Members from Atimonan Coastal Food Production Association, the group behind the Atimonan’s homegrown Aplaya Spanish Sardines.
Atimonan One Energy, Inc. (A1E) has won an Excellence Award for its livelihood project during the 18th Philippine Quill Awards held virtually last March 25.
The award was for the company’s Aplaya Sardines Enterprise with Atimonan Fisherfolks, which falls under the Communication Management: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) category.
The Aplaya Sardines Enterprise is one of the flagship projects of A1E under its Kaisa sa Kabuhayan CSR program on livelihood and enterprise development.
Through this project, the company revived Atimonan Coastal Food Production Association (ACFPA), a group of small fisherfolks in Atimonan, and provided them with an alternative source of income, especially during the off-peak fishing season.
A1E helps ACFPA develop a sustainable enterprise using the humble tamban (herring) for its products and empowers the group by helping them become self-sufficient.
The Philippine Quill Awards is one of the country’s most prestigious awards program in the field of business communication. It recognizes excellent communication research, programs, skills, and creative work by companies and agencies in the country.
The award is given annually by the International Association of Business Communicators-Philippines.
In 2019, A1E received a Quill Merit Award under the Community Relations Category for its “Malayang Talakayan, Angat Kaalaman” information, education, and communications (IEC) campaign.
A1E is the developer of a 1,200- megawatt (MW) high efficiency, low emission (HELE) coal-fired power plant in Atimonan, Quezon Province. It is a subsidiary of MERALCO PowerGen Corporation (MGen), the power generation arm of Manila Electric Co. (MERALCO).
The company aims to create opportunities, strengthen local systems, and improve the lives of its stakeholders through the implementation of its corporate social responsibility programs and continuous partnership with the local government units.