Aboitiz Group extends relief to nearly 9,000 Typhoon Rolly-affected families

The Aboitiz Foundation,the corporate social responsibility arm of the Aboitiz Group, together with AboitizPower geothermal unit AP Renewables, Inc. (APRI), and Aboitiz food business unit Pilmico extended relief assistance to nearly 9,000 families in areas affected by Typhoon Rolly (Goni)

Team members from Aboitiz business units distribute relief goods to affected residents of Calapan City, Mindoro (above) and Cumon, Tabaco City in Albay (below).

Last November 7, the Aboitiz Group delivered emergency relief assistance in the provinces of Albay, Batangas, Catanduanes and Oriental Mindoro. Volunteers from APRI, the Philippine National Police, and local government units joined in repacking and distributing food packs. Each pack contained rice, canned goods, noodles, crackers and water.

“Salamat na dakula sa Pilmico asin sa Aboitiz Foundation sa tabang na naipaabot digdi saku asin mga pagtaraning ko. Naogma ako na sa oras ki pangangaipo, may mga pribadong grupo pa na may malasakit magtabang sa mga nangangaipo. (Big thanks to Pilmico and Aboitiz Foundation for the assistance extended to me and my neighbors. It brings me joy thinking that in difficult times, there are still private groups who are really passionate about helping those who are in need),” said Norma Belisario, a resident of Barangay Hindi, Bacacay, Albay.

The Aboitiz Foundation along with all the Aboitiz business units readily provide help especially  during times of disaster.

“In calamities like this, extending immediate assistance to those who need help the most has always been our top priority. This is a very challenging year but we will continue to help the affected communities and the Philippine government in any way we can,” said Aboitiz Foundation President and Chief Operating Officer Maribeth L. Marasigan.

Aside from relief goods, the Aboitiz Group also donated construction materials such as GI sheets and plywood to help families reconstruct their homes badly damaged by the typhoon. The Aboitiz Foundation launched “Project Rebuild” through its crowdsourcing platform KINDer by Aboitiz to help raise funds for the rebuild.

The funds will help provide shelter kits to families who lost their homes and purchase additional construction materials to repair partially-damaged houses in Albay. To donate, please visit kinder.aboitiz.com

Meanwhile Visayan Electric, AboitizPower’s distribution unit based in Cebu, also dispatched a team to help restore power in Tiwi, Albay.  To date, Tiwi, Albay still has no electricity after Typhoon Rolly made a devastating second landfall over the area.

The Department of Energy (DOE) was particularly grateful for this initiative.

“Let us stay positive whichever calamity comes our way, and let us thank the Aboitiz Foundation for their support during this difficult time (Let us stay positive ano man ang kalamidad ang dumating at pasalamat tayo sa Aboitiz Foundation sa kanilang suporta kapag may kalamidad),” said DOE Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi.

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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.]