By Myrna M. Velasco
Transmission firm National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has chartered a Philippine Airlines flight to bring its donation of medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPEs) to Manila.
The supplies will be distributed onwards to targeted recipients, mostly hospitals.
The company’s mega-contribution to the government’s fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic comprises of 2 million face masks; 400,000 KN95 masks; 50,000 N95 masks; and 21,000 infrared thermometers.
The medical supplies and PPEs form part of the P1.0 billion that the major shareholders of the company – Henry Sy Jr. and Robert Coyiuto Jr. – had green-lighted as support to the state’s drive to stem the spread of the lethal virus – which as of April 30 had already affected 8,488 individuals; with 1,043 recoveries and 568 deaths.
NGCP said the medical equipment donation includes ventilators, respirators, 10,000 test kits and 6.6 million pieces of PPEs for frontliners, such as hazmat suits, full face shields, gloves, shoe covers, disposable gowns, surgical caps and goggles.
For the other essential supplies, the transmission company noted that alcohol and disinfecting solutions have also been incorporated into the donation package.
As of end-April, NGCP emphasized that 43 hospital-beneficiaries already received deliveries of medical equipment and supplies as committed to them.
The lack of PPEs and medical supplies emerged as a tough predicament for the country in battling the pandemic and had unfortunately sacrificed the lives of many, hence, this is one key area that NGCP has focused its help on.
Beyond that, the company also responded to the call of helping bridge the fervid need of marginalized Filipinos for sustenance, especially during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) period.
Hence, the NGCP earmarked the other half or P500 million worth of its donation for grocery items that have to be parceled out to 1,028 cities and municipalities nationwide.
By April 29, the company indicated that it was already able to extend help to 628 local government units (LGUs), entailing then that 921,500 out of the 1.25 million grocery packages have already been given out.
The two-track pivot of the P1.0 billion donation was further complemented by a separate P5.0 million worth of supermarket gift certificates that NGCP had channeled through ‘Project Ugnayan’ to aid 1.5 million economically displaced families in Metro Manila.