SM Group allocates P100M towards COVID-19 outbreak support
March 17, 2020 by Nile Kris Jan Banga Leave a comment
SM Group allocates Php100M towards COVID-19 outbreak support to PGH, RITM, and other government hospitals after several community quarantine is implemented on some areas of the country with President Duterte announcing an ‘enhanced community quarantine’ status. Part of the president’s speech was asking big businesses to help in the process.
“To ensure the safety of medical frontliners, SM is bringing in personal protective equipment (PPE) – face masks, gowns, visors, hoods, gloves, and shoe covers, as well as urgent medical supplies to help government hospitals who badly need them,” said SM Prime’s Hans Sy.
Assistance has also been extended to Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and Research Institute for Tropical Management (RITM) for their urgent needs and for improving their laboratory testing capacity.
SM has also allocated PPEs and medical supplies to the UP Medical Foundation Inc. to reach a wider network of hospitals.
To improve the availability of tests, SM has reached out to Manila Healthtek Inc. to distribute 20,000 tests for free to government hospitals, once approved for use.