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Berjaya reach out to Taal eruption evacuees

Berjaya Philippines Executive Director Tan Eng Hwa (L) leads the distribution of relief packs to Taal Volcano eruption evacuees.

BERJAYA reach out to Taal eruption evacuees

Story and Photos by Leo Laca

BERJAYA PHILIPPINES on January 22 distributed relief packs to 350 individuals or a total of 100 families in an evacuation center in Barangay San Antonio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas.  Leading the relief operations is Berjaya’s Executive Director Tan Eng Hwa along with some officers and employees of Philippine Gaming Management Corporation (PGMC) and Berjaya Makati Hotel, subsidiaries of Berjaya Philippines.

The evacuees are residents of Tanauan, a nearby town which is within the 14-kilometer radius declared as danger zone by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) after Taal Volcano located in the province of Batangas spewed smoke and ash up to 14 kilometers into the air on January 12 prompting warnings of possible “explosive eruption” within hours or days.  The Taal Volcano, about 60 kilometers south of the capital Manila, is one of the country’s most active having erupted last in 1977 or 43 years ago.  All structures, homes, streets, trees and, plants are under a blanket of thick ash while land fissures can be seen in many nearby towns.  Towns within the danger zone were locked down and thus, mean that no person is allowed to stay or come back due to imminent danger of the volcano’s eruption.

In behalf of the Berjaya Group, Tan Eng Hwa has this to say, “We as a group are deeply saddened by the plight of many people affected by the eruption that’s why we would like to commiserate with them to augment their needs and let them feel that they are not left behind.  We wish that the volcano will return its calm and there’s no more threat of explosion so these people can return to their normal lives.”  

Each family is given a set of eating utensils, towels, shirts, and underwear.  They were likewise treated to a lunch of steamed rice and tinolang manok (Filipino ginger chicken soup) cooked on-the-spot by Berjaya Hotel’s head chef RJ Mabalay, bringing along with his team the Kusina ng Berjaya (Berjaya’s Kitchen). The kitchen items used in the lunch treat were all newly-purchased and turned over to the evacuation center for their use even after the visit.  To the delight of children, they were treated to an eat-all-you-can taho (sweetened tofu with tapioca pearls), native rice cakes, and ice cream.

Siblings Aurea and Victorino Molino, 78 and 68 years old, hail from Barangay Natatas in Tanauan City.  They narrated the panic in their neighborhood on that Sunday afternoon of January 12 when thick ash and rain turned the surroundings muddy making it difficult to move out and look for a safer place.  “In God’s mercy, we got rescued and are safer here in the evacuation area especially for senior citizens like us.”  Like them, the many children, men, and women send off the Berjaya team with so much appreciation and their fervent prayer is to be able to come back to their respective homes very soon.

BERJAYA Philippines Rising To The Challenge

Personal Protective Equipments were turned-over to The Medical City medical staff, in extreme left is Mr. Rodney Mallari, Office Management and Purchasing Manager representing Berjaya Philippines.

As COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the world, the role of the private sector is encouraging even if their businesses have to step back during the crisis.  Even in the midst of challenging times, through philanthropy, donations are being made directly to recipients without much fanfare but the sheer desire to help especially for the welfare of the medical front liners. 

Rising to the challenge is BERJAYA PHILIPPINES who as of 31 May 2020 have donated a total value of One Million Pesos (MYR 85,000) by donating Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) to various hospitals namely The Medical City in Pasig City, St. Dominic Hospital in Bacoor Cavite, St. Martin de Porres Charity Hospital in San Juan City, East Avenue Medical Center in Quexon City, St. Camillus Medical Center in Pasig City, Lucena United Doctors Hospital in Quezon Province. The donations were coursed through Gawad Kalinga Chairman Luis Oquiñena who personally distributed the PPE’s to the aforementioned hospitals.

BERJAYA Philippines Group organizes “A Dose of Hope” vaccination program for employees

Employees of Berjaya Philippines Group pose with Mr. Tan Eng Hwa (middle) during the vaccination program held at The Medical City in Ortigas, Pasig.

“We cannot wait for the government to do it by themselves so the private sector must act proactively given this ever-changing situation of virus mutation. We must protect our employees by providing vaccines so that they can work and never let our businesses be stalled,” Mr. Tan Eng Hwa expressed his views on the importance of vaccination to Berjaya employees.

The first tranche of company-procured AstraZeneca doses was administered to the Group’s first batch of employees on 1 September 2020 at The Medical City in Pasig with Berjaya Philippines Group Executive Director Mr. Tan Eng Hwa in attendance

The Berjaya Group Vaccination program reinforces the company’s support for the government’s national vaccination rollout by donating half of the 2,000 vaccines procured through a tripartite agreement via the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion, who is representing the private sector and Secretary Carlito Galvez, the Chief Implementer of the National Task Force Against Covid-19.

The second dose for this batch is expected to be administered after three months so the employees will be fully-vaccinated paving the way to the paramount goal of herd immunity to reduce risks of severe infections.

2019 BPI Annual Stockholder Meeting

2019 Berjaya Philippines Inc. Stockholders Meeting

BERJAYA PHILIPPINES INC. (the Corporation) regular meeting of the stockholders was held at Berjaya Makati Hotel last October 8, 2019.  Majority of the stockholders representing more than 88% of the Corporation’s outstanding capital have elected the following directors as follows:

Seow Swee Pin
Wong Ee Coln
Tan Eng Hwa
Tan Sri Dr. Ibrahim Saad
Jimmy S. Soo
Jaime Y. Ladao
Dr. George T. Yang

The Corporation also re-appointed Punongbayan and Araullo as external auditors.

The key organization changes were made to support the Corporation’s drive for business growth.