Newport City - Through a surprise appearance in the middle of Empire East's Christmas party this year, Megaworld Founder and Empire East Chairman Dr. Andrew L. Tan, announced in his speech, a 2-million peso seed gift to support the company's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts in the coming year.
This came after Empire East President and CEO, Atty. Anthony Charlemagne Yu announced the formal launch of 'Empire East Cares' --- the official CSR arm of the company that intends to aid in the concerns of the youth and elderly, families, community health, environmental sustainability, and education.
Dr. Tan says in his speech, "I fully support your dream to help others through your personal resources, and my support is not an empty one. To help you continue your CSR projects, allow me to pledge the amount of PHP 2-M from my own pocket as I share your dream to make the world a better one for all."
Since the beginning of this year, in celebration of the company's 25th anniversary, Empire East intended to reach 25 communities in and beyond Metro Manila through pocket outreach activities organized by company departments and sales groups. By the end of this year, they exceeded their goal of up to a total of 33 communities.
"We decided that this year, instead of partying, we will give back. But we didn't expect that by giving, we'll be receiving a gift more than double of what we shelled out during our group outreach. With that, we are very grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Tan," says President Yu.
Dr. Tan also related Empire East efforts to his own life experiences. Even before he became one of the wealthiest businessmen in the Philippines, Dr. Tan spent his younger years living in a cramped apartment and taking long walks to school to skimp on transit fare.
But it was through his hard work and other people's help that he was able to graduate and become the man he is today.
"I have always been a believer in social responsibility. In fact, I am a product of social responsibility. It is for this reason that I'm particularly happy that you have decided to celebrate your 25th anniversary with 25 meaningful CSR projects. Who knows, one or two of your beneficiaries may become another Andrew Tan someday," Dr. Tan continues.
Empire East is truly fortunate to have a leader who knows what's best for his people and the community.
"Organizing outreach projects, especially ones that require long travel and physical work, could be draining. But upon realizing the positive impact it may generate on the communities we go to, everything becomes worth it," says Vince, an employee-volunteer.
Employee Emelaine Canalita also says, "Nothing beats this surprise. I remember contributing only 300 pesos for our department outreach in Payatas. But during the Christmas event, I heard our Chairman pitching in a 7-digit amount, and it sounds surreal! We're very excited to do more."