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Nestle: Typhoon Yolanda Destruction


November 14, 2013 - Nestlé Philippines joins the nation in efforts to help relieve the suffering of thousands of families who have been tragically affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

We are working very closely with the Philippine National Red Cross, government agencies and other organizations who have the capability and infrastructure to immediately deliver relief goods to the victims of this tragic calamity.  More than 300,000 nutrient-fortified, ready-to-eat and ready-to-drink products such as NESTLÉ Breakfast Cereals, BEAR BRAND Sterilized Milk, MILO, CHUCKIE, and NESCAFE have so far been provided, and 540,000 bottles of water will be delivered through these agencies to badly hit areas in the coming days.

With a strong spirit of volunteerism, our employees are providing assistance to the typhoon victims, joining in rescue efforts, participating in the packing of relief goods, and providing other forms of support including donations of cash, clothes and other basic necessities.   A bank account has been set up for Nestlé Philippines employees and retirees who wish to donate to the relief effort.  Similar programs have been set up in other Nestle companies in the region.   Likewise, an international facility has been set up by the Nestlé global headquarters in Switzerland for Nestlé employees all over the world who would like to help in this time of need.  All donations received from employees will be matched by the Nestlé Group.

Meanwhile, all Nestlé employees in the hardest hit areas have been contacted and every effort is being made to ensure their safety. All Nestlé factories and distribution centers are undamaged and are operating normally.

Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers go to the typhoon victims in this most difficult time, as they grapple with their terrible pain and loss.

Metrobank Group Announces P50M Assistance for Yolanda Relief Operations

Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) president Aniceto Sobrepeña announced the joint donation of Metrobank Group, Toyota Motor Philippines, and Toyota Financial Services Philippines in the amount of fifty (50) million pesos, wherein 25 million pesos will be allocated to aid in the ongoing relief operations to benefit affected families caused by the super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan), while the other 25 million will be used to assist in rebuilding churches, schools, and others.

Through MBFI and GT-Metro Foundation, Inc. (GTMF), the Ty family foundation, the 25-million donation to the relief operations will be allotted for relief goods which will be packed and distributed in targeted calamity-stricken provinces of Leyte, Iloilo, Capiz, Cebu, Eastern Samar, Aklan, Antique and Palawan.

“We are saddened by the extent of destruction in the lives and properties among our fellow Filipinos in the Visayas including the province of Palawan brought about by this recent calamity. To help mitigate their sufferings, we have mobilized the resources of the Metrobank Group. We hope that other corporations will also do their share as a show of solidarity to the victims,” said Metrobank Group chairman and founder Dr. George SK Ty.

Meanwhile, Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH), the healthcare affiliate of the Metrobank Group, is currently arranging for the conduct of medical missions in hardest hit areas in the Visayas.

Earlier, Global Business Power Corporation (GBPC), the Metrobank Group’s power firm, opened its multi-purpose hall in Iloilo to serve as temporary shelter to around 300 individuals. They have also provided assistance to Cebu and Mindoro in the form of mats and relief packs.

Globe, Smart, Sun offer free local and int’l texts to affected Visayas provinces

To help the communities severely affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda, the country’s three mobile phone operators -- Globe Telecom, Smart Communications, and Sun Cellular are jointly offering 25 free SMS per day for five days that may be used for local and international messages.  This will be available to all their customers in the provinces of Leyte, Samar, Cebu, Aklan,  Antique, and Capiz fromNovember 13 to 17.

“This free service is open to all Globe and TM subscribers in these Visayas provinces.  This is the company’s way of giving assistance to our customers who suffered from the typhoon’s onslaught and who need to reach out to their family and friends in the country and abroad,” said Peter Bithos, Chief Operating Advisor for Globe Consumer Business Group.

"This is a time for Filipinos to come together and help our countrymen in their hour of great need.  This joint effort will help Smart, Sun Cellular and Talk 'N Text subscribers in the typhoon-struck areas to communicate with their loved ones at home and abroad,"  said Charles Lim, Executive Vice President of Smart and Chief Operating Officer of Digitel Mobile Philippines.

The three operators came to this unprecedented agreement in response to the extreme devastation caused by the super typhoon. They are also working to restore their respective services and assist emergency relief activities of the government and humanitarian agencies.

For Globe and TM customers in the affected Visayas provinces, the free service can be availed by texting BangonPinoy to 8888.

Local Chevron companies donate P3.14 M to Typhoon Yolanda Relief Efforts

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