Benito & Catalina Yap Foundation known as BCYF established in 1993 has a vision to help the Philippines develop in a manner which respects the individual’s dignity and contribution by coming up with innovative social solutions. As defined by Mr. Antonio Yap, the founder and Chairman of BCYF in their website that Corporate Social responsibility (CSR 3.0) refers to “We are responsible members of our family and country (citizenship), we strive to be stewards of our environment (sustainability) and we exist to be brother’s and sister’s keeper (social responsibility)”. From this light that the Chief CSR Officer Program (CCO Program) of BCYF was launched with the following rationale:
1. To create a mechanism in the school who joins this program to consolidate their current practices and activities in community services, NSTP and integrate the conduct of immersion experiences;
2. To get the various public schools, to work with tertiary institution in this project to try and address some professing community issue or problem on a continuing basis;
3. To document the tertiary institution experiences for sharing with other schools and decision makers at various levels through BCYF stories
4. To engage in research which helps their communities’ better plan projects for addressing identified needs or problems
Ms. Maria Lourdes C. Policarpio, the BU-HALINA Program Coordinator of the university signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), in behalf of BU Pres. Patricia B. Lagunda during the CCO Program launched in January 19, 2016 at the Lyceum of the Philippines-Makati as one of the founding members of the National CSR Educators’ Council (NCEC). The presidents and representatives of the other founding members were also present during the signing of the MOA.
The other founding member institutions are Lyceum of the Philippines-Laguna. University of the East, University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta, University of Luzon, St. Mutien College, Central Colleges of the Philippines, Emilio Aguinaldo College and University of Perpetual Health System-Jonelta. Last March 7, 2016, representatives of all founding members (9 schools) of the National CSR Educators’ Council (NCEC) convened and held the first meeting at the Bahay na Bato Multi-Purpose Hall of the Baliuag University from 9:00-12:00 PM. The meeting focused on the recognition of each member with the presentation of the Certificate of Membership as well as discussion of the NCEC plans for the year 2016. This is facilitated by Mr. Antonio Yap, the founder and Chairman of BCYF and Engr. Leah A. Macatangay, the though leader for the CCO Program. The Certificate of Membership of Baliuag University was received by Pres. Patricia B. Lagunda, Dr. Flordeliza A. Castro, VP for Academic Affairs and Research and Dean Elizabeth R. Roxas, VP for Acdemic Support and Co-Curricular Activities. The initiative of Baliuag University to join the NCEC is in line with one of the strategic development plan of the Center for Community Services. the implementing office of the BU Hatid Lingap sa mga Nangangailangan (BU-HALINA) Program which is to strengthen the networking and linkages of the university with other institution in various NGOs in local and national level.