San Miguel Corporation (SMC) was expecting to get hold yesterday of the first 10,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) coveralls from local garment manufacturers through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). This comes after the conglomerate completed delivery of 40,000 sets of protective gear to over 60 health facilities in the country.
The local manufacturers tapped by the DTI belong to the Confederation of Wearable Exporters of the Philippines (CONWEP).
“We are inspired by how companies and individuals are coming together in new ways to address the challenges of COVID-19. We thank the DTI and the CONWEP for this. We stay committed to helping ease the strain on our medical system and protecting our medical health workers,” SMC president and COO Ramon S. Ang said.
Recently, SMC has started donating the first batch of ventilators to five public hospitals even as it awaits delivery of more machines along with high-flow oxygen devices for use in caring for COVID-19 patients.
These life-saving ventilators were delivered to Philippine General Hospital, San Lazaro Hospital, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, East Avenue Medical Center and Lung Center of the Philippines. Fifty-five units of high-flow oxygen device will also be delivered in the next coming days.
The latest donation is part of the ₱500-million fund the conglomerate earmarked to help and protect medical front liners save lives in the fight against the deadly virus.
Apart from their protective gear, “our medical front liners are in dire need of equipment to combat this pandemic. Again, I couldn’t be more proud of how everyone in our group is stepping up to the plate. They continue to work day and night to find ways to help our country overcome this unprecedented challenge.”
He said despite the huge global demand, the company continues to tap into its global supply chain to provide the needed supplies and help medical facilities that are overwhelmed with patients.