RECOGNIZING that there are sectors worse off in this pandemic, MORE Electric and Power Corporation recently decided to pool its extra resources together to donate to 10 institutions in Iloilo City that are themselves helping others in the spirit of charity and community.
“This year being a very different year for all of us—nothing is how it used to be—because of the pandemic, and with so many sectors affected in multiple ways, we thought it best to put some of our money where it would matter the most and donate it on behalf of our customers to various institutes that have been impacted by COVID-19 in worse ways than us,” said Roel Castro, president and COO of MORE.
ASILO DE MOLO, INC. houses and cares for abandoned and neglected seniors mostly turned over by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). With only one (1) social worker for every 25 patients, it is obviously understaffed. Presently, its wards range in age between 60-years old and 92-years old.
SISTER NIEVA MANZANO, ADMINISTRATOR, ASILO DE MOLO
“With all our funding activities suspended because of the pandemic, we rely exclusively now on donations; we have no other source of income. In fact, our alternative residence for transient boarders and students is now closed. MORE’s gift is a huge help to us. With it, we can continue to give hope to our elderly here, bring back their youthful smiles. Young or old, everybody deserves to be nurtured and loved.”
PHILIPPINE RED CROSS ILOILO CHAPTER. Serving the Ilonggos for 65 years now, PRC is an arm of help in disasters and emergencies, especially to indigents in vulnerable situations. Through donations, they are able to advance their emergency equipment to serve more areas hard hit by calamities.
RAMON LOCSIN, CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF DIRECTOR, ILOILO CHAPTER
“This donation couldn’t come at a more opportune time. One of our biggest needs now is the purchase of hospital tents while our biggest challenge is, of course, the COVID pandemic. This Christmas gift will better equip us to respond to emergencies. Thank you, MORE.”
ILOILO CITY COVID-19 MOLECULAR LABORATORY. A health facility project under the Iloilo Festivals Foundation made possible through the collaboration of Iloilo City and Iloilo province, this lab is one of the major ‘weapons’ the city has acquired to bolster its fight against COVID-19. With the ability to handle 400 specimens per day, it is expected to more quickly identify those positive for the virus and aid in the timely management of the ever-evolving situation.
MAYOR JERRY TREÑAS, ILOILO CITY
“As we understand a lot of Ilonggos from Manila and other provinces would want to be with their families this holiday season, we will continue to allow the entry of LSIs and ROFs as long as they are tested. For that, we would need to buy consumables. MORE’s donation will be utilized exactly for that.”
COLEGIO DE SAN JOSE. This private Catholic coeducational basic and higher education institution run by the Daughters of Charity in Jaro, Iloilo City, has adopted a community in Brgy. Benedicto, Jaro, with 33 beneficiaries—mostly mothers struggling to feed their children—ranging in age from 22 to 75-years old under its Community Engagement Program. Through the “Kapital Mo, Kauswagan Ko” sub-program, CSJ gives livelihood assistance to women so they can start micro-businesses such as selling kakanin and candle-making. The program coordinators have not let the pandemic get in the way of their regular visits to the community to distribute meals and conduct value formation.
LILY VENTURA, DIRECTOR FOR CHRISTIAN VINCENTIAN FORMATION FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
“Thank you very much, MORE, for the donation. This will help extend our livelihood program that offers cash loans without interest to our beneficiaries. For small-time business owners, particularly the mothers who need financial support to take care of their families, this is going to be greatly appreciated.”
The JARO ARCHDIOCESAN SOCIAL ACTION CENTER, INC. further connects the church to the community with its various programs for shelter, health, education, employment, and food.
The education program’s beneficiaries are children from indigent families who wish to finish their education. Sixty-six scholars have benefited from this program to date.
The food program, meanwhile, provides assistance to financially-challenged local farmers by teaching them organic and sustainable farming, including rice and vegetable production, and sustains a feeding activity called “Bugasan sa Parokya”.
MSGR. MELITON OSO, JASAC PRESIDENT
“For not forgetting us and our scholars and various other beneficiaries, we thank MORE Power. This donation will help carry our students through the next semester. May your tribe increase, MORE. All the best for 2021!”
ILOILO TWO HEARTS FOUNDATION supports the clergy, staff and ministry, and the missionary works of six parishes in Panay, namely, Sto. Niño Mission Chapel, St. Joseph Regional Seminary, Carmelite Nuns and Fathers, Sta. Teresita Parish, La Paz Parish, and Bo. Obrero Parish.
As an advocate of education, the foundation also backs the Daguiao Foundation that promotes educational and social projects in the region.
MARTIN JAMORA, REPRESENTATIVE, STO. NIÑO MISSION CHAPEL
“As a beneficiary of MORE this Christmas, we are truly grateful for the help. Because of this generous gesture, we will be able to continue with our outreach programs even in this pandemic for the benefit of the Sto. Niño Mission Chapel. Merry Christmas and thank you so much!”
To support the ILOILO CITY DISTRICT JAIL FEMALE DORMITORY, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Iloilo created the “Beauty Behind Bars” program and partnered with Ms. Iloilo World 2020 Ann Roxal Palmares to help women deprived of liberty earn a livelihood by making handmade beaded bags.
ATTY. JOBERT PEÑAFLORIDA, PRESIDENT, PCCI ILOILO CHAPTER
“On behalf of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Iloilo, I thank MORE Power, especially its president Roel Castro, for the strong support for Beauty Behind Bars, one of the projects of the Market-Market organized by the PCCI. This donation will go towards providing a generator for our female beneficiaries deprived of liberty. Thank you very much and more power!”
ASSUMPTION ILOILO EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION, INC. helps deserving learners by offering scholarships at Assumption schools in Panay. Aside from the main campus on Gen. Luna St., in Iloilo City, there are three other campuses where the Assumption-brand of ‘transformative education’ is offered. The foundation also facilitates outreach programs in depressed communities and helps improve the teaching facilities of the schools.
MARY FIDELIS ESTRADA, R.A., HEAD OF THE APOSTOLATE, ASSUMPTION ILOILO
“Real power lies in the heart and expressed through service, and that’s what MORE is doing. It serves to empower people. I hope it carries on with its heartfelt work for it is the right thing to do.”
At the CARMELITE SISTERS monastery in Sambag, Jaro, are 15 contemplative nuns who pray unceasingly for the needs of the world. While everyone else may be worried over the pandemic, the sisters focus all their love and energy to pray for the rest of us and the world, believing in the immense power of prayers to shift global events.
“We express our gratitude to MORE Power and its employees with prayers for steadfastness and strength to overcome any and all the challenges they may encounter.”
The PHILIPPINE CATHOLIC HIV AND AIDS NETWORK-ILOILO CHAPTER is run by St. Paul’s Hospital and supports programs for the prevention of HIV, and the treatment, care, and support for persons living with HIV/AIDS. It presently treats and counsels 50 individuals, but have identified more than a hundred more that need reaching out. Their vision is to be a dynamic bastion of healing and hope committed to bringing the everlasting love of God to people living with or affected by the disease and to help create an HIV-free society. Among the activities under the prevention program is the Pastoral training on HIV and AIDS conducted by the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Health Care, the Archdiocese of Jaro Commission on Health, and the University of St. Paul.
SISTER MILA GRACE SILAB, PRESIDENT, ST. PAUL’S UNIVERSITY, INCORPORATED
“Indeed, MORE Power’s donation makes this an extra-merry Christmas. It is a very big help to our brothers and sisters living with HIV/AIDS. Thank you so much.”/INews