Petron, San Miguel Continue Relief Operations to Help Sendong Victims

Two of the country’s leading corporations continue to help victims of Typhoon Sendong especially in the hardest hit areas namely in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities.

Through the combined efforts of Petron Foundation and San Miguel Foundation, relief operations have been conducted in 16 evacuation centers in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.  Over 4,500 families, who lost their homes, have received relief packs. To complement these initiatives, several soup kitchens have also been conducted benefitting 3,200 people. 5,000 sandwiches and 5,000 shirts have likewise been distributed as part of the relief efforts.

“We sympathize with thousands of our countrymen who have lost their homes, many their loved ones, because of Sendong.  With our humble efforts, we hope to help them get back on their feet and rebuild their lives,” Petron Mindanao Operations Manager Rito Apas shares.

It is estimated that Sendong caused over 1,000 fatalities with another 1,000 people still missing.

Apas, who has been designated by Mr. Ramon S. Ang, Petron Chairman and SMC President, to be part of the Petron and San Miguel efforts since relief operations began in earnest last December 19, adds: “While there is much to do, we are all inspired by the volunteerism being displayed by our friends and partners here.”

He notes the unwavering efforts of Petron and San Miguel volunteers, government agencies, business partners, friends, and even relatives, who continue to actively participate in the relief operations.

Donations have also been pouring in from other areas of the country as 350 Petron service stations nationwide are being used as drop-off centers for donations.  Donations are then collected and shipped to Petron’s depots located in Tagoloan and Iligan.  These facilities have acted as command centers for the joint relief operations.  At the same time, these depots have also ensured a reliable and sufficient supply of fuels in the area.

To date, nearly 3,000 kilos of goods have been shipped by air from Manila to Cagayan.  110 drums have also been turned over to DSWD for use in evacuation centers.  Petron and San Miguel employees have raised a substantial amount which will be used to purchase toiletries and other personal items.

Petron and San Miguel continue to work hand-in-hand with other partners including DSWD, the Corporate Network for Disaster Response, and the Laguna Lake Development Authority to give assistance in areas where the need is greatest.

(contributed by Petron Foundation)