AES donates 50 houses for Yolanda-affected families-A A +A
Friday, March 7, 2014
AES Philippines, through its foundation AES Philippines Power Foundation, executed an agreement with Habitat for Humanity for the development of 50 houses in New Kawayan, Tacloban City for families affected by Typhoon Yolanda.
The agreement is part of the “AES Adopt-a-Barangay” project and “Rebuild Visayas” program that aims to build more than 30,000 disaster recovery shelters for families in Palawan, Capiz, Iloilo, Cebu, Leyte, Eastern Samar and Western Samar displaced by recent calamities.
For the Leyte resettlement project, 852 homes will be built in a 10-hectare resettlement site in Barangay Kawayan, Tacloban.
Program Development Manager of Habitat for Humanity Philippines Rosauro Luntayao said numerous corporate donors have already signified their intent to provide funding for the 852 homes to be built in the project site, among them AES Philippines.
Aside from building houses for the families, the partnership with Habitat for Humanity will also be approached in a holistic manner, through incorporating community development aspects in building plans.
“Our efforts include programs that will provide or improve the necessary services such as health, education, livelihood, financial independence, environment and values formation,” said Luntayao.
“Such holistic approach in community development is completely in line with our company’s values,” said AES Asia SBU President Scott Kicker.
The AES foundation currently has basic health welfare, education, livelihood, environmental stewardship, and volunteerism projects in its host communities and partner electric cooperatives in Luzon.
“Despite our business and interaction being mainly focused in Luzon, AES recognizes that we need to do something for the communities in Visayas,” Kicker said.
Within the first two weeks after Yolanda struck, AES distributed water filtration equipment on ground in Tacloban.
Managing Director and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Philippines Charlie Ayco stressed the importance of such efforts in accomplishing the vital task of rehabilitation.
“As we enter a challenging phase of rebuilding not only houses, but also the lives of people, we continue to learn and evolve to build back better. This partnership is important because of the trust we have been given to accomplish these goals,” he said.
Lauding AES Philippines’ efforts, Brian Goldbeck, deputy chief of Mission of the Embassy of the United States in the Philippines, said: “These efforts that the company has undertaken are great examples of the core principles we like to see in American companies here in the Philippines. It also shows the continued commitment of the United States, and corporations to the Filipino people.” (PR)