Palace wants to know who's red-tagging groups in post-PGH fire donation drive

Published May 17, 2021, 2:33 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Malacañang wanted to know who were the people red-tagging groups organizing donation drives for the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) following the fire that hit the State-run institution on Sunday.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque (OPS / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque made the statement after several social media posts warned against donating to the University of the Philippine (UP) Office of the Student Regent and Tulong Kabataan, saying their initiative was “fake.”

In his press briefing on Monday, Roque urged the public to inform him about the people red-tagging UP for their call for donations.

“Sabihin niyo lang po sa akin kung sino yung nagre-red-tagging (Just tell me who is red-tagging UP) and we will call their attention,” he said.

Roque explained that it was only natural for the UP to call for donations for the PGH because the institution is part of the UP System.

“Ang UP-PGH po ay kabahagi ng UP System (UP-PGH is part of the UP System). So it’s only logical na ang UP Student Regent ay hihingi ng tulong (that the UP Student Regent will ask for help),” he said.

At 9 a.m. on Sunday, the University of the Philippines (UP) Office of the Student Regent said it was accepting emergency donations of water, food, and face masks for the PGH.

Below are the details for those who wish to donate:

  • In-kind non-food donations may be dropped off at the Nurses Home or contact 0917 772 3947
  • Food may be delivered to PGH ORTOLL Reproductive Center and can be coordinated with Dr. Michael Castillo (0956 592 8892) or Emelita Lavilla (0922 831 8994)
  • Cash donations may be paid directly to cashier-on-duty Rose Acabado (02 8554 0440 local 2016)
  • Online cash donations may be sent through the hospital’s account at the Development Bank of the Philippines: 00-0-05028-410-8.

Donors were told to email [email protected] once they have sent their donation, They may also coordinate with the Bayanihan Na operations center at 155-200.

Vice President Leni Robredo also joined the call for donations for PGH, urging those with big industrial fans to lend them to PGH to help dissipate the smoke that enveloped the hospital due to the fire.