Gokongwei Group Deploys P100 Million Fund to Hospitals, Communities
With the continuing surge of COVID-19 in the Philippines, the Gokongwei group’s P100 million fund, established to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been supporting doctors and health workers in the frontlines of hospitals working with victims of the dreaded disease, as well as communities affected by the virus.
The group, through its philanthropic arm, the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation, has been providing cash or personal protective equipment to the three COVID-19 referral hospitals in Metro Manila: the University of the Philippines–Philippine General Hospital, the Lung Center of the Philippines, and the Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium, previously known as Tala Leprosarium.
The protective equipment includes N95 and surgical masks, face shields, and nitrile gloves for doctors and healthcare workers; hospital equipment such as ventilators; and supplies such as alcohol and vitamins.
A cash donation has also been made to the UP Medical Foundation (UPMF) for the purchase of PPEs for healthcare workers in 300 hospitals around the country, in coordination with The Outstanding Women in Nation’s Service (TOWNS).
“As the COVID-19 virus permeates the very fiber of our society, we have to protect those who take care of us—the healthcare workers. It is time for us to unite to protect them, those who are in big hospitals in the city centers, to the small hospitals in the provinces, said Dr. Paulo Maria Pagkatipunan, president of the UP Medical Foundation, in a statement. “The help of the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation will come a long way to provide them with PPEs to protect them...for them to protect us.”
Donations of PPEs and supplies are also being distributed to other public hospitals with a significantly high number of COVID-19 patients, including the San Lazaro Hospital, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, Veterans Memorial Medical Center, Rizal Medical Center, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Philippine Heart Center, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, and East Avenue Medical Center.
The Gokongwei group has also donated to Project Ugnayan, a collaboration of some of the country’s largest business groups. The program has been giving gift certificates for groceries to more than a million households in poor communities in and around Metro Manila who have been greatly affected by the quarantine.
GBF’s P100 million COVID-19 fund is in addition to the various initiatives of the individual business units of the Gokongwei Group.
Among them, Cebu Pacific has been ferrying PPEs and other medical cargo to cities around the country.
Universal Robina Corporation (URC) has been providing assistance to Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto’s mobile kitchen as well as to hospital workers around the city.
It's also provided BOPP film for hospital isolation wards and has been mass producing face shields for medical workers.
Frontliners at Robinsons Supermarkets, Mini Stop, and Robinsons Bank have been risking their own health daily by serving customers and clients nonstop through the quarantine.
The Gokongwei Group is the parent company of Esquire and the Summit Media Group.
It is one of the largest and most diversified Filipino conglomerates, composed of JG Summit Holdings Inc. which has business interests in food manufacturing (Universal Robina Corporation), air transportation (Cebu Pacific), real estate and property development (Robinsons Land), banking (Robinsons Bank), and petrochemicals (JG Summit Petrochemical Corporation). Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc., its retail affiliate, is composed of supermarket, department store, and specialty retail brand operations.