Business Groups Raise P1.5 Billion for Groceries of Metro Manila’s Urban Poor

20 business groups in the Philippines have come together to pool resources to fund the distribution of grocery vouchers for poor families. Together, the groups have raised over Php 1.5 billion for the urban poor residents in the Metro Manila area.

The initiative called Project Ugnayan aims to distribute Php 1,000 gift certificates to over 1 Million households in the Metro’s poor communities.

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“Project Ugnayan is a collaboration with business groups in cooperation with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) to raise funds in support of ongoing initiatives to help poor families that were economically displaced by the ongoing Enhanced Community Quarantine in Metro Manila,” their statement reads.

“In compliance with social distancing guidelines, gift certificates delivered door to door will be redeemable for food items from accessible groceries and supermarkets.”

“We shall initially engage with Caritas Manila’s Project Damayan and ABS CBN’s Pantawid ng Pag-ibig program for the door to door distribution of grocery vouchers redeemable for food items from accessible groceries and supermarkets. Distribution is ongoing in four pilot areas and will scale-up in cooperation with project partners,” it explains.

Project Ugnayan’s group consists of the Aboitiz Group, ABS-CBN/Lopez Group, Alliance Global/Megaworld, AY Foundation and RCBC, Ayala Corporation, Caritas Manila, Century Pacific, Concepcion Industrial Corp, DMCI, Gokongwei Group of Companies/Robinsons Retail Holdings, ICTSI, Jollibee, Leonio Group, Mercury Drug, Metrobank/GT Capital, Nutri-Asia, Oishi/Liwayway Marketing Group PDRF, PLDT/Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Puregold, San Miguel Corporation, SM/BDO, Sunlife of Canada, Suyen Corporation, and Unilab.

There are ongoing talks with even more companies who are interested in committing to Project Ugnayan.

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