Fourth quarters usually serve as the wrap-up, the tailender or the closer with minimal impact for any organization. Not for the Ayala Coop, however.
The Coop has been in the middle of many major events as it entered the last quarter of the year, including its own celebration of its 19th anniversary last October 16 and Ayala Corporation’s 180th anniversary festivities where the Coop played a role in the various activities undertaken to celebrate the milestone.
The Coop first marked its 19th year (see link) by launching its housing and car loan programs and undertaking several CSR activities. These CSR activities benefitted more than 1,300 schoolchildren (also see link) as some 1,270 school kits were donated to grade school pupils, including Aetas, in several barangays around Clark Field in Pampanga as well as in Iba, Zambales, and 80 more assorted school paraphernalia were handed out to nursery pupils in the latter town last October 17.
This was after the Manila Bay Cleanup Drive that Coop personnel participated in just a week before while the Coop itself oversaw the JZA Cup volleyball tournament held at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
The Coop on October 22 also undertook a field trip for its 160 Learning English Through Stories (L.E.T.S.) Read scholars with a visit to The Mind Museum.
The Coop’s anniversary celebration was actually made more special when it bagged three major awards at the Koopbida Awards Night last October 20 (see separate link). The Coop was recognized as the most outstanding cooperative among large-scale coops with a net worth of P1.32 billion, and also garnered awards as one of the top five in terms of membership expansion as well as a special award for being an active coop with significant social activities.
The Coop was in the middle of Ayala Corporation’s 180th anniversary celebration as well last December 5 at the Ayala Triangle. It oversaw four booths that were put up to house what was called the “Ayala Coop Little Store,” as well as the validation of the Bank of the Philippine Islands debit cards that were used by the Ayala Group employees, some 11,500 of whom attended the unprecedented event, the first to ever bring together the conglomerate’s employees for the anniversary-cum-Christmas party festivities.
One of the stores overseen by the Coop showcased souvenir items for the Ayala anniversary – called “Ayala Beats at 180” – that the Coop put on sale as well as exhibits of various products by a number of its community partners as well as those of Ayala Land while also providing space for Healthy Family, the purified water product of a new Manila Water subsidiary, Total Solutions. Among the NGOs and partners that took part in the exhibit were Caritas Manila, Habitat for Humanity, Ayala Foundation, and Gifts and Graces.
Three other booths served as food carts, which along with the scores of food booths set up around the venue provided a wide array of choices for the employees to buy their food and drinks using their validated debit cards.