Petroleum company Royal Dutch Shell has donated $1 million to support the ongoing relief efforts for the victims of tropical storm 'Sendong,' which is said to be the deadliest cyclone to hit the Philippines in the last 12 years.
"The extensive loss of lives and damage to property brought about by typhoon Sendong has again mobilized the local and international community to assist in relief and rehabilitation efforts to enable the victims to rebuild their lives," said Shell companies in the Philippines (SciP) country chairman Edgar Chua. "I am truly pleased and proud that Royal Dutch Shell has provided a $1 million donation on top of our local fund raising activities which will enable us to provide over P50 million assistance to our countrymen. This donation reflects the seriousness of the catastrophe and the importance of the Philippines to Shell's operations worldwide."
The $1 million donation follows the P2 million SciP gave to both ABS-CBN Foundation's Sagip Kapamilya and GMA Network's Kapuso Foundation to help the victims of the typhoon. The Malampaya joint venture partners composed of Shell Philippines Exploration B.V., Chevron Malampaya LLC and the Philippine National Oil Company Exploration Corporation (PNOC-EC), similarly donated P2 million to the same foundations and another P2 million to the Philippine Red Cross' relief and rehabilitation efforts.
SciP has also partnered with Gawad Kalinga in providing for the immediate needs of the affected families. These include the provision of relief goods, distilled water and portalets as well as providing Shellane cooking stations in different evacuation centers in the affected areas. In addition, over 100 Shell stations in Mindanao continue to serve as drop-off centers for in-kind donations for Sendong's victims.