Philex Mining Vice President & Chief Information Officer Brett Medel and the company’s vice president for Environment & Community Relations Victor Francisco helping out at the Tulong Kapatid Center, in Meralco Compound, Ortigas Ave. | BF

MVP Group mobilizes resources for ‘Maring’ victims

Monday, August 19, 2013

Move part of holistic approach to giving aid

The MVP Group of Companies has mobilized its resources, such as relief goods, financial donation, and rescue team to help victims of floods brought about by the tropical storm •€œMaring,•€ which has killed and injured some and left many others homeless.  

The group today prepared 1- and 5-gallon water jugs and relief goods packages for distribution to various relief centers in the affected areas while it placed on standby rescue and medical teams for deployment if need be.  

€œThis is in line with the holistic approach to giving assistance in times of disaster which we unveiled late last year,•€ Manuel V. Pangilinan, who chairs the companies under the MVP Group, said.

Michael Toledo, senior vice president at Philex Mining Corp. and head of the MVP Group of Companies•€™ Media Bureau, said the group has sent potable water and relief goods to Cavite, in coordination with the office of Gov. Juanito Victor Remulla. He stressed that the group is considering using a chopper to transport goods to other affected areas if weather permits.  

He said officials of Philex Mining, Maynilad Water Services, Inc., Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), and PLDT-Smart Foundation, TV5 Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc., and One Meralco Foundation, among other companies under the MVP Group, today held a meeting with Mr. Pangilinan on how to provide further help for the flood victims.  

He added the group is also coordinating with the Philippine Business for Social Progress, a nonprofit social development entity, through its executive director, Rapa Lopa, in the distribution of more relief goods.  

Cavite, along with Laguna, Batangas, and Occidental Mindoro were likely to experience more heavy to intense rains for the next few hours from Sunday night, owing to southwest monsoon enhanced by •€œMaring.•€