AES Philippines Power Foundation Inc. (APPFI), the corporate social development arm of AES Philippines, recently spearheaded the turnover of permanent and disaster-resilient shelter units in Kawayanville, Baranagy Sto. Nino, Tacloban.
AES Philippines partnered with Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Philippines for the project to reach out to communities in a sustained and collaborative effort to provide shelter for the Taclobanons who lost their homes to Typhoon Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan) in 2013. The housing initiative forms part of the PHP5 million-funded Adopt-a-Barangay Project of AES, where part of the funds came from the monetary contributions of AES employees globally.
AES Asia Strategic Business Unit President Scott Kicker, together with HFH Philippines CEO Charlie Ayco and key representatives from the local government unit of Tacloban led by First Councilor Cristina G. Romualdez, turned over twenty five (25) houses to select family beneficiaries of Kawayanville.
“This housing facility is part of the commitment of AES to nurture the socioeconomic well-being of the communities beyond the boundaries on which the Company operates. Kawayanville not only shelters the displaced families of Tacloban—it shelters their renewed hope for a better life,” AES Asia President Scott Kicker said.
According to HFH, each housing unit is disaster-resilient that can withstand winds of up to 250 kilometer per hour, similar to those winds of Typhoon Yolanda. The shelter units were also built within a well-planned community that incorporates a day care center, sports facilities, and other community amenities.
Through partnerships with non-profit organizations focused on community development, the Kawayanville project will also incorporate livelihood development programs as well as values formation for the development of the community’s well-being. AES’ contribution is part of HFH Philippines’ aim to complete 369 homes in Brgy. Kawayan by November 2015.
Back in 2013, AES also led disaster relief operations to the communities in Leyte that were severely affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Among others, AES volunteers brought relief goods, water filter systems and other hygiene kits to affected communities. The Company also facilitated feeding programs and medical missions, providing psycho-social first aids to survivors suffering from depression and post traumatic stress.