Position available : Project Coordinator Intern

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Looking for an internship experience in International Development? Join us at FPUA! Apply now.

Please note that this is an internship position and we are looking for students as part of their OJTs to fill this position.


• Coordinate with partner communities, NGOs, and government agencies for the development of projects
• Research data for project proposals (e.g. online tools, calls, emails, others)
• Create project proposals
• Contact potential funding partners for specific projects
• Communicate progress to the Executive Director
• Update and maintain individual, foundations, NGOs, and corporate records.
• Research on Corporate Social Responsibility to create short articles for FPUA social media and website
• Handle FPUA email address
• Assist in the organization of events/activities: invitations, logistic, registration.
• Maintain confidentiality of all records and information in accordance with internal policies and privacy laws.
• The intern will also provide support to the Executive Director of FPUA when needed.

Send your resume at info@fpua.ph

Eye Screening Vision Mission in barangay Agujo, Daantanbayan Cebu

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To this day, approximately 2.5 billion people all over the world suffer unnecessarily from poor eyesight. Our eyes receive 80% of the information we take in on a daily basis, making it our most important organ of sense. Our eyes are prone to being damaged from the Ultra Violet rays which can also lead to cataracts, and the risk of damaging the eyes from the UV rays is 3 times higher for a child than for an adult. With our advancing technology, people spend an average of 4 hours a day in front of a computer or a cellular phone’s screen which contributes to the impairing of the eyes. Poor eyesight results to unsatisfactory performance negatively affecting our capabilities and giving the children in school a higher risk of failing classes. Poor vision also damages one’s health and could lead to accidents.

With the initiative of France Philippine United Action (FPUA) together with Children of Asia (COA), Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF), Essilor Manufacturing Philippines Inc. (EMPI), Essilor Philippines Optical Distribution Inc. (EPODI), and Essilor Shared Services Philippines Inc. (ESSPI), an Optical Mission was held last November 10, 2018, in Daantanbayan, Northern Cebu.

The health mission was organized for the benefit of the students from Saint Martin De Porres Academy where FPUA and CoA have an on-going scholarship program. Furthermore, the families of the FPUA and CoA scholars, as well as the FPUA community from Barangay Agujo were given the opportunity to go through free eye screening and to receive free eyeglasses as well.

Following typhoon Yolanda, FPUA built two rehabilitation sites in Daanbantayan for the victims of the disaster. Since their inauguration in 2015, FPUA has developed various programs in order to help the communities of the newly built villages to become sustainable.

Together with Essilor staff volunteers, four optometrists from Cebu City volunteered for this mission. The main purpose of this activity was to conduct eye examinations and provide prescriptions to those who were concluded to have poor eyesight. This program also stood by the tagline of Essilor which is: “Improving lives by improving sight”.

The Eye screening program started with an orientation on the importance of the care of the eyes as well as the briefing on the flow of the program. It was followed by the visual screening through the visio-test machines and the measurement of one’s refractive error with the help of the auto refractor. Prescription glasses were given out on the same day for those with poor vision.

A total of 375 individuals were successfully aided by the eye screenings. Through the eye examinations, 57% of the 375 people were concluded to have clear eyesight and 43% were found to have poor eyesight and need assistance. On the same day, eye wears were given to those in need while those who need special prescription glasses will be receiving their eyewear in a few weeks’ time.

FPUA Christmas Basket is available until November 20 only !

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Do you know what to give to your employees, family, friends, colleagues this holiday season?
Why not offer something meaningful which will not only make the person who receives it happy but may also change the life of the person who made it?

For this Christmas season, FPUA has selected delicious products made by local communities, NGOs beneficiaries, and small entrepreneurs.

The FPUA Christmas Basket is the perfect gift to give your employees, colleagues, clients, family members.

Each basket includes:

– Flavored Premium Arabica Coffee
– Tasty Mango Calamansi Jam 
– Delicious Cinnamon Bizcocho 
– Rich Chocolate Bar with Banana Chips 

The products will be nicely wrapped in a native Filipino basket together with adorable Maligayang Pasko! postcards, and with touching messages from the artisans.

Every item is made by hardworking and talented Filipinos. They will not only be heartfelt gifts to the recipients, but also a very meaningful way of helping the local communities, and allowing people to realize the true meaning of the season for giving.

Only Php1,000 / basket (exclusive of delivery charge).

Place your order(s) before November 20, delivery will be on the second week of December. Reach out to us for special requests !

By purchasing our Christmas Basket you will support our educational program that aims to provide access to quality education to high school children from FPUA rehabilitation sites in Daanbantayan, Northern Cebu.

Contact us the soonest at info@fpua.ph to secure your order !

Republic Cement supports mission to promote good nutrition, health and hygiene among children

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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.

Republic Cement is a leading local cement manufacturing and distribution company in the Philippines with a nationwide footprint. Together with its subsidiaries, it focuses on being the trusted solutions partner for building a greener, stronger Republic. It is backed by the global expertise of CRH, a leading global diversified building materials group and a Fortune 500 company, and Aboitiz, a diversified Filipino business conglomerate recognized as one of the best-managed companies in Asia. For more information, visit www.republiccement.com

Implementing partners for this initiative are France-Philippines United Action Foundation (FPUA) and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).

FPUA is the Foundation of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines. Its main goal is to redefine CSR in the Philippines by bridging the gap between the private sector and Non-government organizations (NGOs), to implement sustainable projects. Republic Cement and FPUA have been working together since the Foundation’s creation in 2013.

On the other hand, ADRA is an NGO that has been operating in the country for 30 years now. Their main advocacies include disaster management and poverty alleviation through social development. They helped this project by applying their expertise in engaging the community.

Private corporations can make an impact and work in the pursuit of sustainable development.

At the end of the day, communities and corporations can work together in contributing to reduce poverty and inequalities in the country.

Stakeholders : Paliparan III Elementary School and the Health Division Office , Republic Cement Services Inc., First Solid Builders, FPUA, ADRA.

Backyard Vegetable Gardening with Asia Inspection employees and FPUA community

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Last September 22, more than 100 employees of Asia Inspection (AI) Philippines  spent their day tree planting and backyard gardening with the community in barangay Agujo, Daanbantayan, Northern Cebu.

The activity implemented by FPUA with its NGO partner Habitat for Humanity Philippines aims to create awareness among the families on the value of growing their own vegetables to improve their dietary intake and save money on household food budget.

It was a great and enjoyable experience for both the volunteers and the local residents of the FPUA rehabilitation site.

FPUA Privilege Partner Delfingen visits communities affected by typhoon Haiyan

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On August 17, 2018, french company Delfingen visited the FPUA community in barangay Agujo, Daanbantayan, Cebu and brought children’s books, teen’s book, pocketbooks, coloring books, learning books for beginners, and sets of crayons, pencils and pencil sharpeners. They also distributed chocolate bars for the kids to enjoy!

Moreover, Delfingen generously gave a computer for Saint Martin De Porres Academy for the use of our FPUA scholars.

After the visit to Daanbantayan, the volunteers went to Libaong Elementary School in San Remigio, Cebu where they gave a presentation on environmental protection and proper waste segregation. They also donated trash cans for proper waste segregation, computer sets, and distributed Jollibee meals to the pupils (Grade 1 to 6).

Similar to FPUA rehabilitation site, the Libaong village was chosen because it was a beneficiary of Delfingen’s relief operations after the Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. It was also the hometown of one of the employees of the company whose family and neighbors were heavily affected by the typhoon.