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Cebu Pacific ramps up collection efforts to reach four million malnourished children

​The Philippines' leading airline, Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB), strengthens its partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to reach millions of undernourished children in the country. The endeavor is part of the global organization's Change for Good program which accepts contributions from passengers on board flights of partner airlines. Proceeds contribute to the UN children's agency's First 1,000 Days campaign which provides optimal nutrition, from a mother's pregnancy to a child's second year of life.

 

Since July 1, 2016, CEB began accepting contributions of all currencies from passengers. The contributions are being used to fund nutritional supplements distributed to poor households with pregnant mothers or malnourished children. A portion of the funds also support barangay-level information drives on nutrition in UNICEF's focus areas in Northern Samar, Zamboanga, and Maguindanao.

 

"We are very pleased with how warmly our passengers are receiving the Change for Good Program. Thank you for sharing in our vision of a better future for our children and in UNICEF's advocacy of uplifting lives through the First 1,000 Days campaign," says Lance Gokongwei, Cebu Pacific President and CEO.

 

"Children have the right to survive and thrive. It is important for all of us to pitch in and lift each other up, so that every Filipino child grows up happy and healthy. Your continued support to UNICEF will help make this happen," says Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Philippines Representative.

 

Sylwander explains the transformative impact of these small acts of generosity. "The nutrition received by children from the womb to their second birthday is crucial for their physical and intellectual development. If these children are able to grow to their full extent, they perform better in school and eventually get better jobs as adults." A healthy and productive workforce, Sylwander says, is key to nation-building.

 

Battling poverty with proper nutrition

In the Philippines, around four million Filipino children are "stunted." These children are undernourished, causing irreversible damage to their health, physical growth and brain development.

 

The global program Change for Good targets these children by cashing in donations for life-saving materials and services for vulnerable children in more than 150 countries.

 

Its partner, CEB, has piloted the program in the East Asia and the Pacific region and focuses its collection efforts exclusively to UNICEF Philippines' First 1000 Days program.

 

You can do your share in helping fight malnutrition among Filipino infants and children. Donate to UNICEF's Change for Good First 1,000 Days program on your Cebu Pacific flights.

 

For more information on how to help the cause, visit www.cebupacificair.com and 1000days.unicef.ph.

 

Image by: UNICEF Philippines/JReyna

UNICEF works with local governments and communities to ensure children get the best start in the first 1,000 days of life.

 

About Cebu Air Inc. (PSE: CEB)

Cebu Air Inc. is the largest carrier in the Philippine air transportation industry, offering its low-cost services to more destinations and routes with higher flight frequency within the Philippines than any other airline.

 

CEB currently offers flights to a total of 38 domestic and 30 international destinations, operating an extensive network across Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA. Its 57-strong fleet is comprised of four Airbus A319, 36 Airbus A320, seven Airbus A330, eight ATR 72-500, and two ATR 72-600 aircraft. Between 2017 and 2021, CEB expects delivery of one more brand-new Airbus A330, 32 Airbus A321neo, and 14 ATR 72-600 aircraft.

 

For bookings and inquiries, guests can visit www.cebupacificair.com or call the reservation hotlines (+632) 7020-888 or (+6332)230-8888. The latest seat sales can be found on CEB's official Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/cebupacificair) pages.

 

Guests may also download the Cebu Pacific official mobile app on the App Store and Google Play.

 

About UNICEF
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work please visit www.unicef.ph

Please visit UNICEF Philippines website, Facebook and Twitter.

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Cebu Air, Inc.

Michelle Rose Lim - Corporate Communications Specialist

Email:  michellerose.lim@cebupacificair.com

 

UNICEF Philippines

Zafrin Chowdhury – Chief of Communication

Tel: (+632) 901 01 77

Email: zchowdhury@unicef.org

 

Marge Francia – Communication Officer

Tel: (+632) 901 01 73

Email: mfrancia@unicef.org

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