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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 the headlines after sweeping through Northern Luzon, with strength and magnitude reminiscent of November 2013.

At the call of France-Philippines United Action (FP-UA), the Foundation of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a group of local artists have put their creativity at the service of typhoon victims. Multi-dimensional artist Solenn Heussaff along with three of the country’s top emerging artists, Alfonso Recto, Piaget Martelino and Chris Verayo, each created original artwork that will be auctioned off to fund a project of the FP-UA Foundation : a disaster-resilient village benefiting victims of typhoon Haiyan.

The auction will take place during the  biggest French event of the year, Soirée Beaujolais, at the Marriott Grand Ballroom on November 29, 2016. This will be the 26th edition of this annual event organised by the French Chamber of Commerce, which gathers 1,500 people from the French and Filipino business community.

Artworks that will be auctioned off during Soirée Beaujolais 2016

Solenn Heussaff's painting

Solenn Heussaff’s painting to be auctioned off during Soirée Beaujolais

Alfonso recto -Female nude on red

Alfonso Recto -Female Nude on Red

Piaget Martelino - Miles Davis A Tribute to Jack Johnson

Piaget Martelino – Miles Davis A Tribute to Jack Johnson

Chris Verayo - Home is where the heart is

Chris Verayo – Home is where the heart is

Proceeds of this auction will go to the completion of a rehabilitation village in Bogo City, in the north of Cebu Island ; a region which was largely devastated by the passage of typhoon Haiyan in 2013. This village will include 46 houses and a multi-purpose center designed to withstand up to intensity 8 earthquakes and strong winds of 275-300 km/h. It will welcome more than 200 people and is set to be completed by the middle of next year. The FP-UA Foundation is partnering with Habitat for Humanity Philippines on this project and has already received funding from various companies ; namely Cités Unies France, SYD Conseil, Pernod Ricard, Worldwide Food Distribution, Republic Cement, Megacem, The Wong Chu King Foundation, Delfingen, Asia Inspection, Annexus International and Archetype.

Model house on Site 3 in Bogo - Funds will be used to complete this project

Model house on Site 3 in Bogo – Funds will be used to complete this project

As the Foundation of the French Chamber of Commerce, the aim of the France-Philippines United Action is to encourage the French business community to give back to their welcoming host, the Philippines, through projects such as these.

The foundation was launched in 2013 as a response to the widespread damage inflicted by Typhoon Haiyan, known as the strongest and most violent typhoon to hit the country in a decade. FP-UA was swiftly created under the French Chamber of Commerce to coordinate the relief and rehabilitation initiatives of the French business community. Since then, two villages of more than 200 disaster-resilient houses have been built in Daanbantayan, also in the north of Cebu Island, and now host families who had lost their homes to the powerful typhoon.

Artist Solenn Heussaff is grateful for this opportunity to help her fellow Filipinos through her work : « I am very happy to be partnering with the FP-UA Foundation on this auction. This project shows the solidarity of the French community with Filipinos that are in need and I am very grateful that I am able to contribute to my country through my artwork. »

This will be the 26th edition of the Soiree Beaujolais which shows how deep the French community’s roots go in the country. This event will not only be a celebration of French food and wine but, via this silent auction, a testament to a relationship which has always been supportive in times of hardships.

The artwork, created by French and Filipino artists for this project is indeed a reminder that, together, we can build back better.

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 ground breaking and model house inauguration ceremonies as well as turnover celebrations.

 

Communication

– Organise and implement communication strategy about FP-UA;

– Manage website and social media of FP-UA;

– Develop and update all communication material that can promote FP-UA;

– Develop and maintain relationship with the media;

– Organise press conferences.

 

Fundraising

– Look for funds and design fundraising campaigns to complete the projects;

– Develop and update fundraising related collateral;

– Keep track of CSR projects of the French business community in the Philippines to potentially integrate them to FP-UA;

– Assist the Board of Directors in developing relationship with potential donors.

Willingly undertake any other assignment or duties as may be assigned from time to time.

 

Accountability

– Reports to the Board of Directors.

– Establish reports and monitor each ongoing project for the donors and partners.

 

Key performance indicators

– Number of donors,

– Funding received,

– Number of projects.

 

Profile of candidate

– Looking for candidates with experience in humanitarian projects, NGO, Corporate Social Responsibility or development work;

– Proficiency in both English and French required;

– A working visa will be provided for foreigners.

 

Contact to apply

To apply for this position, please send your CV and a short cover letter explaining your motivation to clementine.turgeon@ccifrance-philippines.org before November 18, 2016.

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 le questionnaire envoyé aux membres de la Chambre de Commerce Française aux Philippines et ont accepté de répondre aux questions du Professeur Roman de l’AIM durant un interview au sujet de leurs activités RSE. Les résultats ont été rassemblés dans un rapport qui est maintenant disponible à la demande.

L’étude conclue que les réponses démontrent la richesse et la diversité des projets de RSE et des processus mis en place pour les effectuer. L’étude souligne des éléments communs aux activités de RSE des compagnies françaises aux Philippines (1) ces projets sont directement en lien avec l’activité de l’entreprise, (2) un intérêt particulier est porté à l’interaction entre l’entreprise – employés et leurs familles – et la communauté identifiée, (3) ces activités cherchent à répondre à un besoin particulier au pays – tel que le secours humanitaire post catastrophes naturelles ou alors l’accès à l’énergie, et (4) elles démontrent un intérêt grandissant pour les actions inscrites dans le développement durable et le respect de l’environnement.

La Fondation FP-UA aimerait remercier les neuf compagnies qui ont pris le temps de participer à cette étude: Anxa, AXA, Delfingen, The Fruit Garden, Jewelmer, Michelin, Pernod Ricard, Schneider Electric et ST Microelectronics.

Nous souhaitons aussi remercier le Professeur Roman de l’AIM pour avoir mené cette étude et donner l’opportunité aux entreprises française de présenter leurs activités de RSE aux Philippines.

Si vous souhaitez une copie de l’étude, veuillez contacter Clémentine Turgeon à clementine.turgeon@ccifrance-philippines.org .

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 report which is now available for distribution.

The conclusion of the study is that the participating companies demonstrated the richness and diversity of projects and processes of CSR initiatives. It found that French CSR practice had common elements: (1) they were directly related to the company core business, (2) they tended to focus on community interaction between the organization—employees and families – and the company identified communities, (3) they seemed to respond to country development needs—such as disaster relief or energy insufficiency, and (4) they highlighted an overriding concern for sustainability— through various environmental projects.

The FP-UA Foundation would like to thank the nine companies that took time to participate in this study and discuss their CSR contributions; namely Anxa, AXA, Delfingen, the Fruit Garden, Jewelmer, Michelin, Pernod Ricard, Schneider Electric and STMicroelectronics.

We would like to also thank Professor Roman of AIM for leading this study that gives the business community the opportunity to showcase the CSR involvement of the French community in the Philippines.

If you would like a copy of this study, please send an email to clementine.turgeon@ccifrance-philippines.org .

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).

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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 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.

Before handing the keys to the beneficiary families, FP-UA needs to find contributors to fund the site development (installation of water, electricity etc) in order to complete the project and for the beneficiary families to finally be able to move in their newly built houses.

The foundation has thus set up a “Sponsor a Family” program: with a donation of Php 150,000, a company or organisation can enable one of these families to move into one of these disaster and earthquake resistant homes. As of today, 12 families have been sponsored:

– SYD Conseil is sponsoring 1 family,

– a personal donation (wishing to stay anonymous) sponsoring 1 family,

– Pernod Ricard is sponsoring 5 families,

– Worldwide Food Distribution Limited is sponsoring 1 family,

– Maxime Lemaitre, Managing Director of Worldwide Food Distribution Limited, is sponsoring 1 family,

– DataOne Asia (Philippines) is sponsoring 1 family,

– Republic Cement is sponsoring 1 family,

– Megacem is sponsoring 1 family.

– the Wong Chu King Foundation will sponsor 1 family.

The FP-UA Foundation is thus looking for contributors to sponsor 34 additional beneficiary families. The companies sponsoring our project will have their names and logos included in all our marketing collaterals and communication to the Filipino-French community about the project. The company would also receive a photo of the sponsored family in front of their new house at the inauguration.

Once completed, the village will also serve as a refuge for the surrounding communities. In fact, our first two villages in Daanbantayan served as evacuation centres during the last storms in the region.

If you are interested to contribute to the “Sponsor a Family Program” 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.

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 of simple furniture (bed, tables and chairs) and a big sack of rice delivered on the day of the inauguration.

Once completed, the village will also serve as a refuge for the surrounding communities. In fact, our first two villages in Daanbantayan served as evacuation centres during the last storms in the region.

Première maison sur le Site 3 à Bogo

Model of the house where these families will move in.

As a sponsor of our project, the name and logo of your company would be included in all our marketing collaterals and communication to the Filipino-French community about the project. You would also receive a photo of the sponsored family in front of their new house at the inauguration.

This project is in partnership with the NGO Habitat for Humanity Philippines, which is in charge of the construction and of selecting the beneficiary families together with the Housing Project Qualification Board (HPQB) composed of the City Government of Bogo (LGU) represented by its City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO). The selection criteria are very clear:

  • Applicant must be indigent,
  • Applicant must have been a victim of Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013 (house totally or partially destroyed due to the typhoon),
  • Applicant must not have been qualified, has not received a housing unit before and must execute an undertaking to this effect,
  • Priority will be given to applicants living in zones at risks (sea shore). The barangays in Bogo where the families will be selected have already been identified: barangays Polambato, Taytayan and Cogon.

If you are interested or if you would like more information on this project, please don’t hesitate to contact our Executive Director, Ms. Clementine Turgeon at clementine.turgeon@ccifrance-philippines.org.

Photos of beneficiary families on Site 1 and 2

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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.

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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.

 Open Ticket

 « A nonsense story », by the collective Open Ticket

The artists who let us explore their show called “A nonsense story”, come from the ENACR (National School of Circus Arts of Rosny-Sous-Bois).

Their collective “Open Ticket” represents an extraordinary cultural wealth, thanks to the numerous nationalities of the artists. “A nonsense story” is their third show, after “Babel”, created in August 2013, and “Aluzzz”, created in July 2014. It is directed by Voleak Ung, a young Cambodian flyer.

The show tells us the story of 7 performers, who will make you travel in a magical land where the circus, the dance and the theater answer themselves to provide a complete work of art. The characters gradually transform themselves and the public feels drawn into a rich storyline, like the Hitchcock’s films of the 1930s.

The performers for the Manila show are:
 Dimitri Rizzelo, Anaïs Albisetti, Voleak Ung, Cathrine Lundsgaard Nielsen, Pedro Alfeu Almeida Sá Marques Consciência, Vincent Brière, Lucas Struna.

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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 a symbol of French solidarity that seeks to link two usually-separate words: the business and humanitarian communities.”

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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.

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After the ceremony, the delegation went to visit the first two sites in Daanbantayan that were inaugurated in November 2015; just two years after typhoon Haiyan. The beneficiary families have been settling in since then arranging the interior decoration of their new house and cultivating well-kept garden in front of their doors.

It was heatwarming to see these families, former victims of typhoon Haiyan, appropriating their new house and their new life.

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