New employees find love, care in Yamang Bukid

Published: December 21, 2019 10:15am | Philippines


Just six months into being employed, Hecille Manansala could not help but wonder in awe how fortunate she was when Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Inc. (YBHPI) sent her gifts for Noche buena and home buiding materials last Dec. 18.

Hecille was at her house near a rice paddy and flood-prone community in Barangay Manolo, Naga City; the wooden structure covered with tarps with beaming faces of local politicians and that of a bookseller chain.

Her home which she shares with husband Christopher and their two teenage kids incurred damage as Typhoon Tisoy (international name: Kamurri) so getting house repair kits from her new employer was a bit of surprise to her.

The Philippines’ number 1 turmeric tea maker, YBHPI, has gifted Hecille and 13 other sales personnel and employees in Bicol food and house repair kits to help them cope with the devastation brought by “Tisoy” after the powerful storm battered the eastern Philippine region with 200-kilometer per hour winds and intense to torrential rains last Dec. 2-3.

“I could not go to work for two days because of toppled electric poles that blocked the highway to Legazpi,” Hecille said, adding she was also worried for her family as floodwaters were slowly rising at the back of their house.

When the storm subsided, her house was flooded knee-deep and the family had to flee to safer grounds.

Now weeks after the typhoon, the family of the 35-year old sales staff is picking up the pieces of their lives as they find ways to repair their house, with its roof partially giving way due to rainwater and high winds.

“I just could not believe Yamang Bukid visited us here and brought gifts. I’m just six months with the company and its personnel and officers are showing their concern to all of us being affected by the storm,” she said.

Over P115,000 worth of food packs and house building kits were given by YBHPI to its personnel affected by the storm in the provinces of Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Sorsogon, according to Kim Malipe, YBHPI vice president for special events. “This is our way of helping our staff affected by the typhoon to cope and recover,” said Malipe.

Hecille said the goodies they got would mean a happy Christmas for the family, especially the kids.

“We will have food for the noche buena,” she said, tears welling down her cheeks. Despite being new in Yamang Bukid, Hecille said she felt being valued as part of a family.

“I used to work at the production division of a pizza company when my husband, who works for a bookseller at a shopping mall in Legazpi told me about Yamang Bukid hiring sales personnel. I applied and was lucky to be accepted,” she said.

Working with Yamang Bukid, she said provided the needed income to augment her husband’s and helped the family meet its financial plans, including the slow payment for the lot they’ve built their house in.

She said the family is optimistic for the coming year even if they have experienced the wrath brought by the previous weeks’ typhoon.
“Im grateful for Yamang Bukid for not leaving behind its employees in this time of calamity. We can celebrate a merry Christmas after all,” Hecille said.

(JL)

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