LCF CSR Expo 2014 is entitled Commit, Strengthen and Rebuild, extending throughout the whole month of July, featuring conferences, trade exhibits and projects organized by LCF members all over the Philippines. This year, one of the focuses of this expo is to encourage the business community to reinforce their commitment and contribute more resources to their respective CSR projects and programs.
In the height of the Pork Barrel Scam with the alleged involvement of powerful senators, politicians and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), both public and private sectors are urged to strengthen the government institutions by ensuring good governance and transparency. The Expo hopes to revive, preserve and further enhance the image of good and legitimate NGOs by fortifying these organizations through improved processes, consolidated resources, increased partnerships and enhanced capacity.
Most significantly, the 2014 Expo calls upon the government, civil society and business sector to rebuild the lives of our fellow Filipinos affected by man-made and natural disasters last year. 2013 was one of the most challenging years to the Filipino people. There was an armed conflict in Zamboanga City destroying 10,160 homes and displacing 125,400 individuals. Visayas was struck by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake affecting 3-million individuals in Bohol and Cebu. On top of everything, the infamous Super Typhoon Haiyan, damaged many parts of the country and affected 4.3 million people. The estimated cost of rebuilding is almost 9 billion USD for this tragedy alone. The challenge is to reconstruct infrastructure, homes; create jobs; restore and improve social services in the devastated areas. More than that, as a nation that is prone to typhoons, it has to be more resilient by adequately preparing for disasters, including business continuity. Above all, the biggest challenge is to rebuild the lost lives of the survivors of these catastrophes and restore the confidence of the Filipino people.
Moreover, the 2014 LCF CSR Expo will also highlight the upcoming ASEAN Integration in 2015 where the 10 ASEAN Member States will have a free-for-all single market. In preparation for the ASEAN Community to become a reality, the people of the Philippines must be able to expect from both governments and businesses the same standards on governance and accountability.
All of these goals of the expo are urgent and relevant to the current context of the Philippines given the remaining number of days of the current administration.