Ortigas & Co. Ltd. Partnership signed a memorandum of agreement granting four hectares of land in Tatala, Binangonan, Rizal to Kapit Bisig para sa Ilog Pasig, which would now serve as a relocation site for informal settlers along the Pasig River. Kapit Bisig Managing Director, Gina Lopez received the donation in a charity banquet held at the Circulo Verde Guest House, August 31.
"Our river system has been suffering for decades from all the pollutants that have been dumped in it. We recognize Kapit Bisig's strategy of taking control of pollution sources and ensuring that the overall waste dumped in the river is reduced, says Rex Drilon, COO of Ortigas & Co. Kapit Bisig covers all bases of their massive rehabilitation program through Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs), information, education, and communication (IEC) campaigns, relocation, and area redevelopment. With the recent appointment of Ms Lopez as Chair of Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), the success of this project is ensured because of guaranteed support from the private sector and government.
Hundreds of families living in the Pasig riverbanks had been relocated to Montalban, Rizal and Calauan, Laguna for many years now. The addition of the donated OCLP property in Binangonan, Rizal will provide a relocation site for at least a thousand more endangered families living by the banks of Pasig river. "By partnering with an organization that works as methodically as Kapit Bisig, we ensure a broad scope and maximum impact to beneficiaries, he adds. In the same ceremony, OCLP also handed over the proceeds of the May 2010 Golf Tourney to Kapit Bisig and two other beneficiaries, Habitat for Humanity Philippines and ANCOP (Answering the Cry of the Poor), represented by Habitat President, Ricky Jacinto and ANCOP's Noli Medalla respectively.
The three organizations were granted two hundred thousand pesos each, dedicated to their different sustainability efforts. Habitat for Humanity Philippines has built more than 24,000 houses in around 100 build-sites nationwide providing simple, decent, and affordable houses with the help of volunteers. ANCOP, on the other hand, has been working with Ortigas & Co. since 2002, being involved in shelter building for the poor and child education sponsorships.
"As a real estate developer, Ortigas & Co. understands the importance of having good living conditions providing such for nearly 80 years. Remaining true to the Ortigas values, we practice building green by using state of the art, energy efficient technologies, water recycling systems and waste segregation programs. Supporting organizations that share our vision is part of our continuous campaign in developing greener, more sustainable communities, adds Drilon. "Because everyone benefits in a sustainable environment.
OCLP was recently awarded the Silver Trophy in an ASEAN - wide competition on energy conservation with its outstanding enercon programs in Greenhills Shopping Center. Both its energy and water consumption in terms of kilowatt-hours and cubic meters per square meter, respectively, had been declining steadily for the last 5 years.
And just to complete the triple - bottom line commitment of the company, OCLP's social development arm, the Ortigas Foundation, continues to aggressively implement its CSR projects in its focus areas of arts and culture, youth and education, the disabled sector, environment and religious activities.
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