Ayala Foundation, AC Infra support worker mobility through Wheels for Work

At least 60 bikes are being distributed under the Wheels for Work initiative.  Five workers received bikes from Ruel Maranan, president of Ayala Foundation; Coco Alcuaz, executive director of Makati Business Club; Jose Capistrano, chairman of the board of Escuela Taller; Philip Paraan from the communications and special projects unit of Escuela Taller; and JQ Quesada, from the corporate communications and sustainability unit of AC Infra.
Five skilled workers and artisans received bicycles under the Wheels for Work project, in partnership with Ayala Foundation, AC Infrastructure, Makati Business Club, and Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation.

Recognizing a great need for safe and sustainable modes of transport, Ayala Foundation and AC Infrastructure are supporting Wheels for Work, a project initiated by the Makati Business Club and the Embassy of the Netherlands in the Philippines.

A total of 60 bikes are being turned over to workers in need of of safe, inexpensive, and sustainable modes of transport to carry out their duties, or to travel to and from their workplaces. Aside from AC Infra, the bike donations were also made possible with the help of other MBC partners which include Arcadis, LBC Express, Philips Lighting, ITP, Shell Philippines, Loendersloot Consultancy, Dutch Cycling Embassy, and the Dutch Chamber.

Five of these bicycles were turned over to workers from Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation in Intramuros, Manila, on March 4, 2022.

The remaining 55 bikes are allotted for workers, mostly teachers and other wage earners, from Metro Manila, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Cebu, Iloilo, and Cagayan de Oro City. Delivery of bikes to the beneficiaries was made possible with Entrego as the logistics partner.

To date, Ayala Foundation has helped facilitate the donation of 70 bicycles for workers in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao under the Wheels for Work project. The initial 10 bicycles were donated to teachers and school workers in celebration of World Bicycle Day on June 3, 2021.

With national cases for COVID-19 significantly down, many parts of the country have entered Alert Level 1, where there is increased economic activity and fewer restrictions on mobility. This makes access to alternative modes of transport even more urgent.

“Supporting Wheels for Work is perfectly aligned with our vision of people and communities who are productive, creative, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipino,” said Ruel Maranan, president of Ayala Foundation. “Through this project, we focus on the need of workers to whom mobility is a critical component of their work and livelihood. We hope that these bikes will allow them to continue providing for their families and loved ones.”

Said Noel Kintanar, chief operating officer of AC Infra: “While the Philippine economy is slowly recovering and reopening, majority of the country’s workforce is still facing impediments in mobility. AC Infra, with its commitment to improve mobility in the country, is grateful to be one with Ayala Foundation, Makati Business Club, and the Embassy of the Netherlands in providing our beneficiaries with a sustainable mode of transportation.”

“MBC is humbled to be able to help workers provide for themselves and their families, both those who need to bike to get to work, or those for whom biking is work. We got into this in the first year of the pandemic and are extremely grateful to members and other partners that make this possible,” said MBC Executive Director Coco Alcuaz.

About Ayala Foundation

As the social development arm of the Ayala group of companies, Ayala Foundation envisions communities where people are creative, productive, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipino. Ayala Foundation is committed to community development, working closely with communities in identifying compelling developmental needs and providing suitable solutions with measurable outcomes. It implements programs under the following themes: Education, Sustainable Livelihood, and Love of Country.