Insular Foundation, Inc., formerly the Insular Life Educational Foundation (ILEF), was established in 1963, and incorporated in 1969, as one of the first corporate foundations in the country. Since then, it has served thousands of school children attain higher education and achieve a better life through scholarship grants for college and technician courses. It also helped hundreds of teachers improve their knowledge and skills through in-service teacher training, and hundreds of principals develop better interpersonal and managerial skills to run their schools.
The Foundation’s long standing program is the Insular Life Golden Eagle Award Incentive program for high school students in the form of the Golden Eagle Award medals awarded to high school valedictorians. Only the top 500 public and private high schools are qualified to participate in the program. All recipients are automatically qualified to vie for the Insular Life College Scholarship Grant at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, or in any of the five selected State Universities in the provinces for those interested to take up a degree in Education.
The Foundation offers college scholarship grants to students taking up Education and BS Mathematics. Every year, the Foundation gives 10 grants for students enrolled in the College of Education and 2 grants for students enrolled in the College of Mathematics at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Five other State Universities in the provinces are given three college scholarship grants each for their students taking up Education courses. The scholarship covers tuition, miscellaneous fee, book allowance, board and lodging and stipend. Through this scholarship, the Foundation aims to encourage academically gifted individuals to pursue a teaching profession so that they can help improve the quality of the next generation of Filipinos.
In response to the call of the Department of Education, Insular Foundation adopted two public schools in Muntinlupa, helping them improve their instructions in science and technology. The students at the Muntinlupa Itaas Elementary School learn the concepts of science and math through the DepEd-prescribed educational programs shown on Knowledge Channel, sponsored by the Foundation.
The high school students and faculty of the Pedro Diaz High School-Buli Annex in Muntinlupa have benefited from the computer laboratory the Foundation donated in 2001. The computer laboratory became the springboard for Pedro Diaz High School to develop a business curriculum which eventually enabled the school to be accredited as the first Business High School in the Philippines. Out-of-school-youth and unemployed adults in the community are given computer training to develop in them a marketable skill.
Since 2003, Insular Life employees have adopted more than 300 elementary students from Muntinlupa Itaas Elementary School, committing to see their scholars through graduating in the elementary level by giving their scholars one year supply of school materials, school bags, school uniforms and story books.
Insular Foundation sponsored the LEEP (Learning Effectively through Enhanced Pedagogies) to 15 public high school teachers in Batangas. They also received a multi-media learning resource package for their schools. The training equipped the educators with knowledge on how to make their classrooms learner-centered, ensuring more effective learning, suitable to the K-12 curriculum. The multi-media learning resource package called On-Demand, consisted of a laptop preloaded with Knowledge Channel-produced educational videos, modules and games adherent to the K-12 curriculum; a LED TV; and speakers that the teachers may use to supplement the teaching of various subjects in schools.
The Foundation together with the Public Relations Staff of Insular Life and the Company’s employee council, organizes outreach projects to orphanages, homes for the elderly, hospitals, depressed areas, and calamity-stricken areas. Through its partnership with NGOs and other foundations and through its donations, it has supported various causes such as environmental protection, children’s welfare, and social development. The company’s participation in Gawad Kalinga demonstrates the spirit of employee volunteerism and cooperation with humanitarian causes. In 2008, Insular Foundation supported the first ever TamBayani in the GK community Manggahan-Kawayana in Marcelo Green, Paranaque City. The TamBayani is a learning center that provides educational programs for the GK youth through a series of learning competency training and access to educational enrichment opportunities. Employees teach values formation once every month at this center.
The Foundation donated Insular Life Story books, school supplies to more than 4,000 elementary students and dictionaries to all the elementary schools of the Municipality of Del Carmen, Siargao del Norte. The Storytelling Caravan and Workshop was also conducted in Del Carmen.
The Foundation's Employee Volunteerism Program at the GK Manggahan Kawayanan Village in Paranaque commenced. The program enabled Insular Life employees to render volunteer work providing SAGIP (Sagipin Ang Galing, Isip, at Pangarap) children, aged 7 to 12 values formation lessons, storytelling sessions, sports and creative workshops, and even academic tutorials.
In recognition of the Insular Group's refreshed brand identity which used the Philippine Eagle as the part of the corporate logo for the Insular Group, the Insular Foundation donated P1 million to the conservation efforts of the Philippine Eagle Foundation.
The Insular Storytelling and Workshop Caravan were brought to Cavite and in Digos City, Davao del Sur. The Caravan ended with a book party for students of the Amadeo Elementary School in Cavite.
Insular Foundation and Adarna House conducted a book party at the Bagong Tubig Elementary School in Tagaytay City. The school ranked 9th overall in the Department of Education's National Achievement Test for Grade 6 students in school year 2008-2009.
Insular employees, agents and their families participated in the company Centennial Fun Run, Takbo para sa Sentenaryo. Proceeds from the fun run went to the Educational Research and Development Assistance Foundation and the YesPinoy Foundation. The first two volumes of the Insular Life children's storybooks; "Christmas in February" and "The Luckiest Girl in the World," were published. The storybooks, developed in partnership with Adarna House, showcase Filipino values and teach children about financial literacy and stewardship of resources. Top 1,000 public and private elementary schools received copies of the book.
Groundbreaking of the GK Tambayani Center at the GK Manggahan-Kawayanan Village in Paranaque. The company, in addition, donates P1.1 million to the Gawad Kalinga Program.
The foundation revives the Insular Life Golden Eagle incentive award which was discontinued in 1994. The award was given to the valedictorians of the Top 1,000 public and private secondary schools. Students of the recipient schools are eligible to vie for B.S. Education scholarships at the University of the Philippines Diliman.
The Insular Life Foundation supported the "57-75 Campaign", a multi-sector initiative that proposes focused private sector intervention and school-community action toward system-wide performance improvement.
Insular Life tied up with the University of the Philippines Diliman to support five students in the university's Bachelor of Science in Mathematics program as its way of helping the youth gain the highest quality mathematics education.
Insular Life and Adarna House conducted its first ever Storytelling Workshop.
Insular Life employees, agents and the Foundation supported the Pondo ng Pinoy's Hapag-Asa Feeding Program at the St. Jerome Emiliani Parish in Alabang, Muntinlupa.
Insular Life and the Ateneo Center for Educational Development partnered to conduct its first Principal Empowerment Program in Caloocan, Manila, Muntinlupa, Quezon City and Valenzuela. The program aimed to strengthen public elementary and highschool principals as both managers and academic leaders.
Employees built first house for the Gawad Kalinga Program in Samata Village, Las Pinas. The company employees volunteer at the GK Sison Village, Muntinlupa in 2005 and at GK Sunshineville, Las Pinas in 2006.
Insular Life employees adopted 100 Grade 1 student-scholars from the Muntinlupa Itaas Elementary School with a commitment to see their scholars graduate from Elementary school. Insular Life employees volunteered to tutor Math, English and Science subjects at the Tuloy sa Don Bosco Foundation in Muntinlupa.
Insular Life and Insular Healthcare conducts its first medical mission at the Muntinlupa Itaas Elementary School.
Insular Life, through the Foundation, adopted the Itaas Elementary School and sets up a computer laboratory in Pedro Diaz Highschool, both in Muntinlupa City.
Insular Group employees volunteer to build homes during Habitat for Humanity's "World Leaders Build" in Muntinlupa, Las Pinas, and, Escalante City in Negros Occidental.
Insular Life raises P200,000 for the Children's Hour, a fund raising program initiated by the International Youth Foundation that aimed to harness finances for children's projects and programs.
Insular Life together with the Ateneo Teacher Center initiated the Teacher Retraining Program in Cebu, Davao and Naga to upgrade knowledge and teaching skills in Math and Science.
The Insular Life Education Foundation became the Insular Life Foundation (ILF) in order to expand its thrust to other corporate social responsibility programs.
The Foundation participated in the Educational Research and Development Foundation's (ERDA) Balik-Paaralan Scholarship Program, intended to reduce grade school dropouts by providing scholarships to deserving fifth and sixth grade students.
The Foundation established its long-standing technical education scholarship with the Technological University of the Philippines in Visayas and Taguig.
ILEF and the University of the Philippines Los Banos signed a memorandum of understanding to provide scholarship grants to deserving high school graduates entering the University. The Foundation signs similar agreements with U.P. campuses at Diliman and Visayas in 1981 and 1982 respectively.
ILEF receives a Presidential Recognition of Merit for its contribution to the welfare and development of the Filipino youth.
ILEF wins Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of the Philippines for "Most Outstanding Program in Community Relations in the Private Sector."
The first Insular Life Youth Awards were given to young men and women aged 13 to 19 in recognition of their outstanding and meaningful contributions to their communities. A second edition of the award was conferred in 1972.
ILEF was officially incorporated. Jaime Zobel de Ayala, Miguel Ortigas, Max Velhagen, Felipe Engage, Salvador Estrada and Fortunato Espiritu were elected as the first members of the Foundation's Board of Trustees.
Insular Life President Jose M. Olbes informs policyholders through a letter, the establishment of ILEF. Funds for the production and distribution of wall calendars depicting Filipino life and history given to the company's policyholders every year were diverted to establish the new foundation.
The Insular Life Golden Eagle Award was conferred to high school valedictorians throughout the country for the first time. Recipients of the award, as well as salutatorians and first honorable mention graduates became eligible to compete for comprehensive ILEF College scholarships.
The Executive Committee of The Insular Life Assurance Company approves the establishment of The Insular Life Educational Foundation (ILEF).