Over the last ten years, the craftspeople who work at our Philippine factories have made beautiful, hand crafted acaciaware that provides our customers with unparalleled quality and enduring beauty. These craftspeople represent several hundred families who thrive, in large part, because of their successful partnership with Pacific Merchants and the strong, loyal customer base we provide for their exceptional woodenware.
This past month, super Typhoon Ondoy brought a month’s worth of rainfall to Metro Manila and the outlining Philippine towns in just a few hours, causing severe flooding which resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. Eight days later, Typhoon Pepeng struck the northern regions causing more damage. More than four million people have been affected by the ravages of these two major typhoons. Beside the loss of life, electricity is still out in many outlying areas, access roads have been washed away, telephone service is still out, and the production of wood at factories such as ours has been at a standstill for several weeks. The good news is that the factories are slowly coming back to life.
After learning about the full extent of the crisis just this last weekend, Pacific Merchants has committed to aid our friends in this devastated country. Effective immediately, we are launching Project: Typhoon Recovery. Through November, Pacific Merchants will donate a significant percentage of profits to recovery efforts in the Philippines.