PHINMA Celebrates 16th Year of Volunteerism and Contribution to the Annual Brigada Eskwela
Manila, Philippines. September 2, 2022 – PHINMA Corporation, a proudly-Filipino conglomerate with businesses in education, construction materials, property development and hospitality, celebrated its 16th year of commitment and contribution to the Department of Education’s (DepEd) annual Brigada Eskwela.
The PHINMA Group has been mobilizing its employees, scholars, and their families to participate in DepEd’s Adopt-A-School Program even before the institutionalization of Brigada Eskwela in 2008. Volunteers from across its network have engaged in various initiatives from repairing classrooms and building walkways and sheds to renovating gardens and donating school supplies. PHINMA has helped at least 10,907 students and 247 teachers from public schools and has planted no less than 280 native trees in the past 10 years.
The different strategic business units (SBUs) of PHINMA used to roll out their respective annual Brigada Eskwela activities independently. For example, PHINMA Education Holdings Inc, the PHINMA Group’s education arm, has been organizing all their community efforts such as Brigada Eskwela, tree planting, and typhoon relief under its program called Helping Hands. PHINMA Hero, the employee engagement program of PHINMA coordinated this year’s group-wide efforts as part of the conglomerate’s “1PHINMA” thrust.
Roberto M. Laviña, PHINMA Foundation’s President and Director of PHINMA Inc., credits the PHINMA employees’ strong spirit and culture of volunteerism as reason for the group’s 16-year commitment to and noteworthy achievements during the annual Brigada Eskwela. “Brigada Eskwela is a hands-on experiential event that gives everyone a chance to be part of the solution. I have joined Brigada Eskwela many times and everyone I have worked with in this volunteer activity have confirmed that they are extremely satisfied with the experience. Volunteers will certainly get their hands dirty, literally, when they join Brigada Eskwela. But that’s okay, because you know that through this activity you’re making lives better for students and their families,” added Laviña.