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MAPFRE Insular Provides Much-Needed Van To Kalipay Negrense Foundation

MAPFRE Insular, one of the world's largest insurance firms based in Madrid, Spain, turned-over a 20-seater van to Bacolod City, Philippines-based Kalipay Negrense Foundation that takes care of scores of homeless, physically and sexually abused children.

MAPFRE Insular President Javier Warleta was represented by the company's Visayas Regional Head, Neil Ceniza, during the turn-over of the van at the Kalipay office in Villamonte, Bacolod on July 3. Ceniza and Anna Balcells, Kalipay Foundation Founder and President, signed the sponsorship agreement, with the latter receiving the van with the staff of the foundation.

Ceniza said MAPFRE Insular's support to Kalipay is part of the worldwide corporate social responsibility (CSR) undertakings of the company.

He said that MAFPRE Insular continues to look for avenues to be able to help more institutions that cater to disadvantaged children as part of its advocacy.

Balcells on her part said that true to the advocacy of MAPFRE Insular, she is extending the children's gratitude to the officers and staff of the company around the world for coming up with such advocacy. “This is what we badly need at this time to enhance our mobility”, Balcells said.

Balcells added, Kalipay, a non-profit foundation working for the causes of disadvantaged children, such as the homeless, physically and sexually abused, malnourished, out of school and special children, is lucky to receive help from MAPFRE Insular.

The van will enhance the capability of the foundation to better serve the disadvantaged children see hope and a bright future.

Following the turn-over ceremony, MAPFRE Insular and Kalipay officials and staff visited the facility of Kalipay in Bago City, named Recovered Treasures, some 20 kilometers from Bacolod.

About 30 children and volunteer-teachers and staff welcomed the entourage, offered songs and thanked the donors.

The children at the Kalipay housing and education facility used to be victims of poverty and family dysfunction. They were forced into the streets.

Kalipay Founder and President Balcells said if it can afford more, she hopes to bring in more street kids and take care of their future.

In this photo: Kalipay Founder and President Anna Balcells and MAPFRE Insular Visayas Regional Head Neil Ceniza
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