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Big Business Donates P1.5 Billion to Help Feed Urban Poor: Project Ugnayan

The group plans to distribute grocery vouchers to over a million households.
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Some of the nation’s largest conglomerates and other big corporations are putting together over P1.5 billion to fund the distribution of grocery vouchers to urban poor residents in and around Metro Manila.

The collaboration of big business, in cooperation with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) , is dubbed “Project Ugnayan.”

Guillermo Luz, the project’s spokesperson and PDRF chief resilience officer, said the group will distribute P1,000 gift certificates to over a million households in the Metro Manila area affected by the ongoing Enhanced Community Quarantine. 

Gift certificates will be delivered door to door to comply with social distancing guidelines. They can be used to purchase food items from accessible groceries and supermarkets.

The group will work initially with Caritas Manila’s Project Damayan and ABS CBN’s Pantawid ng Pag-ibig program for the door to door distribution, already ongoing in four pilot areas.

Among the  business groups supporting Project Ugnayan are, in alphabetical order, the Aboitiz Group, ABS-CBN/Lopez Group, Alliance Global/Megaworld, AY Foundation and RCBC, Ayala Corporation, Caritas Manila, Century Pacific, Concepcion Industrial Corp, DMCI, ICTSI, Jollibee, Leonio Group, Metrobank/GT Capital, Nutri-Asia, Oishi/Liwayway Marketing Group PDRF, PLDT/Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Robinsons/Gokongwei Group (parent company of Esquire Philippines), Puregold, San Miguel Corporation, SM/BDO, and Suyen Corp.

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More companies are expected to come on board soon. .

Fr. Anton C. Pascual, Executive Director of Caritas Manila said, “We are grateful for the support of the business community and hope that this initiative will inspire more acts of kindness in this time of crisis. Now is the time for our communities to help as one.”

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