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Updates: more than 70% completion for the construction of houses on Site 3

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The houses being built on FP-UA’s Site 3 in Bogo City, barangay Cayang, north of Cebu Island, are getting closed to completion. According to our NGO partner, Habitat for Humanity Philippines, as of end of November 2016, 2 units were already completed since the month of July 2016 and 44 units were all ongoing construction at various levels. The construction project is now at 73% accomplishment. The construction of the units should be completed by the first quarter of 2017. FP-UA is now welcoming donations for the site development. In order for the beneficiary families to be able to move in, the Foundation needs funds to provide them with essential and basic needs such as electricity, water, and a set of simple furniture (bed, tables and chairs). To raise the necessary funds, the Foundation is offering companies or organizations to be part of our “Sponsor a Family” program. With a donation of Php…

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Meet our Beneficiaries

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Last November 14, the French photographer Arthur Perset visited the villages of FP-UA in Cebu. He met some of the future beneficiaries of the site currently being built in Bogo City and listened to their stories. He also talked to the current beneficiaries of our very first village, the “French Village” in barangay Agujo in Daanbantayan where 76 families now live. Here are their stories. Future beneficiary families from barangay Sambag in Bogo City   Ongoing constructions in barangay Cayang in Bogo where the Foundation’s relocation project is located   Visit to the first rehabilitation village of FP-UA in Daanbantayan Municipality, also in the north of Cebu Island We would like to thank Arthur Perset for taking and sharing these photos.    

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The funds raised during SB 2016 will enable two families to move into disaster-resilient houses

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During Soirée Beaujolais 2016, which took place last Tuesday November 29 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, the FP-UA Foundation organised a silent auction which proceeds will be used to help complete the construction of it’s third disaster-resilient village in Bogo City, in the north of Cebu Island. The village, once completed, will welcome 46 families who are former victims of typhoon Haiyan. Top celebrity Solenn Heussaff as well as up and coming local artists, Piaget Martelino, Alfonso Recto and Chris Verayo, each donated one of their artworks for the occasion. The funds raised by the end of the night are enough to enable two families to move into their disaster-resilient houses; complete with electricity as well as running water. At the moment, the construction of the houses, which is financed by Cités-Unies France, is nearing 70% completion. However, the village will still need to be connected to electricity as well…

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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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