McDonald’s and Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Philippines has opened a day care center for children living in Barangay San Jose, Tacloban, one of the hardest hit areas struck by Typhoon Yolanda a year ago.
Opened last 16 October, the Ronald McDonald Bahay Bulilit is open for underprivileged children six years old and below where they n can learn and play while their parents are at work. This is the 25th site in the country and was opened partly to celebrate RMHC's 40th anniversary.
The program is in partnership with Local Government Units who provide the location and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) who handles the day to day management of the day care center.
McDonald’s Philippines President and CEO and RMHC Philippines President Kenneth Yang and RMHC Philippines Executive Director Marie Angeles were joined by Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez and Barangay Captain Leo Ortiz Bahin in the ceremonial opening
“On behalf of the McDonald’s family, we are happy to make a difference in a community like Tacloban that continues to show resilience and strength amidst adversity," RMHC Philippines President Kenneth Yang.
"We are strongly committed to be responsible members in communities where our stores operate. With the opening of Ronald McDonald Bahay Bulilit, we believe that children, when given access to shelter and education, can grow to become individuals who can inspire positive change in the nation,” he adds.
McDonald’s is also happy to announce that its iconic store in Tacloban has re-opened to provide great-tasting food and enjoyable experiences for its customers and employment opportunities for young people in the area.