TAAL Volcano in Batangas, southern Luzon erupted on Jan. 12, 2020, forcing thousands of Batangueños living near the volcano to evacuate amid the dangers of continuous earthquakes and ashfall.
Local livelihood, day-to-day living, communication and travel in the province and nearby areas were disrupted by the volcanic activity.
The Aboitiz Foundation, corporate social responsibility arm of the Aboitiz Group, together with several Aboitiz business units (BUs) in southern Luzon, mobilized aid to residents affected by the calamity.
As of Jan. 14, several team members from AP Renewables Inc. Makiling-Banahaw (APRI-MakBan), LiMA EnerZone Corporation (LEZ) and Aboitiz Land Inc. have pitched in to assemble relief packs containing food, 10,000 N95 face masks to combat the respiratory impact of the ashfall, sleeping kits, hygiene kits and drinking water.
These packages will be distributed to 5,519 families, or 11,071 individuals in evacuation centers in Malvar, Sto. Tomas City and Lipa City, Batangas as well as in San Pablo City and Bay, Laguna.
The Aboitiz Foundation also immediately set up a donation page (#TaalVolcano Eruption Call for Donations) to help affected families through its online donations platform KINDer by Aboitiz (KINDer.aboitiz.com).
“The Aboitiz Group is one with Batangas in this time of urgent need. We sincerely hope our assistance will directly help our Batangueño brothers and sisters as they face this challenge with courage and hope,” said Maribeth L. Marasigan, Aboitiz Foundation president and chief operating officer.
APRI-MakBan, LEZ and AboitizLand all have a presence in southern Luzon. APRI-MakBan operates the MakBan Geothermal Power Plant in Bay and Calauan, Laguna, and Sto. Tomas City, Batangas, while LEZ operates LiMA Land’s distribution system in Lipa City and Malvar, Batangas. AboitizLand has industrial, commercial, and residential developments in San Juan, Malvar, and Lipa City, Batangas.
The Aboitiz Group is always at the forefront of disaster relief in BUs’ host communities. In 2019, 410 Aboitiz team member volunteers provided 41,661 families with food and non-food relief packs, while 18,597 families benefited from power line restoration.