Rebuilding lives after Yolanda-A A +A
Friday, May 9, 2014
THE MVP Group Tulong Kapatid consortium has consolidated resources to rebuild coastal communities in the province of Capiz that were devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda.
The PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF) took the lead in the initiative after the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery designated the MVP Group Tulong Kapatid as the “development sponsor” of the province in the aftermath of Yolanda.
PSF initially turned over 35 fishing boats to the province’s fisher folk on behalf of all the companies under the PLDT Group and Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) during the Fluvial Parade in Roxas City held recently as part of the celebration of CAPIZtahan 2014.
The ceremonial turnover of boats represents the support of the MVP Group for the 7 Capiz coastal towns of President Roxas, Pilar, Pontevedra, Panay, Ivisan, Sapian, and Roxas City, which were all affected by the disaster.
“No less than PLDT Group and PSF chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan gave his commitment to help these coastal communities recover and get back on their feet following Yolanda. Many of these fishermen lost their boats and livelihoods. We will help them rebuild their lives and start anew, and giving them new boats is a start for livelihood recovery,” said PSF president Esther Santos.
Santos was in Capiz to facilitate the turnover along with representatives from the other companies under the MVP Group Tulong Kapatid.
Tulong Kapatid is the disaster response platform for all companies in the Philippines under the First Pacific Group.
Apart from the turnover of the fishing boats, talents of TV5 also provided entertainment and even helped the residents carry the fishing boats to the sea shore.
Member-companies also provided special items that were raffled off to the residents during the event.
The MVP Group Tulong Kapatid has also been designated as one of the development sponsors for Tacloban City, which like Capiz has been severely affected by the super typhoon.
As part of the group-wide disaster response for Yolanda, emergency communications were provided to the residents and government and humanitarian agencies; network coverage for wireless communications was restored only a month after the Yolanda made landfall; livelihood programs were instituted in partnership with government agencies; livelihood and housing kits were given to those who sought refuge in Manila after the disaster; and relief packs were distributed to various areas in Eastern Visayas.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 09, 2014.