Absolut Distillers chief operating officer and over-all general manager for distillery operation of the LT Group Mr. Gerry Tee (middle) led the two-day relief operation for the evacuees of the Taal volcano eruption, who are now in Lian, Batangas. Mr. Tee is joined by Philippine Airlines corporate affairs manager Ms. Pinky Mag-iba. Balagtas (left).
The Lucio Tan Group of Companies, whose Absolut Distillers Inc. (ADI) facility is situated in Lian, Batangas, started its relief operations for the families affected by the eruption of Taal volcano.
“We are here to help the barangays and communities whose people we consider as family. The LT Group has come together to provide for their basic necessities during this challenging time,” said ADI COO Gerry Tee, who spearheaded the distribution of relief items to the families who fled their homes in nearby towns of Lemery and Taal, Batangas.
ADI and Tanduay, along with Philippine Airlines (PAL) and the Tan Yan Kee Foundation, held relief operations in Bagong Pook Lian in Batangas; Barangays Pook Lian and Malaruhatan in Lian; and Barangay Banilad in Nasugbu for two days.
“This is just the start. We will be working closely with the barangay officials in our relief efforts in the coming days. Aside from bringing them temporary relief from this situation, we are also willing to extend our help to the community and the government to provide long-term solutions so our kababayang Batanguenos will be able to rebuild their lives again,” Tee said.
The provincial government in Nasugbu has commended and thanked the efforts of the LT Group, which was among the first companies to respond and provide the much-needed help to almost 700 evacuees.
As of January 20, 2020, the number of people staying at evacuation centers have reached 104,377, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.