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PDIC Holds Takbo Para sa Pagbangon ng Leyte

by Niquie Angelo

Gawad Kalinga’s Dan Bercasio receives check from PDIC President Valentin Araneta

Last Sunday, May 4, 2014, the Philippines Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) held their first benefit run called Takbo para sa Pagbangon ng Leyte to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Around 3,000 participants joined the event including two basketball stars, Japet Aguilar and Dylan Ababou. The race seeks to raise funds for the rebuilding of disaster-resilient homes in Yolanda-affected areas through a partnership with Gawad Kalinga (GK).

>> Read more about Gawad Kalinga’s rebuilding efforts

Runners participating in Zumba portion of the event

“Thank you to everyone who came to support the benefit run today. To the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda, we want you to know that the country and the world is with you in your moment of grief,” shared Mr. Valentin Araneta, President of PDIC.

An initial donation of Php 1.8 million was received by Dan Bercasio, GK Operations Head, during the awarding ceremony. This is PDIC’s initial contribution to Gawad Kalinga’s rebuilding efforts in Leyte.

In his acceptance remark, Mr. Bercasio said, “This event will change lives of families and alter the history of a town. These permanent houses will be symbols of a fulfillment of a promise. PDIC is in the business of fulfilling promises and GK is one with PDIC in assuring the country that should another disaster strike, we will not leave our people behind. Walang iwanan!”

About the PDIC-GK Partnership


PDIC President Valentin A. Araneta, seated left, and Gawad Kalinga Executive Director Jose Luis Oquiñena
sign the Memorandum of Agreement

Takbo Para sa Pagbangon ng Leyte kickstarted the CSR program that was born out of the PDIC-GK partnership. During the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), it was highlighted that the PDIC-GK partnership will put into action PDIC’s CSR statement of protecting the environment and promoting the balanced development of communities.

>> Read more in ‘PDIC, Gawad Kalinga ink partnership for CSR advocacy’

The Benefit Run is being supported by media partners and wellness bloggers.
With PDIC President Valentin A. Araneta (5th from left) are PDIC Executive Vice President Imelda S. Singzon
with bloggers Philippe Villareal of Little Running Teacher, Bien Soberano of Kamote Runner, CJ Lampal of Runadobo King,
Claire Ericta of Gawad Kalinga, Enrico Villanueva of By Sheer Will, Rene Villarta of Jazzrunner,
and Rhoel Fernandez of

>> Read more in ‘PDIC launches Takbo sa Pagbangon ng Leyte’


6 months after Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) made landfall and wreaked havoc in the Philippines, GK is now on FULL BLAST with Yolanda reconstruction. (Read the full report)

Through the combined efforts and resources of partners, volunteers, GK workers and our very own residents, we have made significant headway in our roof repair, Balangay (fishing boats distribution) and housing reconstruction. Now we need YOU to help SCALE UP so we can each more families faster.

Like PDIC, you too can be part of Operation Walang Iwanan and help GK RAISE FUNDS for reconstruction.

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The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) was established on June 22, 1963 by Republic Act 3591 to provide depositor protection and help maintain stability in the financial system by providing permanent and continuing deposit insurance. Effective June 1, 2009, the maximum deposit insurance coverage is P500,000 per depositor. All deposit accounts by a depositor in a closed bank maintained in the same right and capacity shall be added together. A joint account shall be insured separately from any individually-owned deposit account.

PDIC news/press releases and other information are available at the website,

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