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For P200, You Can Feed a Family Through This Donation Drive

Your P200 goes a long, long way.
ILLUSTRATOR Aldo Panlilio
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When Aldo Panlilio and partner Michele Gumabao decided to help their communities in Quezon City and Makati, they didn’t realize the process—procuring goods, repacking them, distributing packs to the frontliners and displaced workerswould be such a difficult task.

Michele Gumabao and Aldo Panlilio of Your 200 Pesos

They wanted to buy goods from groceries, but anti-hoarding policies prevented them from buying in bulk.

But they did it anyway and started driving around the city to hand out goods to non-medical frontliners such as soldiers and police stationed at the checkpoints.

“We started helping non-medical frontliners such as police and army we see on the streets. When our donations grew, we also helped displaced workers, daily wage earners who lost their income, and those who couldn’t go home like construction workers,” said Panlilio, a strength and conditioning coach for the Phoenix SuperLPG fuelmasters.

When people saw their social media posts about their personal relief efforts, more help came in.

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“A lot of people who took notice helped out because they were stuck at home and couldn’t reach out to their communities. When we saw that opportunity, we decided to expand our operations so we can reach those who really needed the help the most. That was when we decided to distribute relief packs,” said Gumabao, a professional volleyball player and beauty queen.

That’s when the couple thought of putting up a donation campaign called Your 200 Pesos or Y2P.

Panlilio and Gumabao thought of Y2P after seeing negative comments of recipients of relief packs, with some expressing criticism about the amount and quality of goods in the pack. 

Y2P Relief Packs Being Distributed by Panlilio

Why P200?

According to Gumabao, they wanted to distribute relief packs that would make people truly happy when they receive it. It was an affordable amount that they are able to stretch with additional donations from brands and people.

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“When we were calculating the amount of everything that we wanted to put inside the bag, it amounted to P200. Although it’s a relatively small amount, we were able to maximize it.

Initially, each Y2P Eco Pack, had two kilograms of rice, three pieces of canned goods, two packs of noodles, twin packs of coffee, powdered milk, soap, detergent, shampoo, toothpaste, and also a bottle of water. Panlilio and Gumabao added more contents to each pack as more people donated goods. 

“As we progressed, donors and brands helped us out, so now there are also juice packs inside the bag, a couple of snacks, more coffee, canned goods, toothbrushes, and face masks, and more. In reality, each bag costs more than P200.”

So far, Y2P has raised P600,000 in kind and in cash. Your donation of P200 is equivalent to one relief pack that contains goods and supplies that can last a family for a week.

You may donate any amount to Y2P here.

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