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“Rest assured, we will continue to find ways to help our fellow Filipinos whose health and lives are at risk due to this pandemic,” Aboitiz added.

The Aboitiz Group has so far contributed more than P130 million to public and private campaigns nationwide all of which are aimed to assist communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The amount includes P100 million recently donated to Project Ugnayan, a collaboration among local companies in partnership with the Philippine Disaster Relief Foundation (PDRF).

These recent turnovers were part of the Aboitiz Group’s long-term efforts to help the government address the concerns of front liners as well as the communities it serves amid the pandemic.

According to Aboitiz Ventures Media Relations Officer Thet Mesias, Aboitiz Group started pouring in help to host communities in Cebu and other provinces in Central Visayas, which were affected by the enhanced community quarantine and border lockdowns.

Mesias bared that the Visayan Electric Company donated 1,500 N95 masks, 10,000 pairs of nitrile gloves, and 1,300 safety goggles to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC), the designated testing facility for COVID-19 in the Visayas on April 3.

AboitizLand also turned over 2,000 surgical masks to the local government of Liloan in northern Cebu while Pilmico gave N95 masks and goggles to the provincial government of Leyte. The Aboitiz Group also donated nitrile gloves to the Bureau of Immigration in Cebu, Mesias added.

Earlier in March, AboitizPower-led Therma Visayas, Inc. (TVI) already turned over close to P500,000 worth of medical supplies, personal protective equipment, and food to the Toledo City Government.

The donation included 200 bottles of ethanol alcohol, 100 boxes of surgical face masks, 100 boxes of sterile gloves, 2,500 food packs, 2,000 canned goods, 20 sacks of rice, and liquid hand soap and bleach.

TVI also extended support to the rest of Cebu’s third district through its donation to the office of Deputy House Speaker Pablo John Garcia. Among the items that were turned over on April 2 were 175 HazMat suits, 100 N95 masks, and 20 boxes of nitrile gloves, Mesias said.

Therma Power Visayas, Inc. (TPVI) on the other hand also donated P500,000 worth rice to the City of Naga through its General Services Office on March 26 and March 31 which the local government used to complement the food packs it distributed to the constituents within the April.

Pilmico, the Aboitiz Group’s food arm distributed 1,200 pieces of bread to frontline workers around Cebu province for one month that started on March 26, Mesias bared.

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi), the Aboitizes’ family foundation has partnered with the Cebu City government and Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) for the launching of a handwashing campaign called #Hunaw (the Cebuano word for wash) to combat the spread of COVID-19.

According to Mesias, through #Hunaw, RAFI aims to raise awareness on the importance of proper handwashing through the deployment of portable sinks at bus terminals, parking lots, jeepney stops, and other places where people frequent around the city.

Cebu is home to several Aboitiz-led businesses including several AboitizPower subsidiaries, Visayan Electric Company, AboitizLand, Pilmico, Aboitiz Construction, and City Savings Bank, among others.


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