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Geothermal firm, foundation rebuild ‘Yolanda’-hit school

Philippine Geothermal Production Company, Inc. (PGPCI) and BDO Foundation (BDOF) have teamed up to respond  to  the  call of the Department of Education (DepEd) for the private sector to help rebuild schools in super typhoon-devastated areas. PGPCI donated P2 million to BDOF to co-fund the  reconstruction of a four-classroom  elementary  school  building in Barangay  Bay-bay, Catarman,  Northern Samar, one of the hardest hit areas  by the super typhoon  and classified by the Mines and Geosciences  Bureau (MGB) as one of the hazard-prone areas in the Northern Samar capital.

DEED OF DONATION (seated from left)  Maila Ong, Director, PGPC Policy, Government and  Public Affairs;  Maureen Abelardo, BDOF President; Antonio Yee, PGPC President; Corazon de la Paz-Bernardo, BDOF Trustee; and Jesus Tirona, BDOF Trustee. In photo are (standing from left) Minnie Batoon, HR Director, PGPC; Ramon Militar, BDO Visayas and Mindanao Region Head; and Lucy Co Dy, BDOF Treasurer and Trustee.

DEED OF DONATION (seated from left) Maila Ong, Director, PGPC Policy, Government and Public Affairs; Maureen Abelardo, BDOF President; Antonio Yee, PGPC President; Corazon de la Paz-Bernardo, BDOF Trustee; and Jesus Tirona, BDOF Trustee. In photo are (standing from left) Minnie Batoon, HR Director, PGPC; Ramon Militar, BDO Visayas and Mindanao Region Head; and Lucy Co Dy, BDOF Treasurer and Trustee.

Part of the donation aims to support fisherfolk in the Eastern Visayas by providing motorized fishing boats. “Philippine Geothermal  and BDO Foundation  share a mutual commitment to education  and  livelihood  development. We hope that the rehabilitation of schools  and revival of income sources of families affected by Yolanda will drive  the  recovery of these local communities” said Maila Ong, Director  for  PGPCI Policy, Government,  and  Public  Affairs.   Maureen Abelardo, President of BDO Foundation, said that “ following the  disaster response  activities of the BDO Foundation which has reached  60,000  families in underserved areas affected by typhoon Yolanda, BDOF focuses  on  rehabilitation  efforts  involving the  rehabilitation of educational  facilities,  rural  health  and  community  centers  and resettlement  sites,  as well  as provide livelihood assistance. ”  The  donation  was  formalized  with  the  signing of a Deed of Donation by PGPCI  President Antonio F. Yee, BDO Foundation President Maureen Abelardo, and BDO Foundation Trustee Corazon dela Paz-Bernardo.

PGPC‘s P2 million donation to the BDOF is part of the donations received from its employees in its Makati head office, as well as in MakBan and Tiwi who opted to forego their respective Christmas parties.  Donations were also  made to the Philippine Red Cross and SM Foundation amounting to P500,000 each. Boxes and drop off points were also designated in the company’s three locations  for cash and kind donations from employees, generating more  than  P300,000.