• Education and support facilities for 4,500 pupils in storm-ravaged Cebu
• Joint project with Habitat for Humanity Philippines funded by contributions from Bombardier employees and management
Bombardier and Habitat for Humanity Philippines today celebrated the official opening of 2-classroom school buildings in three affected towns on Cebu Island, Philippines. The classrooms were handed over to the principals of Tapilon Central Elementary School, Kawit Elementary School, and San Remigio National High School in the presence of their respective mayors. Also in attendance were Charlie Ayco, Managing Director & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Philippines and Gottfried Schleich, General Manager, Bombardier Transportation Finance Shared Services Organization, Cebu.
In accordance with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy focusing on the areas of education, environment and entrepreneurship in communities in which it operates, rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation made a worldwide call to its employees for donation after Haiyan (locally called "Yolanda") struck the Philippines in November 2013. As donations poured in, Bombardier Management agreed to match employees' contributions and signed a Memorandum of Agreement with non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity Philippines.
Under the agreement, Bombardiers $125,000.00 (USD) donation would go to rebuilding local schools in affected communities in Northern Cebu- where the families of many Bombardier employees live. Bombardier's action contributed to re-establishing a healthy learning environment for approximately 4,500 students in the communities of Tapilon, Kawit, and San Remigio where students had been attending classes in temporary, makeshift classrooms following the storm.
Rosario Dublin, Principal of Tapilon Elementary School said: "We are grateful for the support provided by Bombardier and Habitat for Humanity Philippines as this brand new building is very conducive to learning and will change the lives of pupils in Northern Cebu. Education is essential to the Prosperity of communities and the well-being of our citizens. Therefore this contribution is highly appreciated by the pupils and their families."
"Habitat envisions a world where everybody has a decent place to live, and we achieve that by bringing together people to build homes and communities, because by doing so, we can help transform lives." said Habitat for Humanity Philippines Managing Director & CEO Charlie Ayco. "The classrooms that Bombardier has generously donated are an investment in education that will definitely rebuild lives and help people move forward."
Habitat's Rebuild Philippines aims to meet the shelter needs of communities affected by natural or man-made calamities such as super typhoon Haiyan, the Bohol earthquake, and the Zamboanga City crisis. Its disaster response program provides emergency and shelter repair kits and builds core houses for affected families.
In 2009, Bombardier established a Finance Shared Service Center in Cebu City to handle accounting and reporting for 13 countries in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. In August 2014, a Non- Product Related Procurement Shared Service Center was opened. Today, Bombardier is an active member of the community, supporting and sponsoring event like Mangrove Planting, Coastal Cleanup Day and this year's annual Sinulog Festival parade that attracted about 3.5million people from across the Philippines.
For more information about Bombardier's CSR activities and its sustainability report, visit www.csr.bombardier.com/en/media-centre.