We Care A Little More: Southstar DrugÛªs Continuous Advocacy of Giving Back
Southstar Drug’s Outreach Program in Barangay Tumana, Marikina
Southstar Drug’s “We Care A Little More” motto is anchored on its mission to provide quality medicine to its customers, but it is also what drives its ongoing projects to give back to communities in need.
From November 11, 2020 to February 4, 2021, Southstar Drug’s most recent run of outreach projects came in the form of donations for the Christmas season, as well as aid to families still recovering from the devastation of last year’s major typhoons, Rolly and Ulysses. Over 1,300 beneficiaries were provided with basic necessities in Tuguegarao, Camarines Sur, Albay, Pasig, Marikina, Batangas, Cavite, Rizal, Pampanga, Davao, and Cebu, along with 238 Southstar Drug typhoon-affected employees in the Bicol Region, 94 employees in Metro Manila, 92 employees in Central Luzon, and 25 employees in CALABARZON.
Senior citizen beneficiaries of Bahay Pag-ibig in Pampanga
Southstar Drug volunteers hand over donation packs to Bahay Pag-Ibig officers.
Southstar Drug’s corporate social responsibility programs rely on the employee volunteerism and close collaboration with partners. The drugstore works with local government units and agencies such as the Department Education in Central Luzon, as well as civil society organizations such as Bahay Pag-Ibig in Pampanga, and Camarines Sur Pharmacist Association and Riders Association Camarines Sur, both in Bicol Region. These partners on the ground were crucial in identifying barangays and beneficiaries most in need, with those recovering from the trauma and economic challenges from natural calamities prioritized for engagement, as well as children and senior citizens from low income families.
Beneficiaries line-up to receive donation packs from Southstar Drug in Davao City
“’We Care A Little More’ truly and succinctly describes the intention of Southstar Drug to be a partner in health for Filipinos. Over the years, we’ve continued to find ways to create significant impacts through social involvement. Our core business as a drugstore is very much aligned with helping communities and our employees in need,” said Christine Tueres, General Manager of Southstar Drug.