Bags of blessings: Giving back to communities
MANILA, Philippines - The Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings, Inc, through the GT-Metro Foundation (GTMF) and Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), celebrated the Chinese New Year celebration with the 2015 Bags of Blessing (BOB) project with a total of 10,000 families in 20 sites nationwide receiving 10,000 food packs amounting to P10 million ($226,000)*.
The BOB kicked off on February 19 in Manila with no less than Metrobank founder and Group Chairman George S.K. Ty leading the distribution of food packs for 1,000 underprivileged families.
Initiated in 2011 by Ty, the project aims to share prosperity at the start of the Chinese New Year and is in line with the Metrobank Group’s way of celebrating milestones – giving back to communities.
The beneficiaries, primarily composed of those belonging to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), received rice, cooking oil, canned goods, condensed milk, coffee, noodles, sugar and toothpaste among other basic commodities.
Meanwhile, the other 9,000 food packs were given to 9,000 beneficiaries in several cities such as Pasay, Quezon City, Makati, Taguig, Marikina, and Cavite.
Beneficiaries likewise included survivors of super typhoon Yolanda in Leyte, northern Cebu, and Iloilo; typhoon Ruby in Eastern Samar; typhoon Pablo in Compostela Valley; tropical depression Agaton in Butuan City; the Mayon Volcano evacuees in Albay; and the Zamboanga siege.
This year’s BOB in particular serves as the Group’s response to Pope Francis’ call for mercy and compassion for our less fortunate countrymen following his pastoral visit to the Philippines last January. In light of this, several families from various archdioceses and dioceses throughout the country also benefitted from the project.
The 2015 Bags of Blessing was carried out with the support of DSWD, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Archdiocese of Manila, Diocese of Cubao, Archdiocese of Palo, Diocese of Borongan, Archdiocese of Zamboanga, Diocese of Butuan, and Air21. - Rappler.com