Bantay Kalikasan

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Celebrates Volunteer Month with ALKFI

Althea Cahayag
December 8, 2017

For the second year in a row, global banking giant JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMC) recently celebrated its Asia Pacific Volunteer Month promoting the firm’s volunteering culture across the region by giving back to the local communities where it operates.

With more than 300 of their local staff working together to help in rehabilitation efforts at the La Mesa Ecopark in Quezon City, employee volunteers took part in a variety of activities that included construction of the plant wall garden, sweeping and repainting of the sidewalks, weeding in flower terraces, repainting picnic tables, chairs, grilling, and steel fences, and varnishing wooden fences.

Patricia (Pixie) Javier-Gutierrez, Executive Director & Head of Corporate Communications at JPMorgan Chase & Co. Philippines, shares why the firm continues to partner with ALKFI for its environmental efforts. “We recognize ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation’s environmental protection programs for their impact and sustainability. Our firm’s commitment to corporate responsibility and creating pathways to opportunity in each market where we operate lies at the core of how we do business. Through our firm’s own Good Works program, our employees are also able to come together to volunteer their time, skills and resources in support of our nonprofit partners’ worthwhile advocacies.”

Sarah Agcaoili, Officer-in-Charge for La Mesa Ecopark explains the need to continue rehabilitating the park. “Its rehabilitation will help us sustain the site attraction, so we can encourage more visitors or sightseers. The profit we get from La Mesa Ecopark’s operations are being used to support Bantay Kalikasan’s environmental initiatives as well as the communities it assists in 14 sites across the Philippines. Since JPMorgan Chase & Co. became our partner, aside from the manpower they provide through their employee volunteers, they also provide a significant grant which helps us for the park’s rehabilitation operations.”

 

Aside from Bantay Kalikasan projects, JPMorgan Chase & Co. also supports other programs of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation such as Bantay Bata 163 through its community outreach projects.