Aboitiz brings yuletide cheer to over 4,000 Typhoon Nina-stricken families
Nearly P2M pledged for aid over the holidays, with re-electrification efforts underway.
The Aboitiz Group, through its corporate foundation Aboitiz Foundation and AboitizPower geothermal unit AP Renewables, Inc. (APRI), has allotted P1.8 million to supply much-needed relief items to families in Tiwi, Albay affected by Typhoon Nina over the holiday season.
This amount was used to provide canned goods, rice, and water for 4,740 families who represent 60% of APRI-Tiwi’s host barangays. Also distributed by APRI-Tiwi were The Care Packages, developed by Aboitiz food business unit Pilmico, which contain 100-gram high-energy biscuits loaded with 450 kilocalories (equivalent to one full meal) each, designed as an efficient disaster relief solution that not only addresses hunger but provides adequate nutrition via a sustainable food supply. This is in addition to the P500,000 worth of The Care Packages donated by Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. to Mindoro via the Office of the Vice President, and the 10 rice sacks donated by AboitizLand to San Juan, Batangas.
Meanwhile, AboitizPower Distribution Utilities Group also organized five gangs (two each from Visayan Electric Co., Inc. and Davao Power & Light Co., Inc., respectively and one from Subic EnerZone Corporation, including a boom truck) to undertake priority power restoration to APRI-Tiwi and surrounding communities.
“Despite the devastation caused by Typhoon Nina, the Aboitiz Group has committed to provide a bit of holiday cheer and goodwill for our partner communities in Tiwi, Albay. We hope this assistance will allow them to welcome the New Year with optimism and joy,” Maribeth L. Marasigan, First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
The Aboitiz Foundation is an organization of compassionate service, one that can be counted on to provide assistance to those in need as part of its thrust to promote Health & Well-Being for a BetterWorld. In 2015, the Foundation provided essential relief packs to 4,669 families affected by typhoons throughout the year, with 114 team member volunteers nationwide.