Press Releases


November 2013


BULIG BISAYA | The Ayala group is responding to the crisis in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda through the immediate restoration of vital services such as telecommunications and banking, provision of potable water, as well as relief and rebuilding operations carried out by its companies and employees in cooperation with government agencies and partner organizations.

THE POWER OF SYNERGY. Ayala Business Club Cebu was among the first to welcome thousands of evacuees from Tacloban who arrived at the Rafael Ramos Naval Base. This contributed photo shows representatives of three sectors–government (Fire Bureau), private sector (Honda Cebu), and nonprofit (Red Cross)–working together to assist a survivor of Typhoon Yolanda.

U.S. PINOYS SEND HELP BACK HOME / WAIVED FEES UNTIL 30. Wells Fargo is waiving all ExpressSend Remittance transfer fees for U.S.-based clients sending money to family and friends in the Philippines via credit to a BPI account or cash pick-up at any BPI branch. The fee waiver is effective from November 13 to 30.

Wells Fargo is also supporting relief efforts with a total grant of US$250,000 (or more than P10 million) to the American Red Cross and International Medical Corps.

GLOBE CUSTOMERS RESPOND / DONATE GCASH, LOYALTY POINTS. Globe opened several mobile and online channels for its subscribers to support typhoon relief efforts–and they have responded tremendously. GCash donations to the Red Cross have reached more than half a million pesos and donation of Rewards POints for Bangon Pinoy and Ayala Foundation initiatives is now valued at P4.7 million.

Meanwhile, Globe has further expanded its cellular service in 16 more towns in Leyte and Samar. It continues to operate Libreng Tawag, Libreng Charging, and Libreng Internet stations in affected areas.

CORPORATE PARTNERS, INDIVIDUAL DONOR S GIVE TO AFI’S LAGING HANDA. AFI’s fundraising campaign for people and communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda has reached P27.7 million, as of Nov 19. Of these, P5.9M are cash donations, while P21.8M are pledges. To date, a total of P2.4M has been deployed for various relief operations.

AFI is also continuing its partnership with Ayala Business Club and other groups for relief operations in northern Cebu, including Bogo City, Medellin, Daanbantayan, and Bantayan Island. In addition, Nokia is providing cellphone units to support the communication needs of World Food Programme and DSWD. Globe is also providing SIM cards for the phones, some to be deployed in Libreng Tawag stations.


  • P15M Pledged by Globe for Gawad Kalinga community reconstruction activities such as housebuilding and livelihood support
  • 5,000 Tattoo Prepaid Mobile Wifi and stick devices to be distributed in typhoon-affected areas
  • 1,000 Expected number of Ayala group employees participating in tomorrow’s One Big Ayala Volunteer Night

ALI PRESIDENT AND CEO TONY AQUINO, AT THE LAUNCH OF THE CONCERT SERIES STARTS OF JOY, STARS OF HOPE: “We invite everyone to be one with us in giving and sharing this Christmas season to bring hope and inspiration to our brothers and sisters. There is no greater joy than in giving a part of yourself, whether in terms of time, money, or prayers.”