January 23, 2020 – Pepsi Cola Products Philippines Inc, (PCPPI) immediately provided assistance to thousands of affected families in various evacuation sites in Batangas. This was after being displaced amid the continuous period of intense unrest of the Taal Volcano, which had an eruption last January 12.
Led by its Southern Tagalog Region Operations Plant (STRO) volunteering personnel, PCPPI coordinated with the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management team of Santo Tomas, Batangas to provide 100 bundles of carton, 300 pieces of empty sacks, and 100 gallons of drinking water, which are assessed as the most immediate needs of the evacuees in San Miguel Elementary School and San Roque Elementary School. An additional 100 cases of purified drinking water were also delivered to the Capitol Site of Batangas City, distributed to nearby evacuation centers.
The STRO Plant also assisted other local government units by providing two hydrant connections for raw water and one hose connection for drinking water, accessible for 24/7. Three lines were also mobilized to clean thick layers of ashes accumulated from the ashfall.
After coordinating with the National Red Cross Capitol Site, PCPPI committed to organize a blood donation program to support evacuees with medical conditions in times of emergencies.