Pepsi-Cola to Serve Typhoon Victims

Sealed Air and Pepsi-Cola Philippines Products, Inc. (PCPPI), along with several other global companies, have joined forces to provide 300,000 liters of potable drinking water encased in water pouches to the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Yolanda in the Philippines) that hit the country on Nov. 8, 2013.

Each pouch contains 2.5 litres of potable drinking water, and PCPPI and Sealed Air will be sharing 8 pouches per affected family. Pamaskong PaTubig is intended to help approximately 15,000 families in the Visayas region who are still recovering from the effects of Yolanda.

Sealed Air will provide 120,000 flexible pouches which are typically used for packaging liquid foods, such as condiments. Pepsi will be providing purified water used in its products to fill the pouches using Sealed Air equipment at PCPPI’s Muntinlupa plant in the Philippines.

Other contributing companies include The Dow Chemical Company which donated DOWLEX Polyethylene resins to manufacture the pouches, Quality Corrugated Inc. which donated carton boxes, and DHL Global and ACA International which provided airfreight.

The initial batch comprising of 4312 pouches of potable water were delivered to the Sagip Kapamilya Foundation, the emergency humanitarian assistance program of ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. in the Philippines.

Distribution by Sagip Kapamilya will enable the local population to receive the clean water. In the Philippines, Sagip Kapamilya provides food and non-food relief to affected communities of disasters, as well as engages in rehabilitation and disaster risk reduction projects.

In addition to potable water, Sealed Air has also donated cleaning chemicals to Sagip Kapamilya as well as US$50,000 to The Philippines Red Cross.

It has also embarked on a global employee donation drive and pledged to match employee donations up to US$100,000 made to the World Food Program USA.

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