The charitable arm of integrated casino operator Melco Resorts Philippines has donated P20 million to the victims of the Taal volcano eruption.
Melco turned over the check to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) Tuesday.
The money will be used to purchase 163 portable toilets, tents and general hygiene items for the sanitation needs of the Taal victims who are still in the evacuation sites.
The Department of Health has cited a “rising need for sanitation facilities in the evacuation centers, as thousands of displaced families still can not go back to their homes with alert level 3 still in effect.”
NDRRMC also reported that the affected people have reached 396,371.
“Our agency is always ready to provide immediate help during calamities. It is our mandate to share whatever profit we gain from the gaming industry,” said Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo.
MRP Foundation was established by Melco Resorts and Entertainment Corp. in compliance with PAGCOR’s provisional license to operate a casino.
PAGCOR requires its licensees to allot a certain portion of their gross gaming revenues to their foundation to fund cultural, educational, environment, and health programs.
Bloomberry Cultural Foundation of Solaire Casino has also extended financial assistance
To date, Pagcor has received P46.5 million from gaming licensees.