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MERALCO GROUP GETS INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR EXCELLENT STAKEHOLDER AND COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

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MERALCO GROUP GETS INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR EXCELLENT STAKEHOLDER AND COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

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MERALCO GROUP GETS INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR EXCELLENT STAKEHOLDER AND COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

The Meralco Group continued to exemplify excellence in the global stage as it bagged 12 wins for its remarkable customer service initiatives, corporate social responsibility, and thought leadership.

At the recently concluded 2022 Stevie International Business Awards (IBA), Meralco Group brought home two (2) golds, four (4) silvers, and one (1) bronze for various initiatives and programs geared towards supporting Filipinos and contributing to the improvement of their lives.

Besting other nominations in the Best Use of Social Media – COVID-19-related Information category, the “Meralco Corporate Partners Viber Community: Engagement when connectivity is a must” was given a gold award. This Viber community served as the Company’s channel in providing relevant updates to its enterprise customers that may impact their business operations.

Another gold went to the “One Meralco Foundation’s (OMF) School Electrification Program: Energizing the country’s off-grid public schools during the COVID-19 pandemic”, which was recognized as the Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year among nominations from Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Meralco’s social development arm OMF, in partnership with the Philippines’ Department of Education, has been implementing the school electrification program in public schools located in unserved and underserved areas in the country.

Meanwhile, OMF President Jeffrey O. Tarayao received a silver Stevie under the Thought Leaders for Government or Non-profit Organizations category. Tarayao, who has been leading OMF since 2011, has been instrumental in deeply developing a consciousness where “inclusion” and “inclusive development” became fundamental principles of the design, implementation and sustainability of community and sustainable development programs of OMF.

The other programs that won silver international Stevies were: “Meralco’s 2021 Annual Reports: “Bayanihan,” “Malasakit,” and “Kalinga””, OMF’s “One for Trees: Empowering People and Communities to Nurture our Forests” program and “One Meralco Foundation’s Household Electrification Program: Powering-Up Communities in the Pandemic”; while OMF’s “From Farmers to Pantries: A Covid-19 initiative-Inspire Hope Amid the Pandemic and Economic Crisis in the Philippines” received a bronze award.

Meralco’s initiatives were among the over 3,700 nominations from organizations of all types from 67 nations that were announced as winners this August 15.

Besides winning at the Stevie IBA, the Meralco Group also received two (2) golds and three (3) bronzes at the 2022 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, which extends to organizations from 29 nations in the region, focusing on recognizing innovation in all its forms.

Besting various companies from different industries in the region in the Award for Innovation in Annual Reports category, Meralco won gold for its “2020 Corporate Reports”. The Reports showcased Meralco’s 2020 Annual Report, Power On; 2020 Meralco Sustainability Report, Live Life; and One Meralco Foundation’s (OMF) 2020 Annual Report, Give Hope. These detailed how Meralco, through its various programs and initiatives, help the country in its fight against COVID-19 and support pandemic recovery efforts.

Recognized as the most valuable non-profit COVID-19 response in the Awards for COVID-19 Response category, OMF’s “Teacher Frontliner: A Back-to School Program to support Filipino Teachers as frontliners during the Pandemic” was also awarded gold. Through the program, OMF helped provide the needs of the teachers as they continue to perform their frontline duties amid the pandemic.

Another Meralco nomination that merited a bronze award was “Pay it Forward: Online Payment Options for Meralco Customers” under the Award for Innovation in the Use of Social Media category. Likewise, under the Award for Innovation in Brand Renovation / Re-Branding category, “Meralco Advisory: Evolving for the Digital Audience” and “Meralco’s Bayad Center to Bayad: How a traditional bills payment brand authority in the Philippines adapted to the digital age” also received bronze citations for the proactive response to the evolving communication landscape.

The prestigious Stevie Awards, an annual awards program started in 2002, is participated in by top corporations to showcase professional achievements and compete for various awards. It honors the positive contributions of organizations and working professionals and is one of the world’s most coveted recognitions worldwide.