San Miguel donates P23M in goods to Taal Volcano evacuees

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 21 2020 12:35 PM

Evacuees from the Taal Volcano eruption settle at Alfonso Central School in Alfonso, Cavite on Jan. 20, 2020. Authorities ordered the forced evacuation of all residents within the 14-km danger zone from the Taal Volcano crater. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - San Miguel Corp on Tuesday said it donated P23 million worth of relief supplies to residents affected by the Taal Volcano unrest.

Donations include rice, canned goods, coffee, biscuits, milk, eggs, face masks, blankets, sleeping mats and clothing. Its unit, San Miguel Foods, accounted for the bulk of food donations, the conglomerate led by tycoon Ramon Ang said in a statement. 

San Miguel's feeding center and food bank in Tondo and a facility in Batangas operated daily soup kitchens that have so far provided 6,000 hot meals in 6 evacuation centers, according to the statement. 

Employees also pooled their resources to donate toiletries, sanitary napkins, footwear, detergent, powder and alcohol, it said.

More than a thousand kilos of animal feeds were also donated to the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) to aid in the group's rescue operations for affected domestic and farm animals. 

SMC Infrastructure, which operates STAR and SLEX, earlier announced it would waive toll fees for government vehicles, private entities and organizations heading south that are carrying relief goods, volunteers, or equipment.

Another subsidiary, Bulacan Bulk Water Unit is delivering 15,000 5-gallon containers of drinking water to various locations. San Miguel said it would deploy a portable water filtration system. 

Some 14,000 packed meals and 20,000 shirts will be delivered by the San Miguel Foundation in partnership with other organizations, SMC said.