It’s not new to Filipinos that the country gets at least 15 typhoons per year. The geographical location of the Philippines, being surrounded by large bodies of water, is one of the main factors that make the islands prone to typhoons and heavy rains.
Because of this, we Filipinos have somehow learned to cope with the weather and prepare ourselves better whenever there is a storm in the country. But sometimes, typhoons exceed all of our expectations and bring more damage to the country—to the extent that some areas still end up being flooded and casualties are still reported. (Read: Pope Sends Prayers for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines)
This is what happened recently after consecutive typhoons (Typhoons Quinta, Siony, Tonyo, and Ulysses, and Super Typhoon Rolly) entered the country. Many Filipinos didn’t have enough time to prepare for the next one as they were busy trying to get back up from the most recent one. Major cities and provinces experienced heavy rains and flooding as high as the roof of two-storey houses, and many were forced to move to evacuation centers in the meantime.
And with government aid and response minimal, private corporations such as the San Miguel Corporation have stepped in to offer a helping hand to the victims.
‘We Stand As One’
Headed by its president, Ramon S. Ang, San Miguel is currently donating food to the thousands of families who were affected by the typhoons in various parts of Luzon.
The conglomerate has extended help to far-flung areas such as Cagayan, Isabela, Bulacan, Pangasinan, Pampanga, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes and Sorsogon. They also donated foods to the provinces of Batangas, Laguna, Quezon, Rizal, Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Albay, and Romblon, and to cities like Malabon, Manila, Marikina, and Navotas.
According to Ang, they have been receiving messages from victims asking them for assistance and help, and they have found a way to do so. (Read: How Typhoon Yolanda Inspired This Millennial to Fight for Climate Justice)
“We continue to get appeals for help from so many people affected by the typhoon. It’s a challenge to reach many areas, but with help of our employees, partners, and local government units, we’ve been able to send out our assistance,” Ang said.
“Our efforts are still ongoing in various affected areas. We want our kababayans to know that we stand with them, and we will do everything we can to help,” he added.
Flood Mitigation Efforts
Apart from the millions of pesos worth of food donations, San Miguel also pledged that they will continuously pursue their river dredging projects and other flood mitigation programs to help address the ‘perennial problem’ of flooding in Metro Manila.
“More than just providing assistance whenever calamities happen, we at San Miguel sincerely want to help government and our people address the problem of flooding for the long term,” Ang said. (Read: Pinoy Celebs Start Initiatives to Help Typhoon Victims)
“Flooding is a multi-faceted problem and requires multiple approaches. It’s also not just the concern of government or those provinces who are always affected by it. It’s a concern of all of us Filipinos, and we can all contribute to solving it,” he added.