Corporate Social Responsibility is in the DNA of Republic Cement Services, Inc. The leading construction solutions company values respect and they do it through uplifting the lives of communities not only in economic growth but also in health, education, and socio-cultural aspects. Under their flagship theme “Lusog Tibay”, Republic Cement Services, Inc., leads a series of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.
With a Medical and Nutrition Mission, Republic Cement Services, Inc. contributes to nation-building through their campaign “Stronger Kids for a Stronger Republic”. Partnering with them in actualizing this initiative was First Solid Builders.
Held last October 15th, the mission took place at Paliparan III Elementary School, in Dasmariñas, Cavite. The school has a population of over 4,000 students, but this mission specifically targeted pupils with a nutritional status of “wasted” to “severely wasted”, based on height and weight indicators measured by the school at the beginning of the school year in June. More than 200 malnourished pupils were selected to participate in this one-day activity, along with parents were also invited to join their children.
With this activity, Republic Cement aims to address good nutrition during childhood as it sets the tone and patterns for lifelong health and wellness. A well-balanced diet enables children to reach their full growth potential, perform well in school and maintain their energy levels.
In the Philippines, 30% of children under 5 years old are stunted (Save the Children End of Childhood report 2017). As per the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) one out of three Filipino children aged 5-10 is stunted or underweight for his or her age. Children lack the necessary nutrients. Hunger and food insecurity have increased since 1998 with 68.3% of Filipino households not meeting their caloric requirements.
The child beneficiaries from all grade levels were given free medical check-ups by volunteer nurses, with distributions of vitamins, courtesy of Vamsler. Meanwhile, the parents were informed on medicines prescribed for children.
Hygiene was another main focus of the one-day activity. The children were taught proper hygiene practices such as how to properly wash hands and brush teeth. As a takeaway – free hygiene kits were distributed to the children. Each hygiene kit included: soap, shampoo, a toothbrush with toothpaste, a comb, a nail-cutter, and cotton buds.
At the end of the activity, the stakeholders, children and parents committed themselves to provide a healthy environment for their children.