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Culion Foundation, Inc.

Culion Foundation, Inc. (CFI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of Filipinos through public health and community development programs. With a focus on sustainable solutions, we collaborate with local governments, medical professionals, and allied organizations to address pressing health issues and empower communities. Upholding values of integrity and compassion, CFI strives to leave a lasting positive impact on the well-being and prosperity of the nation. Join us on this transformative journey as we work together to shape a brighter and more inclusive future for all.

Vision

A better quality of life for Filipinos who enjoy the highest levels of health and human development.

Mission

To help build the country’s capacity to deal with various challenges to human development, primarily the prevention and control of communicable diseases and other health problems.

Goals

  • Develop and upgrade the competencies of health human resources on the medical and technical aspects of the management of prevalent communicable and infectious diseases and on health program management, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Enhance people’s participation in healthcare by raising their consciousness of the existing preventive healthcare practices and the available curative health services on prevalent communicable and infectious diseases in their locality.
  • Reduce the incidence of prevalent communicable and infectious diseases by lending proactive support to endeavors on the identification and treatment of persons who may be afflicted with such diseases in particular geographic areas.
  • Promote the development and institutionalization of local health systems on governance in health, health delivery the system, social health insurance, and drug management applicable to target specific geographic areas.
  • Assist in efforts to prevent and control communicable diseases and other health problems especially in areas with high burden of disease.
  • Help families access means and opportunities to improve their health and overall well-being.

Our History

Culion Foundation, Inc. was established in 1976 by Fr. Javier Olazabal, S.J. and Don Jose Ma. Soriano, Sr. At that time, Mr. Soriano was the Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary in the Philippines of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Culion Foundation as envisioned by him was to be a catalyst in reorienting the values of the Culion people towards self-reliance and self-sufficiency. It was with this vision that Don Jose, with the help of Mr. Pedro M. Picornell, then Senior Vice-President of the Soriano Corporation and a knight of the Order of Malta, first sought to break the isolation of the island community. Using his personal funds, he constructed an airstrip on the island, opening the colony’s door to the rest of the country and even to the world. In Culion, CFI has since supported several community development projects, ranging from agriculture (such as the cashew-growing project), fisheries, piggery, livelihood/micro-business assistance, health and basic infrastructure facilities like schools, to local governance and the setting up of a water district. It also supported the building of the Culion airport terminal and the building of roads, the repair of the Municipal Building and the Culion Sanitarium, the construction of a refrigeration facility for fish catch, and other projects. In its desire to help find a cure for leprosy, the CFI invested in medical activities, such as the Enzyme-Linked Immuno-Solvent Assay (ELISA) Project and the Culion Leprosy Control and Rehabilitation Program (CLCRP). These were implemented in partnership with the Culion Sanitarium. The discovery of the multiple drug therapy (MDT)—the only known cure for leprosy which is being promoted by the World Health Organization—in the 1980’s facilitated the realization of the Foundation’s vision “to eliminate leprosy as a public health problem in Culion.” Today, CFI remains in Culion with maternal and child health, as well as small enterprises projects. With assistance from Juan and Luwalhati Cojuangco Foundation, it helps the Culion Health and Nutrition Office reach island barangays through a water health patrol boat. It has partnered with the Assisi Foundation for a feeding program for lactating mothers and undernourished children through Hapagasa Project, and the Vitamin Angels for Vitamin A supplementation. It has distributed Toms Shoes to selected needy children in the island, courtesy of the Philippine Association of the Sovereign Order of Malta-Manila (PASMOM). It has recently requested a grant from the United Nations Development Programme—Small Grants Project (SGP5) to implement this year a project to support biodiversity-friendly enterprises in the Calamianes Group of Islands, particularly in Busuanga, Coron, and Culion. It has also initiated the Culion Forum to strengthen coordination among NGOs in the area. Since 1997, the Foundation has expanded its geographic coverage to other provinces which had high leprosy prevalence rates. It has also modified its program assistance on health to include other communicable and infectious diseases (e.g., tuberculosis, lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis, malaria, and soil-transmitted helminthiasis) that are prevalent in provinces, and reproductive health. In recent years, the CFI has consolidated its credit and livelihood assistance activities into a “Lending Project for Small Enterprises Development (LPSED).” It has also started to engage in technical assistance consultancy services.

Our History

Culion Foundation, Inc. was established in 1976 by Fr. Javier Olazabal, S.J. and Don Jose Ma. Soriano, Sr. At that time, Mr. Soriano was the Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary in the Philippines of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Culion Foundation as envisioned by him was to be a catalyst in reorienting the values of the Culion people towards self-reliance and self-sufficiency. It was with this vision that Don Jose, with the help of Mr. Pedro M. Picornell, then Senior Vice-President of the Soriano Corporation and a knight of the Order of Malta, first sought to break the isolation of the island community. Using his personal funds, he constructed an airstrip on the island, opening the colony’s door to the rest of the country and even to the world. In Culion, CFI has since supported several community development projects, ranging from agriculture (such as the cashew-growing project), fisheries, piggery, livelihood/micro-business assistance, health and basic infrastructure facilities like schools, to local governance and the setting up of a water district. It also supported the building of the Culion airport terminal and the building of roads, the repair of the Municipal Building and the Culion Sanitarium, the construction of a refrigeration facility for fish catch, and other projects. In its desire to help find a cure for leprosy, the CFI invested in medical activities, such as the Enzyme-Linked Immuno-Solvent Assay (ELISA) Project and the Culion Leprosy Control and Rehabilitation Program (CLCRP). These were implemented in partnership with the Culion Sanitarium. The discovery of the multiple drug therapy (MDT)—the only known cure for leprosy which is being promoted by the World Health Organization—in the 1980’s facilitated the realization of the Foundation’s vision “to eliminate leprosy as a public health problem in Culion.” Today, CFI remains in Culion with maternal and child health, as well as small enterprises projects. With assistance from Juan and Luwalhati Cojuangco Foundation, it helps the Culion Health and Nutrition Office reach island barangays through a water health patrol boat. It has partnered with the Assisi Foundation for a feeding program for lactating mothers and undernourished children through Hapagasa Project, and the Vitamin Angels for Vitamin A supplementation. It has distributed Toms Shoes to selected needy children in the island, courtesy of the Philippine Association of the Sovereign Order of Malta-Manila (PASMOM). It has recently requested a grant from the United Nations Development Programme—Small Grants Project (SGP5) to implement this year a project to support biodiversity-friendly enterprises in the Calamianes Group of Islands, particularly in Busuanga, Coron, and Culion. It has also initiated the Culion Forum to strengthen coordination among NGOs in the area. Since 1997, the Foundation has expanded its geographic coverage to other provinces which had high leprosy prevalence rates. It has also modified its program assistance on health to include other communicable and infectious diseases (e.g., tuberculosis, lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis, malaria, and soil-transmitted helminthiasis) that are prevalent in provinces, and reproductive health. In recent years, the CFI has consolidated its credit and livelihood assistance activities into a “Lending Project for Small Enterprises Development (LPSED).” It has also started to engage in technical assistance consultancy services.

Our Board of Trustees

Ramon A. Pedrosa

Chairman

Honorary Director, Philippine Academy of the Spanish Language; 1st CFI Executive Director

Alberto A. Lim

President

Chairman, El Nido Foundation; Former Secretary of Tourism; former Executive Director, Makati Business Club

Gil T. Salazar

Treasurer

Executive Director, Partnership for Development Assistance in the Philippines; former Executive Director, Philippine Business for Social Progress

Alejandro A. Aquino

Trustee

Advisor, InfiniVAN, Inc.

Teodoro J. Herbosa, M.D

Trustee

Former Undersecretary of Health; former Executive Vice President, UP System; Professor, UP College of Medicine

Lalaine M. Joyas

Trustee

Consultant and former Executive Director, Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc.

Ma. Yolanda V. Ong

Trustee

Founder, Campaigns & Grey Philippines

Carlo Irwin A. Panelo, M.D

Trustee

Chief of Party, USAID ProtectHealth; Professor, UP College of Medicine

Maria Aurora F. Tolentino

Trustee

Senior Fellow & Consulting Associate, Synergos; Former Executive Director, Philippine Business for Social Progress

Atty. Anthony Charlemagne C. Yu

Trustee

President and CEO, Empire East Land Holdings, Inc. and Megaworld Central Properties, Inc.; President, El Nido Foundation

Atty. Reginaldo L. Hernandez

Corporate Secretary

Former Corporate Secretary, Andres Soriano Corporation

Our Team

Eugenio M. Caccam

Executive Director

Joselito A. Lavarias

Finance Manager

Emerald Amurao

Senior Accountant and OIC, HR & Admin Unit

Hanadee Angelie S. Galano

Program Manager – Health

Noli D. Llavan

Program Manager – Environment

Dolina N. Tabla

Palawan – Area Coordinator

Reginald Alain Santos

Project Manager

Ralph B Cepeda

Executive Assistant

John Jefferson Besa

Health Project Consultant

Our Past Presidents

Rev. Fr. Javier Olazabal, SJ
Jesus Cabbarus, Jr.
Carlos T. Soriano
Joy C. Duran
Jose Ma. Soriano, Jr.
Pedro M. Picornell
Alberto G. Romualdez, Jr., MD