Malls may be closing and businesses may not be operating, but that doesn’t mean that the Philippines’ top corporations aren’t keeping busy — after all, there’s much to do. Hand in hand with the public sector, these privately owned companies are stepping up in the battle against the novel coronavirus. Here’s how:
The Gokongwei Group had recently announced plans to set up a Php100 million fund to be used as a support for both national and local frontline workers. They will also be providing the UP Medical Foundation and the Philippine General Hospital with urgently needed personal protective equipment (PPE).
The Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) shall be providing support for the purchase of test kits for various hospitals within Metro Manila. Rental charges for all non-operational tenants for its malls will also be waived to allow tenants leeway in giving assistance to their employees.
The Universal Robina Corporation (URC), its food manufacturing arm, is set to distribute basic necessities to frontline workers at various hospitals. These goods include coffee, crackers, water, and cup noodles, all of which have been manufactured by the URC.
MVP Group of Companies
In a series of tweets, Manny V. Pangilinan earlier announced his companies’ efforts towards mitigating the NCoV-19 crisis. Aside from sending frontline workers complete sets of PPE, the MVP Group of Companies have also promised to provide hospitals with 4,000 litres of alcohol. In a show of support for their employees, Manny V. Pangilinan has also promised to continue the salary scheme of his workers throughout the quarantine period; this is without a forced consumption of their existing sick or vacation leaves. Vitamins have also been distributed to employees on the field, while others will be allowed to work from home.