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Monday, November 18, 2013

Tacloban Disaster: Big RP Corporations act as Good Samaritans


From The Associated Press:

The outpouring of international and corporate aid to the Philippines makes China's contribution for typhoon relief look like a trickle: even Swedish furniture chain Ikea and beverage giant Coca-Cola have done more than the world's second-largest economy. That won't help Beijing's campaign to win over neighbors with its soft power.

China has pledged less than $2 million in cash and materials, compared to $20 million provided by the United States, which also launched a massive military-driven rescue operation that includes an aircraft carrier.

Another Chinese rival, Japan, on Friday pledged another $20 million in aid, raising its total to $30 million, and offered to send troops, ships and planes. Australia is giving $28 million, and Ikea has offered $2.7 million through its charitable foundation. The Coca-Cola Company said Friday it is donating more than $2.5 million in cash and aid material, including 129,000 cases of water.


From Philippine Star
The SM Group of retail tycoon Henry Sy donated P100 million to hardest-hit areas, including Tacloban, Ormoc, Samar, Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz and Bicol.

The SM Group has also set aside a portion of the funds for Bohol rebuilding efforts, which was hardest hit by the magnitude 7.2 quake last Oct. 15.

The fund will focus on five different types of assistance – rebuilding homes, community centers, schools, and churches, and providing immediate relief through food and supplies, SM said.

SM Foundation is taking the lead in the relief effort with the nationwide reach of SM Cares of the mall group, SM Savemore, and BDO Foundation.

Each group has a different expertise in the community support program, and will be working with community groups to expand the efforts and widen the reach of the relief operation.

The SM group’s shopping malls will also start accepting donations of relief goods from the public under its “Operation Tulong Express” program.

The family’s banking units, BDO and ChinaBank, will start accepting cash donations, which will be remitted to the devastated areas.
Swedish furniture chain Ikea  has offered $2.7 million through its charitable foundation.
Beverage group Coca-Cola Company is donating more than $2.5 million in cash and in kind – broken down into $1 million from Coca-Cola Philippines, another $1 million from Coca-Cola Foundation in Atlanta and 129,000 cases of water valued at $590,000 through Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines – to assist in relief initiatives, community rehabilitation and reconstruction.
The Jollibee Group – composed of Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, and Burger King Philippines – pledged P30 million in support of government relief and rehabilitation efforts to the affected communities.


The group also said in kind donations, including over 600 sacks of rice, ready-to-eat meals and other JFC products, coursed through DSWD and several foundations and Visayas-based relief agencies. Jollibee Group Foundation also partnered with Air21 and NMC Shipping Line to transport relief goods like canned goods, bottled water and instant noodles.

Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Inc.—the joint venture between US-based Philip Morris and tycoon Lucio Tan-- also pledged P100 million for relief efforts and the eventual rehabilitation of affected areas in the Visayas.

PMFTC said that its donation would be spread over a two-year period and would be given through the local American Chamber of Commerce.

From Ayala Corporation website:

Initially, it donated P10 million to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) while Ayala Aviation plane and choppers fly daily from Manila and Cebu to support the relief efforts in Leyte, the group said in an e-mailed advisory.

The Ayala group is responding to the crisis in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda through the restoration of vital services such as telecommunications and banking,  provision of potable water, as well as relief and rebuilding operations carried out by its companies and employees in cooperation with government agencies and partner organizations.

“At this stage, our company and myself personally... we’re focused mostly on restoration, we’re focused on relief, we’re focused on evacuating our own Globe corporate people.” – Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO, in an interview with CNBC Asia on November 14

Ayala Foundation has received P2.1M in actual donations and P21.8M in pledges. Of these funds, P200,000 has been used by ABC Cebu for food packs for Tacloban evacuees and P60,000 was given to support DSWD’s logistical needs. In partnership with the World Food Programme, P2.15M will be deployed to provide assistance to about 4,000 families.

Ayala Land’s Alay 25 sa Visayas  aims to raise P25 million or more to provide relief and temporary shelter to the homeless.  On November 20, donation boxes will be available at the Ayala Triangle Gardens during the start of the lights and sound show.  Ayala Malls will also present 8 Christmas concerts for the benefit of typhoon victims.

Globe has restored 70% of the network in the Visayas.  Libreng Tawag and Libreng Charging are available in 54 sites. Libreng Internet is also available in San Jose, Antique, and Villamor Air Base.

Manila Water is producing an additional 15,000 to 20,000 Baso Water until Saturday. Its Mobile Treatment Plant (MTP) is now in Cebu City awaiting deployment to Bantayan Island. The company is also providing trucking services to transport relief goods from the repacking center at Ateneo de Manila University to Villamor Air Base or the Manila pier.

San Miguel Corp. and its subsidiaries also mobilized its business units and its major facilities in the region for relief operations.

Philippine Airlines said it would start free airlifting of critical supplies and relief goods for Yolanda victims in the hardest hit areas.

Petron Corp. has designated over 500 service stations nationwide as drop-off points for donations. The company said it would also establish temporary service stations to ensure reliable fuel supply at the right prices.

San Miguel Brewery said it would use its Mandaue brewery as command center for relief operations and drop-off points for donation. From Philippine Star
The MVP Group of Companies of Manuel V. Pangilinan, meanwhile, has raised P30.45 million for Yolanda victims via a telethon from 9 p.m. Sunday to 2 a.m. yesterday.

Michael Toledo, senior vice-president for corporate affairs at Philex Mining Corp., said all donations would be spent for relief goods, medicine and even housing or infrastructure reconstruction.

Maynilad Water Services Inc. said it is donating P1 million through the PLDT-Smart Foundation, which is part of the Tulong Kapatid efforts of the MVP Group of Companies.


The company is also sending 12,000 units of one-liter bottles, 15,000 one-gallon jugs and 10,000 pieces of bottled water to various organizations.