Makati, Philippines – July 29, 2020 Ayala Corporation Chairman & CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala enjoined the youth to become nation builders at the Ramon V. del Rosario (RVR) Siklab Youth Nation-Builders Webinar, which was livestreamed on Facebook on July 25, 2020.
“We certainly live in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world that is made even more difficult by COVID-19. Despite this, I believe that there is always hope, and that you are all in a unique position to generate meaningful change. People-centric innovation and a strong commonality of purpose are the best tools to making this change happen,” Zobel said.
Zobel, who received the 2014 RVR Award for Nation Building, shared studies by McKinsey and Innosight that indicate how innovations developed during crises allow companies to thrive long after the disruptions have passed. However, he added, these innovations must fulfill a purpose.
To illustrate this point, Zobel shared some of the meaningful initiatives that the Ayala group has put in place to address the pain points of its stakeholders during this time of COVID-19. Ayala’s healthcare unit, AC Health, has been providing insightful innovations such as the conversion of the Healthway Medical clinic in Greenbelt 5 into a chemotherapy infusion center, the conversion of QualiMed Sta. Rosa in Laguna into a COVID-19 referral facility, and the upcoming HealthNow app, which currently runs as a web-based telemedicine platform operated together with Globe Telecom’s 917 Ventures.
Zobel further observed another positive outcome of the pandemic, namely the tighter collaboration between the private sector and government. He noted the renewed spirit of partnership between the private and public sectors in helping the country fight the global crisis.
Earlier this year, for example, Ayala was the lead collaborator in Project Ugnayan, a consortium among 270 private companies that raised PHP 1.7 Billion in funds to bring food aid to the most economically vulnerable communities in Greater Metro Manila. In partnership with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation and Caritas Manila, Project Ugnayan distributed P1,000 grocery vouchers to 2.8 million families or over 14 million individuals in these communities. The multi-sector initiative also distributed food relief through ABS-CBN’s Pantawid ng Pag-Ibig, ADB and the government’s Bayan Bayanihan, and Jollibee’s FoodAID Program.
The Ayala group has also been collaborating closely with government in Task Force T3 (Test, Trace, Treat) to expand the country’s national testing capacity by 13 times from just 4,500 in April 24 to 60,000 by July 12. Other participating companies include Aboitiz, ABS-CBN, JG Summit, Metrobank Foundation, the Razon Group through Bloomberry Cultural Foundation, and the Yuchengco Group. Today, the group continues to ramp up its healthcare efforts to bolster support for the Department of Health (DOH) and Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) in light of the pandemic.
Despite this challenging time, Zobel recognizes tremendous potential in the next generation of workers to make meaningful change through new and innovative means.
“I sincerely hope that you, our young leaders, will ignite the spark that will lead our country on an irreversible path towards equitable progress. [I] strongly believe that there is no shortage of passion, creativity, and commitment within the Filipino youth. We all look forward to the legacy that you will create for your generation and future ones,” Zobel concluded.
The RVR Siklab Awards honor young trailblazers that display entrepreneurial spirit with a passion to make lives better, and a commitment to nation building. The webinar brought together civic leaders and young achievers to discuss current challenges and provide relevant insights on achieving innovative and sustainable solutions. About 1,300 viewers tuned in to watch the live webinar, which also featured RVR Nation Building Awardee Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of CARD MRI, and RVR Siklab Awardees Jan Bernard Tan, Co-Founder of iVolunteer Philippines and The Good Store Philippines, and Melissa Yap, Founder and Executive Director of Got Heart Foundation, Inc.. Br. Armin Luistro FSC of the Lasallian East Asia District gave the opening remarks, while PHINMA Corporation President and CEO Ramon del Rosario, Jr. closed the session with a message of hope for future generations of Filipinos.