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Kaakbay is DMCI Homes Corporate Social Responsibility program which aims to extend global affluence and uphold the well-being of Filipinos. Kaakbay promotes fostering of good relations with the communities where they operate and bring forth social activities beneficial to the Filipino society.

  • Barangay Bangkal, Makati lauds DMCI Homes yearly 'Christmas Blowout' for underprivileged kids
    December 11, 2018

    Barangay Bangkal, Makati lauds DMCI Homes yearly 'Christmas Blowout' for underprivileged kids

    For the fourth consecutive year, DMCI Homes has once again hosted a Christmas party for underprivileged children living in its host community in Barangay Bangkal, Makati City, drawing commendation from the barangay council and the local social welfare department.

    Dubbed as “DMCI Homes Christmas Blowout,” this year’s edition of the annual gift-giving activity held a carnival-themed party for 75 beneficiaries composed of children under the Makati Social Welfare Department’s Street and Urban Working Children Program, kids with disabilities, and those belonging to families enrolled in the government’s conditional cash transfer program.

    “I would like to thank DMCI (Homes) for again hosting our kids for their Christmas Blowout. It’s been several years now that they have been giving us a venue for the kids to have fun this Christmas,” said Barangay Bangkal chairman Mario Montañez who graced the event last December 1 at the DMCI Homes Corporate Center Multi-Purpose Gym.

    “DMCI (Homes) has been a very good partner of our barangay not only in business but in community relations and I’d like to applaud the efforts of the company in helping us create projects that benefit our residents,” he added.


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  • DMCI Homes condo community shows love for poor and abandoned elderly
    October 29, 2018

    DMCI Homes condo community shows love for poor and abandoned elderly

    In commemoration of the country’s “Elderly Filipino Week,” DMCI Homes’ La Verti Residences condominium community in Pasay City recently held an outreach project in the Anawim Home for the Abandoned Elderly in Rodriguez, Rizal for the benefit of its poor and abandoned residents. 

    Dubbed as “A Special Date with Lolo and Lola,” the outreach activity held last October 13, 2018 was the culmination of a month-long donation drive organized by La Verti Residences Community Development Council.

    The donation drive was the condo community’s post-commemoration activity of the “Elderly Filipino Week” which is observed every first week of October to promote the wellbeing of senior members of the Philippine society.

    La Verti Residences Property Manager Alex De Luna said the community-wide donation drive generated boxes of non-perishable food, cleaning and toiletry supplies which the Community Development Council turned over to the nursing facility.

    "This is the first CSR (corporate social responsibility) activity organized by the La Verti Residences Community Development Council since the group was formed last year. The activity was suggested by one of our council members and we deemed it fit for the commemoration of the ‘Elderly Filipino Week’ in our country,” De Luna shared. 

    La Verti Residences homeowner Dinah Oraiz who has been serving the Anawim Lay Missions for 10 years said she wanted to involve her fellow residents in her advocacy of helping the poor and abandoned elderly, noting how routine visits improve the quality of life of the elderly occupants of the Anawim community.


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  • DMCI Homes, Gawad Kalinga build homes for PWDs in QC community
    October 26, 2018

    DMCI Homes, Gawad Kalinga build homes for PWDs in QC community

    DMCI Homes and Gawad Kalinga recently held a housebuilding activity in GK Munting Pamayanan Village in Escopa 3, Project 4, Quezon City for the benefit of the differently-abled residents of the community. 

    Over 70 volunteers composed of DMCI Homes employees and residents of Flair Towers and Zinnia Towers condo communities helped in the clearing, digging, cementing, and plastering of a new building intended for persons with disabilities residing in the community.

    The condominium-type shelter is one the three buildings donated by DMCI Homes in the Quezon City housing project dedicated for families having members with special needs.

    Gawad Kalinga Quezon City Project Director Orlando Lumanog said the three buildings will house 70 21-square meter housing units with provision for second floor.

    "Units at the ground floor are allotted for those with orthopedic impairments while units at the second floor are for visually-impaired residents and their families," Lumanog explained.

    Forty-six-year-old visually-impaired Danilo Gabita who has been residing in the community since 2007 said he is grateful to company donors like DMCI Homes for helping provide a concrete and comfortable shelter for persons with disabilities in the community.

    "Napakalaking tulong at napakaginhawa. Nakakatulog ka ng maayos na walang iniisip na baka biglang umulan. Hindi katulad noon nababahala kayo na yung putik baka biglang pumasok sa loob at rumupok yung aming mga kasangkapan," Gabita said of the housing units which replaced shanties made of scrap wood and metal.

    DMCI Homes donated the housing units as part of its "Kaakbay ng Pamayanan" Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative which pertains to issues on social welfare and community development.

    "Kaakbay ng Pamayanan" is under the umbrella CSR program "Kaakbay" which aims to foster good relations with the communities where DMCI Homes operates and bring forth social activities beneficial to the Filipino society.


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  • DMCI Homes boosts Guadalupe Viejo, Makati community's clean-up drive
    August 09, 2018

    DMCI Homes boosts Guadalupe Viejo, Makati community's clean-up drive

    In its bid to boost the community’s anti-dengue and flood-prevention measures at the height of the rainy season, DMCI Homes, the country’s first Quadruple A developer, recently conducted a clean-up activity in Barangay Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City.

    Armed with brooms and dust pans, over 25 volunteer employees and unit owners last August 4 beefed up the village’s clean and green committee for the clean-up drive along streets surrounding the Guadalupe Viejo Barangay Hall.

    “Nagpapasalamat po kami sa ginawa natin na clean-up drive dahil malaki ang naiaambag nito sa komunidad ng Guadalupe Viejo. Although we are doing the clean-up drive weekly on our own, mas nadadagdagan ang mga lugar na nalilinis kapag marami tayong katulong,” Guadalupe Viejo Barangay Chairman Dennis Almario said.

    “Unang-una ay panahon ng tag-ulan na kung saan mayroon tayong mga kaso ng dengue. Nagpapasalamat kami sa DMCI Homes na aming kaakbay sa aming paniniwala na ang malinis na kapaligiran ay malayo sa karamdaman,” he added.

    Almario also thanked the leading developer of resort-inspired condominium communities for donating a floater, cleaning poles and trash stands to help the barangay in de-clogging the nearby Balisampan creek and prevent flooding in the area.

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  • DMCI Homes employees, unit owners link hands for community building
    August 02, 2018

    DMCI Homes employees, unit owners link hands for community building

    United by a culture of building communities, some 70 volunteer employees and residents of DMCI Homes condominium projects recently gathered together for a house-painting activity for the benefit of residents of Gawad Kalinga’s Manggahan-Kawayanan Village located in Barangay Marcelo Green, Parañaque City.

    Held last July 7, the volunteers helped spruce up a total of 26 housing units in the corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity organized by DMCI Homes together with Gawad Kalinga.  The 26 beautified homes were among the 93 socialized housing units donated by the leading resort-inspired community developer to Gawad Kalinga in Parañaque City.

    Von Castor, a business process manager at the DMCI Homes Property Management Corporation (DPMC) said he didn’t hesitate to volunteer knowing the activity’s impact to community building.

    “We, at the DPMC, we’re after community building. So we’re very happy that we were part of this activity. It may just be a house-painting activity but there’s a deeper meaning behind it,” Castor said.

    “Of course before you build a community, you first build a home. We hope na yung pinagpaguran namin, pinaghirapan namin maging ‘home’ siya para sa beneficiary na family,” he explained.

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  • David M. Consunji Scholarship launched to help children of DMCI Homes skilled workers
    July 25, 2018

    David M. Consunji Scholarship launched to help children of DMCI Homes skilled workers

    DMCI Homes has launched the David M. Consunji (DMC) Scholarship to help finance the education of deserving but economically disadvantaged children of selected skilled workers starting this school year.

    Spearheaded by the Human Resources Department, the David M. Consunji (DMC) Scholarship aims to help dependents of eligible capataz or foreman aiming to finish tertiary education or take up non-formal or vocational course.

    "DM's passion to help others and how he values education inspired us to launch DMC Scholarship. We want to keep his legacy alive by offering scholarship to well-deserved students of our workers," shared DMCI Homes Assistant Vice President for Human Resources Teresa Tiongson.

    The program kicked off early this year with an announcement distributed to various projects of DMCI Homes with skilled workers on site.  The announcement includes the qualifications and requirements for the skilled workers and their college dependents.

    To qualify for the DMC Scholarship, eligible applicants must be children of either a capataz or a foreman working in DMCI Homes for at least four years, has good moral standing with no violation record on safety and administrative policies of the company and highly-recommended by their respective project-in charge (PICs).

    The students must also pass the evaluation of the selection committee and has received the endorsement letter from the president of the company.

    For this school year, the DMC Scholarship is supporting six beneficiaries including John Carlo Cayanan, a Civil Engineering student in Bataan State University, and Jhener Marasigan, a B.S. Secondary Education Major in Math student in Cavite State University. DMCI Homes is planning to grow the list of beneficiaries eventually to 50 scholars. 

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  • Zinnia Towers residents reach out to school children in neighboring communities
    July 24, 2018

    Zinnia Towers residents reach out to school children in neighboring communities

    Residents of DMCI Homes’ Zinnia Towers development recently held a back-to-school pencil drive in San Antonio Elementary School in their bid to reach out to neighboring communities in Barangay Katipunan, Quezon City.

    Organized by Zinnia Towers’ Property Management Office (PMO) and Community Development Council, the school drive dubbed as “Lapis Kitang Mahal,” aimed to benefit children in need of school supplies for the new school year.

    The residents of DMCI Homes’ two-tower resort-inspired development along EDSA in Quezon City also organized a kiddie party as part of the activity to perk up the beneficiaries.

    “Since we belong to Barangay Katipunan, District 1, Quezon City, we decided to hold our project here in San Antonio Elementary School because it is the nearest school to the Zinnia Towers community,” explained Virgie Indangan, one of the unit owners who organized the activity.

    “It’s sharing the love and blessing actually. We’ve been blessed so for us it’s just right and proper to share our blessings to our community,” added another one of the organizers, unit owner Diwa Gacosta.

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  • UP Institute of Civil Engineering lauds DMCI Group for unwavering support to education sector
    July 16, 2018

    UP Institute of Civil Engineering lauds DMCI Group for unwavering support to education sector

    Citing the sector’s lasting impact to nation building and progress, the University of the Philippines-Institute of Civil Engineering (UP-ICE) in Diliman, Quezon City has lauded the Consunji Group of Companies for its unwavering support for the improvement of the quality of education in the country.

    UP-ICE Director Maria Antonia Tanchuling said this in appreciation for the conglomerate’s recent donations to the institution that include a 260-seat theater inside the UP-ICE main building that was named after one of the institute’s esteemed alumni and acknowledged “Grandfather of Philippine Construction Industry,” the late Engr. David M. Consunji.

    “Investing on education goes a long, long way to all stakeholders from the students and to the nation as a whole. I think that’s UP’s contribution to nation-building—to produce graduates who are not only competent but at the same time who are honorable,” Tanchuling stated.

    “So we’d like to thank the private sector for the support to the university all throughout these years. DMCI, the Consunji family have been supporting the university especially the ICE. We’re really very grateful for all the support that has been given to us,” she added.

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  • DMCI Homes employees brave the rains to warm the hearts of San Lorenzo Ruiz Home for the Elderly residents
    June 21, 2018

    DMCI Homes employees brave the rains to warm the hearts of San Lorenzo Ruiz Home for the Elderly residents

    Despite a stormy weather in the metro, DMCI Homes employee volunteers still trooped to Pasay City early this June in their mission to spread cheer among the needy and sickly residents of San Lorenzo Ruiz Home for the Elderly.

    Aptly dubbed as “A Timeless Love,” the event held last June 9 was both a post-mother’s day and pre-father’s day outreach project of DMCI Homes employees in their bid to give back to the elderly residents for their contribution to the society.

    DMCI Homes Human Resources Manager Josephine del Rosario said instead of doing the usual mother’s day and father’s day treat to employees, the company decided to warm the hearts of the elderly residents of the shelter run by Little Sisters of the Poor for this year.

    “This is our little way of giving back to our parents and even to our grandparents for providing everything for all of us with courage, sacrifices and strength. Also, for raising us with love, care, kindness and understanding,” del Rosario said.

    “Just like our very own parents, let us share our love and time to our beloved elders who are with us today.  Let us all make them feel that today is a special day because they are special persons to us. And let us make this day a memorable one for all of us,” she told the volunteers.

    Some 50 employee volunteers of the country’s first Quadruple A developer went out of their way to make the 36 residents of the shelter feel loved by spending time with them and helping them take their meals.

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  • Outpour of public support fuels hope of Bantayan Island 'Yolanda' survivors
    June 19, 2018

    Outpour of public support fuels hope of Bantayan Island 'Yolanda' survivors

    Almost five years after Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) wreaked havoc in central Philippines, the survivors in Bantayan Island, Cebu still remember it like it was yesterday.

    Nenita Pacinio could still vividly recall the ordeal they had to go through to survive one of the strongest typhoons recorded in history.

    “Naglakad kami sa dagat. Nag-iyakan na talaga lahat, naghawak-kamay. Sabi po ng kapatid ko hindi na daw niya kaya po. Sabi ko ‘kayanin mo, marami ka pang anak,” she said in between tears.

    The 27-year-old seaweed farmer said they had to brave huge typhoon waves to walk to safety after losing their houses to the storm.

    Surviving one of the most catastrophic storms in the Philippines is no small feat. But the young mother of one shared that an outpour of support from so many people have helped them get by.

    As one of the 50 family beneficiaries of DMCI Homes and Habitat for Humanity Philippines’ socialized housing for Yolanda survivors, Pacinio is comforted by the thought they are not alone in their fight.

    “Masakit po sa amin na mawalan ng bahay at hanapbuhay kaya nagpapasalamat po kami sa inyo at sa lahat ng tumutulong sa amin,” shared Pacinio whose family along with the families of her 10 siblings had to stay in a makeshift house made of cardboard and scrap materials in Botong for five years after the storm.

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  • Moran Foundation taps condo communities to boost futsal development in PH
    June 08, 2018

    Moran Foundation taps condo communities to boost futsal development in PH

    Believing it is one of the sports where Filipinos can better excel in, the Henry V. Moran Foundation (Moran Foundation) has joined hands with premier real estate developer DMCI Homes to stimulate the grassroots development of futsal in the Philippines.

    The Moran Foundation who works closely with Philippine Football Federation (PFF), public schools and charitable organizations in promoting the development of futsal in the country, hopes to make use of sports amenities of residential condominium communities to develop more futsal players in the country.

    FIFA Futsal Elite Referee and Futsal Coach Rey Ritaga, who is the first Filipino national player to ever officiate in a FIFA Futsal World Cup event said he sees better potential for Filipinos to excel in futsal compared to other sports because of its system of play.

    “I believe we have better chances in this sport because first of all a futsal ball is denser and has less bounce compared to football which means it is played mostly on the ground,” explained Ritaga, in reference to the 5-a-side indoor football played on basketball courts and small open space.

    “So we don’t need big players to play the sport. In futsal, a player can excel as long as he or she is armed with the necessary skills like dribbling, scoring, speed and teamwork,” he added.

    Kevin Goco, Futsal Department Head of the PFF and volunteer of the Moran Foundation said they are planning to stage pick-up games in selected DMCI Homes condo communities to generate interest for futsal.

    The group has also started conducting clinics for kids aged 4-12 years in DMCI Homes’ Zinnia Towers development in Quezon City beginning May 2018.

    “DMCI Homes is one of the largest community developers in the country. And all we need for a futsal program is a basketball court or open area, which almost every DMCI Homes community has, and we could really create a massive grassroots program for the different communities,” Goco said.

    But more than promoting futsal, Goco said building character among the Filipino youth is the ultimate goal of the foundation in propagating the sport in the country.

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  • DMCI Homes donates P7.5M to boost UP Institute of Civil Engineering's research capability
    May 03, 2018

    DMCI Homes donates P7.5M to boost UP Institute of Civil Engineering's research capability

    DMCI Homes, the country’s first Quadruple A developer, has made a P7.5 million donation to the UP Engineering Research and Development Foundation, Inc. (UPERDFI) for the setting up of a structural design engineering laboratory in the Institute of Civil Engineering in the UP Diliman campus in Quezon City.

    Held at the DMCI Homes Corporate Center, the donation agreement was recently signed and officiated by DMCI Holdings, Inc. Chairman Isidro Consunji. The donor signatories included DMCI Homes President Alfredo R. Austria, DACON President and Semirara President & COO Victor A. Consunji, and DMCI Homes Executive Treasurer Edwina Consunji-Laperal representing the Friends of Engr. David M. Consunji. Alfonso A. Aliga, Jr., Executive Director of UPERDFI signed as the donee.

    In the six-page agreement, the donated amount will be used for the purchase of equipment, software, and maintenance of the computational laboratory to reinforce the instructional and research capability of the UP Institute of Civil Engineering (UP-ICE).

    To be used by the students and faculty of the UP-ICE, the facility will involve a suite of design software and work stations, and room furnishings, to better prepare civil engineering students for practice after graduation.

    DMCI Homes Vice President for Design and Engineering Adrian Calimbas, DMCI Homes Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Customer Care Jan Venturanza, UP-ICE Director Dr. Maria Antonia Tanchuling and UP College of Engineering Dean Dr. Rizalinda de Leon, served as witnesses to the signing of the document.  UP-ICE Associate Professor Dr. Errol Quinay, lead faculty for the DMCI Homes ICE Laboratory, was also present during the event.

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  • DMCI Homes holds annual gift-giving to underprivileged kids in Makati, Davao
    December 21, 2017

    DMCI Homes holds annual gift-giving to underprivileged kids in Makati, Davao

    DMCI Homes employees once again played Santa Claus to underprivileged children during the company’s annual Christmas gift-giving activities in the cities of Makati and Davao.

    Dubbed as “Christmas Blowout,” the annual gift-giving activity of the country’s first Quadruple A developer aims to spread Christmas cheer to children living in communities where the company operates.

    In Barangay Bangkal, Makati City, DMCI Homes employees delighted over 70 children to a day of fun, games, and treats at the company’s headquarters last December 9.

    The beneficiaries who were selected by the Makati Social Welfare and Development (Makati-SWD) include 70 differently-abled children, kids of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) enrollees, and those under the Street and Urban Working Children Program (SUWCP) of the local government.

    DMCI Homes employee volunteers went out of their way to cheer up the beneficiaries making sure that they enjoyed every minute of their stay at the multi-purpose gym of the DHCC.

    After spending time at the photo booth and face-painting stations, the beneficiaries with their kuyas and ates then watched a presentation prepared by DMCI Homes employees.

    The beneficiaries also teamed up with employees in parlor games and afterwards were treated to a Jollibee kiddie meal and ice cream.

    The beneficiaries, on the other hand, prepared a dance number as a show of gratitude to their hosts.

    Capping off the day was the distribution of school supplies to the beneficiaries. Pairs of slippers were also distributed thru the help of Rotary Club of South Triangle.

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  • DMCI Homes teams up with Cure Philippines to help kids with disabilities
    May 02, 2017

    DMCI Homes teams up with Cure Philippines to help kids with disabilities

    Known for promoting healthy lifestyle in its communities, DMCI Homes, the country's first Quadruple A real estate developer, has forged a partnership with CURE Philippines to bring smile to children with disabilities in Mindanao.

     

    DMCI Homes' first development in Mindanao - Verdon Parc in Davao City: supports the annual fun run of Junior Chamber International (JCI) and CURE Philippines which will be held on May 28 for the benefit of children with treatable conditions such as clubfoot, cleft lip, and palate and spinal deformities.

     

    With this year's theme Putting the FUN back in Run, participants of the JCI-CURE Color Fun Run 2017 will race around the three-hectare Verdon Parc located along Ecoland Drive corner Peacock as the event aims to raise funds for the Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao City to finance medical surgeries for physically-disabled children. 

     

    CURE Philippines revealed there are over 2 million children living with treatable physical disabilities in the island of Mindanao and the whole country.

     

    "We say 'healing changes everything' not only because it brings an end to physical pain but because it means restoration of dignity, protection from abuse, and inclusion in family, school, and culture," disclosed CURE Philippines, one of the 30 groups being served worldwide by Christian nonprofit organization CURE International.

     

    The run fest aims to enlist 1,000 runners for the 3k, 5k, and 10k race categories.

     

    Alfredo R. Austria, DMCI Homes President, for his part, said upholding the well-being of Filipinos has always been the heart of the company's corporate social responsibility program Kaakbay ng Pamayanan.

      

    "DMCI Homes always takes pride in devoting more than enough open spaces, landscapes, and gardens in its developments to ensure the well-being of residents especially of children," Austria shared.

     

    "This is also our primary objective in our Kaakbay ng Pamayanan program which aims to benefit residents of our surrounding communities especially children," he added.

     

    Kaakbay is DMCI Homes Corporate Social Responsibility program which aims to extend global affluence and uphold the well-being of Filipinos. The program promotes fostering of good relations with the communities where they operate and bring forth social activities beneficial to the Filipino society.

     

    For more information and latest news on DMCI Homes, visit the official website or check out the company's social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube

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  • Gawad Kalinga and DMCI Homes turnover shelters in Paranaque City
    April 17, 2017

    Gawad Kalinga and DMCI Homes turnover shelters in Paranaque City

    All she wanted was to provide a better life for her family when she moved to Manila from Davao City.  More than two decades and tons of patience, perseverance and faith later, 49-year-old Rosa Baldelobar finally received what she has been praying for a better job and a decent home.

     

    This after Baldelobar recently accepted the key to her new home after major real estate developer DMCI Homes and non-government organization Gawad Kalinga turned over newly built shelters to a total of 43 beneficiaries at the Manggahan Kawayanan in Green Marcelo, Sucat, Paranaque City.

     

    "Lahat naman ng tao nangangarap na ma-improve ang buhay. Kaya masayang-masaya ako na natupad na ang dalangin ko at napabilang ako sa mga nabiyayaan ng bahay ng Gawad Kalinga at DMCI Homes," enthused the Davaoena in an interview inside her new home.

     

    A widow and a mother to a teenaged son, Baldelobar narrated that she arrived in Manila in 1989 to work as a maid to help her family in Davao City.  When she got married a few years later, her late husband encouraged her to study dressmaking that led an opportunity to work in a factory.  Knowing the importance of learning, Baldelobar tried to learn the ropes in a company through self-study.  She now works as an office staff in the barangay's homeowner association.

     

    According to Baldelobar, living in a shanty entails a lot of sacrifice, endurance and courage saying "Napakahirap tumira sa iskwater. Ang polusyon matindi. Dikit-dikit ang mga bahay tapos yung lugar ko pa katabi ng kanal kaya mabaho. Pero dahil sa hirap ng buhay, kailangan mong magtiyaga."

     

    "Dingding lang ang pagitan ng mga bahay namin kaya maingay. Saka nakakatakot na baka masunog kasi light material lang ang gamit ng mga bahay tapos tagpi-tagpi pa yung iba.  Nakakatakot lalo na noon gasera lang ang ilaw namin," shared Baldelobar.

     

    An active member of the homeowners association in barangay Manggahan-Kawayanan, Baldelobar revealed that the solidarity among the residents became the real driving force behind the community's triumph to acquire the then disputed land which has an area of more than 20,000 square meters.

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  • DMCI Homes gives new hope, new homes to Boholanos
    October 15, 2016

    DMCI Homes gives new hope, new homes to Boholanos

    Three years after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the island of Bohol, locals are getting back on their feet with renewed hope and strength.

    It was 8:12 in the morning of October 15, 2013 when a powerful earthquake shook the island province. The quake, whose epicenter was recorded in the municipality of Sagbayan, levelled private properties and public structures like centuries-old churches.

    The disaster impacted the island's topography and infrastructures, causing power cuts, water shortages, and damages to sources of livelihood. But more than the physical beauty of Bohol are heartbreaking tales that survivors cannot easily forget.

    To this day, Sagbayan residents Anita and Crestituto Tirol can still picture how the earthquake had left them and their family trembling. "Nasa palayan kami kasama ang bunso naming anak. Nataranta talaga kami. Dumapa na lang kami sa palayan, ni hindi ko agad namalayan na nasa likod ko pala ang anak ko sa sobrang takot. Sinubukan naming silipin ang bahay kahit lumilindol pa pero wala na nasira na lahat ng gamit. Nawalan na talaga kami ng pag-asa," 60-year-old Anita tearfully recalled.

    The couple was still grateful for the relief goods given by different organizations, but refused to return to their home because they were afraid that another earthquake might strike. Instead, they chose to build a small hut, which they lived in for two years. "Ayaw ko nang bumalik, ayaw na talaga. Nagtayo muna kami ng bahay-kubo. Mababa lang kaya kailangan talagang yumuko kapag dadaan. Ang hirap, ‘wag na sanang bumalik ang lindol."

    For Juner Padayao of Bgy. Canmaya Centro, damaged roads and levelled homes could not stop him from reaching his wife and kids. "Nasa trabaho ako noon sa Poblacion. Sobra talagang pag-aalala ko. Kahit may aftershock pa, naglakad na talaga ko pauwi. Pagdating ko, naabutan ko na lang sila sa may bukid. Buti na lang walang nangyari," shared Juner.

    Though living in a tent was not the best for his family, Juner was left with no other choice, "Siguro mga tatlong taon din kami sa tent. Mahirap ang pagkain, minsan maulan pa. Bago lang ‘yung bahay namin tapos nasira lang agad-agad. Isang iglap, nawala lahat." The desperate conditions led Juner's wife to work as a househelper in Dubai.

    The Bohol earthquake undoubtedly painted a sight of fear and misery among the locals. But, a sign of hope came when real estate developer DMCI Homes partnered with the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the provincial government of Bohol, and shelter non-profit Habitat for Humanity Philippines for ReBuild Bohol Project—a housing program that aims to rebuild hard-hit areas and build new homes for families in the province.

    Under this partnership, a total of 206 core shelters were turned over to families from the municipality of Sagbayan, in the following barangays: Canmano, Canmano Centro, Canmano Diot, Kabascan, Kagawasan, Katipunan, Langtad, Mantalongon, San Agustin, San Isidro, and San Ramon. The new homes, built with reinforced steel frames and tightly-woven bamboo strips plastered with concrete, are meant to withstand strong earthquakes and even typhoons.

    Sharing Habitat's belief that a decent home helps transform lives, DMCI Homes is thankful for the privilege to helping Boholanos families like the Tirols and Padayaos. This meaningful effort is part of DMCI Homes' corporate social responsibility campaign under its Kaakbay Program.

    "Sobrang saya, kaya ang mga tao dapat lagging kakapit sa Diyos. Hindi dapat mawalan ng pag-asa," said Anita Tirol, with a sigh of relief now that they'll be starting a more comfortable life. Presently, the couple cultivates corn on their land.

    Juner's anxiety and worry, meanwhile, was replaced with feeling of security. "Kumportable na kami lalo na ang mga bata kasi matibay [ang bahay]. Hindi delikado kapag umulit ang lindol."

    As Bohol continues to rebuild itself from the disaster, its residents are also starting to rebuild their dreams and lives, thanks to their new homes—new homes that will shelter their renewed spirits and hopes towards a brighter future.

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  • DMCI Homes shares the gift of reading to neighboring communities
    October 03, 2016

    DMCI Homes shares the gift of reading to neighboring communities

    Over 150 kids attended and enjoyed a fun-filled late afternoon last Wednesday (September 21) at the Santo Niño Chapel in Barangay Sun Valley, Parañaque City as DMCI Homes shared the gift of reading through its education and literacy program Bata, TARA Na (Towards A Reading Adventure).

     

    More than the games and gift-giving, the kids were delighted with the story titled A Place Called Home, DMCI Homes' first coloring storybook, which was read by Senior Marketing Research Analyst of the company, Charissa Cortuna.

     

    DMCI Homes Corporate Communications Manager Josephine Cruz shared, "It's always a fulfilling experience to be given the chance to share and reach out to kids. Bata, TARA Na is our way of allowing the kids to discover an exciting learning experience through reading. Aside from the company volunteers, we're very much grateful with the support and participation of barangay residents and the residents of Siena Park Residences."

     

    Making the event more meaningful, residents and the Property Management team of Siena Park Residences (SPR) handed over pre-loved books to the community.

     

    "With the books donated by the residents of SPR, there will be more reasons for these kids to experience new adventures and gain knowledge from reading. We are very much looking forward to more activities as this," said Property Manager of SPR Jonalyn Bendo.

     

    The event was also participated by the scholars of Caritas Manila Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP), and members of the Commission on Service to Human Promotion.

     

    Bata, TARA Na is one of DMCI Homes' corporate social responsibility campaigns under its Kaakbay program.

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  • DMCI Homes Reaps Major Recognitions
    August 25, 2016

    DMCI Homes Reaps Major Recognitions

    With its continuous efforts in delivering high-quality, resort-inspired communities, DMCI Homes proves to be one of the country’s top real estate firms as it gained recognitions recently from various reputable award-giving institutions.

    DMCI Homes was recently awarded in the 1st Urban Land Institute (ULI) Philippines Healthy Places Awards, Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand Awards 2016, and this year’s BCI Asia Top 10 Awards. All these institutions give credit to companies that embody excellence.

    Aiming to recognize outstanding and innovative development with advance design strategies that focus on the development of environment and promote healthy living in the country, the recently-concluded 1st ULI Philippines Healthy Places Awards conferred DMCI Homes’ Arista Place as the winner in the residential category. 

    Arista Place is DMCI Homes’ mid-rise development in Paranaque City that takes pride in providing sustainable ecological designs that benefit both the homeowners and the surrounding community. Aside from its well-engineered dwelling units and strategically-designed streetscapes, residents get to enjoy a perfect relaxation as DMCI Homes allotted more than a hectare of the total land area to amenities, lush green open spaces, landscapes and gardens.

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  • Towards a Reading Adventure in Bata, TARA Na!
    May 25, 2016

    Towards a Reading Adventure in Bata, TARA Na!

    Aiming to nurture the minds of the youth and promote the value of reading books a new storytelling and book-giving campaign for less privileged kids has been launched under the project, "Bata, TARA Na! (Towards A Reading Adventure)."



    Spearheaded by advocacy group Books For A Cause, founded by Ramil Sumangil, and supported by non-government organization Philippine Book Library and DMCI Homes the "Bata, TARA Na!" campaign kicked off with more than 50 less fortunate children living in Pamasawata in Dagat-dagatan, Caloocan City.





    "We've always been very supportive of the advocacies of our homeowners like Mr. Sumangil. Bata, TARA Na! aims to bring books and the importance of reading closer to the hearts of less privileged children," said the real estate company corporate communications manager Josephine Cruz in an interview.





    "We want these kids, especially the out-of-school youth, to discover a different kind of adventure through reading. We want them to gain knowledge, boost their imagination, creativity and most of all, learn good values by reading books," Cruz added.

    With employee volunteers, the children enjoyed the special program prepared for them including games, gift-giving and storytelling, which was the highlight of the event.

    "Reading a fable to children of Pamasawata was a very uplifting experience. Seeing the glow in their eyes and their enthusiasm on how will the story ends was truly priceless," shared senior marketing research analyst Charissa Cortuna.





    Besides storytelling, the organizers also donated new and pre-loved children's books to the community's little library maintained by French couple, Katia and Henri Ollivier, volunteers of international non-government group Phil Rouge, which supports the Philippine Book Library.


    "We are grateful for all the books given to us, and for making this day very special for the children," Ollivier said. She added the library, which can house 20 kids, is open at least two hours from Wednesday to Saturday. On the remaining days of the week, the group holds street readings with volunteer catechist Percy Tan who acts as storyteller.





    The donated books were mostly children's books collected from Give the Gift of Reading, a book drive project of DMCI Homes and its communities all over the metro in 2015. Other books from the said book drive were donated to Books for a Cause, which is currently celebrating its fifth anniversary.

     

     

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  • DMCI Homes helps rebuild lives thru socialized housing project in Paranaque
    January 13, 2016

    DMCI Homes helps rebuild lives thru socialized housing project in Paranaque

    About three years ago, some 600 families living within the outskirts of Barangay Marcelo Green in Parañaque could only dream of building their own homes. Today, that dream has started to become a reality thanks to the efforts of Mayor Edwin Olivarez and various community building organizations like Gawad Kalinga (GK).

     

    Earlier this month, Mayor Olivarez together with representatives from Gawad Kalinga and the beneficiary families received over P21 million donation from DMCI Homes, a Triple-A property builder known for creating resort-inspired communities. The donation is for the construction of additional houses in the Manggahan-Kawayanan GK Villages, a 2.8 hectare property situated inside Barangay Marcelo Green in Parañaque.

     

    The said property, which used to be a privately-owned land, was turned over to the beneficiary families more than five years ago through the intercession of Gawad Kalinga, who helped them organize and apply for a socialized housing scheme with the government.

     

    "The beneficiary families who used to live as informal settlers in the area were able to convince the land owner to sell them the land through the government's Community Mortgage Program (CMP), which allows organized associations of underprivileged citizens to purchase and develop a tract of land under the concept of community ownership," revealed Francisco Balagtas, head of Gawad Kalinga in Parañaque and Muntinlupa. "We, in turn, helped them develop the land by coming up with a subdivision plan and getting donors for materials that need to be purchased in constructing the houses."

     

    As counterpart to the donation, the beneficiaries provided 'sweat equity,' with family members taking time out to build their own homes. To date, a total of around 300 houses have already been constructed through this scheme, with just about 335 houses needing to be built.

     

    Ms. Eva Abejero, who used to be one of those living in the area as an informal settler and who is now the president of its homeowners' association, praised DMCI Homes for their support to the project, saying "Ang akala ko, dahil labandera lang ako, hindi na ako magkakaroon ng sariling bahay. Ngayon, pakiramdam ko hindi na ako iba sa kanila dahil may sariling tahanan na ako, may titulo pa.[I thought I wouldn't be able to build my own house because I'm just a simple laundrywoman. Today, I feel like I belong because I finally have my own house and I own its land title, too!]"

     

    Now a respected Kagawad in their community, Eva toiled long and hard to be able to convince members of her barangay to work hand in hand and spend time for the Gawad Kalinga project. Their reward: the fulfilment of a life-long dream, which is to have a home they could finally call their own.  Upon completion of the project, each of the beneficiary families would get to own a 2-storey house with living and dining rooms at the ground floor and bedrooms at the 2nd floor.

    During the ceremonial handover of the check, Mayor Olivarez thanked DMCI Homes and Gawad Kalinga for helping the city government in their housing project for the poor. "It is our aspiration that these informal settlers would have a real home so they may fulfill their dreams and have a better life," he said.

    For his part, Ramil Lombos, senior vice president for finance and operations of DMCI Homes, expressed his company's desire to share their blessings especially in cities where they operate, saying, "Aside from Parañaque, we have also been coordinating with the local governments in Quezon City and Mandaluyong for similar housing projects for the poor. This is really part of our company's social responsibility of giving back to the cities where we are. We provide homes not only for our target market but more so for those who are really in need of a home," he said.

     

    Earlier, DMCI Homes also donated P9 million to help fund the construction of 90 homes at PAR Homes 1 and P14.7 million to fund the construction of 100 homes in phase two of the housing project in Bgy. La Huerta, a 4.2-hectare government property near the airport located along C-5 extension.

     

    DMCI Homes supports housing projects for marginalized families in Metro Manila as part of the company's corporate social responsibility program dubbed Kaakbay. The triple A property developer also donated about P4 million to the Quezon City government in 2013 for the construction of socialized housing for poor families of Barangay Payatas.

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  • Taguig City cites DMCI Homes for being top partner in progress
    January 13, 2016

    Taguig City cites DMCI Homes for being top partner in progress

    Taguig City, one of the Philippines’ fastest growing metropolises, is home to numerous public-private partnerships that contributed to the country’s progress. Once an unknown backwoods of Manila, the City of Taguig has in six years been transformed into a thriving business, residential and commercial hub.

    In commemoration of these successful partnerships, the city administration recently held a thanksgiving celebration at the Taguig Satellite Office in SM Aura Tower to honour its top partners in progress.

    Leading the event is Mayor Lani Cayetano, together with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and guest-of-honour, Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. The occasion gathered the investors and businesses who have shown steadfast confidence and support for the city’s development potentials over the years.

    “Whatever good developments you see around this city, the thousands who have graduated from colleges and universities that are now working, the thousands who are still in school and in scholarships, the thousands who have been nursed back to health by our hospitals and health centers, I am pleased to say that all of you have played a big part in it. Kaya sa gabi pong ito, tanggapin niyo po ang aming taos-pusong pasasalamat,” enthused Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano.

    One of the investors recognized was DMCI Homes, who has built a progressive track record of successful residential projects in Taguig since 1999. The first project of DMCI Homes was in fact, located in Taguig, the Lakeview Manors. “We’ve always believed in the potential of the city from then until now,” noted Jan Venturanza, AVP for Marketing at DMCI Homes.

    DMCI Homes ranked 13th among Taguig’s top partners in progress. The triple A property builder has developed over 47 hectares of the city’s land into premium condominium and subdivision residences which provides quality homes for over 6,000 residents of Taguig.

    The developer’s projects at the city have been made more successful because of its administration’s continuous achievements in the areas of education, health, infrastructure development, peace and order, and overall quality of life.

    In fact, from 2010 to 2015, scholarship programs have been enhanced and produced over 34,000 scholars, PhilHealth benefits enabled residents to avail hospital and medical services for free, and more businesses came in. In support of the industries, over 6,000 have been trained in food and beverage services, electrical and computer maintenance, entrepreneurship, and other fields of specialization. The city is also currently the top achiever among all clusters and divisions in the Department of Education’s National Achievement Test – a leap from its 13th spot among 16 cities in the National Capital Region back in 2010.

    “These are all because of you,” said Cayetano. “We are a work in progress. But I’m excited for the future, because businesses and investments would have grown by then. Whatever revenues we collect from you, we make sure that we put this into targeted programs that bridge the gap between the rich and the poor.”

    Taguig City continues to strive to be a premium land in the minds of people – one of the most liveable, progressive and business-friendly cities in the country and where residents experience the benefits of the city’s growth.

    Other companies cited during the thanksgiving event were Sony Philippines at the 20th spot, followed by Ericsson Services Philippines Inc, Makati Development Corp, Motor Image Manila Inc, Fiji North Properties Inc, Del Monte Philippines Inc, Metro Drug Inc, Kapatiran Realty Corp, Alveo Land Corp, Megaworld Corp, Colgate Palmolive Philippines Inc, Serendra Inc, Nokia Solutions and Networks Philippines Inc, BG South Properties Inc, Avida Land Corp, Station Square East Commercial Corp, Ayala Land Inc, Samsung Electronic Philippines, Inc. and at top rank is the Fort Bonifacio Development Corp.

    Taguig continues to be one of the country’s most successful and competitive financial districts, with tax rates much lower than other neighbouring cities. It is home to 16 universal and commercial banks, 10 rural banks, 1,126 manufacturing firms, 2 shopping malls, 24 cottage industries, 7,776 registered commercial and industrial establishments, 53 subdivisions and 2 public markets.

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  • DMCI Homes' Cedar Crest: Upholding traditional family values in a condo-community setting
    October 27, 2015

    DMCI Homes' Cedar Crest: Upholding traditional family values in a condo-community setting

    Sophisticated living propositions are seemingly the trend in today's modern world. Although a number of residential communities feature high-rise buildings with state-of-the-art design, still others remain faithful to tradition, upholding values essential in raising a family and in nourishing individual spirits.

    One such example of a haven that integrates such values is Cedar Crest, DMCI Home's mid-rise project inAcacia Estates, Taguig. Ideal for those seeking inner calmness and wellness, the 4-hectare development goes back to property ideals that matter one that offers spaciousness, serenity and a unique community spirit.

    A closely-knit community

    Cedar Crest is a nature-rich condominium that offers elegant amenities, efficiently-planned units and Zen-inspired landscapes which are all neatly enmeshed in a Neo-Asian, minimalist design concept. The simplicity of its ambiance allows its homeowners to just sit back, relax and enjoy meaningful conversations with their neighbors.

    One of the very first few unit owners at Cedar Crest, Carlo and Grace Blanca, considers the residential haven an ideal place for raising their two boys, namely Shealtiel (8 years old) and Cyan (6 years old). Carlo is the founder of a company specializing in space marketing, furniture customization and fabrication. Grace, meanwhile, is a doting mother who takes care of their kids and their home. The family has been living at the condominium for more than five years now.

    "The environment here is conducive for learning," says Grace. "The children can play around and safely mingle with people of all ages and from various walks of life."The wide open spaces allow ample breeze and sunlight to come in across various parts of the medium-rise buildings, clubhouse and amenities.

    "DMCI Homes is particularly generous in giving its homeowners space," adds Carlo. "They removed around 25% of residential capacity to give way to the atriums and sky patios that are present in all the residential buildings."

    As a signature building feature in DMCI Homes mid-rise and hi-rise developments, Cedar Crest has garden atriums allowing residents to get a free flowing natural light and ventilation in their units.

    The tranquil and unpretentious ambiance of the development fosters a closely-knit community that regularly gathers for activities like Sunday masses, garage sales, feasts and barbecue parties, that are usually held at the clubhouse lounge, swimming pool area, gazebo and picnic area. "Homeowners here are very participative and respectful of each other," shares Grace. "We recently held a novena and procession for our community patron saint, St. Alfonsus de Liguori. After the activity, we held a magic show and feasted on Filipino snacks such as pan de coco, bilo-bilo and other native delicacies from the Banchetto market held during their fiesta. It was fun and everything went very well."

    The community's traditional culture reminiscent of that in the provinces has been significant for Grace and Carlo, for they themselves grew up in Nueva Vizcaya and Bulacan, respectively.

    "Almost everyone knows each other and helps one another in the way they can," beams Carlo. "For instance, Shealtiel and Cyan like to learn the guitar and hip hop dancing. We get a teacher who just resides nearby and also refers to our neighbour and family friends to conduct lessons.   We also have free summer Catechism classes for the little kids in our community conducted by volunteer Moms. Also, we have car pool for our eldest son's school which caters for our community residents. So you can imagine the family culture that we have here."

     

    A jetsetter's haven

    Even foreigners find the family tradition they love about the Philippines at Cedar Crest. Another homeowner, Peter Tobias of Prolitec Inc., has been on business trips around the world since the 1980s. From his previous homes in the USA, Germany and the UK, Peter would always come back to the Philippines, staying not only for business but also to appreciate tourist spots and the hospitality of the Filipino people.

    "I first met my wife, Miriam, four years ago in Manila. She hails from Zamboanga Sibugay and, when she became pregnant with our son-to-be, Carlo, three years ago, I knew it was time to settle down," quips Peter. "So we rented a condominium in Rosewood, just round the corner and, lo and behold, after about six months, we found Cedar Crest," he recalls.

    For a jetsetter like Peter, the convenience that the development offers in respect of access to NAIA, enhances his comfort whenever he in the Philippines. "I worry less because everything is accessible from home," he beams. "An SM Mall is nearby and major cities are just a few minutes' drive away."

    Conveniently located in the heart of Taguig, Cedar Crest is in close proximity to central business districts like Bonifacio Global City, Makati, Ortigas and Quezon City.

    Like the Blanca's, Peter and Miriam also like the development's trademark spaciousness that allows comfortable interactions and ample room for movement. "We especially liked how efficiently-designed our 3-bedroom unit is. Here, we can cultivate our own hobbies and interests. My wife grows various herbs in the balcony and our 2-year old son Carlo usually conquers the living room with his toys," shares Peter.

    Moreover, despite his busy schedule, Peter finds time to chair the public relations committee of the Cedar Crest residents' council. "We always make it a point to have a holistic approach to the activities so that people of all ages can participate," he says.

    Cedar Crest is nestled at the Acacia Estates township which is also developed by DMCI Homes. The world-standard level of craftsmanship and community development that the triple A property builder enables has been borne out of its more than 60 years' worth of experience in creating tasteful environments and distinctive lifestyles.

    For inquiries on Cedar Crest and other Acacia Estates' projects such as Ivory Wood, The Birchwood, Royal Palm Residences, Verawood Residences, Rosewood Pointe, and Mahogany Place 1-3, visit www.dmcihomes.com or call 324-8888. ### , please call 324-8888 or visit the website: www.dmcihomes.com. ###

     

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  • DMCI Group joins Marikina watershed protection program
    October 13, 2015

    DMCI Group joins Marikina watershed protection program

    Employees of DMCI Group of companies joined Marikina City government officials and workers and other volunteers in planting fruit trees in an area of the Marikina watershed in Pintong Bocaue, San Mateo, Rizal on Sept. 26. The activity is part of the city's celebration of “Marikina Watershed Protection Week.”

     

    The volunteers from resort-themed residential developer DMCI Homes, its construction arm D.M. Consunji Inc., Semirara Mining and Power Corp., and DMCI Power Corp. Came in droves all the way from Marikina City to Barangay San Jose in Antipolo City before trekking through a mountain trail to reach the planting site. Together with other volunteers, who included army reservists and members of Rotary Club of Marikina, they planted Bignay in the slopes of the mountain in San Mateo, Rizal.

     

    Marikina City Mayor Del de Guzman, who led the activity, thanked all volunteers and private companies for supporting the event.

     

    "This is not only for us but also for our children and grandchildren," de Guzman said in his speech.

     

    The tree-planting activity highlights the week-long celebration proclaimed by a city ordinance in March and aims to reforest the watershed called Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape to prevent a repeat of heavt flooding in Manila. The “Marikina Watershed Protection Week” was made to coincide on the day the Typhoon Ondoy disaster struck six years ago. The watershed's  low forest cover, which failed to retain Ondoy's unusually heavy rainfall, was blamed for the flooding.

     

    "Our employees' participation in this tree planting activity is not only in fulfillment of our Corporate Social Responsibility. It also forms part of our Environmental Management System (EMS) program," said Gary Montoya, head of the D.M. Consunji Inc. Environment, Health and Safety department. "We plant trees twice a year and we have planted 4,000 trees so far."

     

    Montoya also said it is good for company employees to personally contribute to protecting mother nature, especially now that climate change has become a serious concern worldwide.

     

    Aside from tree planting, the EMS program also includes cleanup, environmental protection awareness and landscaping drives, according to Montoya.

     

    The efforts put in by the company's employee volunteers are helpful in encouraging the general public to plant trees particularly in denuded forests like the Marikina watershed, according to Leonida Mindaros, Community Development Officer of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' provincial office in Rizal.

     

    "They are a big help because we can save on expenses for tree planting," Mindaros said. "The labor cost for tree planting is P250 per day, excluding related works like brushing."

     

    DMCI Homes and D.M. Consunji Inc. are corporate partners of DENR in the agency's National Greening Program (NGP), which aims to plant 1.5 billion trees from 2010 to 2016. In June last year, employees planted 1,000 fruit and forest trees in a one-hectare property of the San Andres Elementary School in Barangay San Andres, Tanay, Rizal as part of the program. The site is also part of the Marikina watershed. 

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  • DMCI Homes provides Camping Tents to QC Boy Scouts
    October 06, 2015

    DMCI Homes provides Camping Tents to QC Boy Scouts

    Seeing another opportunity to support the youth, DMCI Homes provides the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) Quezon City Council with additional facilities for their scouting events. Last October 3, 2014, DMCI Homes hands over camping tents to the BSP.

     

    Training the youth to become responsible leaders of the country, the Boys Scouts of the Philippines (BSP), Quezon City Council consistently asks for sponsors from different organizations and corporations for their numerous events and activities monthly and annually. One of their chosen sponsors was DMCI Homes, who willingly approved to grant camping tents to the organization.

     

    Lining up the BSP calendar this year are minor and major events that will help hone the young scouts’ leadership skills, values and teamwork. One of the organization’s events was the Drum & Lyre competition, held last October 3, 2015, participated by schools and scouts in Quezon City. All geared up in their uniforms, the scouts assisted to make the event a huge success.

     

    Council Scout Executive of Quezon City Council Dr. Antonio Merino, showed appreciation to DMCI Homes saying, “I hope it will be a continuous project with QC Council & Rotary Club of Diliman Silangan.  To the organizer of DMCI Homes, in behalf of Hon. Herbert Bautista & Hon. Joy Belmonte, thank you for everything you have done for us. God bless you.”

     The given camping tents arrived just in time for another major event for the BSP. The 16th National Jamboree is an annual event which will push through this month in Tagum City, Davao. According to Merino, the tents will be a great help for scouts coming from the public schools who will be joining the National Jamboree event camp.

     

    The giving of the camping tents also served as a small gift to BSP in exchange for their support to DMCI Homes’ projects like the Estero Clean-Up, and other CSR-related events.

     

    Other attendees who graced the event are Dan Espinosa, former District Governor from Rotary International District, Dwight Ramos, present District Governor from Rotary International District, Eduardo T. Rocel, former Assistant Scout Executive, Steve Arpon, Rotary Club of Diliman Silangan, Roberto Sheen, DENR Regional Director of Region 5 and Rodrigo Berardo, Charter President & Founder of Rotary Club of Diliman Silangan.

    The turnover of the camping tents took place at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on October 3, 2015.

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  • Landbank gives Gawad KAAGAPAY Recognition to DMCI Homes
    September 07, 2015

    Landbank gives Gawad KAAGAPAY Recognition to DMCI Homes

    LANDBANK celebrated its 52nd anniversary recently with the launch of a new tagline, "We help you grow," at the Centennial Hall of the Manila Hotel. During the event, the government financial institution also gave recognition to its clients and partners who had been supportive of its programs that promote countryside development while helping its clients and publics grow.

     

    Gilda E. Pico, President and Chief Executive Officer of LANDBANK, led the conferment of awards together with Teresita J. Herbosa, Chairperson of the Securities & Exchange Commission, who was also the Keynote Speaker. Cash prizes and trophies of recognition were given away to the winners of the three major awards categories namely, Gawad Entrepreneur, Gawad KAAGAPAY and Gawad CFI.

     

    LANDBANK has been recognizing outstanding corporations and SMEs who have been helping significantly in the development of the communities where they operate, thereby revitalizing the rural economy at large," Pico said in her welcome speech. "Thank you, dear partners, for all your support. May you continue to succeed, and help others grow."

     

    One of that given recognition was DMCI Homes, one the country's leading developer of quality-crafted residential projects that has since carved its own niche in the industry by offering developments that fulfill the needs and aspirations of young Filipino families.

     

    During the awarding ceremony, DMCI Homes emerged as the lone real estate firm to have been conferred the Gawad KAAGAPAY award. They join sister-company Maynilad Water Services Inc. (1st runner-up) and Globe Telecom Inc. (grand winner) as recipients of the award among non-agri based companies.

     

    The Gawad KAAGAPAY (Korporasyon na KAagapay sa Ating GAnap na tagumPAY)is an award that is usually given to bank-assisted large corporations who have contributed to LANDBANK's support to priority sectors like SMEs as well as farmers and fisherfolks.

     

    Edward John Reyes, Senior Vice President for Corporate Banking Group of LANDBANK, says that the bank had seen the quality of the projects of DMCI Homes, which it offers to Filipinos at a very friendly rate.

     

    During the process of selecting recipients for the Gawad KAAGAPAY award, a panel of experts and judges from LANDBANK went around the country and performed stringent measures of validation to determine this year's winners.

     

    "There were two parts used in the screening process," explained Vilma Calderon, Vice President for Corporate Banking II of LANDBANK. "First was quantitative, and the other, qualitative. As far as quantitative is concerned, DMCI Homes had been evaluated using performance parameters based on the financial ratio and Corporate Social Responsibility as well as their relationship with the bank. The qualitative aspect is more about the story behind -- how their operations improved and how it was able to help their clients grow." 

     

    "We are truly honored to have been considered for this award," beamed Evangeline Atchioco, Vice President for Finance of DMCI Homes. "Our company's number one goal has always been to provide quality housing to start up Filipino families, one that allows them to realize all their aspirations in life -- and one that they can also easily afford."

     

    In a span of a little over a decade, DMCI Homes have built the most comfortable, resort-type communities for urban dwellers, and continues to do so. Whether they are situated in Quezon City, Taguig City, Mandaluyong City, Pasig City, or Paranaque City, each of these DMCI Homes developments have been built with the Filipino families' needs in mind.

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  • DMCI Homes donates P10.77 million for Mandaluyong, Gawad Kalinga housing project
    July 23, 2015

    DMCI Homes donates P10.77 million for Mandaluyong, Gawad Kalinga housing project

    DMCI Homes donated P10.77 million to the Mandaluyong City government and Gawad Kalinga to fund the construction of 40 low-cost houses in Barangay Plainview.

     

    Represented by DMCI Homes Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations Ramil Lombos, the company handed the donation to Gawad Kalinga and Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos during the groundbreaking ceremony on July 18, 2015. The housing project called "DMCI GK Village" will be built along San Miguel Street.

     

    In his speech, Mayor Abalos told the beneficiaries that, "The donation for your [the] project was given one year ago already. This just proves that DMCI Homes really has a heart of gold." Abalos believes that these homes will provide the beneficiaries' children with a more decent place to live.

     

    Known as the top developer of condominium and house and lot communities, the company still seeks to do more than just business. According to Lombos, "It is the vision of DMCI Homes to provide homes not only to the middle-income families but also to the less fortunate. We hope that the new homes will make their lives better."

     

    Luis Oquiñena, Executive Director of Gawad Kalinga, also showed enthusiasm over the million-peso project saying, "In Mandaluyong, the more we build this pocket of hope and this pocket of transformation, we will become a model for other urban areas to emulate." Oquiñena and his team will lead the project, helped by the beneficiaries themselves.

     

    Barangay Plainview Captain Michael Garcia assured officials and donors that the beneficiaries and their families will take good care of their new village.

     

    DMCI Homes support housing projects of local government units for marginalized families in Metro Manila as part of the company's corporate social responsibility efforts, spearheaded by its corporate program, Kaakbay. The triple A property developer has already been donating funds for housing projects in different cities in the metro. Previously, it has awarded P23.7 million to the Paranaque City government for the construction of 190 homes along the Paranaque River. It has also donated P4 million to the Quezon City government in 2013 for the construction of socialized housing for families of Barangay Payatas.

     

    DMCI Homes support the Mandaluyong City government and contribute to increasing the growth of investments in the city. The company has also gained recognition as one of the city's top 10 taxpayers. Mayor Abalos showed appreciation on these contributions during the celebration of Mandaluyong City's 21st Founding Anniversary earlier this year.

     

    Among DMCI Homes' residential condominium developments in Mandaluyong City are Flair Towers, Tivoli Garden Residences, Dansalan Gardens and the newest development, Sheridan Towers.

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  • DMCI Homes offers shelter for Books for A Cause
    July 13, 2015

    DMCI Homes offers shelter for Books for A Cause

    DMCI Homes doesn’t only provide quality homes and communities, but also offers shelter to valuable advocacies like Books for A Cause.

     

    Books for a Cause is a continuously growing book campaign that aims to inculcate in the minds of less fortunate Filipinos that poverty should never be a hindrance to education. Its beginnings started from a simple act of book-giving, led by Books for A Cause founder Ramil Sumangil, which has now turned into a massive collaboration between individuals, schools, companies and communities, donating books towards the betterment of literacy and education in the Philippines.

     

    Blest with overflowing responses from volunteers and people who donated their pre-loved books, a bigger challenge has faced Sumangil— he will be needing more space to store the books. Seeing this, DMCI Homes offers shelter for the donations, making its Insular property the new warehouse of Books for A Cause. This new shelter is located along Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City.

     

    In the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, Sumangil expresses his gratitude on DMCI Homes, saying, “Definitely it’s going to be a big help. Unang una, sino-sort yung mga libro bago ibigay sa nangangailangan. Ang daming dumadating na libro, wala [na] akong mapaglalagyan.” Currently, his own home in Vista de Lago, a DMCI Homes property, houses the donations. These donated books are bound to travel from north to south of the Philippines, to reach far-flung areas, communities and schools.

     

    Just very recently, DMCI Homes started to share Sumangil’s advocacy by campaigning Books for a Cause inside its communities. In its campaign, the developer provided boxes for donations in each of its existing communities, to encourage its homeowners to donate their pre-loved books for the drive.

     

    When asked about the upcoming projects of Books for a Cause campaign, Sumangil’s reply was simple, “[Ang] mailapit sa mas maraming bata ‘yung mga libro. Especially ‘yung mga nangangailangan, ‘yung mga nasa bulubundukin. With Books for A Cause and with the help of DMCI Homes, mas marami tayong matutulungan.

     

    Representing DMCI Homes were SVP for Finance and Operations, Ramil Lombos and Marketing and Customer Care Manager, Jan Venturanza. The group was also joined by Project Development Manager, Dennis Yap and Head of General Services, Rick Martin who served as witnesses of the event. The Memorandum of Understanding signing was held at DMCI Homes Corporate Center on July 9, 2015.

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  • DMCI Homes leads 3rd Estero Cleanup
    June 02, 2015

    DMCI Homes leads 3rd Estero Cleanup

    For three years now, resort-inspired community developer DMCI Homes has lived up to its promise of rehabilitating its adopted creeks in Quezon City.

     

    The Adopt-An-Estero project—the only project by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to receive support from a property developer and the Rotary Club of Diliman Silangan (RCDS)—witnessed another cleanup last May 23, Saturday. It has been the third cleanup since DMCI Homes endeavored to aid DENR in the rehabilitation of polluted waterways.

     

    More than 90 volunteers comprised of DMCI Homes employees, together with DENR, MMDA, RCDS and Boy Scouts of the Philippines representatives, joined in the collection and removal of garbage that filled the stretch of the 1.3 kilometer creek in Barangay Bahay Toro and Barangay Culiat. Armed with rubber gloves and boots and with garbage bags provided by DMCI Homes, the volunteers braved the summer heat in full support of Adopt-An-Estero.

     

    In their memorandum of agreement, DMCI Homes has committed to provide material and manpower support.

     

    Meanwhile, RCDS, in its mission to preserve Quezon City’s 560 hectares of watershed consisting of 20 kilometer-long waterways, has prodded DMCI Homes along with other 9 companies to tie-up with DENR. DMCI Homes adopted the Pasong Tamo creek and agreed to its yearly clean-up.

     

    The Pasong Tamo creek passes through Stellar Place, a two-tower DMCI Homes community in Visayas Avenue, Quezon City. 

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  • A book charity begins at DMCI Homes
    May 18, 2015

    A book charity begins at DMCI Homes

    MANILA, Philippines - A unit at DMCI Homes’ Vista de Lago in Taguig City not only nurtures a growing family but also charity. For Ramil Sumangil and his family, the generous pockets of spaces in their two-level unit at one of the seven buildings in the resort-themed condominium community makes it possible to conduct a book donation drive that provides free educational books to students who can’t afford them.

    Sumangil and his wife, Lynn, bought a four-bedroom unit at the Mediterranean-style residence built in 2002, so it would be easier for them to travel to their workplaces.

    The unit fits the family well as four upstairs bedrooms accommodated everyone. Sumangil, a book lover, enjoys the part of the living room, where a custom-built shelf housing his big collection of books covers an entire wall.

    At any DMCI Homes residential condo, units have generous sizes. So it’s no wonder Sumangil’s Books For A Cause (BFAC) had its roots at Vista de Lago. The personal outreach project involves collecting books from donors and passing them to students who have no textbooks or schools and communities that have no library.

    Sumangil started BFAC in 2011 to help his Nueva Ecija alma mater put up its own library. He called on the public to donate textbooks and he received an overwhelming response. Donated books kept coming in that soon, the space under the stairs, a toilet/bathroom, and part of an upstairs bedroom were filled with books. There was no more room to accommodate 220 boxes containing more than 20,000 textbooks donated by Rex Publishing in 2012 that Sumangil had to rent a space in the maintenance personnel barracks of Vista de Lago as extension storage and sorting areas.

    Sumangil picks up donations every week and beneficiaries visit to get the books they need every month. Neighbors donated books to him when he held a book drive in 2013 and 2014. He gave away storybooks to children of other Vista de Lago homeowners whenever the kids visit him. He had to quit his day job at a leading publishing company to go full time with BFAC activities that include the distribution of books to beneficiaries in remote and depressed areas, when his time permits, in picking up and receiving donated books, attending to visitors looking for textbooks and supervising student volunteers in sorting books.

    Sumangil says the piles of books have become a fixture in their home and the family got used to the clutter. But he hopes that someone would donate a warehouse where he could store all donated books, do the sorting and even set up a free public library. While waiting for that BFAC warehouse to become a reality, the sense of home is not lost for the Sumangils. The generous space inherent in DMCI Homes condo units allowed for the enjoyment of family life and a noble charitable cause at the same time.

    “In the first place, home is us,” says Mrs. Sumangil, referring to the family. “There are some sacrifices. Our mobility inside the house suffers, but when we see where the books go and those who receive them, it feels rewarding. It’s not a reward of money but a reward that there are people who benefit from what we do.”

    Books For A Cause (BFAC) is an advocacy that aims to provide precious knowledge to every Filipino and increase literacy through continuous learning. To donate books, call Ramil Sumangil at (+63) 9177963382, email him at booksforacause@yahoo.com, or visit www.booksforacause.net.

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  • DMCI Homes marks World Water Day with creek cleanup
    April 03, 2014

    DMCI Homes marks World Water Day with creek cleanup

    DMCI Homes observed World Water Day on March 22 with its employees joining other volunteers in another cleanup of the company's adopted creek in Quezon City.

    The DMCI Homes employees collected 200 sackfuls of trash from creeks under the JEM bridge, Stellar Place bridge and Carmel Avenue bridge in Barangay Bahay Toro and Barangay Culiat during the morning cleanup and properly disposed of them. They brought and distributed cleanup equipment, gears and blue t-shirts with the words "I am cleaning up our water" to dozens of volunteers from the Rotary Club of Diliman Silangan, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Barangay Bahay Toro, Barangay Culiat, and Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) at the JEM Bridge along Visayas Avenue before all of them descended to the Pasong Tamo Creek to remove trash from the waterway.

    It will be the second major cleanup of the creek coinciding with the yearly World Water Day by the same group of volunteers in the only Adopt-An-Estero project of the DENR supported by a property developer and the Rotary Club.

    "We want this cleanup to be a regular thing to promote environmental consciousness not only to our employees but also to the residents of our communities," says Jan Venturanza, senior marketing manager of DMCI Homes.

    DMCI Homes is the developer of Stellar Place, a resort-style residential village consisting of two six-storey and one 15-storey condominium buildings. The company's CSR dubbed Kaakbay gives back to the communities, where its residential projects are located, in various ways. It signed a memorandum of agreement with the DENR in 2012 adopting a 1.63-kilometer stretch of the Pasong Tamo Creek for rehabilitation. Under the agreement, DMCI Homes provides material and manpower support to clean and beautify the creek, including setting up trash traps and serving food to volunteer cleaners.

    A DENR official said it is important to have private partners like DMCI Homes and Rotary Club to rehabilitate polluted creeks.

    "DENR cannot undertake the program on its own because of its small budget. We don't have the funds for buying cleaning materials and food for volunteers," says Wilma Uyaco, the head of the Water Quality Monitoring unit of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), the DENR sub-agency spearheading the Adopt-An-Estero program. "When DMCI Homes adopted the creek, regular cleanup started."

    Engr. Marivic Quides, EMB's interim head for special projects, says the cleanup helps improve the water quality of the creek.

    "What we are doing is to make the public aware that we are giving importance to waterways so others in the community will be encouraged to follow our lead," says Quides.

    Residents are also educated not to throw their waste into the creek with the DENR conducting related seminars to subdivision homeowners and the DMCI Homes providing educational flyers, according to Rotary Club of Diliman Silangan Charter President Rodino Bernardo.

    "A lot of work comes into making sure water improves in terms of quality. You can clean and clean but if there is no community participation, there is no water quality improvement," says Bernardo.

    The adoption of the creek by DMCI Homes is part of a bigger project of the Rotary Club chapter to preserve a 560-hectare Quezon City watershed whose combined waterways stretch 20 kilometers long. Bernardo says it tied up the DENR with 10 companies that adopted portions of the waterways. He says DMCI Homes adopted the Pasong Tamo Creek because it has a stake to improve the estuary, whose part borders Stellar Place along Visayas Avenue. The other partners in rehabilitating the creek are the MMDA, LLDA, BSP and the local barangay. In the latest cleanup, DMCI Homes' sister company Maynilad Water Services Inc. also got involved by providing drinking water for the volunteers. 

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  • New phase, units of DMCI Homes-backed socialized housing project in Para
    February 17, 2014

    New phase, units of DMCI Homes-backed socialized housing project in Para

    The groundbreaking for phase two and additional units in phase one of Parañaque City's socialized housing project supported by DMCI Homes was held at the relocation site for informal settlers in Barangay La Huerta on Feb. 10.

    Mayor Edwin L. Olivarez, Parañaque Congressman Eric L. Olivarez and officials of DMCI Homes, Rotary Homes Foundation (RHF), Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP), Couples for Christ Answering the Cry of the Poor (CFC Ancop) and South Metro Manila iHome Foundation (iHome) led the ceremonial capsule laying and shoveling for the second phase of the Bagong Parañaque Housing Project (BPHP) and additional 51 housing units in the site's first phase called Parañaque Ancop Rotary Homes 1 (PAR Homes 1).

    Vice Mayor Rico Golez, local officials involved in the project, home beneficiaries and a musical band also graced the Monday afternoon ceremony that included a prayer and blessing of the groundbreaking spots.

    Mayor Olivarez thanked DMCI Homes for sponsoring the building of 90 homes in the 132-home PAR Homes 1 and 100 more units in the second phase.

    "Phase 1 one is not yet complete and yet you are back again helping us do phase 2," the mayor said during the event that formed part of the city's weeklong celebration of its 16th cityhood anniversary. "Indeed, if we are together and united, we can raise the status of living of our countrymen."

    DMCI Homes Vice President for Legal Affairs Atty. Roel Pacio described the ceremony as the fulfillment of the company's part in the project located in a 5-hectare property within the Don Galo estuary and C-5 Extension road.

    "It is our aspiration that these informal settlers will have a real home to later fulfill their dreams and have a better life," Pacio said.

    He assured that DMCI Homes, through its corporate social responsibility program called Kaakbay, shall continue to be a partner in the noble task of helping the underprivileged.

    DMCI Homes donated in March 2013 P9 million for the construction of 90 homes in Phase 1 of the project. Last month, the property developer turned over P14.7 million in donation to Mayor Olivarez to fund the construction of 100 homes in Phase 2.

    Also thanking DMCI Homes were Sid Garcia, chairman of RHF, which is implementing the first phase of the BPHP together with CFC Ancop; Charlito Ayco, CEO of HFHP, which will implement phase two together with iHome; and residents represented by PAR Homeowners Association C-5 Extension president Warren Fernando.

    The Fernando family is among the beneficiaries of the completed DMCI Homes-sponsored units in PAR Homes 1. He and the other residents constructed the houses in Phase 1. Fernando was awarded a corner unit last year and is now living there with his wife and two daughters.

    "We were so happy when we were awarded the unit," recalled the 40-year-old Fernando, who had lived all his life in a shanty along the Parañaque River. "Who would not want to have his or her own home?"

    Fernando added, "This home is better than our previous home along the riverbank because we are safe."

    The banks of the Parañaque River are a danger zone to informal settlers, the reason why the city government decided to build socialized houses where they could be relocated. During storms, floods threaten to sweep away shanties, said Fernando, who works as an administrator at the Parañaque City Hall's traffic management office.

    Planes taking off from the nearby airport passes above the community, but Fernando said they can get used to the jet noise.

    Another advantage of living in the new community is that they learn value formation that CFC Ancop teaches them, according to Fernando. They also follow a covenant with CFC Ancop that includes abstaining from alcohol, gambling and womanizing.

    "In this community, residents not only have new homes but new lives and manners," he said.

    The HFHP also expects to fulfill its mission of developing people's lives through decent homes through phase 2 of the BPHP.

    "A home is the first step to changing a person's life for the better. You have to put a person inside a decent home first so he or she can develop," Ayco said.

    Meanwhile, Garcia revealed that the foundation is preparing to conduct livelihood training and will donate fishing boats for residents of PAR Homes 1. Congressman Olivarez, who represents the city's first district, said he will donate a multi-purpose hall for the community.

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  • Engineering the Future
    February 14, 2014

    Engineering the Future

    What could animé entertainment, the song "Moves like Jagger", and nature trips do for the future of Philippine engineering? A lot, apparently! On days that the young engineering instructors from the University of the Philippines-Diliman are not solving complex problems involving electrometallurgy or polymers, they engage in activities that ordinary people enjoy. Metallurgical Engineering instructor Marie Angelynne Fabro performed to the tune of a Maroon 5 hit at the university choir festival, while Computer Science teacher Kevin Buno indulges in console games, animé, and reading manga to relieve teaching-related stresses. Civil Engineer Christian Orozco unwinds by traveling as it allows him to appreciate the beauty of nature.

    When the 2014 school year rolls in, 13 outstanding teachers ' most of them recently graduated ' from UP College of Engineering's 8 departments will comprise the first batch of grantees of the most generous endowment ever made by DMCI Homes via its corporate foundation, Kaakbay. The country's best and brightest young instructors will benefit from a teaching research grant worth P4 million pesos to be funded over a period of 5 years, starting 2014.

    Recognizing the crucial role of continuing education especially within a sector that has huge national and international significance, the grant program of DMCI Homes-Kaakbay actualizes what teacher-grantee Orozco visualizes: "Engineering education and practice can be further improved by investing more on research projects and through stronger collaboration between the academe and the industry." While pursuing full-time teaching at the UP Institute of Civil Engineering, he is also actively involved in research and extension works on water quality monitoring and modeling, road applications of cement, condition evaluation of reinforced concrete structures, assessment of environmental engineering structure, exploring sustainable construction materials, and solid waste management for construction waste.

    Stakeholders must hope, or more concretely, invest on these young and talented academics who are poised to influence generations of new engineers and transform the country's structural landscape. Electrical and Electronics Engineering instructor Edwin Umali will design better communication systems using various signal processing techniques. Chemical Engineering teacher Jhud Mikhail Aberilla's study is on the lifetime prediction of fiber-reinforced polymers, which can be expanded to include exploring the material as an alternative to petroleum-based plastics. Ergonomics, as it applies to the specific profile and needs of Filipino workers in thePhilippines, will be the research focus of Industrial Engineer Benette Custodio. Buno will develop computer algorithms and theoretical computing models to help advance the research and development capabilities of the country. Fabro is interested in the corrosion tendencies of common metals in construction, which can pave the way for improving structure and fixture life spans. Mechanical Engineering instructor Jennifer Fabular's topic is designing residential rainwater entrapment for landscaping and non-potable indoor use.

    Geodetic Engineer Mark Edwin Tupas will explore crowd-sourced geographic information for the purpose of disaster risk reduction. Learning from typhoon Yolanda's devastation, Geodetic Engineer Anjillyn Mae Cruz-Perez will do a suitability mapping of residential areas inLeyteusing remote sensing and geographic information systems. John Carlo Garcia of the Mechanical Engineering Department will conduct a review of ventilation systems used in hospital wards in thePhilippines. Also studying ventilation systems is Hannah Erika Ducusin, a Mechanical Engineering instructor who will devise a system that will ensure that heat load in the kitchen will not overwhelm the room. Samiel Louie Arrojado, also a Mechanical Engineering teacher, will design a water heating system that utilizes conventional, solar, and waste heat sources to minimize operating costs and increase efficiencies. Rounding out the list of teaching research grantees is Karl Ezra Pilario of the Chemical Engineering Department, whose research will simulate safety control systems, premised on the fact that many manufacturing plants are now located near residential and commercial establishments.

    Orozco's wish list reads like a paean for the country: "First, I hope that we always put quality on everything that we design and build. As engineers, we can't afford the public to suffer from substandard works," says the 24-year-old civil engineer. "Second, there should be a better balance between the built and natural environment." Notwithstanding great challenges, Filipinos are urged to see the country with fresh, far-reaching eyes, like these young instructor-scholars of DMCI Homes-Kaakbay. 

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  • DMCI Homes undertakes renovations in PUP Manila
    February 03, 2014

    DMCI Homes undertakes renovations in PUP Manila

    DMCI Homes' good neighbor policy addresses the concerns of the community where the developer's project is located.  This time, the country's leader in resort-inspired communities is facilitating the renovation of the College of Accountancy and Finance Faculty Room in Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) Manila. The 120 sqm Faculty Room serves as home for the Accountancy Department's faculty during school days. Aside from the faculty room, DMCI Homes also installed a networking facility to help the faculty gain access to the internet and file sharing. A total of ten (10) comfort rooms were being renovated, six (6) of these are located at the 5th Floor of the Main Building where the College of Accountancy is housed, two (2) cubicles at the PUP Gymnasium and two (2) located near the College of Accountancy and Finance Faculty Room.

    The renovation project was started October 2013, and minor rectifications are still underway. Prof. Ligaya Montalbo-Espino, Former Chairperson for Higher Accounting, facilitated the processing of permits and documentation, making the renovation process an easy task for the construction team.

    Prof. Gloria A. Rante, PUP - Manila, Chairperson for Higher Accounting, is grateful to the developer after the delivery of the renovated faculty room. "To the people who initiated the project, thank you very much. To the people who worked on this, they were very courteous. We did not expect the executives of DMCI Homes to be here during the blessing of the project, but they were present. Thank you."

    The renovation project in PUP-Manila, Mabini Campus, forms part of Kaakbay sa Edukasyon efforts, DMCI Homes' corporate social responsibility program. Kaakbay streamlines the company's efforts into four categories: "Kaakbay sa Kalusugan," which pertains to projects about health and well-being; "Kaakbay sa Kalikasan," for projects about environmental protection and sustainable eco-development; "Kaakbay sa Pamayanan,"  for projects like housing which addresses issues on social welfare and community development; and "Kaakbay sa Edukasyon," whose goal is to enhance learning and education.

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  • DMCI Homes turns over P14.7M donation for Para
    January 15, 2014

    DMCI Homes turns over P14.7M donation for Para

    Parañaque City’s housing project for informal settlers along Parañaque River got another boost from DMCI Homes when the property developer turned over to city officials P14.7 million in new cash donation to fund the building of more homes for poor residents.

    DMCI Homes President Alfredo R. Austria turned over a check replica of the company’s latest donation to the city to Mayor Edwin Olivarez after the ceremonial signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the Bagong Parañaque Housing Project at the Parañaque City Hall on Jan. 8. Non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP) led by its CEO and managing director Charlie Ayco, HFHP’s partner in implementing the project, South Metro Manila iHOME Foundation led by its president Manuel Erni, and other DMCI Homes and city officials witnessed the signing and turnover ceremony.

    “We are very happy to be part of this project for the underprivileged. We feel it is part of our responsibility to do something for them,” Austria said of the city’s housing project for riverbank settlers located at a 4.2-hectare government property along C5 Extension Road in Barangay La Huerta.

    Mayor Olivarez thanked DMCI Homes, HFHP and iHOME for helping the thousands of underprivileged people of the city.

    “DMCI Homes continues to support our priority project to transfer settlers in the riverbank to decent homes. Hopefully this donation should not be the last but the beginning of our long partnership,” Olivarez said.

    The mayor said helping the relocation of the riverbank settlers will also help the city clean up the Parañaque River.

    Ayco thanked the city government and DMCI Homes for continuing to trust the HFHP in implementing the housing project.

    “The mission of Habitat is to have a world where everyone have a decent place to live. For Parañaque, it is the dream of Habitat that every person in the city will one day live in a decent house,” Ayco said. “One day, we will be proud to say that there is no more squatter in Parañaque.”

    “With this project, we hope to alleviate the living condition of Parañaqueños,” Erni said.

    The P14.7 million donation will fund the construction of at least 100 additional housing units in a nearly 11,000-square meter portion of the project site. Ayco said HFHP and iHOME plan to start the construction this month.

    Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations Ramil Lombos said it is the second housing project of DMCI Homes with the city government and it will not be the last.

    “It is the company’s vision to extend our help to all the cities where our projects are located,” Lombos said referring to condominium communities DMCI Homes built and is building around Metro Manila, including the Arista Place in Barangay Sto. Niño in Parañaque City.

    DMCI Homes also donated P9 million to the city government last year for the construction of housing units by the District 3830 Rotary Homes Parañaque Foundation and the non-government organization Couples for Christ Answering the Cry of the Poor at the same site.

    The city government is targeting to build 700 houses for the benefit of all riverbank settlers, according to Mayor Olivarez. There are already 70 houses built at the site with 52 units currently under construction.

    DMCI Homes’ support to housing projects for marginalized families in Metro Manila is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility program dubbed Kaakbay. The  leading developer of premium resort-themed communities, DMCI Homes, also donated about P4 million to the Quezon City government last year for the construction of houses at Bistekville 1, where poor families living in Barangay Payatas will be relocated.

    The HFHP is implementing the Bistekville 1 project. Ayco said construction of houses at the site will be completed and turned over to beneficiaries this month

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  • Homeowners volunteer in DMCI Homes Kaakbay medical mission
    September 17, 2013

    Homeowners volunteer in DMCI Homes Kaakbay medical mission

    Homeowners of DMCI Homes communities are supporting the property developer's outreach program for the poor with doctor-residents volunteering in the DMCI Homes Kaakbay medical mission in Pasig City recently.

    Doctors who live in East Ortigas Mansion and East Raya Gardens, both mid-rise residential communities in Pasig, and Cypress Towers, a high-rise residential community in Taguig, all built by DMCI Homes, joined company employees and health workers and volunteers of Barangay Maybunga in providing free consultation and medicine to some 200 children and adults from poor families of the village.

    "We are happy because the kind of families and professionals living in DMCI Homes communities helped us organize and conduct the medical mission," said DMCI Homes Senior Vice President and Chief Finance Officer Ramil Lombos, who attended the day-long medical mission at the Maybunga covered court on Aug. 23.

    Lombos said DMCI Homes officials visited DMCI Homes communities to tell residents about DMCI Homes Kaakbay and asked them if they can join the company's corporate social responsibility program focused on promoting health, education, environment protection and conservation, social welfare, and community development of poor neighbors and barangay.

    "Most of them joined us; we did not have a hard time convincing them," said Lombos.

    Among the homeowners who performed medical screening of Maybunga residents with diabetes and hypertension were Dr. Francisco  San Diego Jr., who has a second house at the East Ortigas Mansion along Ortigas Avenue Extension, Dr. Sheree Emata, a resident of Cypress Towers, and Dr. Ma. Luisa Lopez and Dr. Ninofar P. Royo, both residents of East Raya Gardens along Mercedes Avenue. All of them regularly serve in private and government medical missions.

    "As doctor, you have a moral obligation to devote a certain part of your time to medical mission," said Salviejo, an internal medicine doctor at Metro Rizal Doctors Hospital in Cainta, in explaining why he joined the medical mission. "Medicine should not always be business. There is always a charitable part in that profession."

    "I told the patients that they cannot be healthy just by proper dieting. They also need to exercise, sleep, avoid stress and drink at least two liters of water every day," said Lopez, who organized the weekly aerobics and zumba workouts for mothers at East Raya Gardens.

    A specialist in medical research, public administrator at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig Hospital and Pasig City General Hospital, and official of diabetes educators associations, Lopez believes that health education is an effective tool in the fight against lifestyle diseases, which is the cause of death of 60 percent of the world's population.

    Royo, a retired government pediatrician, said she volunteered for the medical mission when she was asked to join it because that was her job before in barangay health centers in Zamboanga Sibugay province.

    Maybunga chairman Mario Concepcion Jr. was very grateful and thankful to the medical mission sponsored by DMCI Homes Kaakbay.

    "The medical mission was different from the others we had before because of the free fasting blood sugar and cholesterol tests, which are actually expensive," said Concepcion.

    DMCI Homes Kaakbay also provided medical supplies for the patient screening and medicines such as antibiotics, decongestant, pain relievers and vitamins. The company also provided meals.

    Pascual Lab sponsored some of the medicines and ICare Insular Health Care sent Dr. Merriam Verntenilla as a doctor volunteer.

    Concepcion is hoping that DMCI Homes can become a partner of his barangay in helping poor families.

    "My barangay is one of the biggest in Pasig and has one of the largest depressed area," he said. "Among the patients who are here today come from the Floodway area."

    "Our CSR program is really the idea of the owners, the Consunjis. We were so blessed for the past few years and the company would like to give back the blessings that we have received to our neighbors. And we are serious about it. We will continue this, not just in Pasig but in other cities as well" he said. 

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  • Pioneering construction-company institutionalizes its CSR initiatives
    July 19, 2013

    Pioneering construction-company institutionalizes its CSR initiatives

    Corporate Social Responsibility or the act of giving back to the community plays a crucial role in helping shape the legacy and impact of any company to society. Leading construction company D.M. Consunji Inc. (DMCI) knows this only too well, that is why it has taken its commitment of community-building to the next level this year.

    In line with this, the company decided to put together all its projects under a more focused and branded framework. Dubbed Kaakbay, the company rationalizes its CSR initiatives under four categories: “Kaakbay sa Kalusugan,” which pertains to projects about health and well-being; “Kaakbay sa Kalikasan,” for projects about environmental protection and sustainable eco-development; “Kaakbay sa Pamayanan,”  for projects like housing which addresses issues on social welfare and community development; and “Kaakbay sa Edukasyon,” whose goal is to enhance learning and education.

    The Kaakbay campaign streamlines such activities and keeps sharp focus on social development areas relevant to its line of business. As a clear and distinctive brand, it also helps strengthen internal engagement and employee volunteerism within the company.

    “With a more comprehensive CSR campaign, we are now not only able to build a positive and engaging culture within the organization, our company is also being given a golden opportunity to share our blessings to the local communities,” says Isidro Consunji, president of DMCI Holdings, Inc.

    With the launch of Kaakbay this year, numerous projects had already been implemented under its various categories. Some of these include tree-planting activities at Ipo Dam in Norzagaray, Bulacan as well as in Bgy. San Isidro, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. DMCI has also contributed greatly to renovation works at Kitchen Infirmary Rooms of Jaro Carmel in Iloilo, the proposed Chapel of Mary Consolatrix of The Eucharist in Calbayog City, as well as the proposed Chapel of Carmelite of St. John the Cross (guest house) in Ozamis City.

    Given its close to six decades of solid track record, DMCI has pioneered the application of advanced engineering technology in Philippine construction industry, and has since undertaken a number of CSR activities that leaned more towards partnerships in local job creation and employment opportunities, skills training, responsible land use, and ecosystem protection and conservation. This tradition of responsiveness and innovation reflects the values of its founder and chairman, David Mendoza Consunji.

    Building on his pioneering efforts, DMCI has successfully built a legacy on the enduring values of uncompromising integrity, excellence and high standards of quality.  By completing projects on or ahead of schedule, the company has also left a mark on a multitude of building projects and structures both locally and abroad.

    Already with close to a thousand projects completed thus far, DMCI aims to be the client’s first choice in contracting solutions and continues to shape the country with its extensive expertise in general building, civil, transport, industry, public utilities, and service sector infrastructure.

    D.M. Consunji, Inc. is recognized as one of the leaders in the Philippine construction industry. It is engaged in general construction services, which is the core business of DMCI Holdings, Inc. Other businesses include:

    • DMCI Homes, the country’s top developer of premium quality, themed residential communities;
    • Semirara Mining Corporation, a publicly listed company engaged in the exploration, mining and development of the largest coal resource in the Philippines, in Semirara Island, Antique;
    • Private Infrastructure Development Corp. (PIDC), a consortium of all-Filipino contractors including DMCI, together with San Miguel Corporation, undertaking the construction, operation and maintenance of the 88-kilometer Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Toll Expressway;
    • DMCI-MPIC Water Company Inc., the consortium of DMCI, Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and Marubeni which owns the exclusive water concession of the west service zone of Metro Manila through Maynilad Water Services Inc.;
    • DMCI Power Corp., an energy generation company;
    • and DMCI Mining Corp., an ore and mineral mining and exploration company.

    Given DMCI's strong commitment to its vision of being partners in community-building, as illustrated by its new CSR campaign called “Kaakbay” – a true companion – it would really be a cinch that the company would continue to enjoy the patronage not only of its clients but also the community where it operates. ##

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  • DMCI Homes Bring Help and Hope to Paranaque School Kids
    June 04, 2013

    DMCI Homes Bring Help and Hope to Paranaque School Kids

    Even before construction is completed at the condominium community of Arista Place in Parañaque, the people behind DMCI Homes are already promoting a culture of child care and shared stewardship among members of Brgy. Sto. Niño where the development is located.

     

    Hand-in-hand with local government leaders and Kaakbay, the corporate social responsibility arm of DMCI Homes, the developer’s E-Brokers Division conducted an afternoon of gift-giving for the benefit of kindergarten students of Brgy. Sto. Niño Day Care Center.

     

    Arista Place Clubhouse hosted the activity spearheaded by Senior Vice President for Sales  Flor Ofrecio. Organizers of the outreach program recognized the need to augment the resources of underserved school children in the area as school opening draws near. With help from Barangay Captain Ismael de Leon, the E-brokers division deployed volunteers to distribute school supplies to 150 kids who participated in the event. The children were entertained through a story-telling activity and were provided food and drinks from a famous fast food chain.

     

    DMCI Homes recognizes the far-reaching effects of promoting learning and education, especially in areas where it develops residential condominium communities. The 4.5-hectare Arista Place is situated on J.P. Rizal Street, Brgy. Sto. Nino, Parañaque City. It will have 11 mid-rise buildings that will offer around 1,200 residential units, designed to give residents an experience of everyday Asian tropical vacation.

     

    A good location and neighborhood are the primary considerations of home seekers, which is why DMCI Homes, through Kaakbay, fosters positive social impact in districts where its residential projects are situated. As a developer of homes for Filipino families, the company is expected to look after the welfare of children, and DMCI Homes brings this child-friendly policy beyond the gates of its residential projects out into the bigger community.

     

    Aside from the gift-giving activity, DMCI Homes is engaged in the city’s public interest projects by initiating medical missions that alleviate the plight of hundreds of Parañaquenos, and a housing project for impoverished families living along the city’s riverbanks. ###

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  • DMCI Homes volunteers to paint houses of Bistekville1 families
    May 23, 2013

    DMCI Homes volunteers to paint houses of Bistekville1 families

    Officials and employees of DMCI Homes have painted several houses at Bistekville I, a social housing project of Quezon City and Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP), as part of the company’s Kaakbay sa Pamayanan community outreach program.

     

    60 DMCI Homes volunteers braved the morning summer heat on May 4 to paint a few houses at the Payatas community, a beneficiary of the property developer’s P4 million cash donation in March 2012 that helped the Quezon City government, Department of Education and HFHP construct 20.5 of 145 sponsored Bistekville I homes for poor families and teachers from the Payatas dumpsite. The volunteer work is also part of DMCI Homes’ agreement with HFHP to support the latter’s I Build campaign, which aims to establish a citywide and nationwide shelter program for informal settlers, government workers and other disadvantaged groups or poor families.

     

    Representative of HFHP, Engineer Rojamin Clamor – Site Engineer, who witnessed the 8 a.m. to noon volunteer work of DMCI  homes. Residents of the painted homes were very thankful to the painstaking efforts of the DMCI Homes volunteers in giving color to their shelter.

     

    DMCI Homes is intensifying its volunteerism under its corporate social responsibility program dubbed Kaakbay launched last year. The program addresses four fronts--social welfare and community development, health, environment and education—in line with the company’s vision of becoming a partner in community-building and nation-building.

     

    The Bistekville I donation and volunteer works fall under the Kaakbay sa Pamayanan program, which include housing assistance for the poor. The Kaakbay sa Pamayanan also sponsored the construction of 92 homes at the relocation site for informal settlers of Paranaque River. The relocation site in La Huerta is being developed by the city government of Parañaque, District 3830 Rotary Homes Foundation and CFC ANCOP Tekton Foundation. DMCI Homes, as one of the corporate partners, donated P12 million for the project in a 4.2-hectare land along C5 Extension Road near the NAIA 1 runway. The site will eventually house 1,500 informal settler families.

     

    DMCI Homes also campaigns for the protection and preservation of the environment under its Kaakbay sa Kalikasan program. The first project under this program is the adoption and cleanup of a creek in Quezon City last year. DMCI Homes partnered with Rotary Club of Diliman-Silangan the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to rehabilitate the Pasong Tamo River. Volunteer employees from DMCI Homes, local government officials, residents and other stakeholder organizations cleaned up the 1.63-kilometer stretch of the river and installed trash traps to keep the river free of garbage and debris

     

    Under Kaakbay sa Kalusugan, DMCI Homes volunteers conducted dental and medical missions in Sto. Niño, Parañaque last year that benefitted poor residents, mostly children and mothers. The Kaakbay sa Edukasyon provided financial assistance for the salary augmentation program of the UP College of Engineering, an institutional partner of DMCI Homes. ###

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  • DMCI Homes cited for helping Rotary housing for homeless
    May 02, 2013

    DMCI Homes cited for helping Rotary housing for homeless

    The Rotary International (RI) District 3830, one of the 10 Rotary districts in thePhilippines, has recognized the contribution of triple A property developer DMCI Homes to its housing project for poor families living along the banks ofParañaqueRiver.

    International leaders of the RI, local leaders and members of District 3830, which is composed of Rotary Clubs in southern Metro Manila and Palawan, and the District 3830 Rotary Homes Parañaque Foundation, which is spearheading the housing project together with the Parañaque City government, presented DMCI Homes a plaque of appreciation for donating Php 12 million to fund the building of 92 row houses for the Rotary Homes project during the organization’s annual gathering held at the Manila Hotel on March 23.

    Rotary Homes Foundation chairman Sid Garcia presented the plaque of appreciation to DMCI Homes Senior Marketing Manager Jan Venturanza and Project Development Manager Dennis Yap during the segment of the event recognizing district Rotarians who donated funds for the housing project along NAIA Avenue near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Parañaque City.

    “DMCI Homes’ donation is very significant. Because of their generous donation, we will now be able to finish phase one of the Rotary Homes project,” said Garcia. “We’re targeting 150 homes for phase one and they have given more than 50 percent of the units. They have made the project happen in terms of funding.”

    Garcia also thanked DMCI Homes President Alfredo R. Austria and SVP for Finance Ramil B. Lombos “for having seen the significance of the project, in really helping the poor and in giving them new lease on life by giving them homes.”

    DMCI Homes has built and is building dozens of resort-style residential condominium complexes in Metro Manila. While its condominiums cater to middle-income families, the company gives back to the community hosting its project. InParañaqueCity, where it is buildingArista Placein Barangay Sto. Niño, DMCI Homes had sponsored medical missions for poor residents of the village and donated to the Rotary Homes project.

    “DMCI Homes builds homes for Filipino families. It makes no sense for us to be not involved in housing projects such as this,” said Venturanza, referring to the housing program with Rotary .

    Mon de Leon, an official of the Couples for Christ Answering the Cry of the Poor (CFC ANCOP), which handles the resettlement of the poor families to Rotary Homes, and Parañaque City Councilor Benjo Bernabe spoke during the event thanking District 3830 leaders and the donors. DeLeonnoted that Rotary Homes is not only providing shelter to poor people but also transforming their lives.

    “You have given them much hope. You have given them a lot of things to dream about this time,” he said.

    Bernabe, who delivered the message of his Rotarian father, Mayor Jun Bernabe, said the Rotary Homes project is also helping transform the city for the better.

    “The City will forever be grateful for this project given to residents of Parañaque,” he said.

    The Rotary Homes aims to shelter 1,500 of the 2,500 poor families that will be relocated from their makeshift homes along the banks of theParanaqueRiver. The housing project located at a 4.2-hectare city government property in Barangay La Huerta was an offshoot of the District 3830 and city government joint project to rehabilitate the polluted river launched in 2008. As the informal settlers along the river banks have to be relocated to keep the river clean after rehabilitation, the District 3830 and the city government headed by Mayor Bernabe launched the Rotary Homes project in 2009 in partnership with the CFC ANCOP and the anti-poverty movement Gawad Kalinga. Housing beneficiaries will build the homes themselves. ###

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  • UP Engineering Buoyed by 4 Million worth of Teaching Grant from DMCI Homes
    May 02, 2013

    UP Engineering Buoyed by 4 Million worth of Teaching Grant from DMCI Homes

    A special fund amounting to P4 Million for engineering instruction and research support was awarded by DMCI Homes Kaakbay to the University of thePhilippines- Diliman College of Engineering, through the UP Engineering Research and Development Foundation, Inc.

     

    Yearly teaching grants over a five-year period will be distributed among eight deserving instructors from each of the engineering departments/institutes, namely Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Geodetic Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Mining, Metallurgical, and Materials Engineering. The remaining five grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to faculty members from any of the college departments.

     

    “Usually donors give only one or two grants but DMCI Homes is giving the ‘Magic 13’ teaching research grants,” said the Dean of UPD COE Aura Matias. She mentioned that DMCI Homes has long been helping the university provide opportunities for students “but this time the attention is given to the faculty members, particularly the young teachers.”

     

    According to DMCI Homes President Alfredo Austria, “It is difficult to keep the best teachers in UP if the compensation level is lower than what the private sector is offering. So we’re trying to help in the practical side: we want to help retain the good teachers because they are the heart and soul of the college.”

     

    The reality is that once young engineer-instructors decide to have their own families, they leave the academe for greener pastures. What the grant will facilitate is the teachers’ continued practice of their academic career, “which they want to do, that also allows them to provide for a decent living for raising a family,” Matias explains. “It is for those faculty members who are just building up their experience in research, for them to actually learn how to publish and do independent research, for them to get a head start.” The college plans to encourage grantees to choose research topics that can help the construction industry and more importantly, address issues in community development.

     

    BothAustriaand Matias rue the fact that for a long time to as recently as 3 to 4 years ago, engineers were underappreciated in the country. But a quick rundown of the engineering academics’ current research interests will reveal the urgency of their work: studies in waste management and sustainable development, energy and electricity, the merging of engineering and health professions through biomedical engineering, to name a few.

     

    The founder of the Consunji group of companies, wherein DMCI Homes belongs, is David Consunji who is an alumnus of the UPCollegeofEngineering. His son, Isidro, the chairman of DMCI Homes, is also a product of the college. The Consunjis have remained personally involved and active in the programs of the UP alumni engineers and other engineering foundations. “It’s something of an advocacy,” saidAustria, “to strengthen the engineering education in the country because they see it as vital to the progress of thePhilippinesto train global engineers.”

     

    From the leading edge to the day-to-day things, engineering encompasses our lives. UPERDFI Board of Trustees member Engr. Alfonso A. Aliga, Jr offered asphalt paving as an example, explaining that the mixture should depend on whether it is placed on the highway or inside the community, a standard often not followed in practice. Associate Dean for Institutional Linkages Rhodora Gonzalez likewise reported that UP is trying to develop a curriculum to professionalize disaster management in the country, another key area that demands efficiency improvements.

     

    “Our faculty members… are the jewels of our college. What makes the difference in the transformation of our students is the kind of faculty that they deal with and learn from,” Matias stated as she thanked DMCI Homes Kaakbay. “It is really a great opportunity for more of our talented students to be able to work with industry and at the same time use their knowledge to build other engineers after them.”

     

    Well-educated engineers help turn the dreams of Filipino families into reality. DMCI Homes’Austria, who is also a graduate of UP Diliman College of Engineering, explained: “A lot of people are asking why our (housing) products have better value. Either we are able to sell it at lower prices or we are able to put more value or more amenities because of engineering efficiencies from the design to the construction, and so on. To us, whenever we build homes, it’s not just a business; we treat it as a profession. In the practice of your profession, you render the best service for your customer.”###

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  • DMCI Homes, partners and volunteers keep estero trash-free
    April 15, 2013

    DMCI Homes, partners and volunteers keep estero trash-free

    The Philippine Star

    MANILA, Philippines - The benefits of clean waterways ripple across distances and generations, which is why the urgent task of bringing vitality back to choking esteros rests on the shoulders of everyone in the community. For its part, DMCI Homes, leading developer of themed communities for middle-income families, has been undertaking the cleanup of a 1.63-kilometer section of the Pasong Tamo Riverunder the “Adopt-An-Estero” program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

    In partnership with Rotary Club of Diliman Silangan, a cleanup activity was conducted on March 2, which started on Jem 5 Bridge, coursed through Brgy. Bahay Toro and ended on Carmel Avenue. The event was joined by barangay residents and leaders, as well as volunteers from stakeholder institutions.

    The first phase of the rehabilitation efforts that began last year included immediate decongestion of the creek, and it was crucial to galvanize the support and participation of the members of the barangay. Information and educational campaign posters were distributed to Brgy. Bahay Toro and Brgy. Culiat. The local government deployed garbage trucks and helped with the disposal of collected solid wastes. To ensure that the adopted creek remains clear of garbage, trash traps were installed along portions of Pasong Tamo River and those caught throwing garbage into the creek will be apprehended. Signatories of the program will also help the barangays to draft an ordinance in support of the river cleanup.

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  • DMCI Homes turns over donated houses in Payatas
    February 01, 2013

    DMCI Homes turns over donated houses in Payatas

    DMCI Homes formally turned over to beneficiary families 15 of 20 houses it donated to the Quezon City and Department of Education (DepEd) social housing project in Payatas called Bistekville I.

    Mr. Tady Palma,  Secretary to Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, DepEd Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs, Mr. Tonecito Umali and DMCI Homes Marketing Manager Jan Venturanza led the turnover ceremony highlighted by the blessing and ribbon-cutting of the houses along Molave Street. Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP) President and CEO Charlie S. Ayco, BPI Foundation Executive Director Randy G. Maranan, LBC Foundation President Monica G. Araneta, other public officials and home partners joined the rite. Fr. Orlando Norniella, parish priest at the Mother of Divine Providence, blessed the houses.

    The 15 completed houses in Block 8 of Bistekville I were constructed with the help of HFHP, which organized the home beneficiaries and volunteers for the construction work. The remaining five sponsored homes of DMCI Homes still under construction in Block 9 will be turned over after completion in the first quarter of 2013.

    DMCI Homes signed on March 26 a memorandum of agreement with HFHP to be a corporate partner and sponsor of the NGO’s “I Build Campaign.” Under the agreement, DMCI Homes donated P4 million to be used for construction materials for its house-building program. HFHP identified 20 of 145 homes in Bistekville I as the sponsored homes. The 15 home partners for the houses DMCI Homes sponsored were identified by the Urban Poor Affairs Office of Quezon City and HFHP.

    Twenty-two families of teachers from the different public schools near Payatas and informal settler families in Quezon City moved into their new homes in Bistekville I in May. With the recent turnover of the newly-completed homes, there are now a total 86 homepartners for the Payatas housing project.

    It was not the first time that DMCI Homes sponsored the construction of homes for informal settlers or urban poor. As part of its corporate social responsibility program and “good neighbor” policy, DMCI Homes joined the Paranaque City government, District 3830 Rotary Homes Foundation and CFC ANCOP Tekton Foundation in building homes in Barangay La Huerta for poor and informal settlers along the city’s river. The company donated P12 million, which was used to buy materials for constructing 92 homes in the 4.2-hectare relocation site along C5 Extension Road near the NAIA 1 runway. The site will eventually house 1,500 informal settler families.

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  • DMCI Homes Adopts an Estero, Aims to Bring Engineering Solutions to Pasong Tamo River
    July 20, 2012

    DMCI Homes Adopts an Estero, Aims to Bring Engineering Solutions to Pasong Tamo River

    More and more people are waking up to the fact that esteros are crucial to the health of the watershed, which in turn determines the quality and quantity of water within a given area. And with climate change triggering greater volumes of precipitation into waterways already choking with debris, wastes, contaminants, and silt, reviving our country’s esteros represents a vital step to protect the population, especially riverside communities. 

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources identified a 1.63-km stretch of the Pasong Tamo River as one of the esteros to be resuscitated under its Adopt-An-Estero Program, which is a flagship project of DENR Secretary Ramon Paje. Soon after the inception of Adopt-An-Estero, it was highlighted for immediate implementation under the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Director Juan Miguel Cuna and piloted in the EMB-National Capital Region by Regional Director Roberto Sheen. In 2011, Director Sheen was able to encourage and convince several establishments to join and participate in DENR’s estero cleanup program and since then, Secretary Paje himself has signed 17 Memoranda of Agreement for execution by the parties concerned.

     

    For the Pasong Tamo River project, the MOA signing was presided by Secretary Ramon Paje, formalizing commitments among stakeholders including the DENR through EMB, the local government of Quezon City, Laguna Lake Development Authority, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, DMCI Project Developer’s Inc. (DMCI Homes), Rotary Club of Diliman Silangan, and barangay leaders. This joint initiative between a builder-developer and Rotary Club is the first of its kind for DENR’s Adopt-An-Estero Program. 

    The pilot project in the Pasong Tamo River, bounded by the bridges along Tandang Sora in Barangay Culiat, and Carmel Avenue in Barangay Bahay Toro in Quezon City, may be expanded at a future date and will be in full force and effect for one year, renewable for another year upon mutual agreement by all parties. The MOA signing coincided with the celebration of Environment Month in the Philippines this June, the anniversary of DENR, and World Environment Day. 

    Engineering Solutions to the Estero Problem

    Most water bodies in Metro Manila have deteriorated to the point of posing serious threats to the community, especially the children. Diseases like dengue, acute gastro-enteritis, and soil transmitted helminthiasis continue to undermine the lives and livelihoods of many estero residents, while those living in the vicinity of the Pasong Tamo River cite flooding and reeking waters as their main concerns. 

    According to Rotary Club of Diliman Silangan Charter President Rodino Bernardo, when he and his team delineated the watershed in that zone, they were initially overwhelmed by the fact that there are about 1,200 hectares of watershed stretching to Commonwealth Avenue. Given the enormous size of the catchment, and the long-lasting and border-transcending effects of an endangered watershed, the problem can only be addressed by getting people’s acts together. “The solution here would be a combination of educating and informing those within the catchment area,” Bernardo explains, in addition to regular cleanups, community mobilization, and training of concerned stakeholders. 

    DMCI Homes will help decongest the identified stretch of the Pasong Tamo River. According to the signed MOA, the company will be given wide latitude in decision-making as to the surface cleanup and engineering solutions to be implemented. “We care for that strip of river,” says Alfredo Austria, president of DMCI Homes. 

    Austria adds that DMCI Homes’ role will entail cleaning up waterways, removal of unsightly effects of clogged esteros, undertaking some plantings and river improvements. Over the long term, the company has agreed to tap the assistance of its sister companies and other volunteers in endeavoring to rehabilitate the remaining portions of Pasong Tamo River by actual dredging and desilting of the river, phytoremediation thru constructed wetlands, planting along the river banks, rip-rapping or coco-matting, and construction and greening of linear parks. 

    Estero as metaphor for interconnectedness

    Home includes the larger community where we live, which is why breathing life back to the estero should be considered a natural extension of our family’s household/backyard cleaning. This is tied in with the notion of interconnectedness: esteros flow into other bodies of water, and a person/institution’s individual actions, whether positive or negative, produce great social consequences. 

    “We’re just a part of the team and we’re happy to be involved,” says Austria. “We are always on the lookout for such opportunities… in some small way to become active within the communities that we’re part of. We’ve seen that members of the DMCI Homes communities are also very, very eager to do their share in improving the environment that they are in.” 

    The DENR Adopt-An-Estero Program can perhaps be regarded as having produced some of the best work done through public-private partnership. It continues to gain widespread private sector support, with more than 260 signed agreements all over the country. Accountability arrangements will be set, according to Secretary Paje, and one of these is the department’s weekly site visits to monitor and assess projects. Cleaning up the estero is quite literally a dirty job which might seem small compared to recent major occurrences in the country, but as pointed out by DENR Undersecretary Analiza Teh, this, too, is good governance. 

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  • DMCI Homes Applauds Visionary Archi Students in UP
    March 31, 2012

    DMCI Homes Applauds Visionary Archi Students in UP

    DMCI Homes renewed ties with the academic community by extending support to the University of the Philippines-College of Architecture (UPCA) on the institution’s annual exhibition of students’ works in this year’s Haraya.

    Haraya is Filipino for imagination, and the meaning is particularly apt because the event’s theme is “visionary” design. Event participants include thesis students from the college’s four programs--BS Architecture, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Master of Architecture, and Master of Tropical Landscape Architecture. The objective throughout the school year was for students to forecast and produce projects of the kind of aesthetics and technology that will be available in the next two to three decades. Given that planning and building structures and spaces take some time, the challenge to be both prescient and applicable is not for simply futuristic interest; this means that the projects can actually be carried out if there is a requirement in the present.

    Visitors were invited to the Haraya 2012; the list of activities include the event opening, the Parangal sa Mag-aaral, the Arki clinic, Arki talks delivered by career experts, book fair and product demonstrations. At the Arki clinic, DMCI Homes Gerardo Ramos, Senior Architect, and Jeanney Padrigo, Interior Designer--both UP graduates, joined some members of the UPCA faculty in conducting one-on-one professional advice sessions with members of the UP community who want to purchase, build, renovate, or decorate a home.

    According to one of the event organizers, Trisha Cruz, sophomore BS Architecture student, “Haraya is one of the most enriching events in the college because it is the one closest to home – it actually showcases our works, our plates that we worked hardest on... Haraya goes on, I think, because every year we have to improve, and that’s not a bad thing. It shows that we’re dynamic, always evolving so that Haraya could be the best event to serve the students.”

    Some of the award-winning thesis projects included studies for a recycling theme park in Payatas, an eco-furniture design studio, a concept resort for honeymooners, and a library conceptualized as a park. One of the key principles that guided the best students’ works this year, according to UPCA Dean Mary Ann Espina, is sustainability. Only a few years ago, as she recounted, maximum daylight, natural ventilation, and use of indigenous materials were regarded as novel features, but today they are considered basic requisites. According to Jan Venturanza, Marketing Manager of DMCI Homes, these “green” principles, before they were even called “green,” are being upheld by the company, which concerns itself with tropical and resort-inspired architecture. 

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