GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF) – the socio-civic arm of GMA Network – was presented with a check for $15, 000 by the City of Carson in California intended for the victims of typhoon Yolanda.
Present during the turnover are (from left): GMAKF Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer Mel C. Tiangco, the City of Carson’s Mayor Pro Tempore Elito Santarina, and his wife, Anita Santarina, an officer of the Filipino community in Carson.
In addition to the said amount, another $2, 500 was donated by the Philippine Independence Day Foundation. The foundation organizes the yearly local celebration of Philippine Independence Day for the Filipino Community which is annually participated in by GMA International. The City of Carson has the highest number of Filipinos than any other community abroad.
Donations for the Yolanda calamity will be used to fund GMAKF’s ongoing rehabilitation efforts in Leyte. At present, construction has commenced for two Kapuso Villages, with 400 houses and 20 classrooms in Tacloban city and another 200 houses and 10 classrooms in the municipality of Palo.