Monday, August 19, 2013

Major corporations help storm victims - Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The country's major corporations responded yesterday to the widespread disaster brought about by Tropical Storm Maring.

The Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), which counts the country's biggest corporations among its members, has begun putting together relief packages for immediate deployment to affected areas.

The MVP Group of businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan mobilized its water concession Maynilad to send water to relief centers in areas affected by floods.

The group also mobilized its helicopters to bring goods to the Cavite provincial capitol, and put its Philex Mining rescue team on alert. Smart Communications has likewise mobilized to assist in the effort.

The group's other companies including MPIC, First Pacific,  PLDT, Metro Tollways and ABC-5 have committed cash donations and other assistance to the relief effort.

San Miguel Corp. is mobilizing its personnel and resources to provide immediate assistance to families and communities in critical areas that Tropical Storm  Maring had affected.

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Water, food and other basic necessities are being made available to disaster survivors in the hardest-hit areas in Luzon.

The San Miguel Foundation and the Petron Foundation are also coordinating with the concerned local governments to determine the initial extent of damage to their communities, as well as their basic requirements.

Disaster response teams, comprised of San Miguel Corp. employees, have also been activated to assist in relief efforts.

The company is also using its fleet of flood rescue vehicles, consisting of amphibious vehicles and speed boats, for rescue and relief operations.

Meanwhile, One Meralco Foundation has begun to accept donations in cash and in kind for those affected by Tropical Storm Maring.

Interested parties may contact 632-8301 or send donations to the Tulong Kapatid Center located at the Meralco compound on Ortigas Avenue in Pasig. Donations will be received beginning today until Friday, from noon to 4 p.m.

Cash donations can be deposited to the One Meralco Foundation at BDO Account No. 4630144474.

To date, Tulong Kapatid has prepared over 3,000 relief bags for distribution to areas in need.
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