#BrigadangAyala Kaakay completes 12-week food distribution

It’s a wrap!

After months of providing food assistance to vulnerable families in Metro Manila, #BrigadangAyalaKaakay comes to a close.

Led by Ayala Foundation, the Ayala group’s supplemental feeding program served 10,000 families from all cities and the lone municipality in Metro Manila, whose incomes were severely affected by lockdowns.

“This 12-week program of Kaakay is a good model of how corporates, NGOs and community leaders can work together” said Ruel Maranan, Ayala Foundation President.

The program launched in November with the aim of helping breadwinners who lost their jobs due to business difficulties brought about by the pandemic.

“When we saw our fellow Filipinos going through difficult times and being very vulnerable, we are happy to be able to support them,” said Paco Romero Milan, Ayala Corporation Corporate Resources Group Head.

On March 8, the program wrapped up its distribution in Barangay 386, Quiapo, Manila. Beneficiaries received their final pack of bread, canned goods, locally sourced rice, and fresh vegetables from small-scale producers.

“Malaking tulong po (ang Kaakay) lalo na sa pang araw-araw na gastusin. Yung mga ibang pangangailangan ay nabibili na at di na rin po kinakapos sa budget,” said Darrmy Sojor, a mother of seven.

Program beneficiaries expressed their optimism as many parts of the country have lifted movement restrictions under Alert Level 1.

“Nagkaroon (ako) ng pag-asa na kumita ng malakilaki. Magbubukas na ang mga paralan upang magkaroon ng mga mamimili,” said Melinda Panganiban, a banana cue vendor.

Meanwhile, the Ayala officers underscored the group’s commitment to improving the lives of Filipino lives. “We say that we are here for nation-building and this is one of our values, we really live it,” added Paco Romero Milan.