Filinvest Land, through its Pusong Filinvest disaster relief program, distributed free drinking water to families in Cebu affected by Typhoon Odette. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
FILINVEST Land, one of the country’s leading real estate developers and a major player in business in Cebu, has answered the call for help, including the need for clean, potable water.
Filinvest Land partnered with its sister company FDC Water Utilities to source drinking water from its desalination and water treatment plants in Mactan and provided it free of charge to affected families in Cebu.
The distribution was carried out in coordination with the local disaster risk reduction and management offices in Lapu Lapu City, Talisay City and Cebu City.
It is estimated that more than 5,000 families will benefit from the distribution of a total of 200,000 liters of clean, potable water which began on 23 December.
Typhoon Odette devastated Cebu, cutting off access to water and electricity.
“We are grateful to Filinvest for helping the city of Lapu Lapu during these difficult times. Water is essential and we are relieved that our residents have received free drinking water. Daghang salamat Pusong Filinvest, ”said the mayor of Lapu-Lapu city, Ahong Chan.
“Filinvest has always been a good partner of Talisay City. Time and time again, they have shown that they care and are ready to help, especially during the crisis. Filinvest gave us free shots at the start of this year, and now they’re back to help us with free water. Thank you, Pusong Filinvest, for being there when we need it, ”added Talisay City Mayor Gerald Gullas.
“Filinvest is Cebuano, and our hearts go out to our fellow citizens in Cebuano who were affected by Typhoon Odette. As soon as we discovered that the typhoon had damaged the water distribution lines, we knew we had to act quickly to help with the clean water supply, “said Tristan Las Marias, executive vice president and director of the strategy of Filinvest Land.
“We have water desalination plants in Mactan serving our resorts and housing estates, and once reports were made that these plants were operational, we immediately mobilized our rescue teams from Pusong Filinvest to distribute clean, potable water to as many Cebuano families as possible, free of charge. We’re just happy to help, ”he added.