foundation Inc.
“We are extremely grateful that the cycling events similarly organized by Neo Zigma can raise social awareness especially for the indigenous communities who have been among our beneficiaries,” said MPIF President Melody del Rosario. “We look forward to more meaningful collaborations that will broaden our reach and increase our livelihood programs through MPIF’s Puhunang Pangkabuhayan.”
For our Kababayang Katutubo
PEACE KAMP, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization, was established to address the lack of opportunity and poverty faced by the Aetas of Sapang Uwak, who, like other rural communities, are affected by the effects and fallout of insurgency, volcano eruptions and neglect. The organization’s primary goal is to build capacity by training and developing Aetas to support indigenous skills for sustainable economic endeavors.
With the goal of rehabilitation and resurgence in mind, MPIF developed Puhunang Pangkabuhayan to become a sustainable alternative livelihood program to benefit vulnerable sectors by providing the tools to get them back on their feet.
This partnership between MPIF and PEACE KAMP was sparked by a mutual belief that development and progress ensure that no one is left behind simply because of their circumstances – primarily those who are less fortunate, vulnerable, excluded and oppressed.
“Our Aeta brothers have the potential to contribute to local economies, but simply lack the means to channel their untapped abilities,” said PEACE KAMP Community Relations Coordinator Patricia Mas. “With the support of like-minded advocates like MPIF and their partners, we are opening a door for them to create even more value in our society.”
Building capacity with bikes
Puhunang Pangkabuhayan in Sapang Uwak was made possible through MPIF’s beneficiary partnership with Neo Zigma Cycle Corporation and Interval Gear Events Management (IGEM), the organizers of the 1st Philippines Cycling Festival. The donation was equivalent to 20% of the cash sponsorship generated, registration fee and expo ticketing fee. Beyond reinforcing the positive cycling culture in the country, the event also became a ground for all participants to invest in meaningful programs through the MPIF.
“We are blessed to have been able to link our passion for cycling with MPIF’s goal to help create a better life for our people,” said Neo Zigma Vice President Stephanie Sioco. “Our partnership has given a different kind of power to these bikes, as they are now a way for this community to access a better life.”
In June last year, Puhunang Pangkabuhayan provided more than 110 alternative livelihood tools such as bicycles, sewing and edging machines, pocket Wi-Fi units and charging kits to retailers in areas of Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Surigao del Norte and Pangasinan.
Puhunang Pangkabuhayan is aligned with Gabay Kabuhayan, one of Gabay’s advocacy groups MVP for sustainable Philippines. It is also part of MPIC’s efforts to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular 1 No Poverty and 17 Partnerships for the Goals.
This partnership reinforces MPIF’s role alongside MPIC, as the greatest catalyst for a sustainable Philippines, aiming to improve life in the country by providing essential services and mobilizing advocacy that improves the quality of life for all. Filipinos.