BDO Unibank cited its branch employees who had volunteered to distribute food packs to various marginalized communities nationwide during the recent holiday season. Done in partnership with the Bank’s corporate social responsibility arm, BDO Foundation (BDOF), the Handog Sa ‘Yo ng BDO initiative was simultaneously done from December 19 to 26, 2020 across the country.
Food packs were turned over to various barangays and rural health units, which included communities where the health centers were restored by BDOF under its Rural Health Units Rehabilitation Program. Among the recipients were the barangays in Ilocos Sur, Isabela, Benguet, Tuguegarao, Zambales, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Aklan, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Agusan del Norte, and Davao. Metro Manila barangays were also included in the selection.
Recipients in Morong, Rizal note that, the BDO employees were able to reach Barangay Sto. Nino despite the inclement weather. Similar reactions have been expressed by community leaders and beneficiaries from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
To them, the donations were not just gifts for the Christmas season, but also provisions for their daily needs.
Source: Manila Bulletin by James A. Loyola