When private corporations get together, they are a powerful force that can help the government during times of trouble. Project Ugnayan is a fund-raising initiative led by top business groups in the Philippines to help the poor fight hunger during the Covid-19 lockdown. So far, the Project Ugnayan beneficiaries have reached over 7.6 million people!
Project Ugnayan Beneficiaries in Manila
Project Ugnayan is a cooperation between the business sector and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF).
PDRF Co-Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala expresses his wholehearted thanks to all our generous donors for making this project possible. “By coming together in a Bayanihan spirit so quickly, we were able to create a program of this scale and importance. This unprecedented assembly of so many of the country’s corporations and business families coming to the assistance of the most vulnerable in our society illustrates and speaks of the heart and generosity of the business community.”
The Project Ugnayan beneficiaries reached over 7.6 million people in the vulnerable communities of Greater Metro Manila.
The Dioceses in Metro Manila
Special thanks go to the 10 Bishops of the Dioceses in Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna, as well as to Caritas Manila. Under the leadership of Father Anton Pascual and the network of Parish Priests, Volunteers, and Barangay Captains, gift certificates were distributed door-to-door. “We appreciate the swiftness and efficiency of their work under very difficult conditions and over very long hours each day,” added Mr. Zobel de Ayala.
According to Father Anton Pascual, Executive Director of Caritas Manila, the initiative earned praises from the clergy. Archdiocese of Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo, San Pablo Bishop Buenaventura Famadico and other Prelates of the Suffragan Dioceses of Manila were elated. The Prelates thanked the businessmen and private organizations that collectively helped Project Ugnayan.
The Business Community
“We are grateful for this opportunity to be part of this business community effort to help people in a time of crisis. This is a movement we should nurture as we prepare to let people return to work and to re-start our economy in the post-quarantine period.” said
“The unity in diversity demonstrated by Project Ugnayan reveals the private sector’s serious commitment to help our country recover from the lost economic momentum because of the pandemic. We are proud to be part of this extraordinary collaboration of industries which will prove most valuable in getting the economy back on track,” PDRF Co-Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan said.
“The true spirit of Easter is about hope and has special significance in these difficult times. We thank all the generous benefactors of Project Ugnayan for this opportunity to fulfill a great mission of compassion for our vulnerable brothers and sisters. Your gifts have warmed their hearts and uplifted their spirits,” Father Pascual said.
Caritas Manila’s Project Damayan, which distributed emergency cash through P1,000 supermarket gift certificates, has reached 1,070,854 families. This translates to 5,354,270 people.
The target is to deliver gift certificates to a total of 1,366,495 families.
ABS-CBN Pantawid ng Pag-Ibig
ABS-CBN’s Pantawid ng Pagibig has reached 238,854 families or 1,194,270 people. This was through food packs delivered through Local Government Units. They will reach a total of 631,921 families or 3,151,605 people by the end of their program.
ADB and the Government’s Bayan, Bayanihan has delivered food packages to 13,370 families or 66,850 people through the Philippine Army and DSWD. ADB has provided funding to reach 80,000 families or a total of 400,000 people.
Jollibee’s FoodAID program delivers ready-to-cook chicken to low-income families from its commissary. They send it through a network composed of Don Bosco, Caritas Manila, and the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Pamilya ng Pantawid (SNPP).
So far, they have delivered to 199,491 families or 977,455 people. They are targeting to reach 500,000 families or 2,500,000 people by end of April.
“In sum, Project Ugnayan and its Partners have reached 1,522,569 families or 7,612,845 people in just over three weeks. This number will rise as all deliveries have already been programmed by the partners,” said Mr. Zobel de Ayala.
Project Ugnayan Donors
The donors of Project Ugnayan are (in alphabetical order):
- Aboitiz Group
- ABSCBN | First Gen
- Alaska Milk Corporation
- Alliance Global Group | Megaworld
- AY Foundation | RCBC
- Ayala Corporation
- Bench | Suyen Corp
- Bonifacio West Devt Corp.
- Carmelray Group
- Cathay Land, Inc.
- Cebuana Lhuillier
- Century Pacific
- Coca Cola Philippines
- Concepcion Industrial
- Consuelo “Chito” Madrigal Foundation, Inc.,
- Daiichi Properties
- DMCI Group of Companies
- Dowell Container and Packaging Corporation
- Far Eastern University
- First Life Financial Company
- Focus Global, Inc.
- Global Food Group
- Glorious Commercial Exports, Inc.
- Gokongwei Group of Companies | Robinsons Retail Holdings
- JAKA Group 1
- J.P. Morgan
- Kawit Prime Holdings, Inc.
- Leonio Group
- Mercury Drug Corporation