Metro Pacific Investments Corporation’s Chairman, President, and CEO, Manuel V. Pangilinan, being awarded the prestigious “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice”

Metro Pacific Investments Corporation’s Chairman, President, and CEO, Manuel V. Pangilinan, being awarded the prestigious “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice”

PASIG, Philippines, 19th January 2024 – Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman, President, and CEO of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), has been honored with the esteemed “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice” commendation by the Pope, the highest papal honor bestowed upon a lay person for their exemplary work contributing to the betterment of the lives of the poor and the needy.

This commendation serves as a testament to Mr. Pangilinan’s outstanding service to the Church and his philanthropic efforts. As the leader of MPIC, his commitment to supporting Caritas Manila and his exceptional leadership have set him apart, showcasing his dedication to making a positive impact in our community.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Pangilinan expressed gratitude for the recognition, emphasizing the collective effort of the Caritas Manila community and the committed individuals within the MPIC Group’s foundations. He stated, “This award acknowledges not just our personal work but endorses the collective contribution carried out by the Caritas Manila community, as well as the committed individuals behind them—such as the dedicated individuals in our group’s foundations.”

Within the corporate social responsibility consortium alliance of foundations and companies under the leadership of Manuel V. Pangilinan, several impactful initiatives attest to their commitment to community welfare.

The CSR alliance forged by Metro Pacific Investments Foundation (MPIF), One Meralco Foundation (OMF), Alagang Kapatid Foundation Inc (AKFI), PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF), and Maynilad collaborates on various initiatives. These collective efforts include calamity and disaster response, health services, electrification, connectivity, scholarships, marine conservation, coastal community engagement, community outreach programs, and pandemic assistance, among other endeavors.

Mr. Pangilinan continued, “His Holiness has again reminded us of God’s call to work with greater compassion, solidarity, and service to our people. I was taught to become a man for others—and it is in that relationship that we find God’s grace in the mission he mandates each of us. For the man who lives only in self-interest provides nothing for others—denying to those lower than himself the opportunity and the means for improvement, for better welfare. After all, why are we in this world if not for the service of mankind?”

The Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice commendation recognizes Mr. Pangilinan’s dedication to social impact and his commitment to helping those in need. It is a reflection of his unwavering support for the Church, as well as his belief in the transformative power of collective action in the service of humanity. This honor is a source of inspiration and encourages a continued commitment to the values of kindness and generosity in both professional endeavors and community outreach.


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