Sun Life Foundation once again showed their solidarity to the plight of the Filipino people by supporting the Pantawid ng Pag-ibig campaign of ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. (AFI) by donating three million pesos.
Pantawid ng Pag-ibig used two million pesos to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) components such as gloves, body suits, and face shields. These PPEs were distributed on June 11 and 15 to the frontliners of Our Lady of Grace Hospital Inc. (Caloocan City), Allied Care Experts Medical Center (Quezon City), National Kidney Transplant Institute (Quezon City), Bagong Cainta Municipal Hospital (Cainta, Rizal), Rizal Provincial Hospital System – Antipolo Annex II (Antipolo City), Binangonan Lakeview Hospital (Binangonan, Rizal), Rizal Provincial Hospital System – Morong Main (Morong, Rizal), Mexico Community Hospital (Mexico, Pampanga), Romana Pangan District Hospital (Flordiblanca, Pampanga), Diosdado p. Macapagal Memorial Hospital (Guagua, Pampanga), and Emilio Perez Hospital (Hagonoy, Bulacan).
“Bilang doktor at tumatayong frontliner, mas nagkakaroon kami ng lakas ng loob na ipagpatuloy ang aming tungkulin at isalba ang mga kapamilya natin na nangangailagan ng aming tulong,” said James L. Javier, M.D., of Cainta Municipal Hospital.
“Kaya maraming, maraming salamat sa ABS-CBN Foundation at mga donors nito katulad ng Sun Life Foundation sa patuloy ninyong pagtulong at pagpo-provide ng mga PPEs sa aming mga doctor at nurses. Sama-sama nating lalabanan ang pandemyang ito.”
One million was allocated for the much-needed food packs for the families in locked-down areas in Cebu. The donation was used to purchase rice, canned goods, coffee, and vegetables for 900 families of Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz, Cebu City and 800 families of Barangay Labangon, Cebu City.
Of the provinces in the Visayas, Cebu was placed under strict lockdown with the local government deciding to place the island back to an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) status on June 16 amidst the rising COVID-19 cases. This has affected the island’s economy, hitting low-income families the hardest.
Health guidelines were observed during the distribution, assisted by police personnel of Mandaue City Police Office and village representatives during the distribution last June 26, 2020.
The Barangay council of Labangon expressed their gratitude for the generosity they received.
“On behalf of the Barangay Council and the people of Labangon, we are very grateful for the help in this time of pandemic difficulties. Daghang kaayong salamat, Kapamilya! (Thank you very much, Kapamilya!)”
To date, Pantawid ng Pag-ibig has helped more than 840,000 Filipino families since the launch of the campaign in March. Relaunched as “Pantawid ng Pag-ibig: Isang Daan. Isang Pamilya.” this month, the campaign hopes to encourage ordinary Filipinos to help in the fight against hunger by donating at least P100, enough to feed one family.