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1. Philippine General Hospital boosts COVID-19 testing capacity through Lopez Group donation

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2.  Lopez Group donates tents, shower vans for stranded individuals at NAIA

MANILA – The Lopez Group on Thursday (July 9, 2020) donated 2 container vans with shower facilities for stranded passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in City. The 40-foot container vans have 2 shower rooms each, which may accommodate 6 persons. The Lopez group also donated 100 tents with foldable beds, pillows and blankets. ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya also lent shower vans to the country’s main gateway on Wednesday to be used by Philippine Coast Guard personnel. The shower vans’ water source is expected to be installed Thursday morning.

3. With FPH Support, Chavit Singson offers free use of Metro Tent as 2nd home for The Medical City employees.

Narvacan, Ilocos Sur Mayor Luis “Chavit” Singson announced Monday, 20 April 2020, the completion of a joint project with the Lopez Group and The Medical City (TMC) to retrofit Singson’s MetroTent Convention Center in Pasig City into a temporary home for TMC employees fighting the spread of Covid-19. “Masaya ako at nakatulong tayo mabigyan ng lunas ang problema ng marami nating bayani sa TMC na nahihirapan mag-commute papasok sa TMC at pauwi ng kabahayan nila dahil sa kawalan ng public transport sa panahon ng ECQ [enhanced community quarantine],” Singson said. Singson has partnered with Lopez company First Philippine Holdings Corporation (FPH), with help from FPH’s construction arm First Balfour, to retrofit MetroTent in Ortigas Center, Pasig, into a 120-bed temporary shelter for employees of TMC, a hospital also in Pasig just a few hundred meters away from the MetroTent. After First Balfour completed the retrofitting last Saturday, 18 April, Singson turned over MetroTent to the management of TMC, which in turn put in place its own anti-Covid-19 protocols to assure the safety of its medical front liners who are temporarily housed there. Singson added: “MetroTent is now ready to serve as shelter for the TMC employees. Huwag na nating problemahin ang upa sa MetroTent dahil libre ko itong pinapaubaya sa TMC habang meron ECQ.” “Kulang pa nga itong alok ko upang matumbasan ang kabayanihan ng mga empleyado ng TMC na sinusugal ang mga buhay nila sa paggamot ng mga pasyenteng tinamaan ng malakas makahawang sakit na Covid-19.” “This is also my response doon sa alok ng isa pa nating kapitbahay, ang FPH ng Lopez Group, na siyang lumapit at nag-kusang loob na sagutin ang gastos sa retrofitting ng MetroTent. “My commendation also goes to FPH subsidiaries First Gen Corporation and Energy Development Corporation, which shared the cost not only of MetroTent’s retrofitting, but also the cost of providing food and even free wifi for the TMC employees there” Singson remarked. While at MetroTent, the TMC employees can stay in touch online with loved ones and colleagues through an internet service provided by Sky Cable, another Lopez Group company. First Balfour provided mattresses, pillows and blankets spread in rows over the cavernous floor of MetroTent for TMC male employees. Female employees can stay in individual tents set up by First Balfour also within MetroTent.

4. COVID-19 facility funded by FPH now ready for patients: DOTR.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Tuesday opened the COVID-19 quarantine facility at Pier 15 in Manila, built through a P100-million donation from the Lopez Group of Companies. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said that it has finished retrofitting the Eva Macapagal Super Terminal into a COVID-19 treatment facility and that it is now ready to accept patients showing mild symptoms. Lorenzana commended the quality of the facility, which is meant for returning overseas Filipino workers and seafarers. “Marami na akong napuntahan na quarantine facilities pero so far, ito ‘yung the best na nakita ko. Comfortable ito sa mga pasyente. We are very much satisfied upon seeing this,” Lorenzana said.

The facility was designed to accommodate patients with mild, advanced and severe infections. It has 211 cubicles with hospital beds, portable toilets, cargo containers for showers, and open-air dining facilities. It also features airconditioning and airtight doors to prevent aerosols containing the COVID-19 coronavirus from spreading. “Walang gastusin ang gobyerno dito. Ang Lopez Group, lumapit sa amin at nagbigay ng P100 million panlaban sa COVID. Pero ang sabi ko, magtayo tayo ng facility, i-deliver natin. ‘Yung sobra, ibibili natin ng mobile rapid testing centers. Maglalagay din tayo ng mga dashboard sa mga airport para makita kung anu-ano pa ang mga available na quarantine facility ng gobyerno na pwedeng matuluyan ng mga paparating na OFW,” Tugade added. (Government did not spend anything on this. The Lopez group came to us and gave us P100 million to fight COVID. I said let’s build a facility, let’s deliver. What’s left we can use to buy mobile rapid testing centers. We can also put dashboards at airports to see available quarantine facilities that may be used by arriving OFWs.) Watch news Video here..

5. FPH donates P100M to DOTR’s COVID-19 response efforts.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Friday it received a P100 million donation from the Lopez Group of Companies to boost its coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response efforts. Citing a letter of intent from the First Philippine Holdings Corp. (FPHC) of the Lopez Group of Companies, the DOTr said the conglomerate expressed its support for the commitment of the agency in addressing the pressing need to increase the limited capacity of the country’s health system. The company said that its donation will help a great number of Filipinos who are now in need of treatment for possible COVID-19 infection, according to the DOTr. “FPHC also mentioned that it was inspired by the approach taken by the Department in providing returning seafarers and other Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) with assistance in their mandatory quarantine, and in some cases, with their medical treatment,” it said.

FPHC’s letter was addressed to Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago, and to Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant Admiral Joel Garcia. To recall, the DOTr has partnered with private shipping companies to convert passenger ships into temporary quarantine ships as authorities expect an influx of repatriates amid the coronavirus crisis. The quarantine ships will serve as temporary accommodations for returning seafarers and other OFWs as they complete their 14-day quarantine, as ordered by the Department of Health (DOH). The ships will accommodate both asymptomatic persons and persons who have not undergone COVID-19 testing. In addition, the DOTr will soon set up quarantine terminals to attend to the medical needs of returning seafarers and other OFWs who manifest mild coronavirus disease symptoms. “It is heartwarming to know that the medical needs of our OFWs, our returning modern-day heroes, remain to be top-of-mind. This is the least we can do for a sector who has played a significant role in enabling our economy over the years, especially at this time that uncertainty hangs over their hearts and minds,” the FPHC letter stated. Tugade said the donation made by FPHC will be of great help to fund the needs of the DOTr, especially the maritime sector, in the operation of the quarantine ships and the quarantine terminals. “It is truly overwhelming that during these trying times, the support and selflessness of our private sector partners keep on coming to back us up. We are extremely grateful to the Lopez Group for this enormous help. Gagastahin natin ito ng naayon sa tama at nararapat. Maraming kababayan ho natin ang siguradong makikinabang dito,” Tugade said. For his part, Santiago committed to make sure that the donation will be spent appropriately, and that the establishment of another quarantine facility will be swiftly implemented. “We will ensure that every centavo donated will be accounted for and spent according to its intended purpose. Now, we are already in the process of planning the conversion of the Eva Macapagal Terminal into a quarantine facility. As Sec. Tugade instructed, we will exert all our efforts for this to be established and be of use very soon,” Santiago said. Watch Video here..