TMX devotes time to help Yolanda survivors

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

JUST days after super typhoon Yolanda devastated the Visayas, TMX Philippines Inc., makers of the world renowned Timex watches, was one of the many companies that extended help. A four-pronged program was formulated.

First, the company made sure that help was provided to its employees and their immediate families who were affected by the calamity. Financial aid was immediately released, while employees who were not affected also volunteered to donate food, clothes and money for their colleagues.

All employees agreed to let go of their Christmas party subsidy and decided to give it to the calamity survivors. TMX Philippines matched it with an equal amount.

A total of 4,200 food packs were repacked by the employees led by its president and general manager Bob Oliver and department heads, together with the members of the employee welfare committee. Hygiene kits were also provided to transients who were sheltered in the evacuation centers in Lapu-Lapu City.

Second, the company provided financial support to organizations that also organized relief efforts to the affected areas. TMX Philippines donated P2 million to ABS-CBN Network. The donation was on top of the P1 million that the company extended earlier after the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit the Provinces of Cebu and Bohol. A total donation of P3 million also went to GMA7 Kapuso Foundation Inc. and TV5 Smart PLDT Foundation.


Third, the company extended financial help directly to the badly hit areas in northern Cebu through several groups that also organized relief efforts. These groups are:

Missionaries of the Sacred Heart priests, Rise Above Foundation Inc. with some European students and a group led by Fun and Sun Diving Shop.

And the fourth phase of help will be the rehabilitation plans that will address the reconstruction of homes, schools, hospitals and providing assistance for livelihood programs.

TMX Philippines is now partnering with Gawad Kalinga for the construction of houses as well as with the Department of Education for the repairs of schools.

The other plans that are being considered is for the provision of beds, supplies or repairs of municipal hospitals and the development of livelihood programs that will have a lasting impact to the beneficiaries.

“There is always time to help and TMX Philippines Inc. and its employees, with its corporate social responsibility high on its priorities, will always be here to extend a helping hand,” TMX Philippines said in the press statement.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 23, 2013.


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