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Ayala Group COVID-19 Initiatives


April 2020

Church mobilizes to feed 7.6 million individuals

CARITAS MANILA (a church-based non-profit organization that serves as the lead social service and development ministry of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Manila) through its “spiritual frontliners” of priests, nuns and lay volunteers in various parishes in mega-manila have distributed a total of 1,367,495,000 pesos worth of Gift Certificates covering 5,445,255 urban poor families (or over 7.6 million individuals) currently affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine in the entire of Luzon.

Under Project Ugnayan (a fund-raising initiative led by top business groups in cooperation with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation) Caritas Manila was able mobilize its parish-based grassroots structure to provide social assistance to vulnerable communities of the Greater Manila Area.

To date the distribution of Gift Certificates are as follows:

Indicative of the Catholic Church in Action, this social service initiative comes over and above the spiritual services provided by various churches most especially this Holy Week.  Fr. Anton CT Pascual (Caritas Manila, Executive Director) stresses that the Church will always be at the service of the poor most especially during this COVID-19 Health Crisis. “The true spirit of Easter is about hope and has special significance in these difficult times. We thank all the generous benefactors of Project Ugnayan for this opportunity to fulfill a great mission of compassion for our vulnerable brothers and sisters. Your gifts have warmed their hearts and uplifted their spirits,” Father Pascual said.

The initiative earned praises from Archdiocese of Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo, San Pablo Bishop Buenaventura Famadico and other Prelates of the Suffragan Dioceses of Manila. The Prelates thanked the businessmen and private organizations that collectively help to make Project Ugnayan possible. This unprecedented assembly of so many of the country’s corporations and business families coming to the assistance of the most helpless in our society illustrates and speaks of the heart and generosity of the business community.

Special thanks to the donors of Project Ugnayan, which include (in alphabetical order): Aboitiz Group, ABSCBN/First Gen, Alaska Milk Corporation, Alliance Global Group & Megaworld, AY Foundation & RCBC, Ayala Corporation. Bench/Suyen Corp, Bonifacio West Devt Corp. Carmelray Group, Cathay Land, Inc, Cebuana Lhullier, Century Pacific, Coca Cola Philippines, Concepcion Industrial, Consuelo “Chito” Madrigal Foundation, Inc., Daiichi Properties, DMCI Group of Companies, Dowell Container and Packaging Corporation, Far Eastern University, First Life Financial Company, Focus Global, Inc., Global Food Group, Glorious Commercial Exports, Inc., Gokongwei Group of Companies/Robinsons Retail Holdings, ICTSI, JAKA Group 1, Jollibee, Kawit Prime Holdings, Inc., Leonio Group, Mercury Drug Corporation, Metrobank, Mumuso Group, National Grid Corp of the Philippines, New World Hotel, Nutri-Asia, Oishi/Liwayway Marketing Group, One Meralco Foundation, Penshoppe, People R People, PepsiCo/PepsiCo Foundation, Philippine Racing Club, Inc, PLDT/Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Puregold, Ramon S. Ang & Family, RRK/Lee Jeans, Shang Properties Inc, SM/BDO, Sta. Elena Construction, Sugar Junction Inc.. Sunlife of Canada, Super Prime Holdings, Inc, The Alpha Suites Inc., Unilab, and Wilcon Depot.

Contact Person:

Executive Director
Caritas Manila
09175660846 / 09189245095

Fr. Romy Tuazon from the Diocese of Kalookan distributed 1,000-peso gift certificated to 2,000 families last March 26.

Fr. Reynante Balilo led the distribution of 1,000-peso gift certificates at the Sto. Nino de Baseco, which serves one of the biggest urban poor communities in Manila.