More and more companies are initiating donations and fundraising to help the country battle against COVID-19.
With the rising cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Philippines, various companies in different sectors provided donations to aid frontliners, their employees, and all the families affected by the pandemic.
To control the spread of the disease, President Rodrigo Duterte declared the entire Luzon area in the Philippines under “enhanced community quarantine“, which is a total lockdown, restricting the movement of the population with exceptions.
Additional lockdown restrictions mandated the temporary closure of non-essential shops and businesses. This quarantine came two days after the implementation of the community quarantine in Metro Manila. The announced quarantine is expected to end on 14 April 2020.
Amid the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic disease, big companies have donated protective equipment and medical supplies to hospitals. Other companies vowed financial assistance.
Here are some of the companies that provide donations:
- The private holding company has donated P100 million to Project Ugnayan -a collaboration of local companies, to purchase gifts aiming to help poor families in Greater Manila. The company has also set up a fundraising page called Help Our Health Workers Fight COVID-19. In collaboration with the University of the Philippines Medical Foundation and The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service Foundation, the fundraising aims to raise money for personal protective equipment.
- The Aboitiz Group donated 5,700 masks to the Department of Health (DOH) and to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) on 18 March 2020.
- Additionally, its food business unit Pilmico Foods Corporation has established a 30-day distribution of food to hospitals and military checkpoints in the province of Iligan and Tarlac.
- The large American Holding company with business activities spanning the food and beverage industry gambling, and real estate development, AGI, has donated one million liters of disinfectant ethyl alcohol (70%) to hospitals and other medical organization, the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and local government units.
- Ayala Corporation is one of the largest and most diversified business groups in the Philippines. The company has allotted P2.4 billion for the wages of its employees and partner employers. Ayala Malls also suspended rental fees (worth around P1.4 billion) to businesses that are not allowed to operate.
- Over 10,000 N95 masks were also distributed to public hospitals on 6 March 2020 through its healthcare unit Ayala Healthcare Holdings.
- BAVI, the number one chicken rotisserie and second-largest poultry integrator in the Philippines prepared packed meals for health workers and checkpoint officers in Luzon. The company is also giving away 100,000 kilograms of fully-dressed chicken to provinces including Bulacan, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Bataan, Rizal, Taguig, Pasig, and Caloocan.
- Bavi is also providing meals to stranded dormers for the University of the Philippines in its Diliman, Los Banos, and Mindanao campuses.
- The Philippine meat processing company, CDO Foodsphere Inc., has provided temporary shelter for its employees who still go to work daily. It also provides its workers with masks and daily doses of vitamins since manufacturing establishments are considered essential during the lockdown.
- The giant beverage company Coca-Cola announced on March 20 a total of P150 million of its advertising budget will be allotted for relief operations, including the supply of protective equipment and beverages for health workers. Also, the company is assisting a food pack delivery to the most vulnerable families.
- Globe Telecom, one of the leading network providers in the Philippines, has also started a donation drive through its app. Users and subscribers can donate rewards points aiming to help medical workers in the Philippines. Globe entrusted over P14 million to the Philippine Hospital Medical Foundation on March 24, wherein, P9 million was donated by the users through points and the remaining P5 million was a donation from Globe.
- JG Summit Holdings is one of the many conglomerates owned by Gokongwei’s. The company vowed P100 million to support national and local health workers through its arm Gokongwei Brothers Foundation. The said funds will be used to provide personal protective equipment and rapid test kits.
- Moreover, Universal Robina Corporation, its food manufacturing firm, is also donating some of its products to health workers in different hospitals.
- Its real estate firm Robinsons Land Corporation also suspended rental fees to all its non-operational businesses.
- JFC, the largest fast-food chain in the country has released an emergency fund worth P1 billion serving as a one-month salary and 13th-month pay for all its workers and partner employers in store.
- Ligo Sardines lifted all of its advertising budget for 2020 to donate and help non-government organizations, charities, as well as independent groups serving as frontliner to fight COVOD-19.
- The publicly listed holding company of Chinese Filipino business tycoon Lucio Tan, LT Group has donated a total of 190,000 liters of ethyl alcohol, 200,000 liters of distilled drinking water, and 2,000 N95 face masks to the frontline health workers via Help Flows, a disaster relief program.
- The leading real estate and business process outsourcing (BPO) Office Developer and Landlord in the country have set up a Citylink bus to administer free daily transportation to healthcare personnel. The said buses will bring workers to and from Pasig City Hospital and Makati Medical Center from March 23-April 12.
- Moreover, Megaworld is also providing food assistance to its construction workers affected by the pandemic.
- MVP Group has donated over 1,000 grocery packs to families of the frontline workers, personnel of V. Luna Hospital, and families of checkpoint soldiers. Its workers, including its conglomerate companies, will also receive their 13th-month pay in advance.
- The exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages and Snacks in the Philippines, PCPPI, has distributed beverages to officers in charge of checkpoints across the country. PCPPI donated more than 100 cases of its beverage products across Luzon. The company is also donating 1,000 cases of drinks to soldiers manning checkpoints in the regions of Visayas and Mindanao.
San Miguel Corporation (SMC)
- SMC is one of the Philippines ’ largest and most diversified conglomerates. SMC has started delivering free 70% ethyl alcohol after its facility was used to produce rubbing alcohol. Additionally, the company also contributed food donations to charitable groups and critical Metro Manila communities, especially areas with high COVID-19 cases.
- SM Group is a leading Philippine company that is invested in market-leading. The giant company has allotted P100 million aiming to support the needs of PGH, RITM, and other government hospitals by providing protective equipment and medical supplies.
- SM Group is also planning to improve the availability of test kits in the Philippines.
- Udenna Foundation, Udenna Groups’ social arm has donated 1,000 COVID-19 diagnostic kits to the DOH. It’s branding Wendy’s and Conti’s also packed 200 food packs for health workers, community workers, and police.
- The Villar family has donated a disinfecting apparatus to 9 government hospitals in Metro Manila. Additionally, it also donated 200,000 face masks, as well as the daily supply of bottled drinking water to the government through DOH.
- The fashion online shopping company Zalora Philippines is raising an ‘e-donation drive’ for relief efforts of the Philippine Red Cross. All the proceeds will be used in providing supplies to health workers, as well as giving basic necessities to poor families.
More and more companies have stepped up to help the government combat COVID-19. Donations and fundraising initiatives have a great impact in fighting the pandemic disease. Let us not also forget to always pray as we fight COVID-19.