Support pours for ‘Yolanda’ victims

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AS victims of Super Typhoon 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.

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Local companies that have aggressively been sending donations to eastern and western Visayan provinces ravaged by Yolanda on November 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.

Telecommunication giant, Globe Telecom reactivated its Bangon Pinoy program for relief and restoration efforts in the affected Visayas provinces.

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 November 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 Yolanda victims. 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 and Chief Executive Sung Woo Nam donated to the Philippine Red Cross Chair Richard Gordon $500,000 in check as its support to the typhoon victims.

Globe’s Bangon Pinoy is an integrated program that allows communities devastated by the recent calamity to benefit from relief operations, free call and text services, network restoration and a series of community-rebuilding activities. It was first launched in 2009 following storms Ondoy and Pepeng that wrecked havoc in the country.

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