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MANILA - (UPDATED 5:09 p.m.) Some of the country's biggest companies are mobilizing resources to help flood victims of this week's torrential rains that caused widespread floodings in Metro Manila and other provinces in Luzon.

SMART COMMUNICATIONS (as of 2:30 pm)
Libreng Tawag for flood victims in these areas: Marikina; San Mateo, Rizal; Navotas; Quezon City; Manila; Muntinlupa; Pampanga

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GLOBE TELECOM
The Ayala-led telco is conducting simultaneous relief operations in the following areas:

  • Concepcion Integrated School,
  • Concepcion , Marikina
  • Mother of Divine Providence Parish
  • Payatas, Quezon City
  • Holy Trinity Parish, Fairview, Quezon City

Employee-volunteers from Globe Telecom and partner-organizations will be distributing ready-to-eat food, canned goods, rice, assorted clothes and drinking water to an estimated 5,300 families temporarily seeking shelter at these evacuation centers.

Globe has maintained Libreng Tawag operations in the following areas:

  • Victory Liner bus station, Cubao, Quezon City
  • Victory Liner bus station, Pasay City
  • Concepcion Integrated School, Concepcion , Marikina
  • Bagong Silangan Elementary School , Bagong Silangan, Quezon City

Affected residents can make free five-minute local calls to any network, send text messages to all networks or make a two-minute international call at the Globe Libreng Tawag facilities.

MANILA WATER
The Ayala Group of Companies said the utility is working with local government units to provide water through tankering for various evacuation centers in Marikina; San Mateo and Rodriguez in Rizal; and Taguig

For concerns, call the Manila Water hotline at 1627

METRO PACIFIC INVESTMENTS CORP
The MPIC group is working with thhe MVP Corporate Social Responsibility council on the deployment of relief goods.

MPIC will donate P1 million to the Alagang Kapatid Foundation, said Melody del Rosario, vice president for media and corporate communications

SAN MIGUEL CORPORATION
Immediate response on Tuesday was mobilizatio of at least P1 milliopn worth of relief goods (water, canned goods).

"But definitely more to come, particularly for the hardest-hit areas," Mary Jane O. Llanes, SMC assistant vice president for media affairs, said in a text message.

Petron and San Miguel Foundations are working together on relief efforts. The conglomerate is also putting up soup kitchens with employee volunteers in various areas.

AYALA MALLS (Ayala Land Inc.)
Allowed merchants to close on Tuesday but the malls remained open to provide temporary shelter for those who were stranded.

Donations for flood victims may be handed over to Concierge booths in all Ayala Malls.

SM MALLS (SM Prime Holdings Inc.)
The SM Group has converted the SM Megamall Event Center into a relief drop-off center for those who want to donate goods to victims of the flood.

SM FOUNDATION
SM group of companies, through SM Foundation, is conducting relief operations today, August 8, 2012, in the following areas with corresponding number of relief bags as follows: 

  • SM Novaliches - 1, 500 bags
  • SM Sta. Mesa - 1, 500 bags scheduled today but not passable
  • SM Marikina - 1, 500 bags
  • SM MOA - 1, 500 bags
  • SM Fairview - 1, 500 bags.

For tomorrow, August 9, 2012, Thursday, all malls will simultaneously go on relief distribution as follows:

  • SM Calamba - 1, 000 bags
  • SM Marilao - 1, 500 bags
  • SM Valenzuela - 1, 500 bags
  • SM Olongapo – 500 bags
  • SM Fernando - 1, 000 bags
  • SM Mexico - 700 bags
  • SM Bacoor - 1, 000 bags
  • SM Rosario - 1, 000 bags

BPI
Organized relief efforts through BPI Foundation to help victims of the calamity. The Ayala Group's banking arm is accepting cash donations through BPI and BPI Family Bank branches, ATMs, ExpressOnline and ExpressMobile. Those who would like to donate can log on to www.bpiexpressonline.com for more information.

MERALCO
One Meralco Foundation (OMF) is accepting cash and in-kind donations (canned goods, water, crackers, medicines) for those affected by floods. Please send your donations to the OMF office, G/F West Wing, Lopez Building, Meralco Center, Pasig City.

You can also deposit your cash or check donations to the One Meralco Foundation, Inc. BDO Savings Account # 4630144474. Please make your check donations payable to the One Meralco Foundation, Inc.

For queries, please call Rainier at 0908-898-0562 or Reggie at 0939-937-1324.

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