History and Legacy
Throughout its history, even before “Corporate Social Responsibility”(CSR) became a popular concept, Ortigas and Company, through the people behind it, have been active in various CSR efforts.
Dona Julia Vargas de Ortigas, Matriarch of the Ortigas family, was known for her role in the campaign against tuberculosis in the Philippines. At the time of the battle against the so-called white plague, she devoted much of her spare time in visiting and administering to the needy patients in Quezon Institute. Dona Julia started as a member of the Board of Directors of the institution in 1929. By 1932, she was elected president of the society.
Through the years, various members of the Ortigas family have been active members of varied socio-civic societies. The legacy of service to society, specifically to the marginalized, continues to this day.
In all of the company's developments, the concern for people with disabilities is expressed in the provision of special ramps installed all over. There are also facilities that allow people in wheelchairs to “ride” their wheelchairs up to a next level.
The company's commitment to the disabled is pronounced, since this is a sector that is believed to be “forgotten.” Aside from providing them with access around the projects, they are given precious tiangge space at the Greenhills Shopping Center during the busy Christmas season. The free tiangge spaces are made available through the National Council for the Welfare of the Disabled and the Tahanang Walang Hagdanan. The provision of tiangge spaces encourages people with disabilities such as the deaf, mute, and those that are in wheelchairs to become entrepreneurs – to sell products that are painstakingly done by the hand.
Today, Ortigas & Company continues to be a socially responsible corporate citizen through various projects administered through its CSR arm, the Ortigas Foundation, Inc.