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Fighting poverty through backyard livelihood

DMCI POWER CORPORATION operates in the island province of Masbate, one of the poorest areas in the country.

According to 2012 government estimates, poverty incidence in the province is around 44 percent.

The company sponsors income-generating projects on a backyard level to augment the income and secure the basic needs of marginalized families from its host communities.

One such initiative is its Working Animal Dispersal Project wherein qualified farming families are given carabaos to raise and use for their farming activities.

A recipient becomes the owner of the carabao provided that the animal is not sold or disposed within three (3) years from the time ownership was vested.

Jocelyn Vargas, 47, is a mother of six from Mobo, Masbate. According to her, having a carabao has made farming less difficult even with the effects of El Nino.

“Kung wala yang kalabaw, hirap po kami sa pagbubungkal ng lupa, lalo na ngayong tuyot na tuyot,” she explains.

“Mas napabilis po ang pagtatrabaho namin sa palayan kasama ang kalabaw. Mas maraming lupa ang natamnan namin ng palay at mga gulay. Kaya kahit na natuyo ang iba, may mga natira pa rin.”

[Without a carabao, we would have a difficult time tilling the soil, especially now that it is very dry.]

[Working on the field became faster because of the carabao. We were able to plant rice and vegetables on more land. So even if some of the crops dried up, there were still those that

• Organized and supports the Semirara Fishing Association (SEMFA) and Community Relations (ComRel) fishing groups to provide livelihood to island residents, especially those affected by mining operations

In 2015, the catch of SEMFA and ComRel fishermen totaled 135,415 kilograms and 13,512 kilograms, respectively.

• Continued to develop 30 hectares of grazing land around Unong Lake intended for cows that can produce milk for the nutritional needs of malnourished children on the island.

• Conducted trials for propagating gracilaria seaweeds, the natural food of abalone. This is in line with the abalone breeding project of the company.

Abalone is a high-value marine commodity. By increasing its production in Semirara Island, local fishermen could have an additional source of income.

Dr. Gavino C. Trono, a National Scientist for Seaweeds and known as the “Father of Kappaphycus Farming”, is facilitating the propagating trials.

• Provides livelihood to about 51 personnel on a regular basis while providing daily wage to 224 workers during the rainy season, as part of the reforestation program of the company

• Provides employment to over 1,600 residents, as 52% of the company’s workforce (3,237) are local hires. Payroll at the mine site alone reached P895.85 million in 2015.

Minesite employees enjoy free housing, water, electricity (up to 300 kWh/month), primary and secondary education for their dependents at the Divine Word School of Semirara Island, and transportation to and from work. Health and well-being programs are also available to employees and their dependents.


Conducted feeding programs and medical, dental and optical missions in their host communities, in cooperation with various local government units



• Engaged the services of a medical doctor who will regularly visit and provide medical assistance to residents of Barangay Irawan, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan. The physician will also serve as an on-call doctor to the 6,000 residents in the area.
• Organized and trained residents of Sta. Isabel, Calapan to form a multi-purpose cooperative that will supply seasonal workers to the company

• Supports a detergent soap making program, swine fattening dispersal program and backyard vegetation program to augment income of unemployed mothers, farmers and fishermen in Masbate


• Provided support for preventive health care, such as basic medicines, health equipment, trainings for barangay health workers and supplemental honorarium for 23 barangay health workers

• Sponsored supplemental feeding for 180 undernourished children and 150 undernourished students from Acoje Elementary School, Uacon Integrated School, Taposo Elementary School and Yamot Daycare Center

• Supported 600 farmers by providing 16 sets of water pumps to six 6 barangays and distributing palay seeds, fertilizers and knapsack sprayers

• Supported alternative livelihood initiatives for women and other groups, such as trainings and seminars for food processing and dressmaking; and provision of 10 units of tribikes for transportation and marketing of livelihood products

• Maintains a community backyard nursery project that allows residents of Sitio Acoje, Lucapon South, Sta. Cruz, Zambales to raise and sell seedlings to the company as part of their livelihood and income generating program. The collected seedlings are utilized and planted on the adopted National Greening Sites of ZDMC.


• Implemented a number of healthcare projects in Barangays Berong and Aramaywan which include, but are not limited to, the provision of basic medicine supplies and vitamins, laboratory supplies and equipment, community ambulance, health awareness trainings, capacity building activities, feeding programs, and supplemental allowances for 24 Barangay Health

Workers, three Bgy. Voluntary Sanitary Inspectors, six Barangay Environment Agriculture & Nutrition Scholars, one microscope technician, one midwife, one nurse and one ambulance driver.

• Sponsored community-based livelihood and enterprise development projects such as the provision of three sewing machines, 26 piglets, 900 chicks, fishing boat and equipment, etc.


• Launched Food Always in the Home (FAITH) Gardens, a food security program that aims to promote backyard farming to achieve proper nutrition for families while instilling environmental consciousness and cooperation among community members

Maynilad supported the Parañaque City government in setting up four urban gardens for low-income communities in Barangays San Dionisio, San Isidro, BF and Don Galo. Aside from providing technical knowhow, Maynilad donated and installed four overhead water tanks with drip irrigation system.

• Conducts a voluntary blood donation drive two times a year in partnership with the Philippine Children’s Medical Center, Cardinal Santos Medical Center and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. A total of 226 Maynilad employees participated in the blood donation program.

As of December 2015, Maynilad has given over 80,100cc of blood for young Filipinos in need, particularly for seven blood recipients.

• Provides water access to urban poor communities despite legal, financial and technical limitations through the “Pag-asa sa Patubig Partnership” or P3 program

The bulk water scheme involves a three-way partnership between Maynilad, the local government, and small-scale water provider Tubig Pag-asa (TPA). Since its launch, the program has benefitted 250 poor informal settler families in Bacoor City.