COMPANIES and foundations led by businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan have volunteered to provide power, water, communication services and food to communities affected by Taal Volcano’s eruption on Sunday, the group said.
“Aid in the form of power, water, communication, food and relief packs are being deployed to affected communities,” PLDT, Inc. said in a statement on Monday.
The companies include Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), Maynilad Water Services, Inc., and PLDT, which said that the social development arm and corporate foundation of Meralco, the One Meralco Foundation, is providing solar mobile charging stations at the evacuation centers.
Meralco, whose power distribution network in the affected areas was operating normally on Monday except in parts of Tagaytay City and Canlubang, is also coordinating with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) to provide gensets to evacuation centers.
Charging services are also available at PLDT’s Tagaytay office for free.
Maynilad is coordinating with the Department of Public Works and Highways for the deployment of 13 water tankers in the affected areas. It has also partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development for the provision of 2,000 6-liter mineral water bottles.
The Makati Medical Center Foundation is providing 2,400 bottles of mineral water in partnership with Le Minerale to affected communities.
“Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) has likewise mobilized its teams to aid in clearing operations. It is currently providing water for windshields of affected CALAX motorists. MPTC is also clearing ashfall at carriageways to ensure safe passage of all vehicles. MPTC would also mobilize relief efforts to affected communities,” PLDT said.
Through its subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc., PLDT has also provided communication support and load credits to the volunteers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority who are assisting in the evacuation, rescue and relief of the affected residents in Batangas.
Alagang Kapatid Foundation, PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF), and Cignal TV are deploying a food truck at evacuation centers in Batangas.
PLDT said affected families at evacuation centers would be provided with relief goods.
In partnership with My Dream in a Shoebox Project, the Makati Medical Center Foundation is providing 8,000 pieces of face masks and 1,500 psycho-social first aid kits.
The PLDT also said that hygiene kits and protector masks would be given to emergency responders teams.
For its part, the Metro Pacific Investments Foundation will distribute 1,000 blankets, 1,000 mats, and 1,500 shirts for both children and adults in the affected areas. — Arjay L. Balinbin