Ayala group aids relief efforts in quake-hit Mindanao
Manila, Philippines – November 5, 2019 The Ayala group and its foundation, Ayala Foundation (AFI), lead the group’s relief efforts in quake-hit Mindanao. With the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), the group continues to send aid to Cotabato, Mindanao, which was struck by deadly 6.6- and 6.5-magnitude earthquakes last October 29 and 31 respectively. As of November 3, the quakes have killed 21 people, displaced over 21,810 individuals in 30 evacuation centers, and affected 178,305 people in 200 barangays across Regions 11 and 12 according to PDRF.
“Ayala is coordinating the efforts across our family of companies to move as one in cooperation with the local government to provide urgent aid for the affected communities in Mindanao,” said John Philip S. Orbeta, Ayala’s Chief Human Resource Officer & Group Head of Corporate Resources.
photo credit: Globe Telecom
Other companies across the Ayala group have already started their own relief efforts as well to provide immediate assistance. Globe Telecom (Globe), in partnership with ABS-CBN Foundation Sagip Kapamilya and through the support of the 39th Infantry Battalion, has distributed food and blankets to about 1,680 displaced families and served over 2,000 individuals at two soup kitchens in three municipalities as of November 1, 2019.
Globe also set up Libreng Tawag and Libreng Charging stations in Kidapawan City Hall, Tulunan City Hall and Plantation Residence, Makilala, to help victims get in touch with their families and friends. Globe remains ready to deploy more free call and charging stations in the affected areas.
photo credit: Manila Water
Manila Water and its social development arm Manila Water Foundation are distributing 2,320 five-gallon Healthy Family water bottles. One thousand of these bottles will be distributed at Kidapawan and Tulunan, North Cotabato in partnership with OCD and PDRF, another 1,000 bottles at Makilala, 300 units at Magsaysay, Davao del Sur in partnership with Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, and another 20 units for employees of BPI Kidapawan Branch.
Manila Water is on standby to deploy one of its Mobile Treatment Plants (MTP) to any affected area in Mindanao. The MTP, which is stationed in Caticlan, Boracay, can treat and convert any type of raw water—river water, flood water, and even saltwater—into potable drinking water.
Ayala companies are also doing their part to aid the community and the affected families of their employees. Ayala Land (ALI) has been collecting donations in kind at Ayala Malls in nearby provinces since November 1. Abreeza Mall in Davao is cooperating with the local government to collect and deliver donations to the LGU’s Task Force Davao headquarters, who will distribute goods to affected families in Davao del Sur and North Cotabato. Besides collecting shoppers’ donations, Abreeza Mall is also preparing relief packs for the families of mall personnel affected by the earthquakes. Centrio Mall in Cagayan de Oro (CDO) is similarly collecting donations that will be distributed by the Philippine Red Cross and AFI in the Makilala and Kidapawan areas. Furthermore, all Ayala Malls are donating old tarpaulins to be used as makeshift shelter.
ALI’s Seda Hotels are also contributing to the relief efforts for its affected employees and communities.
Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) rolled out initial relief operations for affected employees in Kidapawan and Digos, providing them with basic necessities like temporary shelter, water, food and medical kits. Through BPI Foundation, it is currently working with relevant organizations for appropriate recovery programs to support the affected communities in Mindanao.
AC Health’s Generika, together with the Ayala Young Leaders Congress Alumni Association in Mindanao, is donating medicines and helping collect donations for the relief efforts in the Tulunan, Makilala and Kidapawan areas.
Private entities and individuals are welcome to donate goods for the immediate assistance of displaced families in Mindanao. Critical needs include but are not limited to the following: blankets, tents, sleeping mats, rice, canned goods, potable water, hygiene products, tarpaulins, mosquito nets, cooking utensils and equipment, clothing, flashlights, etc.
Cash donations for Ayala’s disaster relief efforts may be deposited through AFI’s designated bank account below:
Account Name: Ayala Foundation, Inc.
Account No.: 0011-1335-41
Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands
Branch: Makati Main
Reference No.: G101
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM