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Vanessa Hans

Solenn Heussaff and top local artists paint for typhoon victims

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Three years after the tragedy of typhoon Haiyan, a group of local artists, among which top celebrity Solenn Heussaff, will auction off paintings in order to complete a disaster-resilient village for typhoon victims. Three years and other typhoons have passed since the powerful winds of typhoon Haiyan blew through the Visayas region in November 2013 ; displacing 14 million people and causing more than 6,000 fatalities. After all this time, the country is still recovering from the damages with thousands of those in its path struggling to rebuild their lives. Until today, most of Haiyan victims still live in flimsy shelters that are unlikely to withstand the next typhoon. Indeed, because of the Philippines’ location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and the intensifying effect of climate change, Haiyan unfortunately won’t be the last super typhoon the country will experience. Just a few weeks ago, supertyphoon Haima/Lawin made the top of…

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The FP-UA Foundation is recruiting a Project Manager

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The Foundation of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the France-Philippines United Action (FP-UA) Foundation, is looking to recruit a Project Manager to start on January 2, 2017 for a one year minimum contract. Job Description Situation in organisation Position reports: – directly to the Board of Directors   Job dimensions To coordinate and develop corporate social responsibility activities of the French Chamber and its partners. To communicate about such activities and increase visibility of the projects in order to drive more funds.   Activities Under the supervision of the Board of Directors   Coordination – Monitor on-going activities of each partner; – Monitor site development; – Manage stakeholder relationship including institutional partners, NGOs, government agencies, LGUs and private sector as well as all the donors; – Identify new possible projects; – Organise meetings with the Board of Directors and all the partners; – Organise milestone events such as…

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L’Institut asiatique du management (AIM) publie une étude sur les activités françaises de RSE aux Philippines

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L’Institut asiatique du management (Asian Institute of Management) en partenariat avec la fondation de la Chambre de Commerce Française aux Philippines, France-Philippines United Action (FP-UA), vient de compléter une étude sur les activités françaises de RSE (Responsabilité Sociale des Entreprises) aux Philippines. L’objectif de cette étude est de mettre en valeur les initiatives françaises en terme de RSE ainsi que de définir une approche “CSR” (Corporate Social Responsibility) propre aux compagnies françaises dans un pays étranger. En effet, tandis que les compagnies américaines ont une pratique “CSR” bien développée depuis de nombreuses années, ce concept est encore nouveau au sein de la communauté d’affaires française. Néanmoins, établies dans un pays prône aux catastrophes naturelles et confronté à de nombreux défis en terme de développement, les compagnies françaises aux Philippines cherchent de plus en plus à contribuer de leur manière et développent ainsi leur propre identité RSE. Neuf compagnies ont complété…

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The Asian Institute of Management publishes a study on French CSR in the PH

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The Asian Institute of Management partnered with the Foundation of the French Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, France-Philippines United Action, to conduct a study on French Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities in the country. The aim of this study was to highlight the different French CSR initiatives in the Philippines and an attempt at defining a “French way” of approaching CSR. Indeed, while American companies have practiced Corporate Social Responsibility extensively over many years, it largely remains a new concept in the French business community. However, in a country prone to natural disasters and facing development issues such as high levels of poverty and inclusive growth, French companies in the Philippines are also looking to contribute and develop their own CSR identity. Nine companies answered the questionnaire sent and agreed to sit down for an interview about their CSR projects and practices. The results have been assembled in a…

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The construction of the houses on Site 3 is nearly 50% complete

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The constructions on FP-UA’s Site 3 in Bogo City, north of Cebu Island, continue to make quick progress. According to our NGO partner, Habitat for Humanity Philippines, as of the first week of August, the 46 units were all ongoing construction on different levels of accomplishments. Based on previous site evaluation (August 10), the construction project has now a general average of 49-50% accomplishment. Construction activities were: wall coring, floor slab concreting, installation of forms & scaffolding’s, installation of electrical roughing-ins and excavation of septic vaults (tank).     The main donor for this site is Cités-Unies France which is funding the construction of the 46 units. The construction of the units should be completed by the beginning of next year. This village, once completed, will welcome 46 families former victims of typhoon Haiyan and still living in extremely precarious conditions in zones at risks (for example by the sea shore). Even though…

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Sponsor a Family in our third rehabilitation village

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The FP-UA Foundation is setting up a program, called “Sponsor a Family”, in order to complete the rehabilitation site in Bogo City, located in the north of Cebu Island. This village, once completed, will welcome 46 families former victims of typhoon Haiyan and still living in extremely precarious conditions in zones at risks (for example by the sea shore). Even though the typhoon swept through the Philippines nearly three years ago, its effects are still felt today with hundreds of families who lost their roofs still living in flimsy shelters that will unlikely stand the next impact. With a donation of Php 150,000, you or your company would enable one of these families to move into a disaster and earthquake resistant home. The following shall be included; connecting the house to the electricity grid, construction of a water and gutter system as well as providing the family with a set…

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The Site 3 in Bogo is shaping up!

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The third site of the FP-UA Foundation is taking shape six months after the ground breaking. 30% of the construction work is now completed. Out of the 46 total units, there are 30 core housing units that are being built by our on-the-ground NGO partner, Habitat for Humanity Philippines.     The main donor for this site is Cités-Unies France which is funding the construction of the 46 units. This phase of the project should be completed by the end of this year. FP-UA is however still looking for contributors to fund the site development (installation of water, electricity etc) for the beneficiary families to be able to move in their new houses. If you are interested to contribute to this project and help victims of typhoon Haiyan to rebuild their lives in safe and secure houses, you can send an email to clementine.turgeon@ccifrance-philippines.org.

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May 17: Circus Show as fundraiser for FP-UA

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The Alliance Française de Manille, together with the Embassy of France to the Philippines and SM Aura Premier, present « A Nonsense Story », a circus show performed by the Open Ticket Collective from France. The one night performance in Manila will be on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 7:30 PM at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura Premier. Ticket prices are Php 1,000 for Orchestra seats, and Php 600 for Balcony seats. Half of the proceeds from tickets sold via FP-UA will go to the projects of the Foundation and will serve to build disaster-resilient houses and creating livelihood for the victims of typhoon Haiyan. For more information and to reserve your ticket, please contact Clementine Turgeon at clementine.turgeon@ccifrance-philippines.org or (02) 831 6374 to 77 loc. 109. Donnot hesitate to invite your family, friends, colleagues, employees, partners to this unique French event which will contribute to rebuilding the lives of typhoon victims….

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Cocktail at the French Ambassador’s residence in honour of FP-UA

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On April 12 2016, the French Ambassador, H.E. Thierry Mathou, and his wife hosted a cocktail in honour of the Foundation France Philippines-United Action. The guests included French and Filipino companies, NGO representatives and the Senator Christophe-André Frassa who was visiting Manila. The FP-UA Foundation was presented at this occasion by its President, Philippe Gauthier, and the programs for 2016 were launched. This year, the Foundation will focus on finishing its third French village in Bogo City, North of Cebu. It is a village including 46 disaster-resilient houses and a multi-purpose center. It will benefit more than 200 people who until now live in extremely precarious conditions and in zones highly at risk during typhoons. The Foundation would also like to extend the scope of projects it supports to issues such as children welfare, livelihood and health. In the words of the French Ambassador: “FP-UA is unique because it is…

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Inauguration of the first house of FP-UA third site in Bogo

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On March 17, 2016, FP-UA, together with its NGO partner Habitat for Humanity Philippines, inaugurated the first house of a third village in the Municipality of Bogo, barangay Cayang. This is the first unit of a 46-house village which will aslo include a multi-purpose center. The houses will boast the same hypar design as used on Site 1, barangay Agujo in Daanbantayan, which is conceived to resist up to 275 km/h winds and intensity 8 earthquakes. The colours chosen for the houses of this French village are the ones of the French flag. The ceremony was attended by Mayor Martinez of Bogo City as well as the First Counselor, Mr. Laurent Le Godec, and representatives of the French Chamber and the contributing companies Cités-Unies France and Total Philippines Corporation. After the ceremony, the delegation went to visit the first two sites in Daanbantayan that were inaugurated in November 2015; just…

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