IN line with the disaster response advocacy of BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank, officers and staff of BDO in Davao City mounted relief operations for more than 1,300 families hit by flash floods and torrential rains. Over 30 volunteers, led by BDO Davao and Southern Mindanao region head Beth Estrada and BDO Davao-Lizada branch head Ana Ong, trooped to evacuation sites to distribute relief packs containing food, rice and water to people affected by the calamity.
According to Ong, “We are humbled to be given this opportunity to be a blessing to others, reach out to disaster-hit families and make a difference for the community in our own small way. Through our relief operations, we hope to show the people that we care.” Backed by local government and barangay officials, the relief work was conducted at Los Amigos, Mintal and Tugbok—three barangays hit hardest by massive flooding.
The corporate citizenship initiative was organized by BDO Foundation in keeping with its commitment to support communities marginalized by calamities. The foundation initiates relief operations with the support of BDO volunteers from branches and offices located all over the country for the benefit of people affected by natural or man-made disasters.
Thousands of families in Davao City were displaced when Talomo River overflowed due to incessant rains brought by a localized thunderstorm. Neck-deep floodwaters rendered roads impassable, caused power outages, damaged close to 500 homes and forced residents to seek refuge in temporary shelters.