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Berjaya reach out to Taal eruption evacuees

Berjaya Philippines Executive Director Tan Eng Hwa (L) leads the distribution of relief packs to Taal Volcano eruption evacuees.

BERJAYA reach out to Taal eruption evacuees

Story and Photos by Leo Laca

BERJAYA PHILIPPINES on January 22 distributed relief packs to 350 individuals or a total of 100 families in an evacuation center in Barangay San Antonio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas.  Leading the relief operations is Berjaya’s Executive Director Tan Eng Hwa along with some officers and employees of Philippine Gaming Management Corporation (PGMC) and Berjaya Makati Hotel, subsidiaries of Berjaya Philippines.

The evacuees are residents of Tanauan, a nearby town which is within the 14-kilometer radius declared as danger zone by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) after Taal Volcano located in the province of Batangas spewed smoke and ash up to 14 kilometers into the air on January 12 prompting warnings of possible “explosive eruption” within hours or days.  The Taal Volcano, about 60 kilometers south of the capital Manila, is one of the country’s most active having erupted last in 1977 or 43 years ago.  All structures, homes, streets, trees and, plants are under a blanket of thick ash while land fissures can be seen in many nearby towns.  Towns within the danger zone were locked down and thus, mean that no person is allowed to stay or come back due to imminent danger of the volcano’s eruption.

In behalf of the Berjaya Group, Tan Eng Hwa has this to say, “We as a group are deeply saddened by the plight of many people affected by the eruption that’s why we would like to commiserate with them to augment their needs and let them feel that they are not left behind.  We wish that the volcano will return its calm and there’s no more threat of explosion so these people can return to their normal lives.”  

Each family is given a set of eating utensils, towels, shirts, and underwear.  They were likewise treated to a lunch of steamed rice and tinolang manok (Filipino ginger chicken soup) cooked on-the-spot by Berjaya Hotel’s head chef RJ Mabalay, bringing along with his team the Kusina ng Berjaya (Berjaya’s Kitchen). The kitchen items used in the lunch treat were all newly-purchased and turned over to the evacuation center for their use even after the visit.  To the delight of children, they were treated to an eat-all-you-can taho (sweetened tofu with tapioca pearls), native rice cakes, and ice cream.

Siblings Aurea and Victorino Molino, 78 and 68 years old, hail from Barangay Natatas in Tanauan City.  They narrated the panic in their neighborhood on that Sunday afternoon of January 12 when thick ash and rain turned the surroundings muddy making it difficult to move out and look for a safer place.  “In God’s mercy, we got rescued and are safer here in the evacuation area especially for senior citizens like us.”  Like them, the many children, men, and women send off the Berjaya team with so much appreciation and their fervent prayer is to be able to come back to their respective homes very soon.

2019 BPI Annual Stockholder Meeting

2019 Berjaya Philippines Inc. Stockholders Meeting

BERJAYA PHILIPPINES INC. (the Corporation) regular meeting of the stockholders was held at Berjaya Makati Hotel last October 8, 2019.  Majority of the stockholders representing more than 88% of the Corporation’s outstanding capital have elected the following directors as follows:

Seow Swee Pin
Wong Ee Coln
Tan Eng Hwa
Tan Sri Dr. Ibrahim Saad
Jimmy S. Soo
Jaime Y. Ladao
Dr. George T. Yang

The Corporation also re-appointed Punongbayan and Araullo as external auditors.

The key organization changes were made to support the Corporation’s drive for business growth.

Ratification of the Berjaya Philippines Inc. change in accounting period

BERJAYA PHILIPPINES INC. (BPI), a special meeting of the stockholders was held last July 10, 2019, at the Function Room of the Berjaya Makati Hotel, Philippines.

Majority of the stockholders present had duly ratified the resolutions passed last May 15, 2019, by the Board of Directors to (i) amend the fiscal year of the Corporation to commence on the first day of July of each calendar year and to end on the last day of June of the next calendar year, and (ii) amend Section 1 Article VII of the By-Laws in order to reflect the amendment of the fiscal year.


Story and Photos by Leo Laca

Heeding the call of the government to the private sector to share resources and help improve the state of public schools, Berjaya Philippines Inc. Director Tan Eng Hwa, recently visited the Pinaglabanan Elementary School in San Juan City and Liberato Damian Elementary School in Pasig City to donate a unit of Smart TV for the use of students in their laboratory classes.

BPI Director Mr. Tan Eng Hwa (Left) hands-over a unit of Smart TV to Mr. Dennis Bacle (Middle) Principal of Pinaglabanan Elementary School, along with other school officials.

BPI’s donation of television sets in schools is not merely for entertainment but as an effective tool to stimulate the attentiveness of the students, utilize  Mr. Tan Eng Hwa (Left) hands-over a unit of Smart TV to Mr. Dennis Bacle (Middle) The principal of Pinaglabanan Elementary School, along with other school officials.

BPI Director Mr. Tan Eng Hwa (L) hands-over a unit of Smart TV to Mr. Dennis Bacle (middle) The principal of Pinaglabanan Elementary School, along with other school officials. technology in the classroom, and make the students be more expressive with the ideas giving their reaction to what was shown to them.

BPI Director Mr. Tan Eng Hwa (Left) hands-over a unit of Smart TV to Ms. Thelma Lattao (Right) Principal of Liberato Damian Elementary School and Mr. Efren Causing (Middle), Brigada Eskwela Coordinator.

“Our company values the importance of good education and we believe that helping the public schools with advanced teaching equipment will result in a better learning experience for the young students,” Tan Eng Hwa mentioned during the hand-over.