The company is sending three 3CX backhoe loaders to help in the clear up operations following Typhoon Haiyan, which was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded on land. In addition more than 120 JCB electrical generators are being provided through the company’s Filipino dealer Camec.
The generators are already being used to power community buildings, including hospitals and local authority premises. The JCB backhoes will be deployed in clear up operations in the province of Tacloban City.
JCB chairman Lord Bamford said: “The human suffering and scenes of devastation in the Philippines have been heart-rending and I hope JCB’s contribution to the relief effort will help, in some small way, those who are bearing the brunt of this disaster. One of the main challenges facing rescue workers is clearing roads in the affected areas and the JCB backhoe is exactly the right machine for the job of removing debris.”
This is the second time the company has sent aid to the Philippines. In 2006 JCB sent a fleet of 3CX backhoe loaders after Typhoon Reming hit the Bicol region, destroying much of the infrastructure. The latest contribution follows a series of other JCB machinery donations in recent years to other parts of the world hit by natural disasters.