Using Eco-friendly and Safe Building Products for a Green and Healthy Home

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Manila, Philippines. Apr 21, 2015 — Building a green home doesn’t mean sacrificing the budget, design, comfort, or durability. By using materials like the HardieFlex® fiber cement boards from James Hardie — homeowners gain sustainability, cost-efficiency and safeguard for the health of their family.

James Hardie building materials are low in VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and contain no asbestos which are substances that can harm humans and the environment. HardieFlex® fiber cement boards are made from unbleached pine wood pulp from sustainable plantation timber, ordinary Portland cement, sand, water and small amounts of additives. Moreover, when properly installed and maintained, HardieFlex® boards create thermally comfortable and energy efficient homes.

Because HardieFlex® building materials are combined wood pulp, cement and sand, they are resistant to fire, termite, moisture, impact, and rotting. Simply put, HardieFlex® fiber cement boards will last a long time, and incur lower replacement, maintenance and repair dues.

With a product for different parts of the house — HardieFlex Walls, HardieFlex Wet Area Solution, HardieFlex Senepa, HardieFlex Eaves, HardiePlank Siding, HardieFlex Ceilings, and HardieFlex Flooring — these mean more savings in the in the long run. Additionally, James Hardie offers a 10-year product warranty in all of its products as well as technical and customer support assistance with nationwide availability.

It’s time for home owners to consider going green with James Hardie building materials that are environment-friendly, cost-efficient, energy-saving and most especially, safe for Filipino families.


AmCham ScholaRUN Event Raises P1M for scholarships

Manila, Philippines, April 15, 2015 – Over 3,367 runners composed of 477 Chevron employees and 2,890 delegates from American Chamber of Commerce member-companies raced around Bonifacio Global City (BGC) during the 4th AmCham ScholaRUN to raise funds for select 100 underprivileged but deserving Filipino students.

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Runners from Chevron celebrates their one-two combo of finishing and helping send disadvantaged but bright students to school.


The charity run generated more than 1 million pesos that will go to AmCham Foundation’s scholarship program to support scholars in both vocational and college levels. The number of participants grew by 1,000 this year, a sign of growing support for the annual event. Since the yearly activity started, the American Chamber Foundation Philippines Inc. (ACF) in partnership with Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex fuel and lubricants, has given education opportunities for hundreds of ACF scholars. ACF has supported numerous graduates who are currently working in various companies, locally and globally.

Finishers of the 3k, 5k and 10k categories all received commemorative medals for their participation aside from getting a fun workout with colleagues and friends.

Finishing 3rd in the 5k category, Janice Trinidad, Expatriate Assignee Counselor of Chevron Holdings Inc. (CHI), proudly said, “It feels great to run for a good cause. I fully support this annual activity because I know it’s a privilege to help provide education for our country’s next generation of leaders.”

Lenovo empowers youths in bolstering barangay health awareness

MANILA, Philippines- March 31, 2015: As Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Awards Foundation, Inc.’s sponsor and consistent technology partner for four years, Lenovo has once again supported the organization in promoting Filipino youth’s active involvement in their communities. This year, Lenovo presented the “2014 Most Innovative Project” award to the Order of Asclepius (OA) of West Visayas State University’s College of Medicine for its innovative use of technology in spreading health information around Iloilo barangay communities.

Michael Ngan, Country General Manager, Lenovo Philippines poses with Angeli Nicole Portigo, Grand Lady Asclepian, Order of Asclepius (OA) of West Visayas State University’s College of Medicine after the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Awards Foundation, Inc. ceremony.
Michael Ngan, Country General Manager, Lenovo Philippines poses with Angeli Nicole Portigo, Grand Lady Asclepian, Order of Asclepius (OA) of West Visayas State University’s College of Medicine after the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Awards Foundation, Inc. ceremony.


“Lenovo aims to become an agent of national change by empowering local communities through technological innovation. We are proud to honor the Order of Asclepius as this year’s Most Innovative Project awardee, and we hope to inspire more youth groups to become nation-building advocates that leverage on the power of technology in serving their respective communities,” said Michael Ngan, Country General Manager, Lenovo Philippines.

Spreading health information through videos

As a health-oriented non-profit organization, OA promotes community health and offers humanitarian services in the spirit of social responsibility. It is composed of 55 resident members along with over 500 senior members and medical professionals who regularly conduct free medical and surgical missions as well as other healthcare campaigns.

Having seen the disproportionate number of barangay health workers serving barangay residents, OA produced a two-episode video, Order in Action: Videos for Health Skills (OAVHS), to ensure that communities have access to basic health care. OAVHS demonstrates how to monitor vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate, pulse rate, temperature, and respiratory rate – reducing barangay residents’ reliance on local health centers, some of which can only accommodate a maximum of 50 patients per day. The two-part video also provides first aid instructions for handling basic wound care, fractures, and animal bites. OA has distributed the OAVHS videos and even provided DVD players along with basic health kits to health centers in five local barangays.

The OAVHS videos have since helped barangay residents become more responsible by placing their health in their own hands. Through the health initiative, beneficiary communities have become more health conscious, with proper health records and monitoring practices.

Leveraging on Lenovo for community empowerment

Following OAVHS’ success, OA plans to reach out to barangay health centers in more rural communities. OA will also continue making videos to educate barangay residents with topics covering basic life support, mental health awareness, and basic hygiene. OA eventually intends to leverage on mobile devices like tablets to meet the organization’s growing presentation needs while reducing reliance on DVD players, which can only be used in health centers with electricity.

“The Order of Asclepius is continually developing more videos to make health care and sanitation information more accessible to rural communities. As we expand our video library, we are banking on tablets such as the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2, to better spread the word and improve health literacy, especially in areas without access to electricity,” said Angeli Nicole Portigo, Grand Lady Asclepian, Order of Asclepius.

As a token, Lenovo sponsored OA with a Yoga Tablet 2 to help the organization cope with presentation requirements in more rural areas. Featuring an epic 18-hour battery life, the Yoga Tablet 2 functions effortlessly in Hold, Tilt, Stand, and Hang modes, shattering the norm in tablet endurance and user mobility. With the Yoga Tablet 2 in hand, OAVHS can cross various adoption barriers such as power outages and the absence of electrical sockets with ease, thus solidifying their cause to emphasise the importance of healthcare in rural areas.

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Chevron computer donation boosts police e-blotter system

Chevron PC donation to piliceBatangas, Philippines. April 6, 2015 – The municipal police in San Pascual, Batangas has reinforced its e-blotter system recently with the use of computers and printers donated by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex fuel and lubricants, and Chevron Holdings Inc. (CHI), a pioneer multi-functional shared services center, in partnership with the American Chamber Foundation Philippines Inc. (AmCham Foundation).

Using the computer units, police officers in San Pascual can now carry out a more seamless and secured documentation of crime reports. The e-blotter system is part of the improved Crime Incident Reporting System (CIRS) of the Philippine National Police. Photo shows San Pascual, Batangas Senior Police Officer Renato Melecio demonstrating the step-by-step procedures on how to document and access crime data reports in the e-blotter database.

“We used to store all subpoenas, warrant files, rogues gallery, and blotter records in just one computer. Thanks to Chevron, and the computers donated, we can now store more files and transmit reports to our headquarters faster,” said Manuel Maligaya, police senior inspector, San Pascual municipal police.