Jimmy Bondoc (right) and Asst, Head of Pagcor’s Corporate Social Responsibility Group. Ramon Stephen Villaflor, vice president of community relations, led the distribution of aid packages to the city of Marikina on November 13th. The photo also shows the city administrator Janette Obispo (center) and some representatives of the city government of Marikina who have received the donations.
FLOOD victims in Marikina City received quick support from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) after Typhoon Ulysses threw heavy rains and flooded the country’s shoe capital again.
Pagcor, led by Jimmy Bondoc, Vice President of the Corporate Social Responsibility Group, donated food and non-food parcels to the Marikina city government.
Food packaging contained rice, canned food, and other foods, while the non-food packaging contained blankets, mosquito nets, slippers, and hygiene kits.
Aid sales, held on November 13th at the Marikina Sports Complex, benefited over 1,000 affected families in Barangay Tumana, Malanday, Nangka, Tanong, the Industrial Valley Complex, Dela Pena and Sto. Nino. These communities suffered the greatest damage due to their proximity to the Marikina River, which overflowed when the water level reached 22 meters.
According to local authorities, more than 14,000 people were affected by the severe storm, comparable to Typhoon Ondoy in 2009, after flooding the city and most of Metro Manila, as well as nearby provinces, with noxious floods.
According to city manager Janette Obispo, they need all the help they can to help the flood victims and support their recovery.
Aside from the Marikina relief operations, Pagcor previously carried out relief operations for thousands of locals in the Albay, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes provinces of Bicol who were recently hit by the super typhoon Rolly. Pagcor also provided financial support to families in Albay who lost loved ones when lahar debris from Mayon Volcano buried several communities in the province.