History

From being an investment holding company in 1973, MFI evolved into its true purpose as a fully operating educational institution that provides technical skills education and training to Filipinos, the industry, and to those in need. MFI implements its purpose through its current programs: Senior High School, Bachelor’s Degree, Short Courses, Customized Training and Skills Assessment Services.

  • 2000’s
    • 2000

      Tribong MFI is institutionalized to address pressing medical needs in depressed areas; The Bayanihan Alay sa Anak ng Bayani (BASAB) is launched by MFI and AFP to enable families of AFP personnel casualties in line of duty to receive special training programs in MFI or any of its partner institutions.

    • 2001

      MFI is accredited as one of the Civil Service Commission Training Institutions for both the Center for Values and Professional Development on March 7, 2001 and the Meralco Foundation Institute on October 12, 2001.

    • 2002

      The Information Technology center opens; MFI is chosen as Model Center of Excellence in the Philippines (2002-2004) by the ASEAN Economic Ministers - Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Japan Economic Industrial Cooperation Committee (AMEICC).

    • 2003

      MFI Advisory Council is Established

    • 2004

      MFI receives the ISO 9001:2000 certification from AJA Registrars

    • 2005

      MFI is given the award Leaving No Soldier's Orphan Behind; MFI is chosen as Model Center of Excellence in the Philippines (2005-2009) by the ASEAN Economic Ministers - Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Japan Economic Industrial Cooperation Committee (AMEICC).

    • 2007

      MFI reaches out to CALABARZON by establishing the MFI Technological Institute branch in Calamba.

    • 2009

      The MFI Farm Business Institute partners with the University of Rizal System (URS) and Management Association of the Philippines to offer a ladderized agri-entrepreneurship program. On June 2009, the institute accepted its first batch of students for the BS Entrepreneurial Management major in Farm Business program.

    • The MFI Technological Institute expands its education programs utilizing the Dual Training System. Two-year programs in Automotive and Motorcycle Technology, Industrial Mechatronics, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Technology, and Network Administration Technology were added to Industrial Technician Program.

    • 2010

      The MFI Technological Institute becomes a certified Continuing Professional Education (CPE) provider recognized by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) through the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers.

    • MFI receives the ISO 9001:2008 certification from AJA Registrars.

    • The MFI Technological Institute moves its branch from Calamba to an MFI-owned building in Pasay City.

  • 1990’s
    • 1990

      The Compromise Agreement among MFI, PCGG and the Lopezes is signed; Construction of the MFI Institute and Administration buildings is completed.

    • 1991

      MFI is selected as partner in education technology development of the Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation (SwissContact). The partnership breathes life to MFI's Edtech Program; MFI launches the Rizal Integrated People's Program for Livelihood and Enterprise (RIPPLE) to assist the Technology and Livelihood Resource Center, Rizal Provincial Government, and farmer's associations in implementing an integrated rice production system.

    • 1992

      The compromise Agreement is fully implemented, making MFI completely independent from Meralco and the governement. MFI ceases to be a holding company and becomes a purely private science foundation; The Italian Government sends 12 MFI Institute Instructors to a three-month training in Italy as part of the Italian grant package.

    • 1993

      The first batch of ITP students schooled in MFI Institute's new curricullum graduates; MFI Establishes the Jalajala Family Farm School for Boys in Jalajala, Rizal.

    • 1994

      MFI Replicates the Industrial Technician Program in the Center for Industrial Technology and Enterprise, Cebu City.

    • 1995

      The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation - Human Resource Development in Industrial Technology gives MFI the recognition of Exemplary Models Project in Industrial Technician Program on May 13, 1995 at Toronto, Canada; MFI Replicates the Industrial Technician Program in Columban College, Olongapo City.

    • 1996

      The Fund for Assistance to Technician Education (FATE) to ensure the perpetuity of MFI's scholarship program is launched; The Bais Family Farm School is established in Bais City, Negros Oriental.

    • 1997

      MFI launches the Continuing Rural Education (CREP) to provide the education and training services to out-of-school youth, women and farmers in rural communities, with initial activities in the municipalities of Laguna.

    • 1998

      The Information Technology Program is officially launched as a two-year partial scholarship program.

    • 1999

      MFI is chosen as a Center for Excellence in the Philippines (1999-2003) by the ASEAN Economic Ministers - Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Japan Economic Industrial Cooperation Committee (AMEICC).

  • 1980’s
    • 1980

      MFI together with the Center for Research and Communication and the National Science Development Board, organizes the pivotal Skilled Manpower for the Eighties Congress. Among the significant resolutions from this forum is the need to develop middle-level technical manpower.; The Meralco Foundation Center for Manpower Resources ( MFCMR ) is conceived as an offshoot of the Congress, to serve as a bridge between the users and suppliers of manpower and a center for skills and human development.

    • 1981

      MFI formally launches its first three programs: the Technical Training and Testing Program ( TTTP ); the Research, Conferences and Publications Program ( RCPP ); and the Information Systems and Placement Program ( ISPP )

    • 1982

      MFI launches the Tilapia Fish Cage Research Project to benefit 1,000 marginal fishermen in Jalajala, Rizal.; MFI partners with Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City and establishes the Xavier University Center for Industrial Technology.

    • 1983

      MFI graduates its last batch of scholars at the Manila Technician Institute.; The Meralco Foundation Institute is established as MFI's first operations center; The Meralco Foundation Center for Professional Development ( MFCPD ) , MFI's training facility completes its development in Talisay, Batanggas and is established as MFI's second operations center.

    • 1984

      The Public Relations Society of the Philippines awards MFI's Work Attitude Program ( WAP ), the Grand Anvil Award – an award known as the Oscars of Public Relations; The Manpower Information Center is established as the third operations center catering to systems effectiveness programs and placement services.; The Agro-Aquatic Development Center in Jalajala, Rizal becomes MFI's fourth operations center. It starts the Tilapia Culture and Research Project.

    • 1985

      MFI sets up its fifth operations center, the Meralco Foundation Technical Assistance Center; MFI enters the field of computer education with the Advanced Courses in Computer Information Systems ( ACCIS ), a joint project with IBM Philippines, Inc. and the University of the Philippines.

    • 1986

      The Meralco Foundation Institute graduates its first batch of ITP scholars; MFI acquires Prime Manpower Resources Development, Inc. for the recruitment, testing, and certification of overseas Filipino workers; The Presidential Commission on Good Government begins its review of MFI and its operations.

    • 1988

      The Italian Grant consisting of a donation of state-of-the-art equipment and the training of instructors is approved; MFI is awarded the Anvil Award for its Mobile Training Program, a classroom-on-wheels that makes technical training accessible to the poor in depressed areas; The MFI Corporate Culture Program is launched; MFI together with the People's Economic Council, the Development Bank of the Philippines, and the Department of Trade and Industry launches the People's Economic Data Resources and Opportunities or PEDRO; MFI starts a joint project with Abot-Palad Foundation, the Marketing Associations of Groups Involved in Communities ( MAGIC ), with the support of the Technology and Livelihood Resource Center ( TLRC ) and Caritas.

    • 1989

      The Cornerstone Laying Ceremony for MFI's own building in Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City is held.

  • 1970s
    • 1973

      MFI comes into being as a duly registered, non-stock, non-profit foundation organized for the broadening of Meralco's ownership base and the pursuit of socially-oriented projects.

    • 1975

      MFI registers as a granting science foundation under the National Science Development Board, enabling it to sponsor scholarships; It enters into a partnership with the Rizal Provincial Government for the establishment of a school for technician training.

    • 1976

      MFI and the Rizal Provincial Government launch the Rizal Technological Colleges – Institute of Industrial Technology.

    • 1978

      The Institute of Industrial Technology is transferred to the Manila Technician Institute, with MFI managing a scholarship program funded by the Philippine Business for Social Progress.

    • 1979

      MFI transforms itself into an operating science foundation, duly recognized by the National Science Development Board and allowed to run its own programs and projects; The first batch of MFI scholars graduate from the three-year technician programs in mechanical and electrical technology at the Manila Technical Institute.