With towns in Quezon Province heavily ravaged by Tropical Storm “Pepito,” Manila Water Foundation (MWF), Manila Water’s social development arm, rushed to Lucena City on October 21 to bring two truckloads of potable water and food packs for 7,000 affected individuals. 

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Two truckloads of potable water and
food packs for 7,000 affected
individuals were deployed to Lucena
City on October 21 under Manila
Water Foundation’s disaster
response program, Agapay.
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Manila Water and its social
development arm Manila Water
Foundation expedited the
deployment of two truckloads of
potable water and food packs to
Lucena City in Quezon Province for
the 7,000 affected individuals who
were severely affected by the floods
caused by the onslaught of Typhoon
Pepito. The provision of relief is
under the foundation’s disaster
response program called Agapay in
coordination with Tanging Yaman
Foundation, Inc. who arranged the
packing of the relief goods.

As of the 5:00 a.m. advisory on October 21, the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) unit of Quezon Province stated that the typhoon was still in District 4 area, including Atimonan, Plaridel, Gumaca, Lopez, Calauag, and the island towns of Alabat, Perez, and Quezon. Reports listed more than 23,000 individuals evacuated from the District 4 areas, which were affected by knee- and waist-deep flooding incidents and minor landslides.

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IN PHOTO: Vice Governor Samuel Nantes (farthest right) with (L-R) Quezon Provincial Board Member Yna Liwanag, Provincial Administrator Roberto Gajo, and MWF Resource Mobilization Manager Nix Hipolito
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1,400 food packs for 7,000 affected
families in Quezon who were
severely affected by floods caused by Typhoon Pepito

Quick to respond to the needs of the affected families, MWF sent 1,400 food packs and more than 1,000 bottles of 500ml drinking water. The affected families from different parts of Quezon are currently in evacuation centers.

Quezon Provincial Adminstrator Roberto Gajo expressed that the donations would immediately help those affected by the typhoon. “Lubos po kaming nagpapasalamat sa Manila Water Company sapagka’t—sa pamamagitan ng Manila Water Foundation—naipaabot po sa aming lalawigan ng Quezon ang mga pagkain at tubig para maipadala naman natin sa mga nangangailangan nating kababayan na naapektuhan ng baha dulot ng malakas na ulan at dalawang bagyo na dumaan sa ating lalawigan. (We are very grateful to Manila Water Company because through Manila Water Foundation, they were able to send food and water to our province which in turn we will be distributing to those who were affected by the flood caused by the two typhoons which passed through our province),” he said.

The relief effort is part of MWF’s Agapay program, a disaster response initiative that immediately addresses the needs of communities affected by calamities such as typhoons, floods, and earthquakes. The deployment was also in coordination with Tanging Yaman Foundation who arranged the packing of the goods.

The Ayala Group of Companies, through Ayala Foundation, will be deploying more relief packs and hygiene kits on October 23 for the affected families.

- Manila Water Foundation mobilizes water, food relief to Quezon Province amid Typhoon ‘Pepito’

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