PRC lauds Nokia mobile support in fight against COVID-19

Published October 3, 2020, 3:56 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on Saturday, Oct. 3, commended HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, after it has turned over more than 40 Nokia phone units with SIM cards worth over P399,000 to help its ongoing operations in fighting COVID-19.

(Philippine Red Cross/ MANILA BULLETIN)

On behalf of PRC Chairman and CEO Senator Richard Gordon, PRC Secretary-General Elizabeth Zavalla thanked HMD Global for “reaching out to us during this difficult time for our country.”

The phones, which aim to provide better connection among PRC frontliners and volunteers, were handed over to PRC at its headquarters in Mandaluyong City last June.

“Our operations and hotline centers will surely benefit from this donation, and we assure you that these Nokia phones will go a long way in our national humanitarian efforts even beyond the pandemic,” Zaballa said.

The donated phones will be used to answer calls and inquiries related to PRC’s Covid operations such as ‘swabusting’ schedules, results follow-up, and others. The units will also be used to decongest PRC’s established hotline 1158, a 24/7 call centre manned by volunteers who answer calls related to COVID-19.

Meanwhile, HMD Global Philippines Senior Business Manager Charlotte Koa also commended PRC for its ongoing initiatives to help curb the pandemic. “With their efforts to augment the country’s healthcare system and support affected Filipino communities, PRC’s frontliners, members, and volunteers may now have stronger and better connections through the durability and reliability of Nokia mobile’s smart and feature phones. Hand in hand, we believe that things will get better,” she added.

Under the hashtag #PRCLifelineOfThePeople, the Philippine Red Cross has ongoing COVID-19 relief efforts including its testing centers, frontliner support operations, assistance to locally stranded individuals (LSI), and blood donation drives across the country.