Tech firms continue to support Typhoon Pablo victims

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By Alexander Villafania

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA – With the lingering effects from last year’s devastation due to Typhoon Pablo, companies in the technology industry continue to pour in their support for the survivors in affected areas and to the non-government organizations that are helping them.

Just recently, HP Company Foundation, the corporate social responsibility division of technology firm HP put in $50,000 (approximately P2 million) to the Philippine Red Cross. The computer company also donated 100 notebook computers to NetHope, which will distribute these to schools in the Philippines.

Similarly, Chinese firm Huawei, with the support of telecommunications firm Globe Telecom, donated $10,000 to the Department of Education (DepEd) for its Disaster Risk Resilience Management Office (DRRMO) call for private sector support to build mobile classrooms in areas affected by Typhoon Pablo.

The DepEd reported that more than 800 classrooms were destroyed in affected areas and an estimated P1 billion would be needed for reconstruction and rehabilitation. These were in Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, and Agusan del Sur.

Japanese imaging firm Canon, through its Canon Project Rebuild, also raised P600,000 from its three divisions in the Philippines, donated to victims and survivors in Compostela Valley. Canon has three divisions in the Philippines, namely the Canon Marketing Philippines., Canon Information Technologies Philippines, and Canon Business Machines Philippines.

Google, which recently opened an office in the Philippines, also provided assistance during last year’s devastating storm by activating a crisis map through Google Maps and Person Finder, aimed at generating reports from the public who are in the midst of helping those in need or looking for missing person.

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