PSF President Esther Santos serves some hot meals to jolly kids in San Mateo, Rizal.
The Filipino spirit, too often described as resilient, is much more than that. Amidst the wrath of heavy storms and monsoons, Filipinos always find a way to anchor themselves in hope.
“Some say the Filipino is water-proof. We have seen that during the recent typhoons and rains which brought severe damage from floods in Central Luzon down to Metro Manila areas. During times like these, we in PLDT-Smart Foundation and the MVP Tulong Kapatid Group think that it is important that we act quickly to serve our countrymen, albeit in small ways,” said PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF) President Esther Santos.
Fueling the sparks of hope
While there are many days where sunshine illuminates the archipelago, the Philippines is also known for its stormy weathers and super typhoons. Through and through, the resiliency of every Filipino has manifested itself in all these tragedies. As every survivor closes such chapters, they open doors filled with brand new possibilities. Sometimes, these come in a form of humble donations — one that ultimately allows every survivor to be hopeful.
A thankful elder happily smiles as she makes her way home in Candaba, Pampanga.
Last July 27, PSF gave away 1,000 food packs to the families affected by Typhoon Josie in Abucay, Tenejor, and Balanga, Bataan. Smart also donated 300 relief goods in Bataan. Smart employee volunteers also joined the relief efforts in Bataan. Last July 31, another 500 relief goods were given to families in Apalit and Candaba, Pampanga.
With the unparalleled support of some members of the MVP Tulong Kapatid, PSF also served hot meals to 500 individuals and gave away 200 blankets to all the mothers in Brgy. Banaba in San Mateo, Rizal last August 13.
Some 600 families in three Barangays in Pangasinan tirelessly hold on to their faith as they go through the tragedy brought upon by the tropical storms. These three barangays include Barangay Lasig, Sitio Otel in Calasiao; Barangay Sonquil in Sta. Barbara; and Barangay Barang in Malasiqui.
Some beneficiaries continue to brave the ankle-deep flooding brought by the typhoons in Brgy. Sonquil in Sta. Barbara.
Last August 15, Tulong Kapatid, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) consortium of the MVP Group of Companies, joined together to spearhead relief efforts in Pangasinan. The collective efforts of the Group provided 600 food packs to the three barangays. The food packs were given by PSF, Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, and One Meralco Foundation. Maynilad donated water for the families, while Metro Pacific Investments Corporation gave away some water purifier.
Moreover, PLDT, through the PLDT Community Relations (ComRel) Division, the PLDT Marikina Customer Operations Zone (CSOZ) led by Romerico Gonzales and PLDT employee volunteers, donated 500 relief packs
which contain ready-to-cook meals and drinks to the families affected by Typhoon Karding in Marikina.
Just last August 17, PSF, along with some members of the MVP Tulong Kapatid, braved the storms to serve more than 500 hot meals in Dampalit, Malabon. PLDT employee volunteers led by Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela (CaMaVaNa) CSOZ Head Danny Marcelo also joined the relief efforts in Malabon.
A family in Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan finds their way back home in a balsa after receiving some donations from the MVP Tulong Kapatid.
Aside from PSF, the companies of the MVP Tulong Kapatid who made these relief efforts possible include Smart Communications, Inc., PLDT, Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, One Meralco Foundation, Maynilad, and Metro Pacific Investments Corporation.
A heart that gives is truly remarkable — one that expects nothing in return. In times of struggle, a heart that gives is one that fuels the very essence of hope where light shines in the darkest of times — especially then.