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Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc.

Enabling Communities Towards Self-Reliance

Building the Community
A Year in Review

Annual Report 2011–2012






















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HISTORY MESSAGE OF THE CHAIRPERSON AND THE PRESIDENT ECOLOGICAL ENHANCEMENT Saving the Benguet Watersheds for Waters Replicating LaTop’s Success Through Capacity Building and Eco-tourism Project ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT Inside Stories SPECIAL PROJECTS Coop Organizing and Capacity Building Project Provision of Venturi Furnace to PMFTC Tobacco Farmers in Region I Alleviation of Poverty and Hunger: Investing in Communities Livelihood Project for Poverty Alleviation Solar Barn / CPA Storage Passing on the Gift: Project CHATON BOARD OF DIRECTORS DIRECTORY OF STAFF ACCREDITATION AND MEMBERSHIP


H Istory

JVOFI shall be the leading institution in the formation of self-reliant communities capable of harnessing resources for equitable development.

The Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. was established on 17 December 1980 as a corporate social arm of Benguet Corporation. Originally called the BenguetCorp Foundation, its creation was inspired by the late Jaime V. Ongpin, the company’s first Filipino president, who envisioned the development of self -reliant communities in the areas where it operated. A pioneer in the mining industry in the Philippines, Benguet Corporation operated the largest gold mines until the 1980s and the largest chromite mine in the country. Mr. Ongpin joined Benguet Corporation in 1962 and became President in 1974. He is credited for introducing corporate social responsibility as a major concern of top management down to the ranks. This was later institutionalized when he formed the Foundation in 1980. The Foundation was initially tasked to attend to the needs of dependents of company employees which were not directly related to Benguet Corporation's business but nonetheless equally important to maintaining a productive workforce. The Foundation’s mandate later extended to the neighboring communities to enable them to transform into self-reliant communities that continue to thrive when the company’s mines cease to operate. Mr. Ongpin eventually joined the cabinet of President Corazon Aquino in 1986 as the Minister of Finance. He later returned to private life and a few months after his death in 1987, BenguetCorp Foundation was renamed Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. in his honor. JVOFI is a non-stock, non-profit organization duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It is a certified donee institution until 2017 by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification and the Bureau of Internal Revenue. The Foundation works in partnership with local and foreign donors, business, government agencies, other NGOs and people’s organizations in pursuing development programs within its target communities. The Foundation adopts a Strategic Area Management Approach with a well-defined geographic focus. Currently, the Foundation implements the following core programs in Northern Luzon: Enterprise Development Promote the enhancement of income generating or livelihood projects through microfinance, technical assistance and institutional development. Ecological Enhancement Promote the conservation, protection and rational management and utilization of critical ecological resources. Resource Generation and Management Make available the required financial resources for the Foundation to pursue its mandate. This is achieved through fund sourcing, training, consultancy, and asset management. Internal Capacity Building Provide adequate support for improving staff competencies, management systems and make available the required logistics. design appropriate

Guided by the principle of holistic development and with utmost concern for the environment, the Foundation shall uplift the sense of dignity of Filipino communities it serves.

On Organizational Dynamism: Enhance the capacity of the Foundation to pursue its mandate. On Empowerment: Enhance the capacity of client communities to plan, implement, and sustain projects On Productivity: Assist impoverished households improve their incomes. On Environment: Enable communities to develop and preserve their ecological resources.




This year, Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. (JVOFI) marked several milestones in its history as the Foundation partnered with the European Union
for the “Saving the Benguet Watersheds for Water” Project . The two-year project shall demonstrate the devolution of forest management from the national government to the local government units. Towards this end, the project calls for an active partnership with the Department of Environment & Natural Resources, the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Benguet Provincial Government, the Benguet State University, and the Cordillera Network of Development NGOs and Pos. PMFTC Inc., on the other hand, renewed its partnership with the Foundation for its corporate social responsibility programs. With this, our reach broadened with programs extending from La Union and Ilocos Sur to Mindoro Occidental, Cagayan, Subic, and Marikina City. As you read through the pages of this annual report, you will not just see the snapshot of projects, partners and statistics, but, most importantly, the collection of stories of how the lives of our partners were transformed. Our main focus this year was on the development and conservation of ecological resources, extending microfinance and livelihood training to less privileged communities. JVOFI programs bear the hallmark of our vision: to be the leading institution in the formation of self-reliant communities capable of harnessing resources for equitable development. The realization of our success became possible with the benevolence of our partners & donors and our trustees who remain committed to our mission. Our determination to continue enabling our target communities is stronger than ever with your unstinting support and positive outcomes that we witness daily in our partner communities. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we express our sincere gratitude for this triumph and we look forward to facing the new year hand in hand with you.

MA. ISABEL G. ONGPIN Chairperson


Our P r o j e c t s

Ecological Enhancement
Develop and Conserve Ecological Resources
Saving the Benguet Watersheds for Water
In August 2011, the project entitled, “Saving the Benguet Watersheds for Water” under the European Union Strategic Projects Facility (SPF2) programme was launched. The project, designed to support and showcase good practices in local governance, is currently implemented in Tublay (Ambassador); Bokod (Poblacion); Atok (Poblacion); Kibungan (Sagpat); Buguias (Loo) & Sablan (Banangan) as demonstration sites. The total project cost is €434,000 (equivalent to P23.44M) of which 85% or €368,900 (equivalent to ₱19.92M) is funded by the European Union and 15% coming from the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. (JVOFI) and the Peace and Equity Foundation. This project is implemented in partnership with the Benguet Provincial Government headed by Governor Nestor B. Fongwan, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Benguet State University (BSU), and the Cordillera Network of Development NGOs & POs (CORDNET). The project “Saving the Benguet Watersheds for Water" shall increase participation of local government units & stakeholders in forest/watershed management through empowered and strengthened partnerships. It will demonstrate how devolution of forest management from the DENR to LGUs could take place within the framework of existing legislation (e.g. RA7160, DENRDILG Joint Memorandum Circulars 98-01 & 2003-01 and DENR DAO 30). As part of the process, local structures shall be organized and strengthened to ensure the implementation of forest protection policies and management plans. Municipalities, in collaboration with the DENR and Benguet Provincial Government, shall be guided on how to undertake forest resource profiling, mapping & delineation; preparation of forest management plans and enactment/enforcement of forest protection policies. The Municipal Environment and Natural Resource Council (MENRC), a multisectoral council participated by local stakeholders, the local communities and barangay leaders shall be trained on the enforcement of forest laws including apprehension of forest law offenders (illegal loggers, forest encroachers, kaingeros). The project shall also include the construction of one water system in each project site which will highlight the importance of protecting the communal forests and watershed areas. Community Water Associations shall be organized and strengthened to assume management of their water system and contribute to forest protection to ensure sustained water supply in their respective communities. This major component of the project will tangibly demonstrate the benefits of watershed protection to local communities. To ensure the project’s smooth implementation and proper compliance with existing laws and guidelines, particularly on the provisions of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act, the NCIP conducted validation in the six demonstration sites of the project. As a result, Ambassador, Tublay; Banangan, Sablan; Poblacion, Bokod; Loo, Buguias; Poblacion, Atok; and Sagpat, Kibungan willingly gave their resolution of consent to the project.


To date, the Provincial Survey Team, spearheaded by the Benguet Provincial LGU & the DENR completed the relocation surveys of the communal forests in each of the project sites. In order to delineate the forest metes and bounds, the Project Implementation Team composed of the project partners successfully installed the monuments. Resource inventory profiling and biodiversity assessment were conducted in the six sites to gather information on the actual composition of the communal forests and watershed areas. The resource inventory included the identification & counting of trees within the communal forests. The DENR together with the Municipal and Barangay members of the project sites have completed the required 10% resource inventory but aims to complete the remaining 90% profile of the communal forests. The biodiversity assessment, on the other hand, aimed to identify, classify and determine endemic, threatened and endangered species of flora and fauna within the communal forests was completed in partnership with the Benguet State University. The results of these activities shall be used for the preparation of the forest management plans which will include appropriate conservation and sustainable development strategies to preserve biodiversity. Moreover, to ensure that the local structures are capable of managing the communal forests, the Municipal Environment and Natural Resource Councils (MENRCs) as well as the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Council (PENRC) were organized & strengthened. Members of the PENRC and the respective MENRC’s were convened and ori ented on their responsibilities on devolved forest management. The Barangay Multisectoral Forest Protection Committees (BMFPC) who will help enforce environmental laws in the project areas were also successfully organized in each of the six project sites. As part of the strengthening and deputation process, a forest management paralegal training was conducted to enable and equip the BMFPC members with knowledge on the relevant environmental laws, their salient features including criminal law provisions on arrest and seizure, and filing of criminal and administrative cases. The participants were also lectured on the procedures of citizens’ arrest. The training, administered by lawyer Robert Chan, Executive Director of the Palawan Network of NGOs, was in partnership with the Benguet Province and the DENR. As part of the information and education campaign on forest protection, poster-slogan contests among schoolchildren in the communities were conducted. This allowed the community members, especially the youth, to express their thoughts and feelings on the importance of forest protection. Winning outputs from the contest were used as designs for project billboards. In preparation for the construction of the water systems, several assessments were done in the six project sites to determine the specifications and requirements of the water system. Municipal Engineers in each of the project sites prepared the watersystem engineering designs having more in depth knowledge of their own areas. Construction already started in Sablan and Buguias which will benefit at least 1,189 households and 1,217 schoolchildren. Through the assistance of Governor Nestor Fongwan, the project was also able to bring in the support of the Benguet Electric Cooperative, Inc (BENECO) which shouldered the installation of power line extensions and transformers in Ambassador, Tublay; Sagpat, Kibungan and Poblacion, Atok costing about P782,139.00. The power lines are crucial to pump water from the source to the communities. To ensure the sustainability of the water system infrastructure, Community Water Associations (CWA) were organized in each of the six project sites. Capability building trainings, such as leadership and management, were provided to the officers of the CWAs to asure that they are capable of managing these water systems. Moreover, the CWAs will be the primary partners in protecting watersheds for the sustainability of water supply in their communities.



LaTop Success Capacity Building &
as Strategy for

Eco-Organic Tourism

As an advocate of sustainable agriculture, Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. (JVOFI) launched in July 2011 a project that aims to encourage conventional farmers to shift to organic farming through popularization of successful organic farms and leveled-up into tourist destinations. The project entitled “Replicating LaTop Success Through Capacity Building & Eco-Tourism as Strategy for Poverty Reduction”, is supported and funded by the Australian Agency for International Development – Philippines Australia Community Assistance Program (PACAP). As a major step to launch the project, JVOFI gathered potential stakeholders and partners to level off expectations. As a result, different private and public firms pledged their commitment in assisting the beneficiaries and in helping the Foundation to achieve its goal. Among the partners are: the Provincial Local Government Unit of Benguet, Department of Tourism-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOT-CAR), Baguio Tourism and Special Events, National Association of Independent Travel Agencies (NAITAS), Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club (BCBC), Sky Cable-Baguio and DZWT. The aforementioned formally signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) during the project launching, through Kapihan sa Benguet Program of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), held at Ben Palispis Hall, Benguet Capitol on October 25, 2011. With the help of DOT-CAR, a total of ten (10) organic farms from Benguet Province were chosen to be the beneficiaries of the project: AAU Organic Farm, Imperial Organic Farm, Garden of Life Organic Farm, Lily of the Valley Organic Farm, RLD Organic Farm, Kerobee Organic Farm, VnL Organic Farm, Apunan Organic Farm, Cosmic Organic Farm and G.A Apiary Organic Farm. In support of this project, the Australian Ambassador to Philippines, Mr. Rod Smith, visited Garden of Life in November 2011. Some stakeholders also joined the first set of tourists to visit other eco-organic farm destinations. Furthermore, JVOFI organized the Green Fotografia photo contest to increase public awareness among the youth and the general public. The entrants took pictures of the identified farms as robust tourist destinations. Magnificent images captured during the event were shared to the public to strengthen their desire to contribute in preserving nature while appreciating the aesthetic beauty of organic farming, tying it up with eco-tourism. To enhance the knowledge and skills of farmers on tourism, capacity building trainings such as Basic Reception and Guiding Techniques with Effective Customer Service Training Program, Tour Packaging Workshop, Business Planning Workshop, Community First Aid Training, and Personal Effectiveness with Effective Work Management were provided. A familiarization tour in Puerto Princesa, Palawan was likewise conducted for the farm owners to acquire practical learning on tour guiding, reception of visitors, accommodation services, and marketing organic products. This on-site experience was conducted by the Palawan NGO Network Inc. Partners in this project included the National Association of Independent Travel Agencies (NAITAS) – Baguio Chapter which actively assisted in marketing these eco-organic tourist destinations to potential local and foreign guests. The Department of Tourism (DOT)-CAR, on the other hand, assisted the beneficiaries through the provision of technical assistance and support for the accreditation of the organic farms. The project was further known to the public because of several articles and clips in local newspapers, radio and television published and aired by the media partners. The unified effort between the Foundation and its partners made it possible to increase awareness. To further encourage conventional farmers to shift, JVOFI conducted six (6) Organic Technology Trainings to three hundred (300) farmers in the municipalities of Buguias, Kibungan and Tublay. Participants were given instructional materials served as their guide in starting organic farming. As a result of these interventions, the number of conventional farmers that have converted to organic farming & become members of the La Trinidad Organic Practitioners Multi-Purpose Cooperative increased from 26 to 162. These encouraging results hope to make organic farming a movement that will improve vegetable farmers' livelihood and contribute to the betterment of Benguet province's natural environment.


Enterprise Development
Helping Enterprising Poor Women Improve their Lives
I decided to stay and be loyal to JVOFI for 9 years because they provide us not only financial assistance but also self-development trainings. As a teacher, I applied all of the things I’ve learned during the trainings and shared it to my colleagues and other clients too. – Mrs. Agustina C. Kimkiman During my 9 years of membership, trust between us clients and the Foundation became stronger. I think this is one reason why I continue to avail services of the program even if there were some similar lending groups that offered me loans. – Mrs. Mariles B. Teodoro I became interested because I wanted to expand my business but I didn’t have any source. The loans that I availed from the Foundation helped me in improving my business; hence, I was able to support my children’s education. – Mrs. Ofelia M. Andres

To uplift the economic condition of urban and rural communities, the Enterprise Development Unit of Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. (JVOFI) extended a cost effective and simplified Microfinance Program. It aims to promote economic growth, reduce poverty, support human development and improve the status of enterprising poor women, as its target sector, through small loans which helped them achieve financial stability. The project provides savings services at 7% interest per annum to develop the habit of saving among women as well as guarantee the non-collateral loans from JVOFI. The Microfinance Program was launched in 2001. With only Baguio and La Trinidad as its initial coverage, the program is now operating in nine (9) municipalities around Cordillera Region and Region 1. The areas are: Baguio, Atok, Bokod, Itogon, La Trinidad, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay in Benguet and Burgos, La Union. About 137 client groups were formed, of which 20 are new. Because of the increase in groups, 666 new client members were recruited. The table below shows the audited summary of the accomplishments of the Microfinance Program of JVOFI as of June 2012.
Total Clients Borrowers Loan Guarantee (clients’ savings) Loan Portfolio Repayment Rate: For the Fiscal Year PAR Rate 1,902 1,706 Php 8,442,897 Php 17,723,877 99.56% 4.04%


To attain greater impact, JVOFI conducted trainings to its target sector. Group leaders of each covered area completed the Leadership and Values formation trainings held this year. JVOFI extended their support through promoting the products of the members during the Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City. Also, JVOFI, together with Texas Instruments (Phils.), Inc., hosted its annual golf tournament much awaited by golf enthusiasts. The 7 th Golf-for-a-Cause held January 28, 2012, at the Baguio Country Club drew 150 players wanting to support JVOFI’s cause while enjoying a friendly round of golf. The annual golf -for-a-cause of the Foundation was organized to raise funds to support enterprising poor women in Baguio and Benguet assisted by JVOFI under its Microfinance Project. The Foundation was able to raise approximately Php1M gross, the highest so far among its annual golf tournaments. The funds raised helped 352 clients of the Microfinance Project. With the hope to extend the assistance to other enterprising women, JVOFI is now working to introduce other benefits like microinsurance to further enable them to become economically active and help them support their families' basic needs.

I n s i d e

S t o r i e s

My name is Augustina Kimkiman, a day-care teacher here in Alno, La Trinidad. I’ve been a member of the JVOFI Microfinace Program since May 2003, about 9 years ago. Because of the assistance given to me through loans, I was able to assist in my child’s educ ation until he graduated from College. It was also through my loans in Microfinance that I was able to put up a small house for my family. Aside from these, we already extended our farm for our flower selling business. I decided to stay and be loyal to JVOFI for 9 years because they provided us not only financial assistance but also helped us with our self-development through leadership trainings. As a teacher, I applied all of the things I’ve learned from these trainings and shared it with my colleagues and other clients. As for JVOFI, we continue to express our gratitude for all of the support that we received from them. We hope that the partnership will still continue between us, small entrepreneurs, and the Foundation. I am Mariles Teodoro. I’ve been a member of Microfinance Program of JVOFI since it was first introduced here in our area. That was in 2003 so I’ve been a member for 9 years now. There are several reasons why I decided to stay as Microfinance client. First, the loan that I availed in this program helped me to improve my business. I admit that there were times that I had difficulties in maintaining my farm business because of the tough competition in the market. It was through my loans in JVOFI that made survival possible. I even extended some of my extra savings to my children who also are in the same line of industry. That’s when I realized that my savings in Microfinance is very important especially in emergency situations. In my 9 years of membership, trust between us and the Foundation grew stronger and stronger. I think this is another reason why I continue to avail services from the program even if there were some similar lending groups that also offered me loans. I benefited from the annual leadership trainings that JVOFI conducted for us clients. As the group leader, I was reminded how to treat other members well and how vital my role is in case a problem occurs in my group. To JVOFI, I hope the support will still be continuous even if sometimes some members are still learning to comply with policies. Thank you and more power. My name is Ofelia Andres. I was an OFW and came back to the Philippines in 2003. Since it was difficult for me to leave my family again, I decided to stay and establish a small business to support our living. I heard about the Microfinance Program of JVOFI in that same year when some of their employees conducted orientation sessions here in our barangay. I became interested because I wanted to expand my business but I didn’t have any source of capital. Since then, I became a member. The loans that I availed from this program helped me not only in maintaining my business but also in supporting my children’s education. One of them is now in college and it wouldn’t be possible without JVOFI’s assistance. I will continue to be grateful to JVOFI for helping us small entrepreneurs. It’s a privilege to be part of this family.

Implementing viable projects to promote the environment, livelihood and social development of the communities

Special Projects

▪ Coop Organizing and Capacity Building for Tobacco Farmers in the Ilocos Region and Region 2
Since 2008, PMFTC, Inc., formerly Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing, Inc. (PMPMI), expanded its reforestation project to include the establishment of 8 fuelwood plantations in different municipalities of La Union and Ilocos Sur. It also augmented four bamboo plantations in the areas of Bitabian & Delfin Albano in Isabela; and Gattaran & Sto. Niño in Cagayan. 
 The reforestation project was a manifestation of PMFTC’s commitment to: • help regenerate forests that may have suffered from indiscriminate cutting by tobacco farmers and enterprising individuals; • provide tobacco farmers a sustainable source of fuelwood/bamboo; and, • contribute to the protection of the environment. The main goal of the project was to organize/strengthen tobacco farmers' organizations and enable them to establish and maintain fuelwood/bamboo plantation sites.

The Development and Performance 

The project utilized the triple bottomline approach which highlights social, economic and environmental development. Social development was addressed through organizing tobacco farmers into associations or cooperatives that would inspire and strengthen the spirit of 'bayanihan'. Economic development was realized through the fuelwood/bamboo plantation to yield long-term livelihood needs. Environmental development was responded through the reforestation component.

While the idea to develop communal fuelwood and bamboo plantations was initiated by the company, the farmer Peoples Organizations were largely responsible in germinating the concept and executing its realization and sustainability with the assistance of Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc., the NGO commissioned by PMFTC, Inc. to implement the project. The farmer POs were at the forefront of setting organizational policies; for identifying idle lands to be converted to 
fuelwood/bamboo plantations and to negotiate with landowners for plantation management agreements; for producing required seedlings and transplanting them at the plantation sites. The POs are also responsible for preparing plans and implementing livelihood projects. To date, out of the 12 established POs, 4 (four) in Region 1 were registered with the SEC, while 4 (four) in Region 2 already registered with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA). Plantation sites in Banayoyo, Ilocos Sur expanded to three more hectares this year. A total of 90,000 assorted fuelwood seedlings were planted in 38 has. plantation sites in Region 1. Reflecting the success of the project, PMFTC broadened its project sites to include San Jose, Occ Mindoro. As of June, there were 128 new farmer members coming from the 4 POs newly organized in this area. These groups already propagated 2,433 bamboos and 2,075 timber/forest tree seedlings and ready to be planted in 20 has. plantation sites. Since the project started in 2008, JVOFI has organized 16 tobacco farmers organizations which have established communal fuelwood/bamboo plantations with an aggregate area of 121 hectares. A total of 226,699 trees and 3,157 bamboos have been planted by the farmers. All fuelwood and bamboo plantations were covered by management contracts between the tobacco farmers’ organizations and the respective landowners.

▪ Provision of Venturi Furnace to PMFTC Tobacco Farmers in Region I
PMFTC Inc. is committed to contribute positive impact to society through its program called EMBRACE which is their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative. This project aims to increase productivity in tobacco farming by the use of the Venturi furnace which according to studies can yield a higher percentage (75-88%) of good quality cured tobacco leaves (grades AA-C). Additionally, the Venturi furnace consumes less than 18 cu m fuelwood per hectare costing around P8,600 compared with the consumption of a traditional furnace of more than 25 cu m costing more than P12,000 - big savings in fuelwood consumption of up to 33% and an increased income of more than P4,000/ha due to the saved fuelwood costs. At the regional level, the use of the developed furnace could realize many advantages including: (1) a total fuelwood savings of 123,778 cum/yr (equivalent to almost a million trees) which directly supports the region’s efforts to conserve the forests, (2) lower cur ing duration of less than 5 days (105 hrs), and (3) lower operating costs and increased income among others. Recognizing this, the project was expanded to other tobacco growing communities in the Ilocos Region. In 2011, three hundred eighteen (318) tobacco farmers were identified and benefited from the Curing Barn Furnace Project. JVOFI, partner NGO of PMFTC Inc., assisted in monitoring fabrication, distribution, installation, and monitoring of the furnaces. Farmers were grateful that they benefited from this technology. JVOFI, with the help of PMFTC’s leaf technicians, reported that farmers were able to save 0.5-1 cubic meter, or 14% - 33% of fuelwood amounting to Php600.00/hectare or US$14.29 for every curing.

▪ Alleviation of Poverty and Hunger: Investing in Communities
PMFTC Inc. is committed to provide positive impact to society through its program called EMBRACE, which is their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative. One of the projects of EMBRACE is called Alleviation of Poverty and Hunger: Investing in Communities 2011. This project, coursed through Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. (JVOFI), aims to assist the residents of the host communities improve their health condition. It also aids them to enhance their environment and enable them to cope with disasters. The program covers areas in Marikina City, Subic, Sta. Cruz and Vigan, Ilocos Sur, and San Jose, Occ. Mindoro. In Subic, over 3,000 individuals in Pastolan Village received free medical check-up and medicines. Air 21, another partner company of PMFTC that sent physicians to conduct the check-up, supported this activity. A medical and dental mission in the North was also conducted in line with this project. JVOFI encouraged the participation of the municipal health units of different barangays in Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur to further extend the assistance to areas with no or limited access to health services. A total of 787 community members in Sta. Cruz were served by this project. In addition, 233 young men in the area underwent free circumcision conducted through JVOFI in partnership with volunteer doctors and nurses. It started in the month of April lasted until the first week of June 2012, when most of the children had their summer vacation. It was of great help to many families because instead of spending money for their child’s circumcision, the money was saved and used to buy school supplies for their children instead. Activities on Environment Sustainability and Disaster Management were also anchored in this project. This was through the conduct of tree planting events in watersheds and other strategic areas in San Jose, Occ. Mindoro, Marikina City and Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Norte in partnership with the local government units and their partners in the business and government sectors.

▪ Livelihood Project for Poverty Alleviation
The fight against poverty has been a serious problem in the Philippines for generations; it is a battle that the government gravely wanted to win but always found itself at the losing end. As an advocate of poverty reduction, JVOFI with its programs and services helps in the millennium goal of the government to stamp out this national concern. PMFTC supported the livelihood activities of communities in Luzon under its Corporate Social Responsibility program called, "Embrace". Through provision of livelihood trainings, the plight of marginalized families is alleviated. The project supported three livelihood programs in various areas in the province of Cagayan: Meat processing Center in Lasam, Cagayan; Banana Chips Processing Center in Allacapan, Cagayan; and Miki Processing Center in Sanchez Mira, Cagayan. With the trainings conducted, the beneficiaries were taught skills and technical proficiency on food processing to augment their family’s income and to utilize available resources in their area. The recipient of the said livelihood programs were the Rural Improvement Club (RIC) members. They were also awarded equipment, materials and tools needed for establishing the training centres. The activity also aimed to re-activate the RICs in the district to empower women in helping their families increase their income. Launching of the RIC groups in the municipal level was simultaneously done with the trainings. The project benefitted some 1,519 RIC members from Allacapan, Lasam and Sanchez Mira. The aforementioned RICs were developed with the help of the Local Government of 2 nd District of Cagayan. With the provision of tools and equipment needed and start-up capital, the RIC proposed centres were realized. The LGU, along with JVOFI, will continuously monitor the progress of the development of these centres in each RIC. The Department of Sciences and Technology (DOST), which gave the technical assistance to the RIC members, will also help in the monitoring of the products produced and will help in the upgrading of each RIC’s products to attract a bigger market. The LGU in partnership with DTI already planned a series of seminar workshops on Marketing, Business Management and Bookkeeping for the RIC members to be equipped with knowledge and skills in handling such business. Furthermore, there was a tripartite Memorandum of Agreement between the RICs, local government unit and JVOFI to ensure that the project will be sustained. The MOA states that the recipients, RICs of Lasam, Allacapan and Sanchez Mira, will ensure that the tools, equipments and starting capital provided to them will be used mainly for the development and sustainability of the project and shall safekeep and maintain them. The local government unit will continuously provide assistance and supervise the project of the RICs to ensure that they will be able to sustain them. JVOFI on the other hand, will continue to monitor the project implemention.

▪ Solar Barn Project
In 2011, PMFTC, in partnership with JVOFI, provided ten (10) Solar Barns to its selected farmers in La Union and Ilocos Sur. The barn utilized 23% reduction in fuelwood consumption which helped farmers increase their income and lower their production cost. The farmer recipients were not obliged to pay PMFTC for the cost of the barn. However, as their counterpart, they provided additional labor in the construction of the barns. All of the expenses used in purchasing the materials were shouldered by PMFTC.

▪ CPA Storage for Tobacco Farmers in Region I and Occidental Mindoro
In the tobacco industry, Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) are required among farmers. GAP are sustainable production practices that promote the growth of quality tobacco under conditions that protect the environment, enhance worker safety and promote economic viability for the farmer. As part of its requirement, farmers should have proper storage facility for their pesticides and other dangerous farming materials. Recognizing this, PMFTC, through JVOFI, provided 3001 units of Crop Protection Agent (CPA) Storage to its farmers in Region I and Occidental Mindoro. This aims to ensure all direct contracted tobacco farmers of PMFTC in the said regions will comply with GAP requirements which include proper handling and storage of farm inputs. To further assist the recipients, several orientations and seminars were held in Region I and Occidental Mindoro. JVOFI also conducted regular monitoring to ensure CPAs are used according to its function.

▪ Passing on the Gift: Project CHATON
The CHATON Project (Capacity Building and Harnessing Animal dispersal To transform lives and Nurture the environment) of Heifer International implemented through Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. (JVOFI) continues to progress. As of June 30, 2012, 17 among 100 Original Families identified in 2011, already had their first Passing on the Gift in Tadian, Mountain Province. The first batch of the first Pass-On Partner Families were from Barangay Cabunagan and Balaoa respectively. Different NGO partners and LGUs of the province atten ded the “CHATON Project 1st POG Ceremony”. Stanley Locker, CMDRR impact evaluator of Heifer International, was also present to witness the event. Passing on the Gifts, one of Heifer’s cornerstones, allows families to become donors themselves of the gifts they received from the Foundation to other families in need. JVOFI identified and trained one hundred (100) original families who were subdivided into four (4) Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in 2011 and now organized as one single association. Each of these families received Heifer’s gifts of one hog and a pair of chicken (1 hen and 1 rooster). In addition to that, they were also given shovels, assorted highland vegetable seeds, corn and soybean seeds, camote cuttings, citrus trees and timber trees to further help them in attaining sustainable ways to generate income. To date, 99% of the hog received by the partner families already had their offsprings, some even delivered twice or thrice. Some of the piglets were sold for Php1,800.00-Php2,500.00 each. Fatteners were sold from Php6,000.00-Php8,000.00 each. The income generated from this activity helped the members in their daily needs. The cumulative savings of CHATON project SHGs as of June 2012 was Php138,952.30 broken down as follows: Badang – Php94,197.00; Magabay – Php20,474.80; Masika – Php18,552.50; Kapatiran – Php5,728.00. The Partner Families, despite the hardship and challenges they encountered in sustaining and achieving the project vision, still valuing the essence of Passing on the Gifts and progressively practicing Heifer’s Cornerstone Principles in their daily lives. With this enthusiasm, Heifer Int’l and JVOFI hope to attain its goal of 100 Pass-On families next fiscal year as it already achieved to assist 100 Original Families.


Board of Trustees
Ma. Isabel G. Ongpin

Corazon S. de la PazBernardo

Reynaldo C. Bautista, Sr.

Salvador P. Pabalan

Dennis R. Belmonte

Artemio F. Disini

Ernest C. Leung

Ray Dean D. Salvosa

Daniel Z. Urquico

Renato S. Rondez
Foundation Secretary

Directory of Staffs
Office of the Executive Director
Maria Rosario R. Lopez Executive Director Yumi A. Panelo Dev’t Communications Assistant Rogelio L. Cariaso Driver

Ecological Enhancement
Rhoda Fe D. Buenavista Program Manager Corazon P. Sajonas Project Officer Jeffrey H. Javier Project Officer Cherry C. Balolang Project Officer Chester B. Wayas Project Accountant Liberty C. Talastas Community Organizer Maricel W. De Castro Community Organizer Mildred B. Lunas Community Organizer Chika Dale L. Pit-oy Community Organizer Grace L. Tuazon Community Organizer Hazel L. Golocan Communication Specialist James C. Dodoy Driver

Special Projects
Ester C. Liberato Program Manager Adelyn I. Dumngalon Project Supervisor Cherryl L. Balaodan Livelihood Coordinator Behilda V. Miana Community Organizer Judy Ann M. Cadiao Community Organizer Jeremy Russel A. Saracanlao Community Organizer James P. Comicho Community Organizer

Finance and Admin. Unit
Maria Teresa B. Tenedero* (Separated March 15, 2012) Finance & Admin. Manager Janice S. Sergio Accounting Supervisor * (OIC of Finance & Admin effective
March 16, 2012)

Ma. Christina V. Mesina * (Effective March 16, 2012) Accounting Supervisor Liezel T. Bullod Treasury Assistant Emilia B. Frias Bookkeeper – MF Baguio Branch Lorna P. Bayangan Bookkeeper – MF La Trinidad Branch Elizabeth P. Pascua Bookkeeper – PMFTC Susan C. Parocha Administrative Assistant

Microfinance Unit
Nancy B. Dizon Program Manager Jovilyn C. Alcedo Social Performance Management Coordinator Gilbert T. Imperial Branch Officer Dante T. Frias Branch Officer Judith F. Lawagan Internal Auditor

Melba L. Ignacio Loan Officer Loriet A. Puchacan Loan Officer Fidel Y. Awas Loan Officer Anie-Rose C. Ayban Loan Officer Jayson P. Pascua Loan Officer Cheryl Ann E. Mabli Loan Officer Isagani Estrada Loan Officer Giovanni B. Otto Loan Officer Robert C. Cayado Loan Officer Clayton L. Leon Loan Officer Cesar G. Caluza Loan Officer Daren D. Awat Loan Officer Jeonifer D. Paladsik Loan Officer Gladys S. Ayawan Loan Officer

International Council of Foundations National Local Association of Foundations Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. Philippine Council on NGO Certification Partnership of Philippines Support Service Agencies Baguio City Development Council Baguio Regreening Movement Benguet Province Development Council, Peace and Order Council Cordillera Network of Development NGOs and POs (CORDNET) Department of Environment and Natural Resources Department of Social Welfare and Development Ilocos Sur Development Council La Trinidad, Local Development Council Regional Cooperative Development Council San Fernando City Development Council Partner GOs, NGOs, Business and Academe Benguet Corporation Benguet State University Embrace Texas Instruments (Philippines), Inc. TransManila, Inc. Universal Leaf Philippines, Inc. University of Baguio People’s Organization -Alno Rural Community Development Cooperative -Ambassador Waterworks Association -Ambiong-La Trinidad Cooperative -Apugan-Loakan Multipurpose Cooperative -Bala-an Pan-ayaoan Loo Waterworks Association -Banayoyo Reforestation Tobacco Grower’s Association, Inc. -Barangay Sengngat Ecological Society -Batasan Tobacco Farmers and Bamboo Growers Assoc. -Bayabo Producer’s Cooperative -Beckel Neighborhood Multipurpose Cooperative -Bitabian Producer’s Cooperative -Camanggaan, Barbar, NagsupotanFarmers Cooperative -Corro-oy Tobacco Farmers Cooperative -Federated Barangay Banangan Waterworks and Sanitation, Inc. -Irisan Community Environmental Multipurpose Cooperative, Inc. -Kingis-Poblacion Bokod Waterworks Association -La Curva, Camburay and San Isidro Bamboo Growers Assoc. -La Trinidad Strawberry Multipurpose Cooperative -La Top Organic Practitioners Multipurpose Cooperative -Lidlidda Reforestation Tobacco Farmer’s Association, Inc. -Magbay, Bayotbot and Mabini Bamboo Growers Assoc. -Murtha Tobacco and Bamboo Growers Association -Northern La Union Tobacco Farmer’s Association, Inc. -Poblacion Atok Community Organization -San Emilio Multi-Purpose Cooperative -Sta.Cruz Reforestation Tobacco Grower’s Association, Inc. -Sagpat Community Waterworks Association -San Manuel Producer’s Cooperative -Sinamar Producer’s Cooperative -Wangal Community Multipurpose Cooperative -Water Consumers Association of Kias


▪ Australian Agency for Internal Development – Philippines Australia Community Assistance Program ▪ European Union ▪ Heifer International, Philippines ▪ PMFTC Inc.

Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc.
27 Sofia de Veyra St., cor. Rd. 2, Quezon Hill, Baguio City 2600 Philippines Contact Number: Telefax: E-mail: Website: +63 74 446 2843 +63 74 424 5090