San Miguel open to helping rehabilitate damaged churches
Companies also extend assistance to quake victims
MANILA, Philippines - San Miguel Corp. vowed to help in efforts to rehabilitate the centuries-old churches damaged by the earthquake.
In a statement, San Miguel president Ramon S. Ang said said the first priority is to assist communities affected by the devastating earthquake in Visayas and Mindanao.
"Our first concern is the needs of the victims. We are helping provide immediate relief. But we also would like to play a sustainable role in relief efforts and not just immediate recovery,” Ang said.
On Tuesday, a major earthquake hit Bohol, Cebu and Siquijor provinces, damaging buildings, homes and churches.
Ten churches, some of which were centuries-old, had suffered major damage. In Cebu, parts of the Basilica of the Child Jesus, the oldest church in the Philippines, had collapsed.
"These churches are part of our heritage and carry significant historical value. We are open and to do our part in supporting any efforts to rehabilitate these sites," Ang said.
Meanwhile, San Miguel employees and volunteers in Cebu have been tapped for the distribution of relief goods.
Philippine Airlines has activated its Humanitarian Cargo Grant program and will begin accepting donations to be airlifted for free to Tagbilaran City in Bohol and Cebu.
PAL will also provide free air transportation to certified volunteer doctors and medical specialists participating in ongoing relief efforts. The airline will transport high-value goods such as medicines, food and water, hygiene products, clothing, and other necessities such as mosquito nets and repellants, flashlights, radios, among others.
"These items would be given priority over rice, noodles, sardines, and other items either already distributed by local government units or available near the calamity-stricken areas, to maximize cargo space," the conglomerate said.
Petron Corp., a subsidiary of SMC, said it will utilize service stations as drop off points for donations.
Water, free calls
Meanwhile, Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) has dispatched around 400 pieces of five-gallon containers with potable water to Tagbilaran City, Bohol. The emergency drinking water supply was coursed through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).
This as water supply in some parts of Bohol and Cebu were disrupted after the earthquake.
Also, Globe Telecom sets up new Libreng Tawag centers to serve more earthquake victims
Globe Telecom is currently setting up Libreng Tawag stations in two areas in Bohol and one in Cebu.
Globe employee volunteers are already working on the Libreng Tawag booths in Bohol Sports Complex in Tagbilaran City which temporarily houses affected families; Carmen Municipal Hall, the earthquake’s epicenter; and Cebu City Medical Center where injured Cebu residents are being treated.
Earlier, Globe also put up a Libreng Tawag booth in Tagbilaran Municipal Hall in Tagbilaran City which is also being used as evacuation center.