Five years on since Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, the ABB Global Village continues to grow from strength to strength.
In 2013, one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded caused widespread devastation across the Philippines. At the time, ABB embarked on a Group-wide fundraising effort, raising over $500,000.
Some of those funds were donated to Gawad Kalinga, a respected non-profit organization committed to alleviating poverty. Since then, ABB and Gawad Kalinga have worked together on an ABB Global Village, in the province of Negros, providing new homes and critical infrastructure to a small rural community in one of the most severely-hit and poorest areas of the island, helping to give those affected a new start.
As part of the company’s 50th anniversary in the Philippines, Olivier Coquerel, head of ABB in the Philippines, recently visited the thriving ABB Global Village, which has been home to over 30 families since 2016.
As he handed out first-aid kits to the villages, and met and shared experiences with the “global villagers“, Coquerel said, “ABB is fully committed to balancing business success with social stewardship and is its partnership with Gawad Kalinga is a good example of how we do that. It’s great to see how the community has risen above the disaster and to see how the contributions of our colleagues from around the world have made such a life-changing difference to the many people who live here.“
Bob Magalona, Head of Gawad Kalinga in the Visayas region added, “We deeply thank ABB for their generous contribution, which has helped us bring hope to many poor Filipino families. We are grateful that they have responded to the call of sharing and caring with integrity and compassion.“
Josie Rivera, one of the beneficiaries of the ABB Global Village, expressed her gratitude to ABB for providing her family not just with a roof over their heads but also a new lease on life. “Thanks to ABB and Gawad Kalinga, we were able to move on from the tragedy and start over with hope and optimism“, she said.
In addition to the the village, contributions were also made to help some 70 fishing families in Lamanoc Merida, one of the hardest-hit areas in Western Leyte and of the Eastern Samar province. With ABB’s support, these familes were able to replace the houses, boats and fishing equipment that hade been destryed by the typhoon.