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Ayala Coop helps bring MyLibrary to CENTEX Manila 16-Sept-2011 Ayala Coop helps bring MyLibrary to CENTEX Manila

The Ayala Multi-Purpose Cooperative, an institutional cooperative for employeees of the Ayala group of companies and its subsidiaries, recently partnered with the Filipinas Heritage Library to develop the library of CENTEX Manila. This is Ayala Coop's first croporate social responsibility project.

Through FHL's MyLibrary program, Ayala Coop funded the development of CENTEX Manila Library. The CENTEX Manila Library was inaugurated on September 16.

Fernando Zobel de Ayala, president of Ayala Corporation, and co-vice chairman of Ayala Foundation, was present during the inauguration of the library. FZA affirmed that it is every child's right to have access to books and libraries.

He also congratulated the people who had worked together to develop the CENTEX library. In particular he noted that the library was the product of cooperation among two Ayala institutions - Ayala Coop and Ayala Foundation, of which both FHL and CENTEX are a part. FZA said: "This project is a testament to the fact that the spirit of partnership and collaboration within the Atala group of companies is alive."

Located on the second floor of the CENTEX building in Tondo, Manila, the library will serve the entire student population of the school. It will also open its doors to the nearby Gregorio del Pilar Elementary school.

Also present at the inauguration were Randy Maranan, Ayala Coop chairman and BPI Foundation executive director; Lourdes Orosa, Ayala Coop general manager; John Philip Orbeta and Eliezer Tanlapco, Ayala Coop directors; Kit Zobel; Maritoni Ortigas, FHL director; Ramon Miranda, CENTEX director; Suzanne Yupangco, FHL deputy director; Dr. Narcisa Sta. Ana, assistant schools superintendent of the Department of Education (Division of Manila); and Ma. Evalou Concepcion Agustin, CENTEX principal.

Launched in 2009, MyLibrary is an initiative that seeks to build partnerships in developing libraries in various communities. The project aims to achieve the following: imporve the collection of resource and reading materials available in the public or school library in cities and municipalities; improve library facilities; enhance library services; and set up related activities that aim to promote a greater love of reading and learning.

Through MyLibrary, FHL hopes to contribute to the improvement of literacy rates in the country, as well as inspire in the Filipino youth a love of reading and an understanding and respect for local history and culture.

Since its launch, MyLibrary has contributed to the development of six libraries, the most recent of which, is the CENTEX Library in Manila. The other libraries can be found in Albay, Batangas, and Pampanga.

Each of the libraries was established through partnerships woth local government units, business organizations, and individual donors.

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