On October 1, 2014, the Share-A-Book Campaign was launched at the lobby of the AFPSLAI Head Office. Selected students from the Fort Aguinaldo Elementary School, senior officers and member of the Outreach Committee were present during the event, where students were treated to games and story-telling. Children were also given snacks and loot bags that contained books and school supplies, at the end of the activity.
Employees and members were encouraged to donate new or old books from October 1 to November 30, 2014. It is a simple project that was aimed to encourage “giving” among our employees/members for the benefit of schools that cater to dependents of uniformed personnel. More than 2,000 books have been collected in all branch offices nationwide. Turn over of books is to be completed within the 1st Quarter of 2015.
From November 20, 2014 to December 12, 2014, medical missions were held in all AFPSLAI branch offices nationwide, as part of the Association’s Anniversary Celebration. Free medicines/vitamins were given to participating members. Groceries and corporate giveaways were raffled off during the activity. Members were accommodated for medical and dental check-up, and consultation. Some branch offices even held health orientations for the transacting members.
AFPSLAI’s partnership with various AFP and PNP units, as well as medical partners and suppliers, make these medical missions possible.
The Armed Forces and Police Savings & Loan Association, Inc. (AFPSLAI) has recently donated one Katadyn Survivor 35 potable water maker to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, particularly the Philippine Marine Corps. The water support equipment will be used by the Marine personnel manning the Ayungin Shoal Detachment aboard the BRP Sierra Madre (LT 57) and other islet detachments in Kalayaan Island Group.
The lack of adequate drinking water is a primary concern of Marine personnel assigned in the above-mentioned areas. The new desalinator will be of great help to the soldiers as it produces over 30 gallons of potable water per day from seawater.
AFPSLAI Trustee, RADm Ramon T Punzalan (AFP) Ret handed over the donation to the Philippine Marine Corps Commandant, MGen Romeo T Tanalgo AFP, in a simple ceremony held at the Headquarters Marine Corps in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has recently approved AFPSLAI’s application for trademarks, which are the corporate logo and the abbreviated name of the company “AFPSLAI”.
Registration protects the name and logo, which are considered valuable assets of the company. IPO issued the Certificates of Registration in December 2014, which means the Association now has the exclusive nationwide ownership of these marks.
About our logo…
AFPSLAI’s logo graphically depicts the nature of business the Association is engaged in. Inside the circle are two-dimensional letters S and L juxtaposed against each other representing the intertwined nature of savings and lending – that one cannot exist without the other. This complementary relationship between savings and lending is best illustrated by the fact that the Association does not exist to serve the needs of the borrowers or of the savers alone. It must strike a happy balance between dividends for savings and interest rates for lending. The other dimension (larger than the letter S itself) represents service which circumscribe all of the Association’s transactions on savings and lending. More than profits, service to the military and police community and their dependents is the essence of the Association’s existence.
The color green depicts strong energy and attracts a lot of positive power. It also signifies prosperity, money, stability and endurance. Green also represents the friendly faces of all AFPSLAI employees and their honest service to the members. On the other hand, yellow is the color of wisdom and optimism. AFPSLAI’s happy and warm atmosphere often attracts business with relaxed feeling. It is the shade of social energy and will indicate a lot of cooperation from others. The Management continues to make things better and comes up with new and enhanced products and services for the benefit of its members.
PO3 Ruben V Padon bagged the top award in the recently wrapped up 2014 Search for Outstanding Member Entrepreneurs. As a graduate of Fisheries from Western Philippine University, it is no surprise that PO3 Ruben V Padon ventured into live fish trading. With an initial capitalization of P 100,000, PO3 Padon started the live fish trading in San Vicente Palawan in 2005. Groupers are sold to local residents and to exporters based in Manila from P 2,000 to P 4,000 per kilo. Groupers are very much in demand in Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. Groupers are kept in aquariums, before they are brought to Roxas airport and then transported to Manila by air.
Through fish trading and subsequent loans from AFPSLAI, the Padon family was able to purchase four fishing boats between 2008 and 2014. They also acquired a condo unit, a commercial lot and a 10-hectare farm.
The new international airport in San Vicente will open up many opportunities to the fishermen in the area. Tourists are expected to increase and groupers may already be sold directly to buyers from nearby Asian countries. Because of this development, the couple plans to put up a live fish restaurant and hostel for tourists, as well as use their fishing boats for tourists who want to go island hopping. Also part of their plans is to put up a grocery store within their community and add more floating fish cages for culturing undersized fish.
PO3 Padon received P100,000 as cash prize. The other three finalists of the Search who were named Runners-up are: P/Insp Rogelio Cabanlit (Ret), Lodging House and Palm Oil Plantation – 1st Runner-Up; SPO3 Delilah Tapulayan, Variety Store - 2nd Runner Up; and SPO1 Regino S Castro, Softdrinks Wholesaler/Dealer - 3rd Runner Up. They received P50,000.00, P40,000.00 and P30,000.00, respectively.
As an advocate of corporate philanthropy, AFPSLAI carries out its various initiatives that include entrepreneurship. The Search for Outstanding Member Entrepreneur supports businesses of member-borrowers who are able to utilize the loan products they availed from AFPSLAI and develop or diversify their business endeavors.