The retail giant SM Group has allotted PHP100 million funds assigned in supporting the government’s efforts to combat the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. According to SM Prime’s Hans Sy in a statement, SM will donate personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies to government hospitals.
“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,” divulged Sy.
Support has also been extended to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and the Research Institute for Tropical Management (RITM) for their necessities and development of their laboratory testing capacity. SM had also extended its assistance to the UP Medical Foundation Inc. by providing PPE and medical supplies to reach a wider network of hospitals.
“To improve 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,” added SM Prime in a statement