AS victims of Yolanda reached their one week of isolation and desperation, an outpouring of support both here and abroad continued from as far as Europe and as near as Asean neighbors, who expressed their sympathy and prayers.
Local companies that have aggressively been sending donations to eastern and western Visayan provinces ravaged by storm Yolanda last Nov. 8, included: Jollibee Foods Corp (JFC) and its Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) with P30 million, LG Electronics Philippines and the 2GO Group which is going to ferry these relief goods to the different provinces affected by the storm.
The Jollibee group counts the brands Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal and Burger King which pledged P30 million for the government’s relief and 300 employee volunteers from its business units have also been mobilized to assist in the repacking at DSWD in Pasay City since Nov. 14.
Donations in kind like 600 sacks of rice, ready- to- eat meals and other JFC products, have previously been provided to more than 20,000 survivors and volunteers in coordination with the DSWD, GMA Kapuso Foundation, ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya, Philippine Red Cross, and several Visayas-based relief agencies.
JGF has also partnered with Air21 and NMC Shipping Line to transport relief goods like canned goods, bottled water and instant noodles, among others.
The 2GO Group composed of operating brands like 2GO Freight, 2GO Express and 2GO Travel is shipping the relief goods intended for super typhoon Yolanda. It established acceptance centers in all 2GO Express outlets in Caloocan, Cubao, 2GO Express in Domestic Airport; Escolta; SM Centerpoint and SM City North EDSA.
LG Electronics Philippines president/CEO Sung Woo Nam donated to the Philippine Red Cross Chair Richard Gordon $500,000 in check as its support to the typhoon victims.
Assistance from the foreign community have been mostly in logistics (airplanes, crew, and experts and supplies) to cash and hospitals.
The PRC for one received non-food items from the Spanish Red Cross (SRC) and German Red Cross (GRC) to augment typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) response in Visayas region and other affected provinces.
Through a Jetstar special air cargo from Berlin, 500 family tents, 500 kitchen kits, 1000 hygiene kits, 1000 tarpaulins and 500 shelter tool kits from GRC arrived this morning in Cebu City.
Meanwhile, 6,000 jerrycans and mosquito nets from SRC arrived this afternoon in Cebu City.
These non-food items will temporarily be stored in PRC Warehouse in Cebu City and will be eventually brought to different affected areas in Visayas for immediate distribution.
Gordon, with GRC Head of Delegation Emilio Teijeira and SRC Emergency Coordinator Angel Vicario, personally processed the arrival of goods Thursday. A 61-man team of PRC arrived in Tacloban City and will start relief and rehabilitation projects in the area the soonest. (The PRC was just granted a seat in the policy-making International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) Crescent Movement which is met on Nov.12 to 15 in Sydney for the general membership and then on Nov. 17-18 for the Council of Delegates meeting).
To date, a total of 649, 955 families were affected in 202 municipalities and cities. More than 150,200 families were temporarily sheltered in 855 evacuation centers and houses totally damaged reached 62,600.
PRC is also managing multiple disaster operations as a result of the challenges brought by a series of typhoons, an earthquake in Bohol and Cebu, and an armed conflict in Southern Philippines.