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VXI Global Holdings, B.V. and Gawad Kalinga to Build Homes for Haiyan Survivors in Lawaan, Eastern Samar

by Niquie Angelo

OCTOBER 22, 2014 – To commence their housing project in Lawaan, Eastern Samar, VXI Global Holdings B.V. turned over a check to bless 14 more families of Yolanda survivors with permanent shelter as part of the continuing rehabilitation efforts in the Visayas region. Attendees of the ceremony included Jarred Morrison, VXI’s Country Manager and Senior VP, and Bodoy Oquinena, GK’s Movement Building Team Head to represent the two parties participating in this program.

MOA Signing

(L-R):  Wilfred Julius Abo Jr. (VP for HR and Support Services), Steven Wang (Chief Finance Officer),
Jared Dennis Morrison (Country Manager/Senior VP), Bodoy Oquiñena (Movement Building Team Head),
Srikanth Srinivasan (VP for Client Relations), and Eppie Titong III (Vice President, Operations)

MAKATI CITY – VXI Global Holdings, B.V. formally signed their first agreement with Gawad Kalinga (GK) last August 6, 2014, to provide homes for ten families in Brgy. Poblacion 8, Lawaan, Eastern Samar. Signing the agreement for both parties were Jared Morrison (VXI’s Country Manager and Senior Vice President) and Bodoy Oquiñena (GK’s Movement Building Team Head).

Steven Wang, Jared Morrison and Bodoy Oquiñena shake hands as VXI commits to build homes in Lawaan, Eastern Samar.

More than 8 months after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck, the people of Eastern Visayas are still recuperating from their loss. While some regions are starting to recover, some have only received minimal help and their local government units (LGU) are still struggling to find ways in rebuilding their communities. The towns in Eastern Samar are some of the worst-hit areas during the typhoon with one of them being Lawaan, a fifth class municipality located right by the sea composed of around 12,000 people.  Strong winds, heavy rainfall, and a strom surge devoured their community, isolating it from the rest of the towns for five days.

Below are pictures of Haiyan’s aftermath in Lawaan:

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The LGU of Lawaan is very much excited to begin this project and VXI is also looking forward to visiting the area, meeting the residents, and sending volunteers to help not only in building the houses, but also in rebuilding the community.

VXI, headquartered in Los Angeles, is a company that specializes in BPO services, software development, and quality assurance testing, and has more than 15,000 employees worldwide. In the Philippines alone, they are rapidly growing with around 6,000 employees and the mission to be “The best customer interaction and technology partner every single day!”

VXI is also one of the many multi-sectoral partners that have responded to the needs of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) survivors, making it possible for Gawad Kalinga to rebuild in affected areas. The site in Lawaan is relatively new, and there are 170 homes that still need funding. In total, 3,014 homes all over the Visayas region have already been funded, which is only halfway through GK’s goal of building 6,000 homes by the end of this year. As of July 4, 2014, 1,200 homes are undergoing construction, 339 roofs have already been repaired and 613 boats have been distributed.

The work is far from over. To read more about GK’s Yolanda reconstruction updates and find out how you can help, click here.

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