Lysol’s Php36M donation benefits Cagayan De Oro, poor sectors’ COVID-19 testing

Lysol Philippines COVID-19 testing
Lysol Philippines turned over the cash donation to Philippine Red Cross. Screengrab from Lysol Philippines Facebook Live video.

Lysol Philippines has donated Php36 million to the Philippine Red Cross to set up a COVID-19 testing center in Cagayan De Oro and help poor sectors get tested for the disease.

The donation was made by Lysol over Facebook Live on May 29, 2020, as part of its “Disinfect to Protect” joint mission with the Philippine Red Cross.

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The donation of Lysol seeks to bring COVID-19 testing to vulnerable groups and to promote the practice of proper hygiene and sanitation to break the chain of infection at the household level.

The Php36M donation will be divided between the following beneficiaries:

1. Half of the donation will be used to build a COVID-19 mass testing center in Cagayan De Oro City, to be known as the Philippine Red Cross Molecular Laboratory. The facility can process 2,000 tests per day using two polymerase chain reaction machines.

2. The other half of the donation goes to the COVID-19 Samaritan Fund to shoulder processing fees in testing around 4,500 Filipinos from the most susceptible groups, including pregnant women, the elderly, and those with pre-existing health conditions—especially in poor communities.

“We feel humbled to be partnering with the Philippine Red Cross in their efforts to strengthen the country’s COVID-19 testing capacity and expand its coverage to needy sectors of society,” said Gonzalo Balcazar, generation manager of RB for South East Asia, Hygiene.

To keep frontline healthcare workers protected from the virus, Lysol will also donate Php 5M worth of products to help disinfect the sample collection areas and laboratories of PRC.

“We want to keep the Philippines’ medical front liners safe against an unseen enemy while creating awareness on the importance of hygiene and disinfection,” Balcazar added.

“We welcome Lysol as our partner in helping control the spread of COVID-19. They have invested most of their resources in studying pathogens and developing solutions that can kill these, so they know what we are up against and they how to help stop the infection,” said PRC Chairman Richard Gordon.

Other private groups that have been helping the Philippines boos its COVID 19 testing capacity include the Aboitiz Group Project ARK which donated thousands of test kits to Batangas and San Miguel Corporation which donated PCR testing machines, swabbing booths and test kits.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to Lysol Philippines and the Philippine Red Cross for partnering in boosting the country’s COVID 19 testing capacity.

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