Despite the limited mobility caused by the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank, has completed relief operations in nine provinces hit hardest by Typhoon Odette, one of the most destructive storms to make landfall in the Philippines in recent years.
The foundation, in line with its disaster response advocacy, successfully delivered relief packs containing rice, noodles, canned goods and drinking water to 34,000 families in Bohol, Cebu, Dinagat Islands, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Palawan, Southern Leyte and Surigao del Norte.
Implemented in December and January, the corporate citizenship initiative was made possible by volunteers from diocesan social action centers, local government units and the military as well as employees of BDO and BDO Network Bank branches in the aforementioned provinces. BDO officers and staff, many of whom were also affected by Odette, helped BDO Foundation assess situations in affected areas, coordinate logistics and reach beneficiaries.
According to a beneficiary in Cebu, “Typhoon Odette was like a nightmare for us who live in coastal areas. Although we lost a lot including our homes, we are thankful that we are safe. We are also grateful that, despite the pandemic, BDO Foundation is helping us cope with this disaster. Thank you for serving as instruments of God’s kindness.”
A beneficiary in Guimaras echoed these sentiments, saying, “Madamo gid nga salamat! Thank you for sharing your blessings with the community and helping people through the parishes.”
The relief operations were the latest mounted by the foundation. Prior to Odette, it provided food assistance for families in provinces hit by Typhoons Bising, Fabian and Maring, the Taal Volcano eruptions, and a fire incident in Occidental Mindoro. More than 54,000 underserved families benefited from BDO Foundation’s disaster response initiatives in 2021.
The 15th to enter the Philippine area of responsibility last year, Typhoon Odette battered provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao, bringing heavy rainfall and triggering flash floods and landslides. Odette’s onslaught prompted the national government to place six regions—Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao and Caraga—under a state of calamity.
About BDO Foundation
BDO Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank. Founded in 2008, the foundation aims to contribute to nation-building by addressing the needs of underserved sectors of society through its disaster response and financial inclusion advocacies. Supported by the BDO Unibank community and in partnership with local government units and non-governmental organizations, BDO Foundation mounts relief operations, rehabilitates rural health units, constructs school buildings, implements financial education programs and undertakes COVID-19 response programs across the country. Its corporate citizenship initiatives have been recognized at the Retail Banking Awards of Asian Banking & Finance magazine and Asia Responsible Enterprise Awards of Enterprise Asia. For more information, visit www.bdo.com.ph/foundation/home, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 8840-7000 local 36046.