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SMC’s ‘Odette’ aid continues, Petron stations back online

San Miguel Corporation’s (SMC) response efforts for provinces hit by typhoon Odette continue, with food and water donations totaling over P35 million to date.

This, as fuel subsidiary Petron Corporation managed to restore full operations to most of its damaged service stations throughout the affected provinces, a press release from SMC said.

SMC president and chief executive officer Ramon S. Ang said on top of donations estimated at P30 million in the week following the typhoon in December, the company has continued to send food aid to affected provinces, with P5 million worth of additional food donations given out through partner organizations and its own businesses.

SMC’s food donations, coursed through local government units, the military, and non-profit organizations, have reached Negros Occidental and Oriental, Antique, Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur, Bacolod, Bohol, Biliran, Bukidnon;

Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, Cebu, Dinagat island, Davao del Sur, Eastern Samar, Guimaras, Iloilo, Leyte, Marinduque, Misamis Oriental, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Siquijor, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, and Tagoloan.

Repairing and reopening damaged fuel service stations has also been a priority for the company, Ang said, as these are critical to restoring business operations, transportation, as well as supporting relief operations.

Nearly 100 percent of all damaged stations throughout the regions are now operational, Ang reported.

“The recovery of the Visayas and Mindanao regions from typhoon Odette is just beginning. There are still so many damaged structures and properties, business operations have yet to normalize, and a lot of our kababayans are still facing uncertainty in their daily lives. We’re committed to doing all we can to help in their recovery, both through providing relief, and getting all our operations back on track,” Ang said.*

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