Pueblo de Oro’s COVID-19 Bayanihan Efforts
2020 Aug 13 | by Apple Barretto
What are the bayanihan efforts of Pueblo de Oro?
- Temporary Shelter For Housing Workers
- Rice Donations
- Grocery Donations
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, when one is called to help, it is our moral and civic duty to extend whatever we can to contribute. The silver lining amid this pandemic is that we have witnessed increased bayanihan efforts among the Filipino people.
More and more people have displayed acts of passion, humanity, and community. And, we at Pueblo de Oro also responded to the call to Heal as One. Here’s a summary of Pueblo de Oro’s COVID-19 efforts.
Truly, our world has been turned up upside down this year. To say that COVID-19 has frustrated everyone is an understatement. Every family in the Philippines is affected by the pandemic and some have lost their jobs struggling to make ends meet to feed their families.
Temporary Shelter For Housing Workers
The Philippine government mandated that everyone stay at home to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. While other families can do this with ease, many Filipinos rely on their daily jobs to feed their families
At Pueblo de Oro, we have hardworking housing workers who are responsible for constructing homes in our communities and townships. Due to the Philippine President’s order for an enhanced community quarantine, several PDO workers were stranded in construction sites and were unable to go home to their families.
We recognize that these are unprecedented times for everyone. This is the reason why we provided housing workers with temporary shelter during the community quarantine in Batangas in April 2020. A total of 156 workers were offered decent sleeping quarters. To further stretch our efforts to lessen the risk of contracting the virus, we also provided our workers with food assistance.
As a company, we realize that the help we provide our housing workers is also an opportunity to recognize their contributions and to express our gratitude for their hard work and sacrifices.
As in most Asian countries, rice is also the staple food of Filipinos. Rice is the source of energy to power them through their daily lives. As part of a continuous effort to empower local communities, Pueblo de Oro reached out to underprivileged Filipinos in Luzon by donating sacks of rice.
Last April 5, 2020, a total of 680 rice sacks were donated to 17 barangays and host communities located in Calamba and Cabuyao Laguna; Sto. Tomas and Malvar, Batangas; and Hermosa, Bataan. We made this possible with the help of our partners and barangay officials who repackaged and distributed the donations for around 200 families.
Some cities have lifted their quarantine restrictions since then, but some areas are still under the general community quarantine. On May 29, 2020, the Pueblo de Oro Pampanga group contributed a total of 20 rice sacks to more than 100 families. Each of the beneficiaries from Barangay Del Carmen received 25kg of rice. Our company continues to work in ensuring that there is food on the table for our fellow countrymen in the midst of the pandemic.
We understand that some families in our communities have faced both health and economic impacts during these trying times and we are here to help. In cooperation with the local government, grocery packs were distributed to our host communities and families.
After the successful donation drives in Luzon, we went South to aid underprivileged families in Cagayan de Oro. The three-day relief operation’s first batch of beneficiaries were maintenance workers in our communities. On May 28, 2020, food packs containing eggs and 25kg of rice were distributed.
In June, the second batch of donations consisted of rice sacks to other nearby communities. With the help of local barangay officials, a total of 1,750 kg of rice were distributed to 2,500 families residing in barangays Carmen, Canitoan, and Lumbia.
During the same month, the Pueblo de Oro Cebu group donated grocery packs that contained several canned goods and instant noodles. A total of 154 families from Barangay Babag in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu were thankful for it.
Pueblo de Oro didn’t stop there. After the donation drive, we headed to the town of Carcar to distribute grocery packs to 103 families from Barangay Can-Asujan.
Every beneficiary conveyed their gratitude for the donations they have received. With the health challenges and financial struggles that face them, the Pueblo de Oro group is thankful for having the opportunity to give back to our fellow countrymen.
Pueblo de Oro’s COVID-19 efforts included temporary shelter for housing workers, rice donations, and grocery donations. These simple yet sincere acts serve as part of our CSR efforts to help our fellow countrymen get through this pandemic.
We are all in this together when it comes to the fight against COVID-19. As the Philippines slowly rises, our company is with you every step of the way as we all heal as one.