Manny Pangilinan Heeds Duterte's Call to Bayanihan
Manny V. Pangilinan of the MVP Group of Companies has responded to the call of President Duterte for private companies to help their employees who will not be able to go to work because of the COVID-19 crisis.
In a public address on March 16, Duterte ordered the suspension of work in many sectors to stem the spread of the virus, in accordance with the Enhanced Community Quarantine.
"Maybe you can consider paying the 13th month pay or just paying them at even half of their salary if they really can’t go to work, as a way of showing your solidarity to (sic) the Filipino at this critical time.
“We want to do business, we want to make money, but there is no interaction now and there is no trade to speak of.”
The president also appealed to big businesses to support smaller businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Kindly cooperate. Mas mabuti pa tumulong muna kayo. I will repay you with a good heart in the coming days. To the private sector, I have this appeal, magbayahinan kayo.”
(“Kindly cooperate. It’s better to help each other. I will repay you with a good heart in the coming days. To the private sector, I have this appeal, shoulder the load together.”)
MVP Group of Companies
In a series of Twitter posts, Pangilinan announced that he will heed the president’s request. He was specifically mentioned by the president in the latter’s March 16 national address.
Among the firms under the MVP Group of Companies are TV5, Meralco, PLDT, First Pacific, Metro Pacific Investments, Smart, Digitel, Sun Cellular, SPI Global, ePLDT, Indofood, Metro Pacific Tollways, Mediaquest, and Maynilad.
PLDT Global, iPlus, Asian Hospital and Medical Center, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Makati Medical Center, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Davao Doctors Hospital, and Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital are also subsidiaries of the Pangilinan-led conglomerate.
“Heeding the President’s call tonight for business - large or small - to rise to the challenge posed by Covid 19, the MVP Group is one with the President in coping with this virus.
"We are helping our employees by maintaining their salaries and benefits during the crisis.
Heeding the President’s call tonight for business - large or small - to rise to the challenge posed by Covid 19, the MVP Group is one with the President in coping with this virus. We are helping our employees by maintaining their salaries and benefits during the crisis.— Manny V. Pangilinan (@iamMVP) March 16, 2020
We have asked them to Work from Home. We continue to serve our customers with the service they need at this time, including the provision of relevant financing, when required.— Manny V. Pangilinan (@iamMVP) March 16, 2020
In particular, our Hospitals Group are doing its best to cope with the rising traffic of PUIs and those confirmed positive with the virus, by sending our frontline health workers in needed areas, and importing face masks and PPEs.— Manny V. Pangilinan (@iamMVP) March 16, 2020
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Releases Bonus
Mayor Isko Moreno has also heeded the call of the president. The mayor immediately tasked the Manila City Council to create a resolution to give early bonus to the city government’s employees.
This was posted on Facebook by the Manila Public Information Office.
“Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has asked the City Council to authorize the early release of the midyear bonus of all regular employees of the city government amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”
This story originally appeared on Pep.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.