Metrobank Group lends helping hands for Bohol-A A +A
Thursday, October 31, 2013
THE Metrobank Group, with the support of GT-Metro Foundation (GTMF) and Metrobank Foundation (MBFI), distributed 9,000 relief packs on October 25 as the first of a series of disaster response initiatives that target to provide aid to more than 14,500 families who were affected by the deadly earthquake in Bohol province.
Some 400 volunteers from Metrobank and its subsidiaries in Cebu and Bohol conducted the relief operations in the towns of Tubigon, Sagbayan, Clarin and Calape.
GTMF Executive Director Aniceto Sobrepeña said the initiative resulted from a call made by the employees of Metrobank in Cebu.
"The employees felt the spirit of altruism, which prompted them to lend helping hands to fellow Filipinos during these difficult times," he said.
A total of P10 million was allocated by GTMF for the purchase of goods in the Bohol earthquake relief operations, which shall have subsequent distribution activities in Maribojoc and Loon.
Manila Doctors Hospital, Metrobank Foundation's healthcare affiliate, meanwhile, will be sending a medical team, including volunteer doctors and nurses, as well as medicines for medical missions in nine towns in Bohol on November 1-4.
The medical mission is conducted in close coordination with the Bohol Provincial Government and various municipal health offices.
The Metrobank Group's power arm, Global Business Power Corporation, was among the first to respond to the calamity as it gave away relief packs in Cebu and Bohol on the week of the earthquake.
The Group tapped the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Central Visayas field office and the local government units to help in the identification of beneficiaries. Security assistance was also provided by the Bohol Provincial Police Office.
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the provinces of Bohol and Cebu, among other areas in the Visayas, in the morning of October 15, affecting 671,103 families and damaging 66,932 houses, aside from a number of heritage churches and infrastructure. (PR)