On November 8, 2013, The Philippines was hit by the super typhoon Haiyan or locally known as Yolanda. One of the worst hit locations were the northern provinces of Cebu.
As of November 16, according to the Government’s most recent estimates, there were about 400,000 damaged houses and 13 million affected people as seen in news a lot of people are currently in need of food, water, and shelter.
Unwilling to sit back and do nothing, on November 17, 2013, Tsuneishi Group of Companies together with ship’s owner representatives conducted relief operations in 14 barangays of the municipality of Bantayan Island and Northern Cebu. Relief packs consisting of water, rice, canned goods, noodles, medicines and used clothes were turned over to the local government units benefitting some 4, 200 families who were badly affected.
The Tsuneishi Foundation (Cebu), Inc. was able to reach Bantayan Island in the municipalities of Sta. Fe, Bantayan and Madredijos. On the other hand, the other group of employee-volunteers went to the Northern areas of Cebu like Medellin, Daanbantayan, San Remegio, Bogo and Tabogon.
The groups who also joined in the relief efforts were the Balamban Yamaha Snipers Club, Zaki’s Canteen Owner, J Beltram Western Cruiser and Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineer (PSME). Mr. Hitoshi Kono, President of Tsuneishi Heavy Industries (Cebu), Inc. said that the efforts and time of the Tsuneishi Group employees and other groups who joined in this endeavour are commendable.
To all volunteer-employees, thank you very much. Your symphathy and effort to help the victims are fully appreciated by the recipients themselves, the local government, and Tsuneishi Group.