Sealed Air and Pepsi-Cola Philippines Products, Inc. (PCPPI), along with several other global companies, have joined forces to provide 300,000 liters of potable drinking water encased in water pouches to the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Yolanda in the Philippines) that hit the country on November 8, 2013.
PAMASKONG PATUBIG - Photo shows PCPPI's Senior Manager Rondell Torres handing over a box of potable water pouches to ABS-CBN Foundation Sagip Kapamilya Director Tina Monzon-Palma (center) joined by Sealed Air Country Business Director Theresa Betito (far right); Showing the actual potable water pouches are executives from Sealed Air and PCPPI. From Left: Sealed Air Sector Manager Joy Abeleda; PCPPI Corporate Communications Manager Thea Agagon; Process Manager Leo Latina; Manufacturing Director Ronald Francisco; Sealed Air Technical Manager Ric Capistrano. (Photo: Business Wire)
Each pouch contains 2.5 litres of potable drinking water, and PCPPI and Sealed Air will be sharing 8 pouches per affected family. Pamaskong PaTubig is intended to help approximately 15,000 families in the Visayas region who are still recovering from the effects of Yolanda. Sealed Air will provide 120,000 flexible pouches which are typically used for packaging liquid foods, such as condiments. Pepsi will be providing purified water used in all of its world-class products to fill the pouches using Sealed Air equipment at PCPPI’s Muntinlupa plant in the Philippines. Other contributing companies include The Dow Chemical Company which donated DOWLEX™ Polyethylene resins to manufacture the pouches, Quality Corrugated Inc. which donated carton boxes, and DHL Global and ACA International which provided airfreight.
The initial batch comprising of 4312 pouches of potable water were delivered to the Sagip Kapamilya Foundation, the emergency humanitarian assistance program of ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. in the Philippines. Distribution by Sagip Kapamilya will enable the local population to receive the clean water. In the Philippines, Sagip Kapamilya provides food and non-food relief to affected communities of disasters, as well as engages in rehabilitation and disaster risk reduction projects.
PCPPI President Partha Chakrabarti shared that, ”We know the plight of the communities that were hit hard by Super Tyhoon Yolanda and through our Pamaskong PaTubig, the PCPPI family and its partners is offering a simple tribute of potable water to affected communities.”
Pamaskong PaTubig is the latest effort of PCPPI in its humanitarian assistance for Yolanda recovery efforts. In less than a week after the typhoon left the Philippines, PCPPI’s US and South Korean parent companies, PepsiCo International and Lotte Chilsung, were able to donate over USD 1 Million in international aid. PepsiCo International Foundation contributed one million US dollars to four partner agencies: American Red Cross International Response Fund, Give2Asia, Habitat for Humanity International and Save the Children. The Lotte Group of Korea in turn, donated one hundred thousand US dollars to the International Red Cross.
Adding to this, PCPPI CEO Yeon-Suk No and President Partho Chakrabarti donated two million pesos in cash (approximately forty-five thousand US Dollars) and over PhP 700,000 (equivalent to USD 15,750) worth of leading Pepsi product Tropicana Coco Quench to the ABS-CBN– Sagip Kapamilya Foundation last 15 November 2013.
“The access to clean drinkable water in the aftermath of a disaster is always the primary concern. Sealed Air is proud to be part of this coordinated effort where the technical capabilities and employee enthusiasm of several companies make a difference to those in need. The sense of urgency brought different teams together to complete this project in just a matter of weeks. This is ingenious collaboration at its best,” said Yagmur Sagnak, President, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Turkey, Sealed Air.
In addition to potable water, Sealed Air has also donated cleaning chemicals to Sagip Kapamilya as well as US$50,000 to The Philippines Red Cross. It has also embarked on a global employee donation drive and pledged to match employee donations up to US$100,000 made to the World Food Program USA.
About Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc.
Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. is the exclusive bottler of PepsiCo beverages in the Philippines, with a relationship spanning 66 years. Lotte Chilsung, one of the biggest beverage companies in South Korea, is the lead shareholder of PCPPI as an independently-listed company and co-manages it with PepsiCo. PCPPI manufactures and sells well-known brands such as Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mug, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton, Sting, and Premier. It has established manufacturing facilities across the country, serving at least 500,000 outlets and providing employment through its extensive distribution network. To learn more, please visit us at www.pepsiphilippines.com.
About Sealed Air
Sealed Air Corporation creates a world that feels, tastes and works better. In 2012, the Company generated revenue of approximately $7.6 billion by helping our customers achieve their sustainability goals in the face of today’s biggest social and environmental challenges. Our portfolio of widely recognized brands, including Cryovac® brand food packaging solutions, Bubble Wrap® brand cushioning and Diversey™ cleaning and hygiene solutions, ensures a safer and less wasteful food supply chain, protects valuable goods shipped around the world, and improves health through clean environments. Sealed Air has approximately 25,000 employees who serve customers in 175 countries. To learn more, visit www.sealedair.com.
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