TACLOBAN CITY–Cebuana Lhuillier, the largest microfinancial company in the Philippines, once again extended its help to the city of Tacloban. Together with Unilever-Surf, and Smart Communications, Cebuana Lhuillier donated 10,000 pieces of cement pavers to Dr. AP Bañez Memorial Elementary School and Cirilo Roy Montejo National High School, two public schools in Tacloban.
The partnership of the three leading companies gave birth to a sachet recovery program which aims to collect empty Surf sachets, which a consumer can exchange for free Smart texts in any of Cebuana Lhuillier’s more than 1,700 branches nationwide. The program was able to collect over 12 million empty detergent sachets during its first two years which were converted to cement pavers and other useful materials.
“Almost a year ago, our place has been hit by the Typhoon Yolanda, which killed thousands of people and left us hopeless. Our school’s properties including classrooms and facilities were devastated and left unaided. These pavers would really be a great help in rebuilding our school, especially for protecting it against floods.” said Mr. George Cayas, Dr. AP Bañez Elementary School Princpal. “I would like to thank our donors, especially Cebuana Lhuillier in giving us these pavers.” he added.
“We are very glad to be part of this partnership as corporate social responsibilty is at the heart of the company’s vision and mission.” said Cebuana Lhuillier Business Development Supervisor, Franco Cenon.
Due to the success of the partnership, Cebuana Lhuillier, Unilever-Surf and Smart will launch the third run of the sachet recovery program this year.
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