PNBC Christmas Luncheon features Habitat and Wallace Business Forum

The PNBC held its year-end Networking Luncheon last 03 December, 3013 at the usual place, in I’m Angus Steakhouse in Yakal St. Makati City. The event served as an early Christmas gathering for the Council’s members.

The event was opened by PNBC President Ivar Thomasli, who gave wrap-up of the Council’s recent efforts to cooperate with other groups and institutions to bring about 600 tonnes of relief goods to the areas devastated by Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan). This was estimated to be enough to feed about 300,000 people for 5 days. The relief goods were brought to Leyte and Coron by way of NSA’s training vessel M/V Kapitan Felix Oca. NTC-M was also at the forefront in organizing all efforts.

of CSR Working Group Head Ozone Azanza then made a pitch to encourage PNBC members to support a new initiative, which is to go beyond relief and now help those affected by the calamity to rebuild their homes. PNBC has partnered with Habitat for Humanity, Phils. for this purpose.

Jonah Marie Chipeco from Habitat for Humanity, Phils. presented their current Re-build Philippines Program, and introduced 3 options as to how people may support their rebuilding efforts. Mr. Azanza then responded that PNBC is making an initial commitment to donate Php170,000 for 10 packages of Shelter Repair Kits and Clean-up Kits. A target of Php1.7Milliion to support 100 packages more has been set as a campaign of PNBC towards its own members.

Midway through the main course of sumptuous pork rib with pork sausage, potatoes, sauerkraut and peas pudding, Mr. Thomasli then introduced a very interesting speaker, Mr. Peter Wallace of the well-known Wallace Business Forum, an organization that analyzes the business environment and aims to keep top managements informed of what to know to be successful in business by helping them to identify, anticipate and manage external changes.

After an attention-grabbing presentation that tackled current economic and political issues besetting the country and the administration today, a staccato of questions came about from the audience. It was a very incisive, informative and interactive session with Mr. Wallace altogether.

Not to forget the Streetlight Foundation, an organization that has long been a CSR partner of PNBC, and whose facilities also got destroyed by the typhoon, PNBC has decided that participants’ fees to the luncheon event will be donated to assist Streetlight in rebuilding its shelter care center and study and development center in Tacloban City.