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PIA Press Release
Monday, January 02, 2012


Dolefil Caravan of Hope visit northern Mindanao to give relief goods

by Gwyn Ebol & CT Apelacio

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Jan. 2 (PIA) -- Almost 5,000 families were given a ray of hope this holiday season by “Dolefil Caravan of Hope,” which visited both the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Valencia in Bukidnon.

Dolefil's Caravan of Hope left Dolefil Gym for the second wave of relief operations Friday (Dec 30), carrying with them all the hopes aspired by Dolefil employees for the victims of Tropical storm Sendong in northern part of Mindanao.

During the first wave of relief operations, 45 volunteers consisted of members of the Dolefil Kaugnay, Dolefil Mountaineering Club, as well as the company's partner cooperatives, left aboard three commuter vans en route to a ten-hour trip to Cagayan de Oro City.

Soon after, three ten-wheeler trucks followed suit, carrying a P4.5 million worth of relief goods.

The trucks were loaded with Dole canned pineapple products, rice, noodles, other canned food items, plastic mats, blankets/quilts, and boxes of bottled water distributed to at least 3,120 family-beneficiaries.

The volunteers themselves distributed the relief goods to various evacuation centers in Cagayan de Oro City, bringing smiles to families left homeless by tropical storm Sendong.

In Valencia City, aids amounting to P1.2 million were also extended by the company to families identified hard-hit by the storm.

In a statement, Dolefil Human Resources division director Atty. Melquiades Hernandez III, said “it was heartwarming to note the outpouring of support from Dolefil employees, unions, cooperatives and other business partners who unselfishly shared their blessings for the benefit of the typhoon victims just in time for the Holidays.”

According to Hernandez, Dolefil employees have collectively raised over P1 million, which was used to purchase basic necessities such as rice and water to benefit thousands of homeless families in the area.

Hernandez said the act was not only part of Dolefil’s corporate social responsibility but as an individual act of kindness and in solidarity with the Filipino people “in this season of love and sharing.” (Dolefil/PIA General Santos City)

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