Villar donates P8M for ‘Yolanda’ relief on b-day

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Monday, December 16, 2013


INSTEAD of him receiving gifts, typhoon Yolanda survivors will be receiving one from the birthday celebrator, former senator Manny Villar.

Villar, chair of the Villar Group of Companies, wrote a check amounting to P8.1 million for the relief and recovery of the calamity victims as he celebrated his birthday with his employees.

The amount is in addition to the P814,000 raised from Vista Land employees who participated in the "Run for a Cause" in which the company committed to donate P1,000 for every finisher.

"I was thinking of doubling this amount, but instead of doubling this amount, I will just add another zero," Villar said.

One of his new employees, Dyan Ballesteros said: "His generosity is overwhelming. I thought that he will just double or triple the amount that we raised in the fun run, but he simply added zero at the end of the amount. I was shocked in a good way; some of us were in tears. It was really a wow-moment! I am proud to belong in his company."

Right after the onslaught of "Yolanda" last November 8, Villar mobilized his company officers and employees to purchase and repack relief goods like rice, canned food, water, medicines and other essential items for delivery to Tacloban City and other areas hit by the super typhoon.
Villar said addressing the immediate needs of the typhoon survivors is just a first step; the second phase is rebuilding their homes.

"I want Vista Land to be at the forefront in rebuilding the devastated communities. Our subdivisions were not spared. I want to bring Camella Homes in these areas to their pre-"Yolanda" state so that it will inspire the people of Leyte, Samar, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Cebu and other areas hit by the typhoon that they can move on," he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 17, 2013.

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