PBSP celebrates its 49th Founding Anniversary during the Annual Membership Meeting
Top leaders of the business sector and representatives from over 200 member-companies, including partners, local and international donors, recently celebrated the gains of collective action during the 49th Annual Membership Meeting (AMM) of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) at Makati Shangri-la, Manila.
PBSP Chairman Manuel V Pangilinan reported on the gains and accomplishments of the previous fiscal year 2018-2019 which saw the implementation of hundreds of projects in collaboration with various sectors that reached and assisted over 89,200 families nationwide.
“In adopting the strategy of Collective Impact, we were able to bring integrated, holistic, and mutually reinforcing initiatives to strategic geographic areas such as the Marikina Watershed, Buhisan, Cebu watershed and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM),” he said.
“As we prepare for the second half of our life as a social development organization, we aim to be more responsive to the needs of the times,” Pangilinan added.
One of the projects implemented by PBSP is the Advancing Client-Centered Care and Expanding Sustainable Services for TB (ACCESS TB) Project which assisted over 560,000 individuals in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. PBSP provided free treatment, TB screening, and proper health education with the help of the Department of Health, other government agencies, the private sector, community volunteers, and other partners.
During the event, keynote speaker Urban Weber, Head of High Impact Asia Department of The Global Fund, recognized the need and importance of engaging the business and private sector in ending tuberculosis in the Philippines.
“Many people believe that tuberculosis is a medical problem. It is right. It is a medical problem. But it is not only a medical problem because it is also a social problem. It is a problem of stigma and discrimination, a problem of losing employment,” said Weber.
He also encouraged the private sector to support the initiatives and efforts to find missing people with tuberculosis.
PBSP also welcomed its new member-companies Cebu Air, Inc. and SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan during the event.
Prior to their membership with PBSP, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan has been an active supporter of PBSP’s projects for the Sa Pagbasa, May Pag-asa consortium and the annual Ready for School campaign.
Cebu Air, Inc., on the other hand provided assistance in transporting relief goods during PBSP’s relief operations in Marawi.
On its 49th year, PBSP and its member-companies and partners reaffirmed their commitment to poverty reduction.
“As we continue our journey to our 50th year and beyond, we will continue to work with our beneficiaries in realizing the goals of resilience and sustainability. With your support and active participation, we can truly harness the full potential of the business sector collectively working together with other partners to directly address the roots of poverty and inequality,” said PBSP Executive Director Reynaldo Antonio Laguda.
PBSP is also realigning its strategies to scale up impact and reach more communities. By evaluating its programs, processes, structure, and goals, PBSP recognized the need to adapt faster with the changing times by constantly innovating, finding sustainable solutions, taking calculated risks, and testing new areas of intervention.
“We wish to be part of a community of organizations working in partnership with poor communities to assist them to transition towards self-reliance, productivity, dignified living and authentic happiness. We need to continue breaking new ground and planting seeds of hope,” said PBSP President Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC.
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