Published On: Tue, Feb 28th, 2012

TELUS International Philippines formally launches charitable foundation

TELUS International Philippines (TIP) announced on Tuesday the launch of the TELUS International Philippines Community Board, an innovative corporate philanthropy model that further demonstrates the company’s commitment to its philosophy “we give where we live”.

Charitable organizations are invited to apply for one-time funding for projects in the areas of health and wellness, education and sport, and arts and culture. The TELUS International Philippines Community Board will distribute up to US$100,000 to local charities annually.

“We are very proud to announce the launch of the TELUS International Philippines Community Board,” said Jeffrey Puritt, president of TELUS International. “Our TELUS philosophy to give where we live, guided by the knowledge and wisdom of the TELUS International Philippines Community Board, will help to improve the lives of those in our communities who need our help the most.”

The board brings together local community leaders and TELUS International Philippines team members who will work collectively to identify local charitable activities that will provide positive, sustainable benefits to the community.

The TELUS International Philippines Community Board will be chaired by Javier Infante, vice-chair of the TIP Board of directors and former president of TIP.

“I am deeply honored to chair the TELUS International Philippines Community Board,” said Mr. Infante. “We have assembled an outstanding board of accomplished business and community leaders to join us in this endeavor and we are eager to get to work.”

Members of the Community Board include: Javier Infante; Rosanna Tuason-Fores, Chief Executive Officer of Hijo Resources Corporation, president of the Tuason Development Foundation Inc. and current Barangay Chair of Forbes Park; Dr. Lourdes Carandang, retired professor, clinical psychologist and founder of MLAC Institute for Children and Families; Jim Paredes, musician, educator and TV personality; Pacita Juan, League of Corporate Foundations member and president of the Philippine Coffee Board; Dr. Jose Maria Mariano, president of University of Asia and the Pacific; Joy Virata, director, playwright, and award-winning actress; Jeff Uthoff, president TIP; Cris Rosenthal, vice-president TIP Human Resources; and Warren Tait, vice-president TIP Operations.

Jeff Uthoff, TIP president, stated, “All of the Community Board members have significant track records supporting corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects. These remarkable leaders have played noteworthy roles in improving the lives of Filipino people. We look forward to working with them to achieve great success, together.”

Among her accomplishments, Rosanna Tuason-Fores engaged her community to participate in socio-civic projects that help support families of their village’s workers. Dr. Carandang headed several research and intervention projects for children and families in difficult situations.

Jim Paredes, one of the members of the APO Hiking Society, has served as a board member of the Clean and Green project and raised funds for the Pasig River restoration, and Pacita Juan has helped improve the lives of coffee farmers and their families in different parts of the country.

A dedicated academic, Dr. Mariano helped transform the University of Asia and the Pacific from a single building in the 1990s into a bustling campus today. Joy Virata has had a formative role in the arts in the Philippines as Founder, Artistic Director, and often Director of Repertory Children’s Theater and as a member of the Board of Directors for Repertory Philippines.

TIP is actively involved in supporting the community. The company organizes an annual TELUS Day of Service during which team members volunteer their time and energy to support local community projects such as house construction and painting, medical missions, tree planting, lectures on healthy living, and livelihood sessions.

TIP also partners with a range of non-profit organizations that share the same ultimate goal of alleviating poverty in the Philippines, and enhancing the health and well being of children and families. These include Gawad Kalinga, Bantay Bata, Bantay Kalikasan, Charity First Foundation and Virlanie Foundation.

Eleven TELUS Community Boards in Canada distribute more than $5.3 million dollars a year to community projects. Since their inception in 2005, TELUS Community Boards have contributed more than $30 million and supported more than 2,300 community projects.

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