MANILA, PHILIPPINES —International banking giant JPMorgan Chase & Co., in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines, made good on its promise to spearhead rebuilding efforts in communities affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).
On March 30, 2016, new disaster-resilient homes were turned over to 30 families in the town of Dulag, Leyte. These families are new residents of Tupazville, a 200-home post-Yolanda development.
“This is a blessing because we could never afford to buy our own house,” said Mannie Hundangan, one of the recipients. She and her husband, Marcelino, moved into their new home with her parents-in-law a few days before the turn-over.
The simple ceremony was attended by Roberto L. Panlilio, Managing Director and Senior Country Officer of JPMorgan Chase and other JPMorgan Chase executives; Dulag local government officials; representatives from the provincial government of Leyte including Governor Dominic Petilla; and representatives from Habitat Philippines.
Aside from the 30 homes in Tupazville, JPMorgan Chase also funded the distribution of over 2,000 shelter repair kits (SRKs) for residents of Daanbantayan, Cebu; and Guiuan, Eastern Samar. Both towns were also severely affected by Yolanda. The SRKs were distributed to families in December 2013.
Each SRK contains coco lumber, plywood, galvanized iron sheets and other materials and tools. SRKs are Habitat’s form of immediate housing interventions for families whose homes were partially damaged by disaster.
To complement the bank’s contributions, and as part of the company’s volunteer engagement program, employees also volunteered with Habitat in Daanbantayan.
“As a firm, we remain committed to supporting the economic growth and progress of our communities. This commitment clearly extends to our readiness to respond rapidly when disaster strikes and in long-term recovery efforts for those most impacted by these unprecedented events. Further, our employee-volunteers’ willingness to help in their own way makes our interventions all the more meaningful for those involved,” Panlilio said.
“We are truly grateful for JPMorgan Chase’s assistance in the rebuilding of Leyte, Samar and Cebu after Yolanda,” said Charlie Ayco, Managing Director and CEO of Habitat Philippines. “This is a testimony of the importance of multi-sectoral partnerships in building our nation, and making sure that everyone has a decent and safer place to live.”