Indigents, poor draw strong backer from Pitmaster Foundation

Published December 15, 2021, 2:47 PM

by MB Business

La Union Governor, Francisco Emmanuel ‘Pacoy’ Ortega III (right), welcomes Pitmaster Executive Director, Atty. Caroline M. Cruz, as the province received one ambulance and 3,000 food packs for the families affected by Typhoon Maring, from Pitmaster Cares Foundation.

Pitmaster Foundation, known for its assistance and philanthropy, has given away hundreds of ambulances and other essential needs during the pandemic.

It has so far donated 137 ambulances to beneficiary local governments and provided five million facemasks and freezers while assisting the vaccination of 9,000 persons, as it became a major foundation and staunch partner of the government in times of crisis.

Under the leadership of its chairman, Charlie ‘Atong’ Ang, and Executive Director Atty. Caroline M. Cruz, the foundation that is now on its first year, has earlier pledged that every province would receive an ambulance. As it marked its first anniversary, they held true to their word.

With its strong links to communities and institutional partners, Pitmaster has already reached thousands of indigent Filipinos from Luzon to Mindanao as it lived up to its name which means ‘Providing Indigent Timely Medical Assistance Service and Targeted Emergency Relief.’

The foundation has also assisted close to 13,000 Filipinos with their dialysis treatments, one of the most financially draining burdens on any family dealing with kidney ailments.

This was on top of the much-needed food assistance the foundation extended to close to 350,000 Filipino families during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns.

The noble work did not go unnoticed as the foundation has been publicly acknowledged by local and community leaders for its efforts to help fight COVID-19, as well as the hunger, poverty, and loss of livelihood that came with it.

On top of its noble work during pandemic, the foundation is also making its presence felt in other fronts, and is now supporting the government’s vaccination campaign with a nationwide raffle for vaccinated individuals, with prizes worth P20 million.

Pitmaster Foundation is also actively supporting its partners, giving close to P30 million in financial assistance to tricycle drivers and other displaced persons, providing equipment to police to help law enforcement.

More than that, Pitmaster is supporting indigenous peoples by providing 6,300 wheelchairs to persons with disabilities, and reforesting 250 hectares of mountains in the provinces of Quezon and Laguna.

As the Foundation completes its first year of service, it now aims to work closer with government, civil society, and other partners to realize its mission of direct and compassionate assistance to Filipinos in greatest need.