The Metrobank Foundation Inc. and Toyota Motor Philippines Foundation Inc. donated P5 million to the Philippine government to help all victims affected by Tropical Storm Sendong and P500,000 was allotted for the cities of Tanjay and Dumaguete, in Negros Oriental.
Gina Rowena Amiscaray, Metrobank Visayas head, said its group chairman, Dr. George S.K. Ty, had said that the donation is intended to somehow alleviate the plight of Filipinos affected by the typhoon.
Amiscaray said each city will receive P250,000, and added that the Philippine Red Cross and the Department of Health will also receive grant assistance from the P5 million.
Tanjay City Mayor Lawrence Teves said he will transfer the funds to the City Social Welfare and Development Office that will channel the assistance to the flood victims.
A total of 5, 293 families were affected in Tanjay from 18 barangays while 380 hectares of fishponds were damaged, 381 farmlands, 280 hectares of rice plantation, and 18 hectares of corn plantation.
MFI is the corporate social responsibility arm of the Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co. while the TMPFI is the CSR arm of Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation, one of the companies under the Metrobank Group of Companies.
Meanwhile, the Philippine National Bank-Dumaguete branch has donated bottles of mineral water to hundreds of Sendong victims in Dumaguete City and the municipality of Valencia, in Negros Oriental.
The distribution of bottled water, held Saturday, was headed by PNB-Dumaguete branch manager, Marlyn Amores Sonjaco, who was accompanied by bank employees.
They visited displaced families at evacuation centers in Balugo, which included those from the villages of Palinpinon, Malaunay and Caidiocan in Valencia, as well as residents of Taclobo in Dumaguete.
The team also gave children of affected families candies and biscuits.
Hundreds of families in these areas need potable drinking water after water supply was disconnected at the height of Typhoon Sendong’s wrath last December 17.
Until today, Valencia is surviving on water supply being delivered by tanker trucks getting water from the Dumaguete City Water District after the town’s main water pipelines were washed out following flashfloods at the Okoy River.
The DCWD also suffered the same fate although it has restored water connections to many affected barangays in Dumaguete, except for a few areas that are still experiencing low water supply.*LTG/JFP
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