The Aboitiz Group is continuously mobilizing relief operations in areas heavily hit by back-to-back typhoons Ulysses (Vamco) and Rolly (Goni) as both triggered massive flooding in several areas particularly in Metro Manila and the Cagayan Valley, and the Bicol region, respectively.
Last November 15, the Aboitiz Foundation, together with the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF), turned over drinking water, relief packs and 1,000 sleeping kits to affected families in Marikina and Rodriguez, Rizal. Rodriguez (formerly Montalban), Rizal Mayor Tom Hernandez personally accepted the donations and expressed his gratitude towards the foundations that collaborated and extended immediate support.
“Maraming salamat po sa mga foundation na tumulong sa bayan ng Montalban. Maraming salamat po, napakalaking bagay po ang itinulong ninyo sa bayan ng Montalban. (Thank you to all the foundations that helped the town of Montalban),” Mayor Hernandez said.
Aboitiz Foundation President and COO Maribeth L. Marasigan who’s concurrently the LCF Chairperson said the league’s members immediately mobilized and organized a call for donations through its Committee on Disaster Resilience when Typhoon Ulysses hit.
“We are very happy that over ten member organizations stepped in the frontline in the middle of the calamity, and worked together to send-in kind donations to heavily affected communities in Marikina and Rizal,” she said.
Medicines worth P1.2 million have also been purchased by Aboitiz Foundation for distribution to Cagayan Isabela, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya. Apart from this, the Foundation also earmarked Php 1.5M to purchase roof construction materials for the typhoon-affected families that lost their houses in various municipalities in Albay.
AboitizPower subsidiary and renewable energy provider SN Aboitiz Power is currently distributing Php 3.5 million-worth of relief packs in Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela and Cagayan.
Aboitiz integrated food business unit Pilmico assembled additional relief packs for distribution in Quezon and Camarines Norte for the benefit of around 600 families.
The Group’s social responsibility arm Aboitiz Foundation immediately set up donation pages in its crowdsourcing platform ‘KINDer by Aboitiz’ to raise additional funds to enable continuous flow of relief goods to the affected areas.
“Call for Donations: Help #UlyssesPH Affected Families” aims to use culled funds to provide food packs, hygiene kits, and shelter repair kits to affected families in Cagayan, Isabela, and Rizal Province.
“While the local governments are continuously doing their rescue efforts, the affected families are in dire need of assistance to get through their situation. They are in need of food, clothing, water, medicines and other basic necessities that will sustain them while in evacuation centers,” the KINDer page reads.
Meanwhile, “Project Rebuild” focuses on providing shelter repair kits to around 100 families with damaged houses in Albay due to Typhoon Rolly to bring back some sense of normalcy in their lives. To donate through KINDer, please visit aboitiz.kinder.com.
About Aboitiz Foundation
The Aboitiz Foundation is the corporate foundation of the Aboitiz Group that was established in 1988. Its purpose is to drive change for a better world by advancing business and communities through programs on education, enterprise development, and environment. Since its inception in 1988, the Foundation’s CSR interventions have evolved from one-time donations to carefully designed programs that empower its beneficiaries to pursue their aspirations.
Today, the Aboitiz Foundation, through the Aboitiz Business Units, develops and implements corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs or CSR 2.0 projects that aim to co-create safe, empowered, and sustainable communities. These CSR 2.0 projects are aligned to the Group’s core competencies, are scalable nationwide, and create deeper social impact on the communities and beneficiaries it serves.
To date, the Aboitiz Group’s total contribution to the national COVID-19 response effort has reached over P2.2 billion (excluding various payments waived, reduced, extended, or restructured to help customers cope with the impact of COVID-19), underscoring the group’s sustained campaign to help address the urgent needs of frontliners and affected communities nationwide.
[Article submitted by Jowelle Ann Cruz, Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.]