by: Lesley Anne U. Ordinario
March 19 was the day we have been waiting for. MicroSourcing held its first block movie screening of the most awaited live-action movie Beauty and the Beast, a spin-off from the 1991 Disney animated film.
A total of 171 MicroSourcing employees, with their family and friends, came to watch at Bonifacio High Street Cinema 2. Before the movie started, premium MS items were raffled off to 29 lucky attendees. Purple Bunny provided snacks for everyone.
Five representatives from our beneficiary also graced the event. Headed by Director for Strategic Partnerships Timothy Lu and accompanied by his wife, Director of Programs Christine Lu, Operation Smile Philippines (OSP) showed a six-minute video presentation to spread awareness about the life of children with facial deformities and their life after the successful surgeries from volunteer doctors of OSP.
With this fundraising event, MicroSourcing was able to hand over P91,800.00 to Operation Smile Philippines Foundation which will be able to help at least five kids for their cleft and lip palette surgery.
Overall, everyone loved the movie and at the same time, was able to support the advocacy of OSP.
February 14 is the day of love - love for family, friends, acquaintances, even strangers.
MicroSourcing holds an annual Valentine’s Day event to give cash and/or in-kind donations to a chosen charity. This year, Grace to be Born shelter, an organization that ministers to pregnant girls/ women in crisis, the unborn and newborn babies.
As a fundraiser, Employee Engagement-CSR sold roses and balloons across Manila sites and was able to raise P43,135.00.
Last February 18, 13 volunteers went to Grace to be Born to give the donations from MicroSourcing employees. Nine mothers - four are pregnant, four just gave birth, and one was in the hospital due to her baby’s complications - received the mommy and baby essentials such as bath soap, shampoo, powder, maternity napkins, cotton, alcohol, feeding bottles, diapers, moisturizer, and lotion, while the shelter received stainless casseroles, infant weighing scale, canned goods, plastic storage boxes, plastic food gloves, laundry detergent, cooking oil, clothes hanger with clips, and distilled water.
The youngest mom is 14 years old and the eldest is 30. Most of them are from the province and their identities were kept secret by the shelter due to family issues and the sensitivity of their cases. Some of them shared that they want to finish their studies and some want to work. MS Volunteers gave them a boost that life doesn’t end in the shelter and they can definitely achieve what they want and give a future to their babies, as long as they work for it.
While having our afternoon snacks, DMC band, headed by Stephanie Reyes, gave us a treat with their acoustic renditions of popular songs. One of the mothers is going to celebrate her 18th birthday in March, so we sang to her and gave her roses just like what a debutante would have for her 18 roses. All moms also got roses and balloons for a post-Valentine’s day.
The weather was not cooperative that day but seeing the smiles on their faces and how happy the moms, the babies and staff are, made the trip worthwhile.
Founded on March 1, 2016, the Youth Inclusion Network is a network of companies committed for the inclusion of youth from excluded backgrounds. MicroSourcing joined the network as a member to continuously uplift the lives of youth in underprivileged areas in the country. MicroMissions’ Careers Program was a vital platform in helping the youth achieve employment through internships and eventually landing a job.
Last February 9, MicroSourcing was invited to a night of inspirational stories from youth speakers and insightful visions of speakers from Accenture, CGI, Capgemini, and Holcim.
MicroSourcing representatives Karen Cayamanda, Kris Aguas, Matthew Tolentino, and Lesley Ordinario took part in the event, together with Maria Fe Diaca, a Careers Program Batch 5 graduate who was featured as one of the youth who successfully completed her internship and now works as Junior Data Analyst at MicroSourcing.
The event was held at Enderun Colleges in Taguig and was spearheaded by coordinators from LP4Y, an organization dedicated to the professional and social integration of Young Adults living in extreme poverty and exclusion, as well as Sodexo Rewards and Benefits Services Philippines, a company that improves the quality of life of its consumers, clients, and partners. LP4Y’s co-founder Laure Delaporte gave a presentation on the importance of youth inclusion and the mission to make the youth from poverty-stricken areas inspire others to develop social and professional integration of excluded youth.
A talk show-inspired Q&A was held featuring three young individuals who had experienced struggles before LP4Y assisted them in getting back on their feet. They are now working full-time in different companies. One of them was once part of the Careers Program of MicroSourcing.
Wines, hor d'oeuvres, and canapés were served during the Round Table where different companies talked about projects, challenges, and successes in sustaining the mission of YIN. There will be monthly meetings to discuss further each company’s contribution to alleviate youth exclusion and give the youth a chance to work in the corporate world regardless of background. The event also served as an avenue for meeting new friends and potential partners that will be beneficial to MicroSourcing’s mission on social responsibility.
Playing Santa has become a MicroSourcing tradition wherein every year, employees fulfill Christmas wishes of public school scholars from impoverished communities. This year, we granted 268 wishes to students from Payatas Orione Foundation and A Better Chance (ABC) Foundation.
As early as November, employees started buying gifts and Noche Buena baskets for scholars in Payatas Orione Foundation, MicroSourcing’s long-standing partner in education with more than 300 scholars. With the non-profit organization’s education program, elementary, high school, and college students are able to study in public institutions that would otherwise be inaccessible to them.
Last December 3, 43 volunteers went to Payatas, Quezon City for the gift-giving ceremony. A client from MicroSourcing also joined the event. Everyone was very enthusiastic in participating in activities, particularly the newspaper game that showed how strong and competitive the students were. Everyone was cheering for their teams and after several rounds, three teams were declared the winners. One of MicroSourcing’s accounts in the MOA site donated gifts and loot bags that served as prizes for the games.
Aside from the games, we prepared a magic show for the kids. Angelito Castro from MicroCreatives and his friend Ernest entertained the crowd with their magic tricks and witty antics.
MicroMissions would like to thank all MicroSourcing employees who played Santa this year. Your generosity was very much appreciated. We also want to thank our volunteer POCs who spent a lot of time and effort to make this event possible: Ida Mandinyenya, Joannah Kris Aguas, Celso Trinidad Jr., Jenina Cortez, and Nina Beltran. As for the program proper, we would like to extend our gratitude to Jan Cyrill Dimaranan who served as our host, and Patrick Gayanilo and JC Lalic who took photos during the event.
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) announced last November 17 that the Philippine economy improved by 7.1% during the third quarter of this year.
Director Reynaldo Cancio of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) National Policy and Planning Staff said the bullish 7.1% growth of the Philippines could push the country to meet its targeted 6-7 percent growth for 2016.
The growth reflects the first three months of President Rodrigo Duterte in office. It is higher than the 7% GDP growth recorded in Q2 and higher than the 6% GDP growth posted during the same quarter of last year.
Cancio noted that the growth of the Philippines is higher than China’s 6.7%, Vietnam’s 6.4%, 5% of Indonesia, and Malaysia’s 4.3%.
Moreover, it was realized that the Philippines was the fastest-growing major Asian economy for the first six months of the year, even surpassing Asia’s chief player - China.
The growth data is on track with the government’s projections and has exceeded analysts’ expectations. Before data was released, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia predicted that the GDP for Q3 will probably land anywhere between 6.3% and 7.3%.
Cancio attributed the growth to the investments coming from the demand side that continued to drive economic growth. He also explained that construction investments coming from the private sector rose significantly by 16.2% this quarter from the 4% recorded last year. As for the public sector, strong investment in infrastructure was sustained with a 20% growth in the third quarter.
Other factors that contributed to the growth in private consumption are low inflation and interest rates, “better labor market conditions, and the steady, though slower growth” of remittances coming from OFWs.
However, Cancio noted that the government is keeping an eye on possible threats to the economy, even though it posted strong growth in the 3rd quarter. He cited several factors such as the effects of La Niña to the agriculture and fishery sectors of the country, vague economic policies in UK and the US, sluggish recovery in Europe, and employment challenges in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
by: Karen Cayamanda
Last November, MicroSourcing opens a new delivery center in Eastwood City to meet the expansion needs of new and existing clients.
CEO Sjoerd Krosse and VP of Operations (Eastwood and Ortigas) Maricel Salao, together with the rest of the management employees, held a blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally launch the new delivery center. Located at 9th Floor E-Commerce Plaza Building, Eastwood City Cyberpark, Bagumbayan, Quezon City, it has an area of over 2,000 sqm with a seating capacity of 400. It likewise has the standard MicroSourcing facilities including function rooms, MS Cafe, locker rooms, server rooms, a training room, clinic, as well as a nap room.
E-Commerce Plaza is a class A and PEZA-approved building which is also home to several other BPO companies.
According to CEO Sjoerd Krosse, opening a new delivery center in Eastwood City is a great move for the company. "Eastwood, having been where MicroSourcing started its original operations, is home to a lot of clients who grew with us throughout the years. We are excited to expand our capacity in Eastwood, which was urgently needed to facilitate the growth of our existing Quezon City-based clients. The site also creates new spaces for incoming clients and we hope that they, too, will grow with MicroSourcing in the years ahead."
The new delivery center at E-Commerce Plaza is the third office of MicroSourcing in Eastwood City. Overall, the company has seven delivery centers: the headquarters at Picadilly Star Building in Taguig City, while the other offices are in Mall of Asia, Ortigas, and Cebu.
by: Ida Mandinyenya
Eight 9th grade scholars from A Better Chance Foundation visited the Mind Museum last November 12.
A Better Chance Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps financially challenged children gain access to quality education. Through their Night High School Scholarship Program, MicroSourcing funds eight scholars studying at Siena College of Taytay in Rizal. The children are from neighboring communities and although they must pass an entrance exam to join the program, their economic status is also taken into consideration.
MicroSourcing Volunteers Club Leader and POCs supervised the Mind Museum visit. The scholars were also joined by Gail Pangilinan-Espinas, Melvin Gongora, and Arcel Llarena from A Better Chance Foundation.
The scholars had their hours to explore the Atom, Life, Earth, Universe, and Technology galleries. One of the favorites was the hair-raising static ball. Unfortunately, the boys were distinctly underwhelmed by this experience because of their short hair. The scholars also met a 40-foot Tyrannosaurus rex (T.Rex) in the Earth gallery. Later, they watched ‘Space Shell’ in a custom-built planetarium and learned about the stars and planets. The show detailed the Big Bang Theory and the exploration of scientists to Mars in search of answers. Scholars also learned about how our understanding of the world is constantly changing as research rewrites history and transforms our future.
Afterwards, the 9th graders sat down to discuss the morning’s exciting experience over lunch at Sunrise Buckets.
MicroMissions will continue to build a stronger partnership with A Better Chance Foundation to support financially challenged children through education by bringing young people back to school.
by: Ida Mandinyenya
Every year, MicroSourcing honors International Day of Older Persons with a visit to Kanlungan ni Maria, an aged care home for poor, abandoned, homeless, and sick older people in Antipolo, Rizal. The International Day of Older Persons takes place on October 1 and the theme this year is ‘Take a Stand against Ageism’. Ageism is the most normalized social prejudice and the goal of the outreach was to raise awareness on the negative stereotypes and misconstructions about the elderly.
In 2010, 524 million people were aged 65 or older. By 2050, the aging population is expected to increase to two billion, representing 20 percent of the world’s population. The majority of older people will be in less developed countries, with the greatest increase in Asia. For this reason, it is essential to draw our attention to the needs of the ageing population and value their contribution to society.
Kanlungan ni Maria is managed by the Diocesan Social Communications Ministry and is home to 14 lolas and nine lolos. MicroSourcing volunteers had the opportunity to interact and bond with the elderly residents over a game of Bingo last October 8. A group of volunteers was assigned to each elderly resident and would assist with the cards. There were also prizes on offer for all the winners.
The Dance and Music Club also joined MicroMissions on this social call and played different songs for the elderly. From the sing-along, it was clear that they enjoyed the performance by the Dance and Music Club and we are thankful to Stephanie Reyes for facilitating a successful collaboration with MicroMissions.
“I was part of the group that performed old songs for the elderly. I have been performing as a guitarist for the past 11 years and I must say, I have never felt such fulfillment in my performing career. It is like God gave me this talent to entertain those people who need the utmost attention and help. I would be more than happy to perform in succeeding missions.” - MicroSourcing Volunteer
MicroMissions is grateful to all MicroSourcing employees who donated various food and non-food items to Kanlungan ni Maria. The upkeep of the home is reliant on the generosity of individuals like yourselves and on behalf of Kanlungan ni Maria, we thank you for your generosity.
We are also grateful to the MicroSourcing clients who joined us on our visit to Kanlungan ni Maria. We enjoyed their company and welcome them to future outreach activities.
by: Sarah Joson
Tuesday, October 04, 2016 | Comments (0)
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) raised their 2016 growth forecasts for the Philippine economy.
The IMF recently released a statement, saying despite external risks, the outlook for the Philippine economy is still favorable. The financial institution shared its improved growth projection of 6.4 percent, from the initial six percent for this year.
On the other hand, the Duterte government is targeting a “conservative” 6-7 percent growth for the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), even if a 6.9 percent growth was recorded during the first half of this year.
The IMF even pointed out that threats to the growth forecasts are minimal, and noted that Philippine officials will be able to address challenges with the appropriate policies if there will be any as the country is backed by strong fundamentals.
In line with that, Richard Bolt, ADB Country Director for the Philippines, explained the updated Asian Development Outlook 2016, wherein it was indicated that their improved forecast of 6.4 percent from six percent for the Philippines was mainly fuelled by the Duterte administration’s plans to increase infrastructure spending, the solid foundation provided by favorable macroeconomic fundamentals, and strong, wide-ranging domestic demand.
The executive was also asked if the current leader’s debatable statements against the US and EU leaders and the continuous battle against illegal drugs which are allegedly causing extra judicial killings are rocking the nation’s economic boat. He said they haven’t seen a slowdown in investment figures and added that growth projection remains on the positive side of the spectrum.
Bolt highlighted the Duterte government’s 10-point socioeconomic agenda which seeks to cut poverty rate from 26 percent to 17 percent by 2020. He added that while poverty rate remains high, the government’s other plans are on the right track in addressing issues which include making it easier for foreign investors to do business in the Philippines, higher infrastructure spending, and strategies to further decrease red tape in the commerce segment.
Bolt stated that the key to minimizing risks to the Philippine’s growth outlook is moving forward with the reform agenda.
As for the IMF, its executive directors lauded Philippine officials for their continued efforts to carry out strong macroeconomic management, resulting to robust growth and low inflation.
“In 2012, I became a MicroSourcing scholar where I learned that sharing not only means giving something of monetary value but also time, talents, and skills. Today, I became a Careers Program Batch 5 graduate and I would like to say thank you to MicroSourcing for giving me this wonderful opportunity. As a child of a banana farmer, I am humbled by what MicroSourcing is doing in our communities.” - Careers Program Batch 5 Graduate
Last September 19, 11 youth celebrated the conclusion of the Careers Program, a flagship impact sourcing initiative that creates employment opportunities in the outsourcing sector for unemployed youth.
Graduation Day was an opportunity to celebrate this milestone and give thanks to everyone who helped make the program a success. Faidah Cayongcat, Emily Malibago, and Andréa Imbert from Virlanie Foundation; Shiela Mira and Michelle Balce from Payatas Orione Foundation; and Théodora Esanou from Life Project for Youth (LP 4Y) joined the Graduation Day. MicroSourcing Account Managers, Supervisors, and volunteer mentors also attended the event.
Liza Inciong, VP of Human Resources, opened the ceremony with an overview of MicroMissions, the CSR arm of MicroSourcing, and the successes of the Careers Program. She congratulated the graduates and gave thanks to their trainers, supervisors, and non-profit organization partners for their rewarding contributions.
The program began in June with a MicroSourcing University-designed classroom-type training course. This was facilitated by Communications Trainer Lesley Ordinario and the modules covered include Grammar and Accent Basics, Prepositions, Verb Tenses, Regular & Irregular Verbs, Rules of Subject-Verb Agreement, Effective Communication, US, Canadian, and Australian Culture, Email Writing, Customer Service, Budget Management, Dress for Success, Resume Writing, Preparing for a Job Interview, and Computer Basics (MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and MS Excel).
At the end of the training, the youth were immersed in real-life work experience with client and internal department partners for two months. During this time, they were assigned with customer service, data analyst, and administrative assistant roles.
Congratulations Careers Program Batch 5!