By Ben O. de Vera
Seven months after Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) unleashed its fury in the central Philippines, private businesses are not relenting in their campaign to rebuild heavily damaged communities.
By Tarra Quismundo
The dark clouds gave way to the sun as the human chain passed hollow blocks down the line, each block a step closer to rebuilding lives shattered by Super Typhoon Yolanda nearly five months ago.
The Philippines’ biggest canned food company, Century Pacific Food Inc., is helping the government feed some 300,000 schoolchildren in areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda.
Metro Manila Skyway Project developer, Citra Metro Manila Tollways Corp., together with its partner, St. James Renewal Movement (SJRM) of Alabang, distributed hundreds of bags of grocery items and other staples on Dec. 14 to more than 350 families in Sitio (settlement) Espeleta, a depressed community in Muntinlupa City.
The Metrobank Group, Toyota Motor Philippines, and Toyota Financial Services Philippines are donating P50 million for the ongoing relief operations for families displaced by Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” Through the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. and GT-Metro Foundation, Inc. (Ty family foundation), an initial P25 million will be allotted for relief operations in the calamity-stricken provinces of Leyte, Iloilo, Capiz, Cebu, Eastern Samar, Aklan, Antique and Palawan.