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Filipino companies send aid to Typhoon Yolanda victims

Filipino companies send aid to Typhoon Yolanda victims
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Typhoon Yolanda is one of the most devastating calamities that happened in the Philippines. But if anything good is to be said about the event, it is that so many people, communities, and companies are reaching out to help.

Epson Group of Companies donated an initial P2 million to the victims of Yolanda through Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), a non-profit organization. The company later on increased their aid to P6.372 million, which included employees’ initiatives (Christmas Party and Family Day funds). Epson employees also joined in on-site relief operations through the PBSP.

LG Electronics, through the Philippine Red Cross, donated US$500,000 (or around P22 million) in cash. The company also installed LG solar panels worth $100,000 (or approximately P4.3 million) in evacuation centers. Installation of the solar panels was done in partnership with the Department of Energy. LG employees also collected their individual contributions, all of which amounted to a total of $10,000 (or around P438,000).

Fujifilm Holdings Corporation gave a total of 22 million yen (or around P9.4 million) worth of aid. Some of the donations are medical products produced by Fujifilm. The company also gave out additional support via the initiatives of its employees.

MERALCO (Manila Electric Company) powered areas hit by the typhoon by providing 40 generator sets. One Meralco Foundation (OMF), MERALCO’s social development arm, was present in the relief operations in many communities. OMF donated, repacked, and delivered relief goods through TV 5’s Tulong Kapatid.

Yamaha Motor Philippines donated P7 million worth of cash and goods through the ABS-CBN Foundation. The donations included 10 generators and 12 multi-purpose engine units. The company also cancelled their Christmas parties to channel funds to relief operations.  

Suzuki Philippines Incorporated also teamed up with the ABS-CBN foundation and provided two trucks to transport relief goods. The company donated P1 million in cash through the same foundation. Suzuki Philippines’ mother company, Suzuki Motor Corporation, separately donated 5 million yen (around P2.1 million) through the Japan Red Cross Society.

Words Elaine Cotoner

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