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PBCOM helps fishing communities stay afloat


Keenan Ugarte, PBCOM Moves Campaign Chairman, presents a check for more than P2.9 million to Basilia Yao, Pinoy Relief Executive Director.

On May 12, 2014, the Philippine Bank of Communications (PBCOM) presented a check for more than P2.9 million to Pinoy Relief, a New York based organization that was established in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, which is represented locally by Philippine Business for Social Progress. The donation will fund materials to complete and rehabilitate 100 fishing boats destroyed by typhoon Yolanda in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, specifically in the barangays of Tay-Tay and Pagnamitan.

PBCOM Moves is a campaign launched by PBCOM employees to help rehabilitate communities devastated by typhoon Yolanda. It has partnered with non-profit organization Pinoy Relief to help deploy its funds donated by its employees and stakeholders. Typhoon Yolanda destroyed a significant number of fishing boats, affecting hundreds of fishermen. Pinoy Relief aims to build and rehabilitate a total of 1,000 boats.

“In making our decision to partner with Pinoy Relief, our goal was to find a credible organization that will direct our funds towards long-term solutions,” said Keenan Ugarte, Chairman of the PBCOM Moves campaign. “These boats will not only help provide fishermen with an income, it will also allow them to feed their families and other community members for years to come. We couldn’t have asked for a better group to partner with.”

PBCOM was also one of the sponsors of the Pinoy Relief Benefit Concert held March 11, 2014 in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Jennifer Hudson, Charice Pempengco and Jessica Sanchez were among the acts. Funds from ticket sales went to the Pinoy Relief Fund, which focuses on building fishing boats, rebuilding classrooms and improving the livelihood of those affected by the typhoon.