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SM donates PhP170M for PPEs and medical supplies

SM distribute PPEs to hospitals in PH during Coronavirus Pandemic Feature Image

Through SM Foundation, SM is donating over PhP 170 million towards the fight against COVID-19, surpassing its initial allocation of PhP 100 million.

The initiative is to help ensure that Healthcare workers in hospitals nationwide are armored with personal protective equipment (PPEs) – full protective suits (including for ICU use), face shields, gloves, N95 masks, surgical masks, goggles, and including raincoats as requested by some hospitals as back-up alternatives.

Testing is made more widely available, by supporting and donating the local Manila Healthtek test kits developed by the UP-NIH team (upon DOH approval), providing the testing needs of RITM, and donating FDA-approved PCR kits sourced from Korea, and by providing ICU-grade ventilators to help hospitals manage patients with severe cases.

SM distribute PPEs to hospitals in PH during Coronavirus Pandemic Feature Image

PPEs and medical equipment arrive for SM Foundation on chartered aircraft via Airspeed Logistics.

Among the hospitals that received PPE donations as of March 27, 2020 are University of the Philippines PGH, Lung Center of the Philippines, Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and major Government hospitals like Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), National Kidney and Transplant Institute, San Lazaro Hospital, East Avenue Medical Center, Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Philippine Heart Center, National Children’s Hospital and Rizal Medical Center.

SM distribute PPEs to hospitals in PH during Coronavirus Pandemic Feature Image

Dr. Gam Legaspi, Exec Director of PGH, receiving the first batch of ICU-grade ventilators.

Other hospitals include, Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, Chinese General Hospital, University of the East Ramon Magsaysay (UERM) Memorial Medical Center, Manila Doctors Hospital, University of Sto. Tomas Hospital, Makati Medical Center, The Medical City, Ospital mg Muntinlupa, and more.

Several shipments of PPEs are also on their way to provincial hospitals nationwide, including Rizal, Pampanga, Bataan, Quezon, Pangasinan, Catanduanes, Cebu, Iloilo, Samar, Tacloban, Surigao del Sur, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Marawi, Zamboanga, and more.

SM has committed to be of service to the Filipino public, its hospitals, and its government, in ensuring that we all contain and overcome the COVID-19 crisis together.

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Food Delivery During Iloilo Community Quarantine

Iloilo Food Delivery

ILOILO CITY is under enhanced community quarantine or a lockdown starting March 20 until April 14, 2020, announced by Mayor Jerry P. Treñas on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Now, being a common Ilonggo who wants to still enjoy delicacies despite this crisis, here are some of your options for food delivery services.

Alberto’s Pizza

Iloilo Food Delivery

One of on-the-go pizza deliveries in Iloilo City, Alberto’s Pizza outlest in Iloilo City will be open 8AM to 8PM. You can contact them through these numbers: (033) 503-3395 / 0917-793-5199 / 0998-559-3143.

Al Dente Ristorante Italiano

Al Dente has a Pop Up today, Saturday and tomorrow, Sunday (March 21-22). Call for pick up or delivery through this number 09177288838, 12noon to 7PM.

  • Try Me!!! de luxe P225 (with extra sauce, add P50)
  • Try Me!!! Fried Chicken with rice P180
  • Try Me!!! Spaghetti P125
  • Try Me!!! Palabok P125

Bluejay Coffee & Co.

Bluejay Coffee & Co. is one of the first coffee shops in Iloilo to introduce Italian coffee brewing method in Iloilo now expanded with other food offerings. They are known for their ensaimada, cheese roll and banana bread. They also serve all-day breakfast, panini, salad, soup, pizza, burgers, cookies, bread, baked cakes and chilled cheesecakes. 

Send them a private message through their Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/bluejaycoffeeiloilo/) PM or call them at (033) 338 1484!

Cafe Del Prado (Hotel Del Rio)

Iloilo Food Delivery

Cafe Del Prado offers now food deliveries. Aside from their all day offerings, their breakfast meals are available from 7AM to 10 AM. To order, you may call these numbers: 335-1171-74 / 0917-654-8881 /0998-956-8500

Camiña Balay nga Bato

Iloilo Food Delivery

The heritage, Camiña Balay nga Bato, partnered with Dash2’Doors to cater food delivery during this enhanced community quarantine in Iloilo City. Just contact them through Dash2’Doors for orders from 8AM to 5PM.

Crypto Cafe Iloilo

Crypto Cafe Iloilo will be offering an affordable meal of their best selling combo – Meatyriffic Solo Meal – along with other menus starting Monday, March 23!

🍛Roast Beef
🍛Smoked Chicken
🍛Smoked Pork Belly
🍹FREE Batuan Cooler
For P149 only

Minimum order is P500 only, FREE DELIVERY within Iloilo City and selected nearby municipalities 
For orders, kindly contact 0917-314-5161 / 0917-314-5728.

Farm to Table

Iloilo Food Delivery

Farm to Table gourmet dishes are crafted from the daily deliveries of our local farmers in the region. Fresh from their own farm to your table. Enjoy gourmet dishes & join the advocacy of supporting the local farmers of Iloilo. To order, contact them through (033)320-2154, from 11:30AM to 6:30PM. 

How Fun Iloilo

Iloilo Food Delivery

With How Fun, enjoy Chinese food at the comfort of your home! They are now available for food delivery! To order, contact them via their Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/howfuniloilo/) or call them at (033) 338 1484!

Iloilo Food Delivery

Nadej

Iloilo Food Delivery

Nadej in Megaworld offers variety of dishes to choose from and you may place your order thru the Food Panda app. You can also place your order for pick up personally as well. For inquires please call (033)320-3032 / 0917-122-3314. For more menu, check this post.

PassionPit Cafe

Iloilo Food Delivery

PassionPit Cafe can deliver your delicious Pork Steak or Tapa meal with sauteed shitake mushrooms and mixed veggies as side dish and a big serving of rice, right to your office or home. However, they only accept bulk orders and deliveries. Orders must be placed 24 hours prior the food delivery date. For inquiries, contact 0998-372-9433.

Ram’s Pizza and Milk Tea

Iloilo Food Delivery

Ram’s Pizza is now offering food delivery to bring their best selling and affordable pizzas and milk tea drinks right at you doorsteps. For order, minimum is P400 only, contact them through 0907-694-5693. Delivery hour is until 7PM only.

Sky Kitchen

Iloilo Food Delivery

To bring safe and good food to everyone, most importantly in this recent outbreak, Sky Kitchen tray dishes are available for delivery. Check their menu at their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/skykitcheniloilo/)! Free delivery within Iloilo City and minimum of two tray dishes. Send them a private message through Messenger or call them through (033) 338 1484

Stacks

Iloilo Food Delivery

Stack Burgers in Megaworld now offers food delivery from 11AM to 5AM. To order, contact 0928-984-2577.

*This is a developing article and will be updated for more information. For business owners and sellers who might want to include their own food delivery services, contact Nile on Weekends. Thank you!

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ILOILO CITY LOCKDOWN: 25 Things You Should Know

Iloilo City Lockdown

(Updated March 21, 2020) ILOILO CITY is under enhanced community quarantine or a lockdown starting March 20 until April 14, 2020, announced by Mayor Jerry P. Treñas on Thursday, March 19, 2020 issuing an Executive Order No. 055 implementing Regulation Ordinance No. 2020-056, Series of 2020 in relation to the practice of Enhanced Community Quarantine applicable to all commercial and business establishments, government offices and in residential areas, and for other purposes.

“We have to call this enhanced community quarantine (lockdown). We have to put in minds of everyone nga indi na sila pwede ka gwa sang basta-basta (that they are not allowed to go out anymore),” Treñas emphasized.

“We are doing this to limit mobility. We are trying to limit mobility because we are trying to lessen the number of persons going around the city, whole of Panay and Guimaras,” he added.

“We are at war with something that we cannot see. These are extraordinary times, we have to meet this war with extraordinary measures.” the mayor explained.

With this, here are major things all Ilonggos should know about this Iloilo City lockdown.

1. ‘Essential businesses’ will still be open.

  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies
  • 24/7 Convenience store
  • Banks, and other related financial establishments
  • Hardware stores
  • Health Clinic, Diagnostic Centers and Laboratories
  • Restaurants with dine-in, take-out or delivery services

2. No Public Utility Jeepneys starting March 21, 2020 while Tricycle and Taxi Ban starts 8PM on March 22, 2020.

Transportation was initially retained only to follow social distancing policy. However on Friday, the mayor also suspended transportation operations after observing most of the riding public and drivers would not follow social distancing, or keep at least one meter apart, to prevent potential contact with the virus.

3. Social Distancing Ordinance is implemented with curfew from 8PM to 5AM.

4. Prohibition from staying and standing by individuals along highways, public alleys, commercial establishments, malls/shopping centers or any places outside their private homes.

5. The following individuals are excluded from number four (#4).

  • People coming from work (essential businesses, #1)
  • People working within curfew hours (essential businesses, #1)
  • Health or medical workers, or working for humanitarian reasons
  • Authorized government officials
  • People who provide basic services (essential businesses, #1)
  • People who deliver food and medicines (essential businesses, #1)
  • Public Transportation Services dependent on the assessment of Public Safety and Transporation Management Office (PSTMO)

6. Implementation of the curfew

Personnel from the institution and public offices will participate.

  • Philippine National Police
  • Armed Forces of the Philippines
  • Punong Barangay, Barangay Council, and Barangay Tanods
  • Task Force on Moral Values
  • City Health Office
  • Public Safety and Traffic Management Office

7. P98-million funds for preventive measures against COVID-19 was approved. 

The funds will be used for laboratory materials/testing kits, rental of medical equipment for the quarantine center, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), disaster response supply and equipment, as well as livelihood support. – City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) / Iloilo City Government Facebook Page

8. The EO prescribed general mandatory conditions and precautionary best practices to be followed by establishments mentioned in #1 which includes:

  • Posting of Covid-19 hotline
  • Observance of social distancing
  • Constant disinfecting
  • Provision of hand sanitizers and/or alcohol
  • Use of non-contact thermal scanners
  • Employees to accomplish daily health interview cards
  • Have sanitation protocol in place

9. Prohibition on liquor which includes the following:

  • the selling, dispensing, and transporting of liquor or alcoholic beverages
  • whisky, brandy, gin, rum, cordial, liquor, cocktail, wine, champagne, vermouth, basi, tuba, saki, beer, ale, and stout

10. Resistance to the implementation of the Iloilo City Lockdown or disobedience to its guidelines can constitute a “resistance and disobedience to a person in authority or the agents of such person” under Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code, which punishes a person who “shall resist or seriously disobey any person in authority, or the agents of such person, while engaged in the performance of official duties.”

The penalty of imprisonment from one (1) month and one (1) day to six (6) months and a fine not exceeding 500 pesos shall be imposed upon any person who not being included in the provisions of the preceding articles shall resist or seriously disobey any person in authority, or the agents of such person, while engaged in the performance of official duties.

11. Five (5) entry/exit points and checkpoints of the city.

  1. Ungka
  2. Balabago
  3. Buhang in Jaro;
  4. Hibao-an in Mandurriao
  5. Mohon in Arevalo

Via Iloilo City Public Safety and Transportation Management Office

12. Buses are operating within the city as an alternative transportation.

Route of Buses (5:00AM) *Check the photos for routes.

Additional bus/es:

  • LAPUZ – Bo. Obrero – Lapuz – Jalandoni – Rizal Street – Iznart – J.M. Basa – Parola City Mall and Vice Versa.

13. ALL Health Workers are FREE of charges on the bus transportation. They just have to present their IDs. As for other riding public, P10 for the fare will be implemented. 

Via LTFRB-6

14. Esplanade and plazas are closed to joggers and zumba dancers, but remain open for people to water and cultivate the plants, and for mobility.

15. Metro Iloilo Water announced that penalties for late payments for the billing period of March 2020 shall be waived.

It is encouraged however that consumers to pay their bills on time or ahead of the due date to avoid possible congestion in collection and to practice social distancing.

16. Temporary closure of Festive Walk Iloilo starting March 20, 2020 until further notice while some establishments will continue to operate for the basic needs of the community.

*Supermarkets, banks, pharmacies and medical services, convenience stores, select restaurants with take-out and delivery services, and other essentials will remain open to cater to the needs of the community.

 Festive Walk Mall

  • Festive Market – 9 AM to 7 PM
  • Mercury Drug – 11 AM to 7 PM
  • Jollibee – 6 AM to 8 PM
  • Pizza Hut – 11 AM to 7 PM
  • Watsons – 11 AM to 7 PM
  • KFC – 11 AM to 7 PM
  • Starbucks – 8 AM to 7 PM

 Festive Walk Annex

  • Marketplace – 8 AM to 7 PM
  • LBC – 11 AM to 7 PM
  • Bureau of Immigration – 9 AM to 6 PM

 Festive Walk Parade

  • ShareTea – 11 AM to 8 PM
  • Sunny Side Up – 6 AM to 8 PM

 Nadej – 7 AM to 7 PM
 Pan De Manila – 24 hrs Open
 7/11 Convenience Store – 9 AM to 10 PM
 Mc Donalds – 7 AM to 9 PM

17. Shops at Atria will be temporarily closed for operation effective March 20, 2020, until further notice.

18. Temporary closure of SM City Iloilo starting March 21, 2020 until further notice while some establishments will continue to operate for the basic needs of the community.

✅ North Point

  • Starbucks – 8 AM to 6 PM
  • BDO – 10 AM to 12 NN (Closed on Sundays)

✅ Main Mall

  • SM Supermarket – 9 AM to 7 PM
  • Watsons – 9 AM to 7PM (inside SM Supermarket); 11 AM to 7 PM (Upper Ground)
  • Bills Payments – 9 AM to 7 PM (inside SM Supermarket)
  • Life Extension – 11 AM to 7 PM
  • Perimeter Parking – 9 AM to 7 PM
  • BDO – 10 AM to 12 NN (Closed on Sundays)
  • Rose Pharmacy – 11 AM to 7 PM
  • GNC – 11 AM to 7 PM
  • LBC – 10 AM to 7 PM (Traveller’s Lounge)
  • Iloilo Doctors Clinic – 10 AM to 4 PM

✅ SM Strata

  • Akamon – 11:30 AM to 7:30 PM
  • SM Supermarket – 9 AM to 7 PM

19. One (1) Quarantine Card or Pass per household through a designated member.

A quarantine card or pass designates a household member as the representative of his or her household in procuring necessities. This disallows other family members to buy goods and conduct transactions outside their homes.” via philstar.com

NOTE: Quarantine Card or Pass is not applicable during curfew hours. (Schedule in #3)

20. Quarantine Cards or Passes are for FREE.

Report to DILG / Mayor’s Office any local executive or barangay officials who will charge fees on quarantine cards or passes. DILG Emergency Operations Center hotlines 02-8876-3454 local 8806/8810.

21. If you are sick or not feeling well after your travel, call or report to Iloilo City Health Office through (033) 333-1111 loc 212 or to Western Visayas Medical Center Iloilo (033) 321-2841 to 45.

22. Mayor Jerry P. Treñas highly recommend a footbath to be installed in all entrances of essential establishments.

23. Guidelines for Travellers

Iloilo City Lockdown

24. Guidelines for Barangays

Iloilo City Lockdown

25. Guidelines for Barangay Health Emergency Response Team

Iloilo City Lockdown

Amidst all these, let us all calm down and stay home. Prepare all essential needs for the next 26 days during the Iloilo City lockdown. Keep safe everyone and share this your family and friends!

*This is a developing article and will be updated for more information.

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National Museum closes nationwide due to COVID-19 in PH

National Museum

The National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) closed its facilities nationwide starting March 13, 2020 until further notice as a preventive measure to contain the spread of the COVID-19. Director-General Jeremy Barns issued the order in support after the President raised public health alert to Code Red Sublevel 2 per advice of the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases on March 12, 2020.

The order closed indefinitely the NMP flagship museums National Museums of Fine Arts, Anthropology, Natural History and Planetarium in Rizal Park Complex, Manila. Also ordered closed are its regional, area and site museums located all over the Philippines.

Relatedly, all previously announced public programs, including the demonstration, workshop and lecture on the Bobbin Lace-Making Tradition of Sta. Barbara, Iloilo, are indefinitely postponed.

Meantime, NMP Central Office maintains a skeletal working force to continue its administrative operations in compliance to Civil Service Commission guidelines. Those in the regions that are not under community quarantine are maintaining regular working hours. Follow NMP Facebook Page: NM Western Visayas Regional Museum for updates.

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Iloilo Province on Travel Restriction due to COVID-19 threat

COVID-19

The Iloilo provincial government will fully implement its border restriction starting March 18, 2020 amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) threat. Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. met with Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) Director Police Colonel Paul Kenneth Lucas on Tuesday relative to the conduct of boundary checkpoints.

Five borders connecting Iloilo to the neighboring provinces of Antique and Capiz were identified namely:

  • Brgy. Poblacion in San Rafael (boundary Dumarao, Capiz and Iloilo)
  • Brgy. Aglalana in Passi City (boundary Dumarao, Capiz and Iloilo)
  • Brgy. Malitbog Centro in Calinog (boundary Tapaz, Capiz and Iloilo)
  • Brgys To-og and Sinogbuan in San Joaquin (boundary Antique and Iloilo)
  • Brgy. Kinalkalan in Balasan (boundary Pilar, Capiz and Iloilo)

Each border will be manned by police personnel; three municipal responders who will perform the temperature scanning; and three health workers. “We will start tomorrow and we hope to perfect it in the next few weeks,” Defensor said.

Roughly 150 police personnel will be deployed to augment in the border control. Police Colonel Lucas said police forces who will man the checkpoints will be equipped with protective gears. “All police personnel in Western Visayas, including in IPPO, are on alert level,” he said.

To recall, Governor Defensor issued Executive Order 28-C placing Iloilo Province under a community quarantine. A restriction on travel of persons is imposed except the following:

  • government officials and employees travelling in the performance/pursuit of their functions;
  • medical personnel and health workers/humanitarian workers who shall be performing functions in relation to COVID-19 in the province;
  • residents of Iloilo City travelling therefrom and into the province;
  • returning residents of the province and Iloilo City, provided that they shall only have until March 17 to enter the province.

On March 17, Defensor issued Executive Order No. 28-D, amending EO 28-C and including residents of Guimaras Province who will be allowed access to Iloilo Province. The travel restriction is imposed until April 14 to limit COVID-19 threat.

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The Blatant Signs of Unemployment

Unemployment

I have been a freelance brand and marketing consultant for local brands in Iloilo City, Philippines for two years now. I started with a blog and a Facebook Page, then expanded to brand and marketing strategies. Earlier this year, I jumped in as a life coach on leadership, brands, and personal development. Basically, I left employment to pursue a passionate career.

During that stretch of 730 days, I would like to believe I have reached a handful commendable milestone:

  • Created a viral post for a local brand on their product relaunching.
  • Increased sales of a local aesthetic spa brand.
  • Built brand value on one of the most innovative coffee shops in the city.
  • Increased sales on the new cake of a local pastry shop.

I also would like to think that I have made progress in what feels like “blink-of-an-eye” timespan.

I have written a considerable number of articles and social media posts. I discovered new traits and abilities about myself. I also have observed and took note of the ins and outs of the social marketing industry.

I also learned that anyone can lose one’s self in this game of glamour and online popularity contest.

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to ravage the globe, I reflect on how I have become today and where I started.

I left my office work three years ago to pursue a freelance marketing job. Although it was my own doing, I found myself living day by day with a whole lot of prayers and a depleting P2,000 in my pocket monthly.

In my days of lack, I learned how to pray for my daily bread to arrive. When supplies diminish and demand rises beyond the border, I learned how to pray, “Thy will be done.”

As my money goes thinner by the day, I remind myself of the vision I saw for myself in the next ten years. It can’t be seen now but I believed that I was planting little by little to see it coming in the future.

There are days that not only lack money but lacks hope. These are the days when I have to cry myself to sleep thinking whether I had the right decision or I only had a delusion. Tough nights to find myself asleep with my mind floating around for answers to suffice my unemployment.

I realized that my strong belief in the vision of myself kept me whole in those nights despite the reality of lack, losses, and lamentation.

While lamenting on my situation, I pushed myself to be creative and resourceful. Amid doubts and fear, I convinced myself of the good future I am aiming for. 

I found out that in desperate times, no one can ever convince us to survive and thrive but ourselves.

In writing this, I remember the story of the Prodigal Son. In his lowest low, no one was ever convincing enough to lead him back to his father. It was his own words spoken to himself that made him come back to his home. 

I learned that in our pits, only our words to ourselves can pick us up to go back to the goodness of God and life. Not our friends nor our family’s words.

When I picked myself up from the mire of self-doubts and fear, I saw limitless potentials standing upfront. The horizon is just too wide to even comprehend. Believe in the plans God has for our lives. No matter what happens in the world, God stays as God.

I learned to believe in the goodness of God and that His mercies are really renewed every morning.

Think about that! I had no enough money. I am unemployed. I was learning the ways of this industry having suffered from unemployment. I was a nobody. But someone saw the same vision as I have. My first brand partner was a home to me.

I learned to keep on moving despite some hurdles that made me fall sometimes. I learned how to get up time and time again.

One by one, my vision of myself is coming to pass piece by piece. I kept my ground intact. I have to see the totality of myself in the next five years. 

I knew that I had to respect the process and to understand the element of time. 

Just like any other story, there can be hundreds of instances where I may have let go of the rope and just let myself drown in the ocean of desperation to die. 

There were times I had to cave in myself from people, potentials and more so from predators. But these days are different now.

After meditating on this article for a bit, I now know that its purpose is two-fold.

  • For one, it is a reminder for me to keep the vision and continue the run. It is a ‘sticky note’ on my forehead on what I have undergone and what I now become. This article is a reminder that the same God who was with me then, is still the same God who is with me now and will with me tomorrow.
  • It also serves as a reminder to you. My vision is paired with a mission to also inspire and motivate a community – that community includes you. Yeah, that community is ‘you’. I hope that despite the global crisis today, you are still up to pursue the vision you have for yourself. I hope you are closer to kicking off the self-doubt and fear from yourself and building the life God has destined for you.

Don’t lose sight of why you are chasing the vision despite the challenges.

Don’t lose hope while you are running the race of life.

Don’t forget to rest when you face exhaustion.

Don’t hesitate to pray when you are overwhelmed.

Don’t doubt yourself and what God has gifted you.

Don’t give up even if you are unemployed now for whatever reason. Trust God. Trust the process.

Remember that.

Ready for personal development? I launched my newest services customize for every aspirant – Coach Nile.PH which caters one-to-one coaching sessions on business branding and marketing, leadership and personal development. Inquire now for affordable rates and schedules.

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SM Group allocates P100M towards COVID-19 outbreak support

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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.
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