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.
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.