We do our share as responsible corporate citizens by, among others, volunteering in community work, helping protect the environment, supporting quality education, providing discounted or pro-bono professional services to community organizations, and giving donations in cash or in kind to victims of natural calamities.
Since 2007, our people have participated in our annual tree-planting activities at the La Mesa Ecopark and Watershed in North Fairview, Quezon City. In 2011, we ventured into the Marikina Watershed in Antipolo to pot seedlings and plant trees.
Within the office, we actively promote awareness on climate change and enforce a policy on water, electricity, and paper conservation. Each year in March, our firm participates in and encourages our people to join in the “Earth Hour” global initiative.
As part of our commitment to quality education, Isla Lipana & Co. awards scholarships to deserving senior accounting students in various colleges and universities. Likewise, our firm provides financial aid to reviewees preparing for the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) board exam. We also sponsor professorial chairs in Accounting in major colleges and universities in Metro Manila.
Through its “Make a Wish” program, Isla Lipana & Co. sponsored the educational tour of 100 students of Nagpayong Elementary School, Pasig City, and donated 50 electric fans for their classrooms. It firm also donated four desktop computers to Santo Tomas National High School in Isabela province to train the students in the use of computers.
In June 2011, Isla Lipana & Co. turned over a Php130,000 check donation to Children's Hour Philippines, Inc. to fund a library rehabilitation project in Marikina High School, Marikina City. The project will involve the physical improvement of the library, a skills enhancement training for the teacher-librarian, and a reading encouragement program for students.
The “Seat of Hope” Project is a corporate responsibility project of Isla Lipana & Co. geared towards education. Done through the Isla Lipana Foundation, the project aims to help address the shortage of comfortable classroom chairs in selected public high schools in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces. Every year, many students in the public high schools receive their lessons either sitting on the floor or on dilapidated chairs. By providing quality school chairs they can comfortably sit on, the “Seat of Hope” Project aims to give students a better and conducive environment for education.
The Foundation, with assistance from the Corporate Responsibility team of Isla Lipana & Co., raised funds for the “Seat of Hope” Project through various activities, such as an alumni event, a charity golf tournament, a fun run and a musical benefit show.
As of February 2013, the Isla Lipana Foundation has donated a total of 1,058 school chairs to four public high schools.: 1) Dalandanan National High School in Valenzuela City; 2) San Mateo National High School in San Mateo, Rizal; and 3) Sta. Lucia National High School in Calumpit, Bulacan . The “Seat of Hope” continues to identify more schools to benefit from this worthy program.
Volunteers of the firm have worked in Habitat for Humanity home construction. The 1K for 1 Day Youth Build saw a number of our people building houses at the Habitat for Humanity housing site in BayaniJuan in Calauan, Batangas in May 2011. Isla Lipana & Co. also sponsored the launch of "I Build... What will you build" which is a four-year CSR initiative of Habitat for Humanity in the Philippines.
In May 2012, our people volunteered in an Asia Pacific-wide Habitat for Humanity event called “Youth Build Asia Pacifc 2012”. They were part of the 2,000 house-builders who helped build 200 homes in the Navotas Relocation Site in Barangay Tanza, Navotas City. Isla Lipana & Co., in celebration of its 90th Anniversary in June 2012, also donated two housing units worth PhP320,000 to this build event. The houses were turned over to families that lost their homes to Typhoons “Pedring” and “Onyok” in 2011.
Our people have visited Aeta villages in Bamban, Tarlac to teach indigenous people basic Math and some livelihood projects. They also painted houses, distributed medicines, food, school supplies, clothing and slippers to the Aeta villagers.
In the aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy in 2009, we had volunteers join the “Volunteer Company for the Day” (VCD) program of the Philippine National Red Cross to help in their relief operations. Isla Lipana & Co. partners, managers and staff also donate resources to mission houses which tend to depressed communities and orphanages.
Our commitment to help victims of various calamities has been constant whenever and wherever our assistance is urgently needed. We run calamity fund drives that involves cash and in-kind donations, such as food, reusable clothing, medicines, blankets, etc.. We partner with media institutions and charity foundations which take care of distributing our donations to victims housed in evacuation shelters. We have assisted victims of some of the worst calamities that visited the country, among these: Typhoon “Sendong” in 2011; Typhoon “Pablo” and the so-called “flood without a name” in 2012; and Typhoon “Maring” in August 2013.
Isla Lipana & Co. has rendered professional services with much reduced billings or pro-bono services for non-government organizations, charitable institutions, civic organizations, and professional and humanitarian organizations. Our beneficiaries in the past include Bukas Loob sa Diyos Foundation, Opthalmological Foundation, FINEX Research Foundation, Philippine Business for Social Progress, Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines, Children’s Hour Philippines, and the CNDR.