The Aboitiz Group has distributed critically-needed medical supplies and resources to health and security workers in the country, as part of their initiative to fight the threat of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-2019).
“The Aboitiz Group is one with the government and our brave medical and security frontliners who are working hard to defeat COVID-19. We are committed to supporting the COVID-19 frontliners for the long term. Rest assured, we will continue to find ways to help our fellow Filipinos whose health and lives are at risk due to this pandemic,” Sabin M. Aboitiz, Aboitiz Group President and Chief Executive Officer was quoted in a statement.
Aboitiz Group has turned over a total of 5,000 masks to the Department of Health and 700 masks to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.
Aboitiz also aims to provide surgical gloves, infrared thermometers, folding beds, nitrate and latex gloves, N95 masks, laboratory and disposable goggles, personal protective equipment (PPE) gowns, and tents outside Metro Manila.
A part of these will be given to checkpoints of the Philippine Army and Philippine National Police to local governments in Cebu, Davao, Iligan City, Capas, Tarlac and other parts of Luzon.
Financial services arm of the Aboitiz Group Unionbank is also supporting the frontliners by partnering with Caritas Manila, while working on the procurement of medical ventilators as proactive assistance to government hospitals, which are needing respiratory especially for patients tested positive for COVID-19.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases identified branches of of UnionBank and its subsidiary CitySavings as part of basic services and will continue to serve customers nationwide, while strictly practicing health precautionary measures.
As part of its financial support, Unionbak is offering a 30-day extension with no late fees for credit cards, housing loans, auto loans, and quick loans to qualified customers.
The Aboitiz Foundation also immediately set up a COVID-19 fundraising page (Help Our Health Workers Fight COVID-19) through the online donations platform KINDer by Aboitiz (KINDer.aboitiz.com).
The donation is in coordination with the University of the Philippines Medical Foundation and The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service Foundation, in hopes to raise funds for PPE.