Fulfilling its corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been a priority of City of Dreams (COD) Manila. Since its opening three years ago, the integrated resort’s executives and employees have been engaging in three volunteer activities per month for the benefit of disadvantaged local communities, orphans, children and the elderly. Other advocacies are the preservation and development of the environment, public health and safety, among others.
“Helping build better lives for local communities and its human resources through long-term and sustainable corporate social responsibility programs and volunteerism are the main thrust of our CSR,” shared property president Geoff Andres who’s been spearheading the regular volunteerism endeavors of employees.
Employee volunteers also conduct free internal courses in their respective areas of expertise for interested colleagues, providing additional skills training to enable them to have an alternative source of income or a productive hobby during their free time, like seminars and workshops on meat processing, chocolate-making, floral and balloon arrangements and basic photography.
They also regularly hold blood donation drives with the Philippine Red Cross.
One of the latest endeavors was the renovation of My Father’s House Orphanage in Las Piñas by the engineering team. They replaced the tiles of the kitchen area, fixed and installed doorknobs and repaired swimming pool pipes. They also fixed and installed new electrical outlets and lighting fixtures. The renovation provided the orphans with a cleaner, safer, and brighter place to live in.
Volunteers likewise reached out to the Anawim Home for the Aged in Montalban, Rizal spending a day with the senior members of society, sharing stories and singing heartwarming songs together.