SMC’s ‘Odette’ relief efforts are still going strong, with donations topping P35 million.
San Miguel Corp. (SMC) continues to help regions affected by Typhoon Odette, with food and water donations reaching more than PHP35 million so far.
Petron Corp.’s fuel division has also been able to fully restore service to the majority of its damaged service stations across the impacted regions.
Following its food donations, estimated at PHP30 million in the week following the typhoon last December, SMC president, and chief executive officer Ramon S. Ang said the company has continued to send food aid to affected provinces, with PHP5 million worth of additional food donations given out through partner organizations and its businesses.
Damaged fuel service stations have also been a priority for the corporation, according to Ang, because they are vital to restoring commercial operations, transportation, and humanitarian efforts.
He reported that nearly all of the damaged stations in the regions are now operating.
The corporation is also donating and shipping roughly 24,000 liters of water from its Bulacan Bulk Water Project to many villages in the Visayas and Mindanao, which will be transported by MWSS, the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Navy, a logistical partner, and non-government groups.
SMC’s different facilities in the impacted provinces have also performed relief operations and stepped up efforts to enable nearby towns and vital facilities to gain temporary access to water.
“The recovery from Typhoon Odette in the Visayas and Mindanao regions is only getting started. There are still many destroyed structures and properties, commercial activities have yet to return to normal, and many of our kababayans continue to live in fear. “We’re dedicated to doing everything we can to aid in their recovery, both in terms of giving relief and resuming all of our operations,” Ang added.
The contribution of nearly 100 tons of various food products to Southern Leyte, sent through the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the province and local governments, is part of SMC’s overall relief efforts.
According to the AFP, “Odette” destroyed 18 of the 19 municipalities in Southern Leyte.
SMC has collaborated with the military forces on an extended feeding program through the AFP Mobile Kitchen, which delivers hot meals to various sites throughout Cebu, using donated SMC food products.
More than half a million pieces of varied canned goods and another half a million packets of coffee were included in the contribution.
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Following the typhoon, SMC used all of its resources, both inside and outside the afflicted areas, to distribute food donations to several provinces.
Its numerous companies with activities in the affected areas have also carried out relief efforts for the cities and populations they serve.
San Miguel Brewery has provided relief products as well as water to the general public, particularly in Mandaue and Talisay cities. SMB gives its host villages, as well as the University of Cebu and the University of Cebu Hospital, free water.
Water is scarce in these cities, therefore the company has distributed “aquatabs” to clean drinking water.
Petron prioritizes and supports the vital fuel needs of key institutions such as government agencies, hospitals, power plants, airports, and water treatment plants.
In Mandaue and Mactan, the business also conducted humanitarian efforts, giving food contributions to over 3,700 households.
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