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Integrated CSR: Corporate Social Responsibility For Who

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By Gen Dela Cruz Corporate social responsibility or CSR is encouraged as companies’ fair share of contribution in efforts towards social welfare. It is essentially seen as something one-way, that...

Internship available : Project Coordinator

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Looking for an internship experience in International Development? Join us at FPUA! Apply now! Please note that this is an internship position and we are preferably looking for students as part of their OJTs to fill this position. Responsibilities: • Help in identifying and coordinating with partner communities, NGOs, and government agencies for the development of CSR projects • Research data for the creation of CSR proposals (e.g. online tools, calls, emails, meetings if needed) • Communicate progress to the Executive Director • Update and maintain individual, foundations, NGOs, and corporate records. • Research on Corporate Social Responsibility to create short articles for FPUA social media and website • Handle FPUA email address • Assist in the organization of events/activities: invitations, logistic, registration. • Maintain confidentiality of all records and information in accordance with internal policies and privacy laws. • The intern will also provide support to the Executive Director…

Facts on CSR in the Philippines

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By Gen Dela Cruz Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR, aims to pioneer social change through an effective evaluation and implementation of projects aligned with the business’ operations and strategies. Beyond...

Team David’s Salon races for FPUA

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Remember, last February, Team David’s Salon participated in the Tigasin Ronda Norte, a 600 km bike course from Manila-Pasig to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. Upon completion the team received Php 100,000 which they chose to donate to the France-Philippines United Action Foundation. This course was actually just a warm-up for the team who is about to compete in the biggest challenge of their life. 3000 miles, 12 states, four rivers, three major mountains ranges, is what Team David’s Salon will be cycling through in taking part of Race Across America (RAAM). The race will start in Oceanside, California on June 17. The team has 9 days to reach the finish line in Annapolis, Maryland. Impossible, you think? Nothing is for this first mixed relay team to represent Southeast Asia and the Philippines in the world’s toughest and longest time trial race. Team David’s Salon, is comprised of two males and two female cyclists: Guillaume D’Aboville,…

Team David’s Salon races for FPUA

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Remember, last February, Team David’s Salon participated in the Tigasin Ronda Norte, a 600 km bike course from Manila-Pasig to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. Upon completion the team received Php 100,000 which they chose to donate to the France-Philippines United Action Foundation. This course was actually just a warm-up for the team who is about to compete in the biggest challenge of their life. 3000 miles, 12 states, four rivers, three major mountains ranges, is what Team David’s Salon will be cycling through in taking part of Race Across America (RAAM). The race will start in Oceanside, California on June 17. The team has 9 days to reach the finish line in Annapolis, Maryland. Impossible, you think? Nothing is for this first mixed relay team to represent Southeast Asia and the Philippines in the world’s toughest and longest time trial race. Team David’s Salon, is comprised of two males and two female cyclists: Guillaume D’Aboville,…

FPUA Board of trustees is elected !

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The members of France-Philippines United Action Foundation elected the FPUA board of trustees during the FPUA Annual General Meeting held on April 24, 2017. The directors are elected for a period of 1 year. President : Mr Philippe Gauthier; EuroAsia Vice-President : Ms Isabelle Nilo; In’Events Vice-President : Mr Chito Poblete Treasurer : Mr Cyril Rocke Corporate Secretary : Mr Victor C. Janolino  

June 6: “In the Middle” – fundraiser for FPUA

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Following the success of the Circus Show last year, France-Philippines United Action Foundation (FPUA), is once again partnering with Alliance Française de Manille. This year, we are bringing The Swaggers to Manila for a unique dance show. The exclusively female hip-hop group will be performing on June 6 in Samsung Hall, SM Aura at 8PM, as part of their asian tour. With their famous show “In the Middle”, the french group changed the game in the hip-hop industry mostly dominated by men, and will prove you that women can definitely “own the place”  .The Swaggers is led by choreographer Marion Motin, who has worked with Madonna, Stromae, and Christine and the Queens and performed with the great contemporary choreographers such as Angelin Preljocaj and Blanca Li. The 7 dancers will bring to you a movie-like performance you have never seen before where light is a key part of the show and is omnipresent. Watch the…

86% completion for the construction of houses on site 3

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  Over 46 units, 32 have already been completed. 14 units still ongoing and ready for: wall concrete coring, wall plastering, pouring of concrete Hypar roof slab, installation of electrical, Plumbing & septic vaults. Wall painting, installation of doors and windows. The rehabilitation site being built in barangay Cayang in Bogo city in northern Cebu is the third project of France-Philippines United Action Foundation. France-Philippines United Action Foundation is providing healthy and safe housing solutions for communities affected and vulnerable to natural disasters. The unique architecture of the houses made them resilient to earthquake up to intensity 8 and winds up to 275 km/h.   If you are interested by our project and would like to participate in improving lives of victims of disasters by sponsoring families to move into disaster-resilient houses, you may contact the Foundation at elodie.turpin@ccifrance-philippines.org. We would like to thank all our donors; companies, organizations, individual donors; who are contributing to…

Updates: Construction on site 3 is closed to completion

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The rehabilitation site being built in barangay Cayang in Bogo city in northern Cebu is the third project of France-Philippines United Action Foundation. This project is part of a bigger program named “Building back better” which aimed to offer safe and resilient homes to communities affected and vulnerable to natural disasters. As of end of January 2017, 6 units are already completed and 40 units are all at different level of construction. Some units have primers and are ready for topcoat, others are ready for painting when the days get dry and some are partially painted. There are also units ready for installation of roofing. The rainy weather in Cebu in December 2016 and this January 2017 delayed the construction. As the roads were slippery and the field muddy, the construction moved slowly during this period. The summer season about to start in the Philippines will be able to give the final kick to the construction of the…

Team David’s Salon raised Php 100,000 for FPUA

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This week-end, Team David’s Salon participated to the Ronda Norte 600, the first ride for a cause by Northern Cement Corporation organized by Trisports Solutions Inc. On Sunday morning, the 6-woman/man team successfully completed the 600 km between Manila (Pasig) and Ilocos Norte (Pagudpud). They chose to donate the Php 100,000 raised, to support the France-Philippines United Action Foundation.   On the left: Team David’s Salon entering Laoag city in Ilocos Sur, on Sunday morning,On the right: Team is snacking at the last checkpoint before the finish line. Team David’s Salon arrives at Pagudpud at 11:00am and concludes their TRN600 journey! Thank you Team David’s Salon for choosing FP-UA Foundation, we look forward to follow you this June! Stand by for more updates on the race !        

A Race to Support the FP-UA Foundation!

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Team David’s Salon will bike for France-Philippines United Action Foundation. The team has been selected to participate to the Ronda Norte 600, the first ride for a cause by Northern Cement Corporation organized by Trisports Solutions Inc., from February 16-19, 2017. Team David’s Salon has chosen to support the FP-UA Foundation. Once Team David’s Salon completes the 600 km between Manila and Pagudpud, they will receive Php 100 000  to be donated to their chosen cause.   For this new challenge, the team will be composed of 6 members who share the same passion : Cycling Thank you Team David’s Salon for choosing FP-UA Foundation, we look forward to follow you on your bikes! Stand by for more updates on the race ! Follow them on their journey to Pagudpud this February http://www.facebook.com/raam2017tds To know more about the race : http://www.tigasintriathlon.com/          

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…

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.    

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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….

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…

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…

Inauguration of the first houses of third FP-UA village on March 17

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After delivering its two first sites in November, the FP-UA Foundation, together with its partners and the Municipality of Bogo, will inaugurate the first houses of a third site in Bogo City on March 17. Back in November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Visayas and France-Philippines United Action was subsequently created in order to coordinate the relief and rehabilitation efforts lead by the French business community. Two years after, on November 6 2015, two villages of a total of 202 sturdy homes were delivered to families in Daanbantayan. Today, a third French village is taking shape in the municipality of Bogo in Northern Cebu. Part of the funds come from our partners Cités-Unies France and Total Philippines, but also from a donation announced by President Hollande and made to FP-UA during the business luncheon organized by the Makati Business Club on February 26, 2015. Thanks to Habitat for Humanity Philippines,…

The Board of Directors of the FP-UA Foundation has been elected

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Now a Foundation since September 2015, a board of directors was elected at the end of last year to govern the activities and projects of the FP-UA Foundation. This board includes five people who have been active and keen supporters of the organisation since it was initiated after typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Philippe Gauthier, who is the Chairman of the Board of Asiatype Inc., was elected as President. Christophe Riout, President of the French Chamber of Commerce, and Chito Poblete, VP HSEQ & Logistics at Total Philippines, are both vice-presidents. Victor “Chuck” Janolino, VP Marketing at Republic Cement Services Inc., was appointed as corporate secretary of the foundation while Cyril Rocke, CEO of DataOne Asia, is its treasurer. The French Ambassador, H.E. Thierry Mathou, will be the Honorary Chairman of the Foundation, thus strengthening the ties between FP-UA and the French Embassy which encouraged the creation of the organisation after…

Survey on CSR practices amongst French Companies in PH in partnership with AIM

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In 2016, the Foundation of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines, France-Philippines United Action (FP-UA), and the Ramon V. Del Rosario Center for Corporate Social Responsibility of the Asian Institute of Management will jointly undertake a research project on CSR of French companies in the Philippines. The project is part of research on CSR in the Philippines that included the German and American Chambers of Commerce. The AIM RVR CSR Center undertakes research and runs conferences on CSR not only in the Philippines but in the ASEAN. Examples of the latter effort are CSR in Industrial Estates in Indonesia and a five-country assessment on the issue of government efforts to mandate and regulate CSR initiatives. For this particular research, FP-UA will contact the company members of the French Chamber of Commerce to invite them to respond to a series of questions about their CSR practices. The…

A more solid roof over their heads in Daanbantayan

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Daanbantayan, Cebu – Seventy-two-year-old Lola Pacing Tayong sat quietly at the door of her newly-built house in Barangay Paypay, this town, watching kids playing outside on a newly paved road. Her 70-year-old paralyzed husband was in a donated bed, sound asleep. “We feel comfortable and safe here. Our house near the shoreline had not been repaired since two years ago. This time, we can sleep soundly without having to worry about rising tides,” Lola Pacing said. She recounted the terror she felt two years ago today when the super-typhoon lashed at her house. Her husband suffered a stroke during the onslaught of Yolanda. Lola Pacing’s family was one of 128 families in Barangay Paypay whose house was ravaged by super-typhoon Yolanda in 2013. Exactly two years after the destruction wrought by the typhoon, survivors in the barangay here have moved to new, safer houses in the first fully-developed Red Cross…

The Road to Paris Starts in Daanbantayan

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On November 6, two years after typhoon Haiyan struck the Visayas, two disaster-resilient villages funded by the Filipino-French business community and the French public generosity were delivered to residents of Daanbantayan. Located along the typhoon belt in the Pacific, the Philippines is visited by an average of 20 typhoons every year, five of which are destructive. Climate change is expected to make these events more frequent and powerful in the coming years. Two years ago, on November 8 2013, typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines affecting about 14 million people and causing more than 6,000 fatalities. As a response to this tragedy, France-Philippines United Action (FP-UA), a consortium of leading French companies operating in the Philippines, was created in order to coordinate the relief and rehabilitation efforts lead by the French business community in the Philippines. FP-UA was launched to address coordination and communication issues and improve the efficiency of French-led actions for…

Villages full of survivors move on

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DAANBANTAYAN—The house where Roselyn Tura’s family lived these past two years was built, in part, using the trunks of trees that fell during typhoon Yolanda. But next month, thanks to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), the French Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity, the Turas are moving into a new house designed to withstand 300-kph winds. When the typhoon struck last Nov. 8, 2013, and a strong wind blew off their roof, Roselyn and her husband decided it was time to go. Roselyn, 27, brought her two children, who were then one and two years old, and ran to the mountains. Their neighbors in Barangay Paypay, Daanbantayan joined them. They had to find a way around some fallen trees. Two years after that devastation, the Turas will move to a typhoon-resilient house. Who helped? At least 128 houses were built in the Red Cross Village that sits on a 1.3-hectare…

French donors, Red Cross, Habitat come together for storm victims

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DAANBANTAYAN, Cebu—At least 200 families that were displaced by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) woke up to brand new homes almost two years to the day the killer storm devastated the Visayas. It was a day of gladness as well as sadness as residents remembered what happened when Yolanda hit land on Nov. 8, 2013, destroying their homes and livelihood. Fernanda Cuyos recalled that before the onslaught of the typhoon, her family—including two of their grandchildren, aged 3 and 7—evacuated to the extension campus of Cebu Technological University (CTU). “We were very scared. When Yolanda blew off the roof of the CTU gymnasium, we had to run to another building. After the typhoon passed, we checked our house and found that it was destroyed when two coconut trees fell on it,” said Cuyos. Yolanda had made them anxious of typhoons, afraid that they might go through the same harrowing experience…

Red Cross, partners to unveil village for Yolanda survivors

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NEARLY two years after super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) ripped through the Philippines, 128 families who lost their homes are moving into new, permanent houses with the support of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and its partners. The Red Cross Village in Barangay Paypay, Daanbantayan, Cebu will be inaugurated on Friday, Nov. 6, with Richard J. Gordon, PRC chairman; Charlie Ayco, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity Philippines; and Mayor Augusto Corro of Daanbantayan leading the ceremony. Representatives from local authorities, French Red Cross, France-Philippines United Actions and French companies will also be present. The village is a unique project and the first fully developed resettlement site for typhoon survivors in the Philippines. The 128 30-square-meter housing units come with a bathroom and latrine, including septic tank, and a decentralized treatment system for grey and used waters that make released waters harmless to the environment. Energy is provided…

Turnover ceremonies of Site 1 and Site 2 in Daanbantayan on November 6

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Two years after typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, the two first FP-UA villages are ready to be turned over to their beneficiary families. On November 8 2013, typhoon Haiyan devastated the Visayas and France-Philippines United Action was subsequently created in order to coordinate the relief and rehabilitation efforts lead by the French business community. FP-UA focused on rehabilitation and relocation projects in Daanbatayan, North of Cebu, which was badly hit by the typhoon. Today, two villages of a total of 202 sturdy homes are ready to be delivered to families in Daanbantayan. The first village is a partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines, which built 74 disaster-resilient houses specially designed by Architect E. Florentino as well as a multi-purpose center in barangay Agujo. The second village in barangay Paypay is a project led by the French and Philippine Red Cross, in partnership with FP-UA and Habitat for Humanity, and include…

FP-UA’s new partner on Site 1: ParexGroup, Inc.

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ParexGroup, Inc is the newest partner of FP-UA. It is donating some of its DAVCO K10 PU Plus product, a waterproofing coating, for Site 1, barangay Agujo, in Daanbantayan. Habitat for Humanity Philippines, will spread the product on the roofs of the houses to increase their resilience to rain. This village includes 74 permanent homes and one Multi-Purpose Center. It is part of a rehabilitation and relocation project which will benefit families who lost their homes to typhoon Haiyan in November 2013 and/or communities that still live in zones at risk during cyclones such as seashores. FP-UA would like to thank ParexGroup for its contribution to this project and for helping us provide better and safer homes to the people of barangay Agujo in Daanbantayan. Company Profile ParexGroup has more than 30 years of experience in the building industry, more specifically in facade protection and aesthetics, floor preparation and tile setting and…

Launch of the French Chamber Foundation

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Six months after President Hollande announced the conversion of France-Philippines United Action (FP-UA) into the French Chamber Foundation, the organization has officially been presented to the members of the Filipino-French business community. On September 9, 2015, the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines announced the creation of its Foundation, which will perpetuate the actions of FP-UA. This launch was made official during a breakfast meeting organized by the French Chamber in partnership with Banco De Oro, Inc. to welcome the French expatriates back to Manila after their summer break. This announcement comes 6 months after French President François Hollande visited the Philippines in order to build diplomatic momentum ahead of the COP21 Climate Change conference, which will be held in Paris at the end of the year. During his meeting with the French and Filipino business community on February 26, 2015, President Hollande highlighted the work of…

The MoU for Site 3 has been signed and the project in Bogo is thus set to start

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On September 8 2015, the Memorandum of Agreement which binds Cités-Unies France, France Philippines-United Action, Habitat for Humanity and the Municipality of Bogo was signed by Mayor Celestino E. Martinez Jr. of Bogo City ; thereby officially launching FP-UA’s Site 3 project.   This site will be located on a 1 hectare lot in barangay Cayang, in the municipality of Bogo situated in the north of Cebu Island. The village will include 100 houses on the same model  as the houses already buit on Site 1 in barangay Agujo. This hyperbolic paraboloid house design was developed by Architect E. Florentino after typhoon Haiyan in order to resist to intensity 8 earthquakes and high velocity 275-300kph winds. The NGO Habitat for Humanity, to which Architect Florentino offered the design model, will be in charge of building the facilities. In addition to these 100 houses, a multi-purpose center and a basketball court will…

France-Philippines United Action thanks Ambassador Gilles Garachon for his support.

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The French coordination structure building villages for the victims of typhoon Haiyan bids farewell to H.E. Gilles Garachon who launched the project back in November 2013 and supported its development into a foundation.   After spending three years in the Philippines, H.E. French Ambassador Gilles Garachon will leave the country at the end of the month. The members and partners of France-Philippines United Action (FP-UA), a platform coordinating post-Haiyan rehabilitation projects led by the French business sector, gathered on July 28 to bid their last farewell to the French Ambassador as well as to thank him for his strong support for their projects. In fact, the idea of creating a structure in charge of coordinating the relief and rehabilitation initiatives of the French business community after typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines came from the Ambassador himself, just a few days after the disaster in November 2013. On November 8, 2013,…

Updates on our projects (As of July 2015)

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Site 1, barangay Agujo in Daanbantayan: The construction of the 74 houses and the Multi-Purpose Center have been completed. The last phase needed is the site development (construction of concrete roads and sidewalks, drainage and water distribution system etc) in order for beneficiary families to move in. Thanks to Lafarge and Megacem’s donations, the construction works for site development are now funded and the village will soon be completed.This last phase will be executed by SERGS Cooperative, a partner of Habitat for Humanity Philippines, and will take 2-3 months. Site 2, barangay Paypay in Daanbantayan: The construction of the 148 houses on Site 2 are well under way with 75% of the site now complete. The constructions of the multipurpose center and the clinic are expected to start this coming month (July). This site should be ready for turnover by September this year.     Site 3, barangay Cayang in…

Updates on our projects (as of April 2015)

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Site 1, barangay Agujo in Daanbantayan: The construction of the 74 houses and the Multi-Purpose Center have been completed. The site now needs site development (concrete roads and sidewalks, drainage and water distribution system etc) for families to be able to move in. FP-UA will be fundraising the P 3,300,000 needed to complete the site development of Site 1 in order to turn over the village to the beneficiary families as soon as possible. Site 2, barangay Paypay in Daanbantayan: The construction on Site 2 is well under way with 98 houses (out of 128) currently being built, and the site development 80% complete. The construction of the multi-purpose center and the clinic is expected to start this coming month. This site should be ready for turnover by June this year. Site 3, barangay Cayang in Bogo: The location for Site 3 has already been selected. This site will comprise…

Business Luncheon on the creation of the French Chamber Foundation

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On March 25, 2015, the French Chamber of Commerce organized a business luncheon with the French Ambassador Gilles Garachon. The theme for this luncheon was the creation of the French Chamber Foundation. This luncheon followed the first visit to the Philippines of French President François Hollande on February 26 and 27, 2015. During his visit, François Hollande adressed climate change issues and advocated for sustainable development ahead of the UN climate summit which will be held in Paris at the end of the year. President Hollande also highlighted the achievements of France-Philippines United Action and its conversion into a foundation of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines. The luncheon started with an opening speech by French Ambassador Gilles Garachon who recapped the successful visit of the French President in the Philippines. Then, Mr. Demetrio “Jun” Salipsip, Executive Director of the American Chamber-Philippines Foundation, presented the story,…

A post-Yolanda project that caught the French president’s eye

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A housing project for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) led by French businesses in the Philippines catches the attention of the French president PRAISING. Dilip Vaswani (right) Chairman of FP-UA, receives P 500,000 from French President Hollande to turn FP-UA into a foundation   MANILA, Philippines – An initiative that built housing for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) led by French businesses in the Philippines caught the attention of the French president – and will soon be a foundation that will help more communities rise from the ruins of disaster. During a forum on climate change and inclusive growth in Makati City, French President Francois Hollande cited the France-Philippines United Action (FP-UA) as a model for cooperation among businesses. “French businesses got together within the France-Philippine United Action to coordinate private aid for reconstruction,” Hollande said in his speech during the forum, hosted by the Makati…

François Hollande announces the future conversion of FP-UA into the French Chamber Foundation

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Yesterday, French President François Hollande handed over a cheque to Dilip Vaswani, President of Total Philippines Corporation and Chairman of France-Philippines United Action (FP-UA), for the conversion of FP-UA into the French Chamber Foundation. This happened during the Climate Change and Inclusive Growth Business Forum organised by the Makati Business Club. FP-UA was created back in November 2013 after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Visayas affecting about 14 million people and killing more than 6,000 people. In the overall context, assistance from the French private sector—donations in cash and kind, mostly from large companies—had been significant but lacked coordination. On November 15, 2013, the French Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency Gilles Garachon, summoned representatives of leading French companies, in addition to those from the Conseillers du Commerce Exterieur and the French Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, in order to exchange information on relief activities led by the French community….

Nicolas Hulot visits FP-UA sites in Daanbantayan

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Nicolas Hulot and H.E. the French Ambassador together visited Daanbantayan on Sunday the 25th of January 2015. They were welcomed by Mayor Corro, the FP-UA delegation (composed of representatives of Lafarge, Total and the French Chamber of Commerce) as well as representatives of the NGOs Habitat for Humanity and the French and Philippine Red Cross. They all proceeded to the first site located in barangay Agujo which houses have already been completed. There, M. Hulot was given a presentation on the projects of FP-UA. He was particularly impressed with the Hybolic Paraboloid house design used by Habitat for Humanity to build the houses. This design allows for unique houses that can withstand intensity 8 earthquakes and high velocity 275-300 kph winds. This is all the more relevant to Mr. Hulot who, as Special Envoy of the French President for the Protection of the Planet, is concerned about the resilience of…

Finally, the long, slow work of recovery can begin … a year after Yolanda

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TACLOBAN/MANILA, Philippines — Lorna Per, 19, was pregnant when super typhoon Yolanda’s powerful storm surge swept into Leyte, claiming her husband as he tried to protect her from being swept away. “My world turned upside down. I still remember very well the dirty, murky water drowning my family and my neighbors. Many have died and been left homeless. How can one forget November 8?” Per said as she held back her tears, recalling the horrific day one year ago. Yolanda affected 171 cities and municipalities in 14 provinces and six regions, destroying or damaging more than a million homes, leaving more than 6,000 people dead — at least by the official count — and a thousand more missing, and displacing some 4.1 million. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, in a report released in September, said Yolanda caused the largest displacement in the world last year. Even as government, caught unprepared by…

‘New normal’ demands sturdier, low-cost shelter

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By Linette Ramos Cantalejo Thursday, November 6, 2014 SUPER typhoon Yolanda left not only damage of catastrophic proportions but also disaster response and resiliency lessons that survivors had to learn the hard way. Wooden houses of poor farming and fishing communities in northern Cebu, even those built out of concrete, didn’t stand a chance against Yolanda’s powerful winds and heavy rains. Only hours after Yolanda made landfall, one lesson seemed clear: there’s a need to build typhoon-resilient houses because a stronger house is no longer advisable, but necessary. There is now a conscious effort to make stronger houses—thicker walls and columns, sturdier roofs—that don’t easily get blown away in case a storm as powerful as Yolanda crosses Cebu’s path again. No damage Last July 26, at 7:45 a.m., a water spout hit a resettlement area in Barangay Agujo, Daanbantayan town, said Engr. Melania Lazar. By then, a model house had already…

On November 6, FP-UA renewed its commitment to post Yolanda construction

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A year after Typhoon Haiyan struck the country, The France-Philippines United Action (FPUA), a consortium of leading French companies operating in the Philippines, has reaffirmed its commitment to the rebuilding efforts for survivors of the disaster. In line with President Benigno Aquino III’s approval of the P167.9-billion reconstruction plan for the Visayas, the FP-UA marks one year of coordinated relief efforts from the French private sector and is set to complete its two reconstruction projects in Northern Cebu early next year. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity, the FP-UA is building 74 disaster-resilient houses on 5,488-square-meter site in Barangay Agujo, Daanbantayan. Specially designed by Architect Ed Florentino, each house can withstand up to intensity 8 earthquakes and 275-300 kilometer-per-hour winds. FP-UA member Lafarge, a global leader in sustainable construction solutions, provided the construction materials used for the houses. A model house was unveiled and turned over to a beneficiary earlier…

French firms build ‘disaster-resilient future’ for Yolanda survivors

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THE FRANCE PHILIPPIINES – UNITED ACTION. (From left): Daanbantayan Mayor Augusto Corro, French Red Cross Country Representative Lea Gauthier, Ambassador of France to the Philippines Gilles Garachon, French Chamber of Commerce President Cyril Locke, Lafarge Holdings Philippines Inc. President and CEO and FP-UA chair Don Lee, and Habitat for Humanity CEO Charlie Ayco. Photo from France Philippines – United Action The consortium of French companies operating in the Philippines eyes completion of its two reconstruction projects in Northern Cebu by 2015 DISASTER-RESILIENT HOUSE. The Habitat for Humanity hyperbolic paraboloid house design, developed by architect Ed Florentino, being built in Barangay Agujo, Daanbantayan, Cebu. Photo from the France Philippines – United Action   MANILA, Philippines – Like many other efforts in the beginning, they all poured in help, in cash and in kind. They were all significant but uncoordinated, not sure where to channel their aid. What was clear, though, was…

Int’l community vows to continue aid to Yolanda areas

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MANILA, Philippines – Recovery efforts in areas that Super Typhoon Yolanda devastated last year will continue to receive support from United Nations agencies and the international community. Luisa Carvalho, UN Country Team resident and humanitarian coordinator in the Philippines, said the support will be given at all levels, particularly through the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery and relevant line departments. In a statement yesterday, Carvalho said they are privileged to have been able to contribute to the humanitarian response. “We are humbled by the extraordinary resilience of the Filipino people who, despite the unprecedented destruction and tragedy that struck, pushed through individually and collectively, and with generosity of spirit, to this point where recovery is well underway,” she said. Carvalho said recovery started as soon as two months after the catastrophe, with UN agencies and partners shifting gears to rehabilitation and development work in August, due…

French biz community renews commitment to help ‘Yolanda’ victims

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MANILA, Philippines – The French business community in the Philippines has renewed its commitment to aid the continuing rehabilitation of areas in Northern Cebu that have been damaged by typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) last year. In line with President Aquino’s approval of the P167.9-billion reconstruction plan for the Visayas, the French business community in the country – the France-Philippines United Action (FPUA) – on Thursday reaffirmed its commitment as it marked one year of coordinated relief efforts from the French private sector and is set to complete its two reconstruction projects in Northern Cebu early next year. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity, FPUA has built 74 disaster-resilient houses on 5,488-square-meter site in Barangay Agujo, Daanbantayan, Cebu. The houses will be handed over to selected families before Christmas. Daanbantayan is composed of 15 coastal barangays and two island barangays that were all devastated by Yolanda. Specially designed by architect…

Updates on our projects in Daanbantayan (as of October)

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Site 1: The constructions on this site in barangay Agujo, which will comprise 74 houses and a multi-purpose center, have progressed well. It is now 59% complete; amounting to 43 houses already built. The constructions are expected to be completed by December just in time for families affected by typhoon Yolanda to celebrate Christmas under safe and resilient roofs in their new homes. Site 2: As for Site 2, the project aims to build 128 houses on the relocation site in barangay Paypay as well as 20 more houses for onsite constructions. In addition to the houses, the village will include a community center and a clinic. Constructions are expected to start this month and will end on June 2015.