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Shopee Delivers Aid to Typhoon Odette Victims via Shopee Express

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Millions of Filipinos are still reeling from the effects of Typhoon Odette, which devastated many regions in Visayas and Mindanao almost a month ago. Shopee worked with various brands and corporations to activate its worldwide Shopee Express network to help deliver emergency relief to Typhoon Odette victims in less accessible places, in order to support and serve the impacted populations.

Many of the afflicted villages had difficulty receiving relief due to the typhoon’s damage to communication and transportation infrastructure. Shopee Express trucks and vehicles have been able to transport water, health kits, water filters, solar lights, and other relief goods from brands and organizations including the Manila Water Foundation, Maynilad Water Services, Inc., Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc., Unilab, Akari Lighting, Envirocab, Socone, Asia Brewery, Inc., Mitsushi, Herco Trading, Inc., Qoncept Furniture, Foodplus, Del Monte, Dohera Corporation,

These items were transported from Metro Manila to Shopee Express Sorting Centers in Cebu, Bohol, and Surigao, where they were repackaged and given to thousands of impacted residents across Visayas and Mindanao. Shopee was able to speed up distribution to these areas with the help of several government agencies such as the Office of Civil Defense, the Philippine Air Force, and the Philippine Navy.

Shopee Express was also able to give basic essentials such as water, sanitary kits, and non-perishable food items to about 10,000 of its affected workers, the majority of whom are passengers and drivers, thanks to this statewide effort.

Despite being devastated by Typhoon Odette, Shopee Express riders volunteered to assist in the repacking and distribution of the donations. Some others even decided to give money from their own pockets to help with relief efforts.

“I opted to become a rider because of the epidemic, where it was difficult to get employment,” Elmer Tapales, who started as a Shopee rider last August, explained. Fortunately, there was an opportunity here, so I applied. We were severely impacted by the storm, but we are appreciative for Shopee’s assistance.”

Marijon Pinebro is a maintenance worker at a Shopee Express Hub, and Typhoon Odette had a significant impact on them. “Shopee was quite helpful to me; in addition to money assistance, they also supplied assistance and comfort products.” I owe Shopee a debt of gratitude.”

Shopee Express Aid Typhoon Victims

Shopee’s Shopee Bayanihan: Typhoon Odette Support initiative, which allows users to donate to typhoon-affected communities by purchasing e-vouchers on the microsite and checking out via ShopeePay, Shopee’s all-in-one e-wallet, raised more than $1 million in donations in partnership with GMA Kapuso Foundation, World Vision, and UNICEF, raised more than $1 million in donations. After the contribution drive raised more than $1 million in donations, Shopee matched the amount to donate an additional $1 million in total gifts to these three charity.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “As soon as we learned about the struggles that our kababayans faced in Visayas and Mindanao, we immediately mobilized our resources to provide relief quickly. The Filipino spirit of Bayanihan never fails to shine a bright light amidst dark times. We are thankful to our partner brands, generous users, and our employees who went out of their way to provide support to those in need. We hope that our combined efforts will contribute to the recovery and restoring of livelihoods among those affected.”

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