Typhoon Odette is something that I will not forget anytime soon. I am currently based in Negros Occidental and it was my first time to experience a typhoon that strong. I can vividly recall the strong winds while our windows were banging loudly. It was around 11pm and the electricity had already gone out. No matter how tired we were, it was impossible to sleep. The anxiety and fear that your house might be destroyed or the roof will just be blown away was real.
In the morning, there is no internet and even mobile communication lines are not available. You seem to be cut off from the world. It was late in the afternoon that that mobile internet was restored and sadly, the damage and the situation of the others were heartbreaking.
Help was needed and it's not going to come easy as many people in different provinces are affected too. In reality, the government cannot do this alone. The damage is so vast and we need all the assistance that we can get. This is why I am so thankful and happy to read the news that even private companies are helping out.
Just like BDO Foundation, in line with its disaster response advocacy, they are providing aid for communities devastated by Typhoon Odette. The corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank is coordinating with dioceses and parishes in disaster-affected areas for the distribution of relief goods containing food, rice, and drinking water. The foundation is organizing relief operations, mobilizing volunteers to extend immediate assistance to families in typhoon-stricken provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao. The ongoing corporate citizenship initiative is made possible with the support of BDO and BDO Network Bank branches.
Thank you, BDO and BDO Foundation!