The CSR activities of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) are focused on programs for its biggest stakeholder, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and project-affected communities.
In responding to the needs of its stakeholders, BCDA is guided by its CSR philosophy: "We at BCDA are committed to fulfill our mandates to our stakeholders by improving the quality of life of and giving dignity to our workforce, our families, and the communities that we develop through the conversion of former military bases and other properties into premier sustainable centers of economic growth."
Projects for the AFP
BCDA generated record-high contributions to the AFP, committed to build more modern structures that would greatly benefit the country’s defenders and sought to give back to our troops.
Projects for the Community
BCDA gives premium to inclusivity in its development projects. It is guided by its CSR Philosophy in reaching out to project-affected communities.
Committing to Build Better
BCDA helps strengthen the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) while building great cities. This mantra resonates behind every initiative for the military, paving the way for high-quality facilities that they can use in their day-today operations.
To date, among high-impact facilities built are the Philippine Air Force (PAF) General Hospital and Housing Facilities in Villamor Air Base (VAB), the Philippine Army (PA) Officer’s Quarters and Hospital, and the AFP Housing Facility at the Joint Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) area in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, a landmark residential facility with 12 medium-rise buildings with 192 three-bedroom units.
Ongoing projects include the relocation and functional replication of military structures affected by the conversion program. This provides BCDA the opportunity to build better facilities for the use of our troops, while employing modern design, technology, and materials.
Among current projects is the relocation and replication of the Army Support Command (ASCOM) and Security Services Unit (SSU) currently at Fort Bonifacio. The ASCOM facilities entails the development of a 29.8-hectare lot in Camp Servillano Aquino in barangay San Miguel, Tarlac City.
BCDA is also in the process of preparing for the PAF’s operational facilities which will be relocated within a 146-hectare area at the OMNI Aviation Complex, south of the Clark International Airport. Preparations are underway for the relocation of PAF’s community and housing facilities within a 65-hectare area in New Clark City.
New Navy facilities will soon be built at the site of the Bonifacio Naval Station (BNS), and will include the residences of officers and community facilities such as the Manila Naval Hospital, and the Naval Information and Communication Technology Center, and the officers' clubhouse, among others.
For the Marines, among the facilities to be replicated at the BNS are residences and offices. Soon to rise in the Bataan Technology Park is the new Philippine Marine Corps Headquarters, with premium office buildings, modern billeting and community facilities. The office structures, barracks and school will be constructed at the Marine Base Gregorio Lim in Cavite.
Helping Families Cope
Project-affected families from the JUSMAG area in Fort Bonifacio who were relocated in Rodriguez, Rizal province were among those who were badly hit by calamities. The floods caused by typhoon Ulysses in November 2020 prompted the BCDA to provide food and health supplies to around 70 families. In March 2020, basic supplies were also distributed to the families amidst lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Protecting our Military
BCDA sought opportunities to render support to the military troops who stood in the front lines during the battle against COVID-19, and during natural calamities that hit the country.
Among opportunities were the donation of dental equipment to the PA’s 1301st Dental Dispensary, Headquarters and Headquarters Support Group (HHSG). The equipment enabled the unit to cope with the “new normal” practice in dentistry, and to remain fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hygiene kits were also provided for troops deployed in the National Capital Region (NCR). The initiative was done in partnership with the 7th Civil Relations Group of the AFP Civil Relations Service.
Further, the Philippine Air Force-Air, Education, Training and Doctrine Command (AETDC) were provided drinking water and personal protective equipment (PPE) in aid of operations during the Taal Volcano eruption in January 2020.
Sustaining the Environment
The tree planting activity dubbed “100 Trees for 100 Days” at NCC was held 100 days before the opening of the 30th South East Asian Games in 2019. Joining BCDA were MTD Clark, Inc., the Philippine South East Asian Games Organizing Committee, the Municipality of Capas, the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army.
The partnership of BCDA, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Department of National Defense (DND) and St. Luke's Medical Center (SLMC) paved the way for a Medical Assistance Fund for Wounded Soldiers which began in 2017 to provide medical treatment to military soldiers who suffered extreme injuries during the Marawi siege. Since then, a revolving fund amounting to Five Million Pesos was established for the AFP to defray expenses on medical treatment for cases which cannot be handled by government and military hospitals.
Giving Back to Our Heroes
In 2019, BCDA provided grocery items to support over 2,000 military troops deployed in Jolo, Sulu. A project of the Philippine Army-Civil Military Operations Regiment (PA-CMOR), the effort was meant to augment needs of soldiers while on the ground maintaining peace amidst threats.
In 2020, during the Yuletide season, BCDA donated a total of 1,500 food packs benefiting our troops from the Philippine Army, the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Marine Corps, and the Philippine Air Force. This initiative aims to recognize and give importance to the efforts of our heroes who are away from their families during the pandemic. Among recipients were troops assigned in the provinces of Negros Occidental and Lanao del Sur.
Forging Partnerships to Give
BCDA extended financial assistance to families of our fallen comrades in partnership with the Special Forces Alumni Association Inc (SFAAI) and the Hero Foundation. Through these partnerships, BCDA was able to support educational scholarships for dependents of fallen comrades, medical missions and help secure future of military orphans.
Another joint project with development partners in Fort Bonifacio and Villamor Air Base is "Saludo sa Sundalo." The project aims to recognize the sacrifices of our military by extending discounts and other privileges to the AFP and their dependents.
One of the key activities under the BCDA’s Stakeholder Engagement Program is the AFP Forum, a platform for BCDA to continuously collaborate, and meaningfully engage with the AFP. The forum was pursued to inform our military stakeholders about the role of BCDA in the AFP modernization and its contribution to nation building under its mandate. To date, BCDA has organized 21 forums all over the Philippines. Among these were with the PAF Air Logistics Command, Northern Luzon Command in Tarlac, the Central Command in Cebu, the Eastern Mindanao Command in Davao, and with the Philippine Navy.