Japanese global apparel retailer UNIQLO, through SM Foundation Inc., has donated 37,200 pieces of AIRism face masks for the communities and families in Bulacan affected by the recent typhoon “Ulysses.”
Being one of the hardest-hit provinces during Ulysses’ landfall, Bulacan’s communities in low-lying areas have been submerged by floods, prompting families to seek temporary shelter in evacuation centers or public disaster shelters.
As part of the mitigation efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to encourage communities to wear mask, 11 municipalities benefitted from the donation.
Through SM City Marilao, a total of 80 boxes each containing 300 pieces of AIRism masks were donated to the local governments of Marilao, Bocaue, Guiguinto, Malolos, Calumpit, and Hagonoy.
The donations will be brought to families, communities, and evacuees that were affected by the recent typhoon. Around 24,000 individuals benefited from the donation.
Rounds of donations, on the other hand, were conducted by SM City Baliwag in Bustos, San Rafael, and Baliwag. In close coordination with the local government units of these town, the 7,500 pieces of AIRism masks are to be distributed to high-risk groups like senior citizens and institutions that are most vulnerable to COVID-19.
SM Center Pulilan likewise donated 5,700 pieces of AIRism to municipalities of Plaridel and Pulilan.
UNIQLO also intensified its support on relief and recovery efforts through its parent company SM Group, as it will donate $1 million (Php50 million) in aid.
The donation will be made through SM Foundation Inc., which manages the CSR activities of SM Group, the management partner of UNIQLO in the Philippines.
The donation will be used to provide emergency food supplies and rebuild flooded housing, as well as build preventative infrastructure in areas susceptible to flooding.
UNIQLO hopes for the speedy recovery of the regions affected by the recent typhoons. It also hopes that each family can return to their normal lives as soon as possible.