Makati City, Philippines – Months after super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the Visayan Islands, claiming lives, homes, and livelihood along its wake, help still continues to pour down on the hard hit areas. Among those who reached out to extend its support is Manulife Philippines, one of the country’s leading life insurance firms. The company is helping fund a livelihood project, in partnership with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) that aims to support around 75 families in Leyte by providing business skills training and the initial retail inventory for starting-up their own ‘sari-sari’ stores. Manulife believes that this program will help survivors in Leyte re-build and move forward from the aftermath of Yolanda. This is part of Manulife Philippines’ continuing commitment to give back to the communities in order to help improve the quality of life of Filipinos. In photo during the ceremonial turnover of Manulife’s donation to PBSP are (from left): Manulife Philippines President and Chief Executive Officer, Ryan Charland; Manulife Philippines Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Margarita Lopez; and Executive Director of the Philippine Business for Social Progress, Rafael Lopa.