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11-Dec-2015  Manila / Philippines

Collaboration with Habitat for Humanity in the Philippines

Henkel helps earthquake victims in Manila

The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team from Henkel’s Shared Service Center (SSC) in Manila has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Habitat for Humanity Philippines, to pledge its assistance for community outreach projects over the next two years. The signing comes as a continuation of Henkel’s donation and volunteer assistance in 2014, through which the company contributed extensively towards the reconstruction of houses for victims of a 7.2 magnitude Bohol earthquake.

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Open Slideshow SSC Manila employees had a busy and fulfilling day in Bohol

SSC Manila employees had a busy and fulfilling day in Bohol painting houses and interacting with the community.

Open Slideshow Signature of the Memorandum of Agreement

Signature of the Memorandum of Agreement. From left to right: Geraldine Pinuela, Team Manager, IBS Governance, SSC Manila; Elaine Kunkle, President, Henkel Philippines; and representatives from Habitat for Humanity Philippines, Charlie Ayco, Managing Director; Yvonne Lih, Chief Marketing Officer and Jonah Marie Chipeco, Mass Marketing Manager.

The SSC Manila CSR team organized two special events in September, ‘Zumba for a Cause’ and ‘Dress Down for a Cause’, to raise funds for the earthquake victims. Sixteen SSC Manila employees also travelled to Bohol to paint the six houses donated by Henkel last year. It was a full-day exercise that saw Henkel employees engage with the communities in a fun and fulfilling experience.

“We received a warm welcome from the beneficiary families and had a chance to talk and interact with them extensively,” said Geraldine Aro-Pinuela, Team Manager, Integrated Business Solutions, who also heads the SSC Manila CSR team. “They got a pleasant surprise when they saw their newly painted houses. The joy in their eyes was enough to wipe off the tiredness we experienced after a long day of hard labor.”