Manila and Cebu, Philippines, December 10 – Exist Global, the Philippines’ pioneering open source software development firm, announced today that it’s set to participate in two outreach programs this December.
In Cebu, Exist has partnered with the Institute of Non-Formal Education and Community Outreach Program (INFECOP) and University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) to finance a gift-giving project for the children of Barangay Ermita.
In Manila, Exist joins Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) and TeamAsia in the “My Dream in a Shoebox” program, which aims to provide shoe boxes filled with school supplies, toys, and other goods to children being cared for by the Dynamic Teen Company, an organization headed by Efren Penaflorida, 2009 CNN Hero of the Year.
“We’ve embraced these initiatives as part of our core values,” says Jerry Rapes, CEO at Exist. “These [initiavites] give us and our employees the opportunity to share our blessings and give back to the community.”
“Activities which allow our employees to do other things not related to their usual work have a big impact in building company culture and the well-being of employees,” adds Ruth Billones, HR Director at Exist.
Since 2003, Exist has been involved in numerous educational, environmental, disaster-relief, and community building corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. Its early foray covered several Gawad Kalinga initiatives. In 2007, Exist established professorial chairs for the College of Engineering in UP Diliman to assist in UP’s Computer Science program. Most recently, it has joined tree-planting programs such as “Technology for Ecology” for the restoration of Cebu Hillylands and ABS-CBN’s Bantay Kalikasan for the sustainability of the La Mesa Watershed.
“Exist shall continue to provide CSR opportunities that help build and strengthen communities, save our planet, and fill gaps in our education system,” says Ruth.
To view a list of Exist’s past and upcoming CSR activities, visit the Exist Facebook page.