Intel Philippines was recently awarded with two Philippines Quills at the 2008 Philippine Quill Awards, which was organized by the International Association of Business Communicators Philippines (IABC Philippines).
Intel received the Philippine Quill Excellence Award for Communication Management (Special Events) for its Intel Involved Matching Grants Program, as well as the Philippine Quill Merit Award for Communication Management (Audio-Visual) for its “CAG TV: the power of an Internal Broadcast Channel” activity.
The Philippine Quill Awards recognize the most outstanding achievements in Communication Management, Communication Skills and Creativity. Over the years, it has become the industry benchmark for world class programs and productions and is the country’s most prestigious award for business communicators.
The Intel Involved Matching Grant Program (IIMGP) payout ceremony was held at the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club, General Trias, Cavite on 23 September. The ceremony was the culmination of the year's IIMGP activities, during which the Intel Foundation grants were announced to receiving beneficiaries.
Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker was Secretary Jesli Lapus from the Department of Education. His presence signified the importance of the work completed by IIMGP so far towards improving education in the municipality of General Trias. General Trias also awarded Intel Philippines with a Plaque of Recognition/Appreciation for its many contributions to the public school system in the area.
The ceremony was attended by two members of the Department of Education press corps, as well as various media including Radio TV Malacanang.
The Intel® Involved program in the Philippines has logged the highest percentage of employee volunteers worldwide. In 2007, 4,083 (80 percent of total employees) volunteered for projects in the schools within the community. In September 2007, Intel Foundation donated US$832,100 (roughly PhP37 million) to the 33 public schools in the General Trias Municipality, the General Trias Computer Clubhouse and select universities. This is the result of 333,113.5 hours of Intel employee volunteer work.
Intel Involved volunteers have led more than 25,000 students and teachers in earthquake and fire drills as part of Intel’s Partners in Safety Program for schools and provided school supplies such as backpacks, pens, crayons and other stationery supplies to over 30,000 school children in the area. School facilities are also getting bigger and better, with Intel grants creating new infrastructure including 17 classrooms, five computer laboratories, and three ALS Learning Centers. The ratio of students to classroom improved, from 90:1 to 40:1.
As a result of these improved learning facilities and an auxiliary teaching force of more than 1,500 Intel Involved volunteers, the academic performance of students improved dramatically. The achievement levels in math and science in District II increased by 16.83 percent in 32.70 percent respectively.
In 2006, the mayor of the General Trias Municipality approached Intel so that the government could incorporate Intel’s programs in its policies. This has resulted in the local government’s creation of the Municipal Environment Council and the annual Environmental Summit, launched in 2004.
Intel Philippines has received various awards for its commitment to corporate responsibility in the past year. These are:
The 2007 Don Emilio Abello Energy Efficiency Award for Intel Philippines’ energy conservation programs, Department of Energy, December 18, 2007.
Plaque of Recognition for supporting quality of public education in the country through the Adopt-a-School-Program, Department of Education, November 27, 2007.
Citation for Environmental Excellence, American Chamber of Commerce (Philippines), November 17, 2007.
Plaque of Recognition for improving the quality of life in the community through volunteerism, Municipality of General Trias, September 2007.
Plaque of Recognition to Intel Involved Volunteers for their outstanding volunteer contributions, Municipality of General Trias, September 2007.
Plaque of Recognition for improving school infrastructure through the Volunteer Matching Grants Program, Department of Education – Cavite Division, September 2007.
Hall of Fame as Top Exporter, Outstanding Employer, and Outstanding Community Relations Program, Philippine Economic Zone Authority, July 2007.
Certificate of Recognition for Intel’s leadership in the annual Global Earth Day Celebration, General Trias Municipal Environment & Natural Resources Office (MENRO), April 2007.
Plaque of Recognition for contributing to the improvement of science education in the Philippines through the Intel Philippine Science Fair, Department of Science and Technology, March 2007.