Despite logistical challenges, the Aboitiz Group, through its social development arm Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., (Aboitiz Foundation) mobilized its various business units all over the country to send aid to victims of Typhoon Odette in the Visayas and Mindanao.
As of December 29, the Foundation has allocated more than P15 million for the distribution of relief goods, including food packs, rice, and water, and other in-kind donations to the affected communities in Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Misamis Oriental, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur, Agusan, and Bukidnon. The amount also covers the deployment of over 500 linemen, initially to Cebu to help restore power in the area.
The Foundation was able to raise close to P13 million, almost P600,000 of which were donated through its crowdfunding platform Kinder By Aboitiz (www.kinder.aboitiz.com).
“Providing immediate needs to the communities has been our priority in our relief efforts through our #BangonVisMin initiative. As #OneAboitiz, the Foundation will continue to provide relief and support rebuilding efforts true to our promise of advancing business and communities, said Maribeth L. Marasigan, Aboitiz Foundation President, and COO.
Close to 40,000 relief goods, hygiene kits, and shelter repair kits are underway for immediate distribution to the said areas. Meanwhile, more than 300 linemen from Visayan Electric and 200 more from volunteer distribution units including Davao Light and Power Company, Cotabato Light and Power Company, and Subic Enerzone were deployed and are working 24 hours a day to swiftly restore power in Cebu.
In Bukidnon, close to 800 families in Barangays Guihean, Guilang-guilang, Santiago, Maluko, Dalirig, and Lingion from the Municipalities of Impasugung and Manolo Fortich received food packs.
With the assistance of members of the Army Reserve Command (ARESCOM), Army Reserve CARAGA 15th RCDG and Hinatuan Surigao Sur Reservists, 3,000 food packs and drinking water reached typhoon victims in the municipalities of Dinagat, San Jose, Claver, Siargao, and Surigao in Surigao del Sur. Members from the 402nd Army Brigade, 4th Field Artillery Battalion and 2nd Scout Rangers Brigade also helped during 2-day relief operations.
Meanwhile, Pilmico organized a feeding program for at least 300 children in Bohol while 6,000 relief packs and bread donations are underway for six other VisMin areas.
The Aboitiz Group also extended assistance to its team members who were affected by the typhoon through relief goods, medicine packs, water, calamity assistance, and financial aid.
One thousand food packs were just recently flown into Cebu from Manila through the help of the Philippine Air Force Civil Military Operations Group for immediate distribution.
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About Aboitiz Equity Ventures
Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV) is the public holding company of the Aboitiz Group with major investments in power, banking and financial services, food, infrastructure, and land. Today, AEV is recognized as one of the best-managed companies in the Philippines and in the region, consistently cited for its commitment to good corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. With five generations of Aboitiz Group business success behind it, AEV continues to drive change for a better world by advancing business and communities.
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.
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 a deeper social impact on the communities and beneficiaries it serves.
[Article submitted by Jowelle Ann Cruz, Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.]