AIG supports a number of citizenship programmes and charitable partnerships worldwide that rely on the skills, experience, knowledge and enthusiasm of our people. It is through our employees’ efforts and support that AIG is able to create enduring partnerships that improve lives and transform communities.
AIG’s Global Volunteer Time Off (VTO) programme allows employees to take up to 16 hours (full or half days) each calendar year to volunteer for a Registered Charity or Non-Profit Organization. In the Philippines, AIG employees are active in supporting Habitat for Humanity activities such as Juan Brigade and Juan Builds.
Families in a village devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan now have 63 new, more resilient houses because of a partnership between AIG and Habitat for Humanity in the Philippines.
According to Habitat for Humanity Philippines, case studies have shown that the most common damage during strong typhoons is to the roofs of houses. So the roofs of the new houses in Barangay Margen have a more resilient design, called “quarto aguas” (four-sided), using corrugated galvanized iron sheets. The core house is also built to withstand storms better using a Zocalo wall, which is composed of steel, bamboo, hollow block, and mesh wire with ferro concrete.
In a handover ceremony in the village of Barangay Margen (located in Ormoc City in the province of Leyte) last June 25, Mark Lwin, General Manager and CEO of AIG Philippines said:
“AIG’s role as an insurance company is not just to provide financial assistance. What brings us to work every day is our passion for the larger picture, which is helping ensure safer communities. The same applies to our philanthropic initiatives.”
One of the strongest typhoons ever recorded, Haiyan (known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines) hit Southeast Asia in November 2013. AIG committed to donate $100,000 to Habitat for Humanity Philippines and – with an outpouring of offers to help from colleagues worldwide – to match employee donations to that organization. In total, AIG donated $360,000 (approximately PHP 16,000,000) to Habitat for Humanity Philippines.
Since then, three businesses in the Philippines – AIG Philippines Insurance, AIG Shared Services-Asia, and AIG Shared Services-Technology – have teamed up with Habitat for Humanity Philippines to provide relief, help rebuild, and most importantly, foster sustainable communities with less exposure to future disasters.