According to the National Eye Institute, May is considered the Healthy Vision Month where everyone is encouraged to get a comprehensive eye exam to detect vision problems early, when they are easier to treat.
As an eye care provider, Vivian Sarabia Optical’s (VSO) mission is to improve the eye wellness of Filipinos for nation building. Its groundbreaking roots can be traced back to Vivian’s father, Dr. Federico B. Sarabia, who is the first Filipino optometrist. VSO has been giving sight to Filipino professionals for over 110 years so they can perform better in their jobs and live to their full potential.
Last May 15-19, in celebration of Healthy Vision Month, VSO gave MicroSourcing employees free extensive check-up as well as discounted rates for eyeglasses. As they visited all Manila sites, VSO doctors and staff were all ready to assist and made sure MicroSourcing employees received the best treatment for their eyes.
April 7 is the United Nations’ World Health Day and in line with this, EE-CSR and HR CompBen teamed up to execute the Health and Wellness Week at all MicroSourcing Manila sites.
From April 17-21, ActiveOneRx, WestMont, Pediatrica, Herbalife, Beelove, Inc. and Fitness First participated in the event. These vendors and partners shared their expertise in making MicroSourcing employees aware of their well-being. Employees were able to activate their ActiveOneRx accounts, get free medicines from WestMont and Pediatrica, sample a refreshing Green Mango Smoothie from Beelove, Inc., get a full body scan from Herbalife, and register for free at the Freestyle Group Training which was conducted at the Fitness First branches near MicroSourcing sites.
Overall, the employees were delighted to check out what was in store for them that was all about being healthy and fit.
by: Lesley Anne U. Ordinario
Running is a sport done by MicroSourcing employees for the past years. April 22 is the day dedicated to Mother Earth and this year, 31 employees from different sites and departments participated in the National Geographic Earth Day Run held at Mall of Asia, Pasay City. From 5K, 10K, and up to 21K, all MicroSourcing participants were pumped up to finish the race.
21K runners started their run at 3:30AM, 10K runners started at 4:30AM, while 5K runners ran at 5:30AM. Most of the participants finished at around 7:30AM and each got Gatorade and water bottles to refresh them after the run.
RunRio, the event organizer, also had a raffle draw for those who stayed and had their numbers registered. It was a day to remember as people from different sectors ran for Mother Earth.
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 remake 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 opened 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.