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Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. named as MDG Warrior
The seven awardees were chosen for their selfless and dedicated service to others, to help our country achieve the MDGs. The MDGs are eight concrete, time-bound and specific targets anchored on eradicating extreme poverty by 2015. In 2000, 189 world leaders signed the Millennium Declaration during the United Nations Millennium Summit promising to achieve these eight goals.
The seven MDG Warriors represent the first seven MDGs. Winners were: 1) Fr. Ben Beltran- end extreme poverty and hunger 2) Rey Bernardo, PHD- achieve universal education 3) Dr. Melario Sanchez and Purita Sanchez -promote gender equality 4) Dr. Jean Tay - reduce child mortality 5) Ami Evangelista Swanepoel -improve maternal health 6) A Single Drop for Safe Water -ensure environmental sustainability; and 7) Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. - combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI) is the social arm of the Shell companies in the Philippines (SciP) established to help uplift the quality of life of the Filipino people by initiating social development projects and programs of both national and local sites. In 2000, PSFI started to implement its malaria intervention program Kilusan Ligtas Malaria in the province of Palawan. Prevention of malaria incidence was given due attention with the distribution of insecticide- treated mosquito nets which is considered the most effective means of preventing transmission. Cleanup drives were also undertaken to control the malaria vector.
PSFI’s malaria intervention program eventually expanded into the Movement Against Malaria (MAM), covering the four malaria endemic provinces of Palawan, Apayao, Quirino, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, with funding support from The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (The Global Fund). MAM has been instrumental in reducing malaria mortality by 90% and morbidity by over 60% in the four provinces.
In January 2010, PSFI received an additional grant of USD31.4 million from The Global Fund, increasing PSFI’s malaria intervention program coverage from four to 40 highly malaria-endemic provinces in the Philippines, thus transforming MAM into a nationwide campaign.
“Shell has been working with several institutions to continue the fight against malaria in the country. The support provided by the Global Fund will go a long way in malaria control activities in the provinces most affected by the disease and in achieving the vision of freeing the Philippines from the dangers of malaria,” said Edgar Chua, Shell companies in the Philippines Country Chairman and Chairperson of the Business and MDGs Initiative-Health Cluster.
Receiving the MDG Warrior recognition on behalf of Shell were former SciP Country Chairman and PSFI Founding Chairman Cesar Buenaventura, PSFI Executive Director Edgar Veron Cruz, PSFI Programme Manager Marvi Trudeau, Sustainable Development Manager Ronald Suarez and Business and Corporate Communications Manager Sankie Simbulan, during the awarding ceremonies held at the Eastwood Mall in Libis, Quezon City last September 16, 2010.
With only five years left to end poverty and improve the lives of the poorest of the poor, the United Nations enjoins all citizens to be part of the movement and make a difference.