The Aboitiz Group, through its corporate social responsibility arm Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., has initiated storm relief operations in Taguig City and Bay in Laguna – two of its host communities – for Maring victims as of August 21, Wednesday.
The Aboitiz Group, located in NAC Tower in Bonifacio Global City, considers Taguig City a “host community” in line with the Aboitiz Foundation’s goal to be a neighbor of choice in areas where Aboitiz firms operate. Bay, on the other hand, hosts AboitizPower’s geothermal facility AP Renewables, Inc. (APRI).
“The Aboitiz Group is always quick to respond to calls for help, especially in times of natural calamities. As soon as we were able to ensure our team members’ safety, the Aboitiz Foundation right away got in touch with the Taguig government to offer whatever help we could in this time of need,” Augusto P.I. Carpio III, Aboitiz Foundation Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, said.
Following the severe rains and floods brought about by monsoon rains and tropical storm Maring, the Aboitiz Foundation immediately pledged to donate nearly one million worth of relief packs for distribution among affected families in Taguig City evacuation centers.
As of August 20, 2,437 flood-stricken families are being housed in 32 evacuation centers city-wide, according to data from the Taguig City government.
A total of 2,500 relief packs—which contain essential goods such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, among others—was distributed by 4 p.m.on Wednesday by the Aboitiz Foundation, in coordination with Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano.
Aboitiz team members, who have voluntarily trooped to Polytechnic University of the Philippines Taguig (PUP-Taguig) in Lower Bicutan where they were mobilized for packing and distribution duties, among other tasks, will be aiding in the relief pack distribution.
In addition to Taguig City, the Aboitiz Foundation has also extended help to Bay, Laguna, a province hard-hit by the recent rains and floods.
A total of P27,000 worth of relief packs were delivered at 9 a.m. to the municipality of Bay through Mayor Bunoy Ramos, while P100,000 worth of relief packs were also delivered at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday to the Laguna provincial government in collaboration with APRI.
All in all, the Aboitiz Foundation, which celebrates 25 years of helping people help themselves, has already donated some P927,000 worth of relief packs in Taguig City and Bay, Laguna.
Meanwhile, the Aboitiz Foundation is also working with Weather Philippines Foundation for accurate and real-time weather updates per city, which can help in disaster and risk preparedness.
How you can help:
The public is also encouraged to make their donations to the Aboitiz Foundation through the Aboitiz Foundation website (aboitizfoundation.org) or through the following Aboitiz Foundation bank accounts:
· Union Bank of the Philippines – 10026-1070944
· CitySavings Bank – 200-20031301
You may also contact the following Aboitiz Foundation representatives for other queries and concerns:
· Jowelle Anne Cruz (Relief Operations, Taguig City)—09176259697
· Rowena Astillo (Donations)—09176304484
For updates on the relief operations, you may visit the Aboitiz Foundation Facebook page (facebook.com/aboitizfoundation) or Twitter account (twitter.com/AboitizFDN). Timely and accurate weather updates may also be viewed at the website of Weather Philippines Foundation (weather.com.ph).