LEADING life insurer Pru Life UK donated hundreds of food packages to its adopted communities in Bantayan Island, Cebu, amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
A total of 421 families from Barangay Sulangan, Municipality of Bantayan, and Maricaban, Municipality of Santa Fe, benefited from the gift-giving initiative, an outcome achieved thanks to the volunteer efforts of community officers from the two barangays.
“Our hearts are with the families of the Bantayan community at this time of the global pandemic. May this simple act of kindness from Pru Life UK bring them strength and resilience in these challenging times,” said Pru Life UK president and chief executive officer Antonio “Jumbing” De Rosas.
Since 2013, Pru Life UK -- through Prudence Foundation -- has supported communities in Bantayan Island affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda through relief and long-term recovery efforts.
“Prudence Foundation has a long-term and heartfelt commitment to helping build safer and more resilient communities in the Philippines, and nothing is more fulfilling than supporting and seeing the people of Bantayan Island stand firm again,” said Prudence Foundation Executive Director Marc Fancy.
Since the disaster struck, the Regional PRUVolunteer Program, initiated by Prudence Foundation in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines, has brought together employee-volunteers from various Prudential business units in Asia to build disaster-resilient homes for families displaced by the super typhoon.
In 2017, the five-year initiative culminated with the handover of 126 homes, 183 motorized boats with fishing nets, and 140 pedicabs to families on the island.
Meanwhile, in 2018, Pru Life UK donated water supply network systems to 401 homeowners, along with three portable ultrasound machines to the three municipalities of Bantayan, Madridejos, and Santa Fe. (PR)