SingTel donates P1.7M for Yolanda survivors

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

SINGAPORE Telecommunications Ltd. (SingTel) has donated SGD 50,000 (roughly P1.75 million) to buy food and drinking water for Typhoon Yolanda victims via Globe Telecom’s corporate social responsibility program.

In addition to the corporate donation, SingTel has set up staff donation drives across its operations in Singapore and Australia to raise more funds. SingTel is a major stockholder of Globe together with Ayala Corp.

“We wish to extend our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences on the loss of thousands of lives and massive destruction to properties. Together with Globe, our regional mobile associate, we want to play a part in assisting affected Filipinos with their daily needs in the hope of helping get them back on their feet again,” said Andrew Buay, SingTel’s VP of Group Corporate Social Responsibility.

Globe was one of the first companies to respond to the calamity by offering Libreng Tawag, Libreng Charging, and Libreng Internet stations to help the victims contact their kin even as it continues to provide relief operations in the disaster-stricken areas.

The SingTel donation, together with almost P300,000 raised from Globe employees, will be used for the second wave of relief operations in Eastern Visayas such as Tacloban City in Leyte and Guiuan, Eastern Samar. Other sites are yet to be finalized.

So far, Globe has already distributed relief packages to almost 5,000 families as well as hot meals to 3,000 individuals. During the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong in 2011 and Typhoon Pablo in 2012, SingTel was also among the foreign firms that offered aid. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 09, 2013.


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