The PCPPI Davao Team led by General Manager Gerard Ian Conlu (5th standing from left) delivering the donations to Makilala Evacuation Center
5 December 2019, Davao City–A disaster recovery effort that aims to create resilient and sustainable communities, Pepsi Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI) continues to assist earthquake-stricken areas in Mindanao.
As part of its initial efforts, PPCPI Davao has already sent 800 cases of mineral water and 800 carboys with tap water last November 5 to help uplift communities in the area. On the other hand, PCPPI Cagayan De Oro in partnership with Rotary Club of CDO also sent a total of 380 cases of mineral water.
Today, PCPPI sent an additional 856 pairs of mosquito nets and blankets, 2 truckloads of drinking water, and 600 carboys with tap water for the 14,000 evacuees at Makilala Evacuation Center in coordination with the LGU of Makilala.
“Some of our people in Pepsi Davao were also badly hit, but we remain committed to provide immediate aid to our communities,” said Yong Sang You, PCPPI Chief Executive Officer. “This proves that Pepsi Philippines believes that all corporations in the world have an immense moral obligation to tend to our communities, especially after surviving devastating disasters,” You added.
It can be recalled that an earthquake with a 6.5 magnitude rocked Central and Eastern Mindanao in November that killed at least 14 people and injured more than 400 others, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). The earthquake also destroyed millions worth of infrastructure and property, and displaced more than 12,000 people.
“Relief efforts are never an easy task and are expected to be a long-term initiative, so we aim to contribute as much as we can by working with trusted organizations on ground that actively help those who have been affected. Through these donations, we hope to provide basic resources to affected families and individuals. For us, there are no small efforts when you help people and communities rebuild their lives,” You concluded.
Pepsi Philippines, for many years, has been a key partner of communities in Davao and other parts of Mindanao. Together with its partners, it aims to uplift communities through its inclusive growth and water stewardship programs. Last year, the company provided sustainable water solutions through 17 water tanks for the temporary shelters in Marawi City through its Water for Peace in Marawi Project.