FWD Group (“FWD” or “the Group”), the insurance business arm of Hong Kong-based private investment group, Pacific Century Group, joins the international community to help the victims of typhoon Haiyan. To support the rebuilding of schools devastated in Tacloban and Ormoc in Leyte province, two of the worst-hit areas in the Philippines, FWD donated a total of P 2,560,000 to the Department of Education’s (“DepEd”) Adopt-A-School programme.
On behalf of the Group, FWD Group’s Board Chairman, the Honorable Ronald Arculli, today presented the Group’s donation to Mr. Mario A. Deriquito, Undersecretary for the DepEd. FWD donated P 2 million to support the Adopt-A-School Programme. In addition, FWD’s staff and agents in Hong Kong, Macau and Thailand raised an additional P 560,000 through personal donations, which the Group provided matching donations for. FWD’s total donation therefore, amounted to P 2.56 million.
"We are deeply saddened by the devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan to the Filipino community, and would like to express our deepest sympathy to the victims." said Mr. Arculli. On choosing DepEd’s Adopt-A-School Programme, he added, "In the aftermath of the typhoon, millions of children have suffered huge losses. Allowing them to go back to school will help them recover from the trauma and bring some stability back into their lives. Today’s children are our future, and we must provide education to support them in achieving their dreams."
In Hong Kong, FWD Group was conferred the honor of "10 Consecutive Years Caring Company" by the Hong Kong Council of Social Services (HKCSS) in recognition of its commitment in Caring for the Community, Caring for the Employees and Caring for the Environment over the past 10 years. Mr. Arculli added, "Our participation in the rebuilding efforts in Leyte is an extension of our commitment to giving back to the regional Asian community we are a part of. FWD will continue to monitor the rehabilitation programme and see where else we can help in the long-term."