ICTSI Foundation fosters community programs

International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) Group had sought ways to help communities where ICTSI terminals operate. These corporate Social responsibility (CSR) initiatives were institutionalized and expanded when the ICTSI Foundation opened in 2010.

In 2013, the Foundation intensified its support for ongoing programs while kicking off new efforts in ICTSI's host communities in Manila, Luzon, and Mindanao, under its three development pillars: education, community and welfare.

The foundation started in 2013 with the holding of the Third Annual Forum with partners in January. The forum provided a venue for the Foundation and its projects partners in Manila, together with public schools, government agencies and non-government organizations, to discuss the accomplishments of the previous year and its 2014 lineup of projects.

In assistance to community education, a scholarship program was given to 95 high school students  in cooperation with Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and six public high schools under the Education Department. In 2013, the foundation provided aid to their five pilot college scholars studying in Manila universities.

Additionally, the foundation donated equipment and advance educational tools to three schools in Manila, Batangas and Davao in 2013.

Through its “My Reading Nook Project” with the help of publisher Adarna House, the foundation provided books to seven elementary schools in Olongapo, General Santos City and Misamis Oriental.

For the well-being of the community, the foundation launched “Parola Solid Waste Management Project” in Manila. The project in two districts of Parola aims to address careless garbage disposal in these areas. The goal is to push for stronger solid waste management in the priority areas of the foundation, both in  communities and schools.

In December 2013, the foundation held a Christmas outreach program to the social institutions of the government such as Nayon ng Kabataan, Elsie Gaches Village, Manila Boys Town and Graces, along with one private religious institution, the Sisters of Charity.  They were given packed meal and assorted goodies as a a small gift for the yuletide season.

For health and sanitation, the foundation conducted two medical-dental mobile clinics in Olongapo and Davao City benefiting 2,500 residents. In partnership with Quota International, a non-government organization (NGO) serving the hearing impaired youth and disadvantaged women and children, 600 beneficiaries availed free medical and dental consultations and medicines.

In a coastal town in Bauan, Batangas, the foundation provided LED light microscope to a rural health laboratory in the area which helps in the accurate readings in the cases of tuberculosis-afflicted residents.

ICTSI Foundation also supports sports and recreation advocacies, serving youth athletes from the marginalized sector, and local or regional sports champions who represent the country in international competitions.

The football team of Tuloy Foundation, an NGO for abandoned and orphan street children, received assistance from the foundation in form of sponsoring uniforms, training and participation in local and international competitions.

Likewise, the foundation sponsored the participation of Little League Philippines' Team Manila in their campaign to defend their title in the 2012 Big League World Series. The softball team also won the 2013 Asia-Pacific Regional Softball Competition in Clark field Pampanga. which earned them a slot to represent Asia-Pacific in the 2013 Big League Softball World Series in Delaware, USA.

Other sports teams that ICTSI foundation supports include Manila Jeepney Football Club,  Philippine Equestrian Team, and the De Lasalle University Green Archers basketball team.

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