[MAKATI CITY, 27 OCTOBER 2023] – In a world that’s steadily embracing diversity and inclusivity, MDI Novare shines as a beacon of commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace as Ivan Garong, HR Director for Talent Retention at MDI Novare, has been recognized as a finalist for the Philippine Financial & Inter-Industry Pride (PFIP) Pride LGBTQ+ Leader of the Year at the 2023 Bahaghari Awards, showcasing the company’s collective dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion.

This recognition reaffirms MDI Novare’s dedication to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and diverse workplace. This honor acknowledges the exceptional strides the organization has made in creating a safe and supportive environment for all its team members, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression.

Ivan Garong’s nomination as a finalist for the “LGBT+ Leader of the Year” award is a testament to his remarkable leadership and tireless efforts in championing diversity and inclusion within our organization. His unwavering commitment to creating an inclusive workplace has not only earned him this well-deserved recognition but has also greatly enriched the MDI Novare experience for all employees.

“Inclusivity is not just a policy; it’s a culture. It’s about embracing the unique perspectives of every individual and allowing them to thrive in an environment where they are respected and celebrated.”, says Ivan.

During the awarding ceremony, Ivan, joined by April Manzano, Talent Engagement & Advisory Head, and Debbie Titong, Learning & Talent Development Lead and Club Lead of Sexuality and Gender Alliance for LGBTQIA+ Employees & Allies, signed the Pledge of Support on behalf of MDI Novare.

The Philippine Financial & Inter-Industry Pride (PFIP) is the leading voice and champion of LGBT+ workplace inclusion in the Philippines, promoting safe spaces and inclusive opportunities for all talents regardless of their SOGIESC. The Bahaghari Awards honors individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions in advancing LGBTQ+ rights and promoting inclusion.

About PFIP
The Philippine Financial & Inter-Industry Pride (PFIP) is a collaborative, voluntary, and non-profit community of practice composed of dedicated representatives from LGBTQ+ employee resource groups and human resource or diversity teams of private firms in the Philippines. Learn more at https://pfip.com.ph/

About MDI Novare
Founded in 1988, MDI Novare is a pioneer and champion in the Philippine ICT market. Over the past three decades, MDI Novare has driven digital transformation through custom application development, infrastructure, data analytics, and IT security solutions that meet and exceed business demands. Today, MDI Novare continues its culture of innovation by being at the forefront of major technology trends such as APIs, cloud computing, big data, AI, and automation as we strive to create a positive impact for our people, our clients, our partners, and our communities.

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