For a lot of us living in Metro Manila, Tagaytay/ Batangas was the perfect escape from all the toxicity of the urban jungle.
The temperature was definitely colder, the air a lot fresher and of course the view was spectacular—and the star of it all was the Taal Volcano.
That was until January 12, when Taal once again showed signs of activity.
It wasn’t surprising at first since Taal Volcano is the second most active volcano in the Philippines. There were several incidents of volcanic unrest in the recent years–2011, 2012 and 2014. But the last time it erupted was 42 years ago, in October 1977.
The January 2020 eruption has affected thousands of families and caused millions of pesos worth of damage just days after the initial eruption. Now the province of Batangas is devastated and residents are in need of aid to help them cope with the calamity.
If there’s one thing good to come out from all of this is that it once again showcased our resilience and Bayanihan spirit to help those in need.
From individuals to the top local companies, each one is trying to do their part. BDO Unibank, Inc. for example is making it easier for overseas Filipinos to provide financial assistance to thousands of victims of the Mt. Taal eruption by waiving its remittance fees on cash donations that will be sent through the different BDO Remit offices abroad.
The remittance free campaign on cash donations to Taal victims runs from January 14 to March 31, 2020.
“We know overseas Filipinos, by the very nature of every Filipino, would love to help their kababayans in the Philippines who were most affected by the Mt. Taal eruption through cash donations. BDO is serving as bridge to this by waiving regular remittance fees on donations sent through BDO remit offices. It’s the Bank’s way of making sure all donations, every centavo, are spent to buy relief goods. In times like this, you just want to help any which way you can,” said Genie Gloria, senior vice president and head of remittance of BDO.
BDO has extensive remittance coverage across the globe, with overseas remittance offices and partners across Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East. Cash donations sent through BDO Remit offices will then be coursed through different foundations namely BDO Foundation, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc., GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc., and Philippine Red Cross. In turn, these foundations will facilitate the purchase and distribution of relief goods in evacuation centers that temporarily house the Taal victims.
Aside from the different BDO Remit offices, the Bank’s global remit partners are also receiving cash donations for the benefit of the Taal eruption victims, including Remitly, Small World, WorldRemit, Azimo, UAE Exchange Centre, and Xpress Money. Regular remittance charges apply.
Meanwhile, for the complete list of BDO Remit offices, interested parties can visit the BDO link at https://www.bdo.com.ph/personal/remittance-services/bdo-remit-international-network/international-offices. Overseas Filipinos can also visit BDO Kabayan’s Facebook page to know more about this campaign.