Young community leaders innovate sustainable solutions

Arcel Madrid & Amy Chua | Feb. 23, 2018

“The real essence of success is not on what you receive but on what you give back to your communities,” Lloyd Luna, an internationally-acclaimed speaker, said as he addressed the youth-participants during a Youth Leaders Summit recently organized by the AP Renewables, Inc, (APRI) in partnership with the Aboitiz Foundation.

The Summit, held separately in Sto. Tomas, Batangas and Tabaco City, Albay carried the theme “Powering Kabataan Inyovators.” The activities provided the venue where 122 youth participants from host communities of APRI MakBan and Tiwi in the provinces of Laguna, Batangas, and Albay to showcase their skills and present their ideas on how they can innovatively solve pressing problems of their communities.


Prior to the event, series of training-workshops was conducted to guide the participants in identifying community problems and developing project proposals. During the forum, their proposals were reviewed and they were further coached by Aboitiz employee-volunteers and representatives from the Department of Education and Local Government Units.

Three winning groups per site were awarded up to P40,000 worth of project funding each to implement their respective community projects. The projects that topped the competition as Best Innovative Youth Projects were on waste conversion to eco-bricks, improvement of a barangay drainage system, comprehensive youth empowerment and development projects, and a sustainable library and research center.

“It’s good that as early as now, we start to realize our roles as future leaders of our communities. Through this summit, we have learned that we are the future and that we can do so much more for our country.”

April Orbeta, participant from Brgy. San Jose, Sto. Tomas, Batangas

“Aboitiz gives us the power to help other people help themselves so that all together we will have the power to create a better future – the power to build a better world,” said participant Alvi John Jervin Corpuz of Barangay Putsan, Tiwi, Albay.

Through this activity, APRI creates community ambassadors who can help advocate the need for a concerted effort to drive change for a better world. APRI, in partnership with the Aboitiz Foundation is looking forward to more activities like this to help the Filipino youth become more responsible citizens and contribute to the nationwide efforts of advancing business and communities.

This project is aligned with the Aboitiz Foundation’s strategy of co-creating safe, empowered, and sustainable communities.

“All over the world, young individuals with big hearts and great minds are helping advance business and communities. This is the path that we hope you will lead- a path where your dreams come true and our vision of safe, empowered, and sustainable communities is attainable. I hope that this relationship becomes two-way because we need your contribution and commitment to be able to advance business and communities.” 

-Maribeth Marasigan, First Vice President and COO, Aboitiz Foundation

Putting together the words “inyo” (meaning “yours”) and “innovator”, AboitizPower introduced this brand name that aims to encourage innovation and gives ownership to the team members and youth leaders, a.k.a. “Inyovators”, who will develop innovative solutions and process improvements.