By CHINO S. LEYCO
The Philam Group said it will provide free compassionate benefit coverage for medical frontliners who are fighting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a statement, the Philam Group said that it will give compassionate ben¬efit coverage worth ₱50,000 to 30,000 medical frontliners, initially with its partner hospitals.
Th e progr am, called Philam Foundation Frontliners Inclusive Risk Safety Net (FIRST) Initiative, is being coursed through the group’s corporate social responsibility affiliate Philam Foundation.
“ W e a r e n o w ready to provide a more meaningful intervention that’s aligned with our mission of protec¬tion through the Philam Foundation FIRST Initiative,” Max Ventura, Philam Foundation president said.
“The donation is a long way from ideal but this at least provides our frontliners some measure of protection as they battle COVID-19 face to face,” she added.
The FIRST Initiative translates to a total sum assured of ₱1.5 billion.
Philam Group is composed of the AIA Philam Life, BPI-Philam Life Assurance Co., Philam Asset Management, Inc., and Philam Foundation.
“As the company continues to respond to the other needs of the frontliners whose lives are at risk as they fight the pandemic, the entire Philam Group has combined its efforts to strengthen this initiative and provide much needed coverage,” Ventura said.
The FIRST Initiative free coverage also includes housekeeping and security personnel assigned to areas exposed to the coronavirus.
The initial list of hospitals that have enlisted their frontliners for the compassionate coverage include both government and private hospitals nationwide.
These are the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Lung Center of the Philippines, UP-Philippine General Hospital, Rizal Medical Center, Fe Del Mundo Hospital, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, and Western Visayas Medical Center.
It further included the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Southern Philippines Medical Center, and PNP General Hospital/ Health Service, St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Makati Medical Center, and The Medical City.
The Cardinal Santos Medical Centre, Asian Hospital and Medical Center, Manila Doctors Hos¬pital, Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, and AFP General are also included.
The provincial hospitals of Aklan and Guimaras, as well as city hospitals of General Santos, San Juan, and Pasig are also among the beneficiaries.
The compassionate benefit from the Philam Group is good for a three-month coverage initially, with the option to extend, and will be issued through the ALPHA-member hospitals.