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Providing relief during calamities

Addressing basic human requirements in the immediate aftermath of a disaster is a major challenge even for large companies.

Mobilizing resources in an efficient and prompt manner takes a lot of forethought, coordination and commitment.

Maynilad provides relief during natural and man-made disasters through potable water donations, water technology assistance, funding support, on-the-ground technical services and more.

“We are here to extend our assistance because we understand that having access to clean water is vital, especially during times of calamity,” said Maynilad President and CEO Ricky P. Vargas.

In 2015, Maynilad provided potable water to some 3,400 families from different provinces affected by Typhoon Lando.

Over 6,000 units of varied-sized containers (1-liter bottles, 1-gallon and 5-gallon jugs) were brought to Isabela, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Benguet, Pangasinan, Pampanga and Quezon Province.

The relief activities were done in partnership with the Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc. (AKFI), DSWD-National Resource and Operation Center, Philex Group Foundation, Inc., Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation and NGO International Citizen Service.

Maynilad also partnered with the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System to deliver 2,000 pieces of galvanized roofing sheets and potable water to families made homeless by the typhoon in General Nakar, Quezon Province.

When Samar and Leyte were hit by Typhoon Nona in December 2015, the company, together with the TV5 AKFI, also provided 1-liter bottled water to around 1,000 families in the said provinces.

Community-based emergency preparedness initiatives such as disaster and risk reduction management workshops and drills were conducted in close partnership with the local government units and key sectoral groups in Antique Province.

The company also signed a Memorandum of Agreement on Boosting Emergency Preparedness on Semirara Island with the local government executives of the Municipality of Caluya, and Barangays Alegria, Semirara and Tinogboc.

In the said agreement, the parties agreed to:
• voluntarily pool technical, financial and capital resources to support the organization and mobilization for islandwide emergency operations;
• build the capabilities of organizations and individuals to improve emergency management on the island; and
• organize and support volunteer groups for risk reduction and management and coordinated response, among others.

The parties held its annual emergency management and first responders’ training and drills from 08-13 June 2015, again tapping the Office of the Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management (PDRRM) - Antique as training resource.

The officers of the Municipal Government of Caluya also participated in the 2015 trainings, bringing the total number of people trained on emergency management to 37, and first responders to 132.

To minimize the risk of dehydration and heat stroke in areas and events where large crowds were expected to gather, the company provided potable water through hydration stations.
• For the Papal visit in January 2015, 60 Maynilad employee-volunteers set up and manned 15 water stations and 11 water tankers along main thoroughfares leading to Rizal Park. The company also supplied 90,000 units of bottled water for the Manila, Leyte, and Tacloban legs of the Papal visit. Maynilad also desludged 22 septic tanks and declogged sewer lines around Quirino Grandstand, and assisted in the cleanup and disposal of waste from the hundreds of portalets in the park.

• In collaboration with TV5, North Luzon Expressway and several community-based organizations, Maynilad established water stations in key areas along the north tollway network for the All Saints’ and All Souls’ holidays.

Maynilad water dispensers were installed at Rescue 5 first-aid stations at the Manila North and South Cemeteries.

Meanwhile, the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) distributed Maynilad bottled water for its “Safe Trip Mo, Sagot Ko – Undas campaign”, which benefitted motorists traversing NLEX, SCTEX and CAVITEX. Free drinking water were likewise distributed in Muntinlupa and Quezon City cemeteries.

• Various fire-hit areas were supplied potable water, benefiting close to 2,200 families in Caloocan, Manila, Parañaque, Pasay, Quezon City and Valenzuela. Relief partners included government agencies and private groups such as the MVP Group Tulong Kapatid Foundation.