In a country that is prone to typhoons and earthquakes it is not enough to rely on assistance from the government. The private companies should extend humanitarian assistance most especially because their employees, stake holders and communities may have been affected.
Whenever there is a disaster or a catastrophe, the Lopez Group of companies combines it resources to provide relief, support and assistance to the people affected by natural calamities and disasters. This is a practice which has been handed down from generation to generation and has become a part of the DNA of the Lopez Group of Companies.
Humanitarian & Disaster Relief Assistance, The Lopez Way.
Operation Sagip Aids Families Affected by Typhoon Ompong and Landslide in Naga
Jackielou Basawil’s son and aunt died from the landslide in Bgry. Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet.
They also lost their house during the landslide caused by Typhoon Ompong. A few days after, her neighbors helped her construct a shanty from pieces of roof so they would have a temporary place to stay and a place where they can hold the funeral for her relatives who passed away.
Jackielou’s family is just one of the 7,065 families reached by Operation Sagip with its relief operations for Typhoon Ompong in Cagayan and Benguet. A total of 35,325 individuals were reached with relief packs with kilos of rice, canned goods, and hygiene kits.
“Hindi lang kami pero iyong buong kapitbahay namin magmula sa iba’t ibang parte ng Itogon, Benguet, sana hindi na nila mararanasan kung ano iyong naranasan namin noong kasagsagan ng bagyong Ompong,” Jackielou said, trying to hold back her tears. (I hope this will not happen again to us and to all of our neighbors in Itogon, Benguet.)
Beneficiaries from Gonzaga, Cagayan flash their smiles as they received relief packs from Operation Sagip
Operation Sagip’s relief efforts are fueled by the donations they receive from different individuals and groups. Recently, the Women of Bel-Air Foundation donated cash and in-kind donations such as clothes and medicines to the emergency and humanitarian assistance program to help families affected by the calamity.
Susan Bautista-Afan, ALKFI's Managing Director, receives the check from Constancia Lichauco, the Founder and Consultant of WOBA Foundation, together with WOBA members and Operation Sagip Donor Management Officer, Athena Arelano.
“We want to give it to the most deserving, to those who need it the most, and to who can give it [the fastest],” Constacia Lichauco, WOBA Foundation’s founder shared.
Aside from Cagayan and Benguet, Operation Sagip also reached out to 968 families affected by the landslide in Naga, Cebu.
The landslide affected five barangays – Tinaan, Mainit, Naalad, Pangdan, and Cabungalan, leaving 65 people dead, 18 injured, and few still missing.