WHO WE ARE
The Start : Typhoon binds French and Filipinos together for a continued humanitarian mission
Pulang Bato ELementary School after reconstruction.
On November, 15th 1990, Typhoon Ruping swept through the Visayas Islands, in the Philippines with devastating winds of 240km/h hitting the island of Visayas and claiming many lives and millions worth in property.
Cebu the queen city of the south, was badly ravaged by the typhoon, prompting then mayor Tomas Osmena to appeal for assistance from then ambassador to the Philippines Jacques Le Blanc.
Contacted by the French Embassy, Hubert d'Aboville together with Andre Iconomoff coordinated the relief efforts, helping the French community to provide joint action for Cebu City.
They were also able to raise enough funds from their own companies, as well as from other French firms and individuals, for the reconstruction of Pulang Bato Elementary School (Founded in 1922) located about three kilometers from Cebu City.
On June 1991, Mt. Pinatubo erupted causing untold miseries to tens of thousand of residents in the provinces of Zambales and Pampanga. Again, Hubert d'Aboville Andre Iconomoff rose to the challenge by mobilizing their network of French nationals.
This time, together with two compatriots, Philippe Chavanon and Herve Laumond, they immediately consolidated their resources and provided relief goods to the victims of Mt. Pinatubo.
With the coordination and support of then Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority chairman Richard Gordon and his wife, and then Olongapo mayor, Kate Gordon, Hubert d'Aboville and his group was able to provide and distribute 17 tons of supplies comprising of tents, blankets, potable water, food, medicine, and medical services to 300 families.
The success of the two relief operations encouraged Hubert d'Aboville and Andre Iconomoff to put together their efforts and resources into a sustainable and continuing concern. On January 1992, with the help of then ambassador to the Philippines Olivier Gaussot and a number of civic-minded French and FIlippino individuals, Together-Ensemble, a foundation for development and progress in the Philippines, was born.
Since then, the foundation has spearheaded a number of relief operations and on-going developmental projects around the Philippines.
Taking the lead in delivering humanitarian aid to indigent victims in the unreached and unserviced areas of the Philippine archipelago that are hit by natural calamities and disasters.
Establishing the networks, linkages and cooperation between the Philippines and France to enhance and promote humanitarian development programs.
Extending to the Philippines through an effective position in France, the opportunities to link the Philippines and Europe together, and the PI governments with humanitarian organizations and institutions.
Board of directors
Amb. Michèle Boccoz
Senator Cynthia Villar
for the Philippines
Ramon Moreno, Jr.
Emmanuel V. d'Aboville
Dr. Jose Bernardo
Atty. Anna Katigbak
Atty. Noel Laman
President Negros Chapter
Fr. Anton Pascual
Fr. Jay Virador
President Mindanao Chapter