Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (TMP) signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Health (DOH) in support of the Philippine government’s efforts to address the mobility needs of healthcare workers at this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. TMP announced that it is donating a total of 30 Vios units to various public hospitals in Metro Manila and Laguna.
DOH hosted the event at its Central Office in Sta. Cruz, Manila with Secretary Francisco Duque III heading the ceremony. Showing strong support to the government, Toyota officials in attendance were Chairman Alfred V. Ty, Vice Chairman David Go, and President Atsuhiro Okamoto. The event was also graced by Japan Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda who continuously promotes strong ties between the Japanese business community, the Philippine government and the Filipino society at-large.
“Toyota salutes all healthcare workers in the country – the brave heroes who continue to work relentlessly to care for the sick and preserve life… Please accept Toyota’s humble contribution of providing mobility services through our proudly Philippine-made and ever dependable Toyota Vio,” said TMP president Okamoto in a short message during the simple ceremony.
Culminating the simple event was the actual turnover of one Vios unit each to Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center, San Lazaro Hospital, and San Lorenzo Ruiz Women’s Hospital. TMP will complete the turnover of units to identified public hospitals by July 2020.
Toyota strongly believes that providing mobility to healthcare frontliners will help in the country’s current battle with the pandemic.
“I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to the Philippine government for its strong leadership during this difficult time. And, of course, I send our utmost appreciation to all our front liners for their outstanding dedication and selflessness,” said TMP Chairman Alfred V. Ty. “As a strong partner for nation building, we are committed to heed the call of Filipinos as they begin to rebuild their lives.”
On top of the vehicle donation, TMP, in partnership with the Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), currently provides 10 connected and sanitized shuttles to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) health workers. All shuttles are in compliance to the “new normal” guidelines to ensure that healthcare workers are well-protected.