Royal Dutch Shell plc announced today that it is donating US$2.5 million, in response to the catastrophic typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan has caused massive destruction in the central Philippines.
The donation from the Shell Group will be used for rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts in the areas badly hit by typhoon Haiyan, as a way of providing long-term assistance for the affected communities.
Shell companies in the Philippines (SciP) Country Chairman Edgar Chua said, “The extensive loss of lives and damage to property brought about by Haiyan has again mobilised the local and international community to assist in relief and rehabilitation efforts providing hope for survivors to rebuild their lives. Recognising the seriousness of the catastrophe, the Shell Group is providing $2.5 million donation, on top of fund raising activities by various Shell offices worldwide. The outpouring of support for the Philippines by Shell colleagues both here and abroad is truly heartwarming and makes me proud to be part of Shell.“
In addition, Shell companies in the Philippines have donated Php 30M (approx US$750,000) to its partner organisations Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya Foundation-DZMM TLC and GMA Kapuso Foundation to extend immediate relief such as food and water, medicine and personal hygiene products, medical supplies and medical missions, and fuel assistance to impacted communities. Retail stations all over the country have also been mobilised as drop-off points for all in-kind donations. Furthermore, Shell staff participated in various volunteerism activities of partner organisations such as telethons and repacking of relief goods.
Employees of various Shell offices worldwide are likewise arranging voluntary donation channels and in several countries, these funds are being matched with a corporate donation. In the Philippines, donations are coordinated through the Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI).
Donations from other Shell offices in other countries are either coursed directly to PSFI or through their local Red Cross societies.
Typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines earlier this month is the second-deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 4,011 people in that country alone.
November 22, 2013