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Aboitiz Foundation teams up with Armed Forces in its #BangonVisMin relief efforts

Aboitiz Foundation Dinagat
Members of the Philippine Army load bottled water for distribution in Dinagat Islands

Aboitiz Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the Aboitiz Group partners with the uniformed men and women of the Armed Forces to deliver aid in the typhoon-stricken provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, and Surigao. Over 27,000 families benefited.

“Days after Typhoon Odette struck several areas in Visayas and Mindanao, major groceries and supermarkets in Metro Cebu experienced food and supply shortages which initially hampered our relief operations. We’re glad that our friends from the Armed Forces offered help to the #BangonVisMin relief efforts and mobilized their planes, trucks, manpower and delivered the much-needed assistance from Manila to VisMin,” Aboitiz Foundation President and COO Maribeth L. Marasigan said.

Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) is one of the four mission areas of the Armed Forces. Together with the Philippine Army and Navy Reserves, the Armed Forces has been coordinating with various partners, facilitating multiple donations and transporting needed supplies to several areas in Visayas and Mindanao severely affected by Typhoon Odette.

Aboitiz Foundation Maribojoc Bohol
Members of the Philippine Navy unload and distribute food packs to residents of Maribojoc in the province of Bohol

“We are your army volunteer reservists, handang tumulong sa pagbangon ng mga bayang nasalanta ng mga kalamidad. Just like here in Cebu, we help Aboitiz Foundation mobilize relief goods, kasi alam namin na makakatulong sa mga nangangailangan. Kaisa kami with Aboitiz to bring help to where help is needed.” said LTC Ruel D. Jugalbot (INF) PA, Director of 701st Community Defense Center, Camp Lapu-lapu, Cebu City.

Aboitiz Foundation Surigao del Norte
Philippine Army Artillery Regiment help transport goods for Surigao del Norte beneficiaries

“In Cebu, we give assistance and support to Aboitiz Foundation through hauling and distribution of relief goods as we believe that through teamwork we can send more smiles to the faces of our beloved kababayans in need of help. Sa pagkakaisa, sabay tayong magbigay nang pag-asa sa ating kapwa Pilipino (In unity, together let us give hope to our fellow Filipinos),” 2LT Buenafe B. Dandan (INF) PA, Assistant Operations Officer, 7RCDG.

Aboitiz Foundation and Pilmico
1000 families in Negros Occidental received food packs from Aboitiz Foundation and Pilmico

Pilmico, the integrated agribusiness and food subsidiary of the Aboitiz Group, also provided relief packs to affected families in Leyte, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Bohol, and Cebu.

“Ako ay nagpapasalamat sa Pilmico Feeds sa pag-alala sa amin sa kabila ng kahirapan nandito sila ngayon. Nagpapasalamat ako at ang mga tao na matugunan ang kanilang pangangailangan. Maraming salamat sa staff na nandito lalo na sa mga organizers. Salamat, salamat, salamat!” (“I am thankful to Pilmico Feeds for remembering us, despite the hardships they are here today. I am grateful that the people’s needs are being addressed. Many thanks to the staff who are here especially to the organizers, Thank you!) Minerva Elsan, a Barangay Captain from Negros Occidental said.

As of January 3, the Aboitiz Group’s #BangonVisMin relief operations has delivered over 34,000 food packs, distributed water filters and 54,496 liters of water, served 300 individuals in the Bohol feeding program, prepared 600 sleeping kits and 6000 bread packs for distribution, and has established charging stations in Toledo City and Barangay Ermita in Cebu City. The group has also raised over 16 million pesos through its crowdfunding app ‘Kinder by Aboitiz,’ bank donations, and PayPal.

About Aboitiz Foundation

The Aboitiz Foundation is the corporate foundation of the Aboitiz Group that was established in 1988. Its purpose is to drive change for a better world by advancing business and communities through programs on education, enterprise development, and the environment. Since its inception in 1988, the Foundation’s CSR interventions have evolved from one-time donations to carefully designed programs that empower its beneficiaries to pursue their aspirations.

Today, the Aboitiz Foundation, through the Aboitiz Business Units, develops and implements corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs or CSR 2.0 projects that aim to co-create safe, empowered, and sustainable communities. These CSR 2.0 projects are aligned to the Group’s core competencies, are scalable nationwide, and create a deeper social impact on the communities and beneficiaries it serves.

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