Several provinces in the Visayas region are still in the process of recovering a month after Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) originally hit landfall in the Philippines. As numerous communities continue to rebuild after the devastation and wreckage it has caused, many provinces are still left reeling without basic necessities such as electricity and running water. KMC Solutions, the country’s largest flexible workspace and staff leasing provider, extends their resources to help support these communities affected through their own CSR initiatives. The company is now in the process of distributing portable filtration straws to give people access to clean drinkable water and establish a communications hub in Siargao Island next.

Filtration straws are usually more commonly used for backpacking, hiking, camping, scouting, travel, and emergency preparedness — which have now been utilized by KMC to supply clean drinking water to provinces with minimal access to it. This has led them to develop the KMC Life Straw, a portable and lightweight water straw with an effective filtration system that removes up to 99.9% of bacteria such as salmonella, cholera, E. Coli, and protozoa. Since then, the flexible workspace company has mobilized and distributed over 500 pieces of KMC Life Straws to a number of provinces — donating over 100 straws to Negros Oriental, 200 straws to Siargao, and 200 straws to other affected areas.

KMC also has close ties to the Siargao community, recently partnering with Bravo Beach Resort last July 2021 to roll out their “work from the beach” offering. The popular and beloved tourist destination is now nearly unrecognizable after the heavy damage it suffered last month that left hundreds of tourists stranded for days and even more locals losing their livelihoods. Presently, KMC is in the process of building solar and generator-powered container vans that can act as a communications hub while the island slowly recovers, to be stationed at their partnered resort, Bravo. With the surfing paradise still having little to no electricity, the KMC communications hub would offer free Wi-Fi connectivity and charging stations that would be available for public use.

With the uncertainty of when power will come back onto the island, KMC hopes to keep communication lines open with this initiative to provide Siargao the means to communicate outside the province, therefore keeping the public aware of their current situation.

As many communities are still in need of support, KMC Solutions strives to lend a helping hand during this recovery period through providing them with access to essentials such as open communication lines and clean, drinkable water. The company is additionally looking into providing other internet efforts and collaborating with more partners to reach other areas — as this can help not only with public awareness but also allow residents to communicate with family and give children the means to continue their schooling and education as well.

KMC Solutions has over a decade of experience in delivering forward-thinking office spaces and high-performing teams to 400+ global brands and local businesses across multiple industries in the Philippines. With 55+ flexible workspaces in over 23 locations around Metro Manila, Cebu, Clark and Iloilo, their expansive geographical footprint enables their clients to work in the most efficient, effective, and safest way possible. As the country’s largest flexible workspace and staff leasing provider, they are uniquely positioned to provide clients with the “who” and “where” they need to establish or grow their business in the Philippines.


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