As the World Trade Center (WTC) is being prepared as COVID-19 health facility, the Manila Water Foundation has stepped up to provide water supply.
WTC in Pasay City is one of the large event venues being converted into a quarantine center for patients with mild-asymptomatic conditions.
The popular event venue has been developed into a 501-bed facility that will house mild cases who have no access to isolation areas. Several companies have come forward to assist the WTC, including the Ayala Corporation and the Makati Development Corporation which are leading the efforts in converting the facility, together with the IICP Group and its affiliate company, Manila Exposition Complex, Inc.
On April 9, 2020, Manila Water Foundation (MWF) joined the call for help and deployed 25 water dispensers and 50 units of 5-gallon bottled drinking water to augment the water needs of frontliners in the facility. Manila Water was also tapped to install showers for the patients.
MWF Executive Director Reginald Andal shared that this is an opportunity to serve more people amidst the fight against COVID-19. “Manila Water Foundation fully supports the initiative of Ayala Corporation to convert WTC into a healthcare facility. The access to drinking water with hot and cold dispensers can greatly provide relief to the patients and medical frontliners on their daily operations. This is one of our many contributions to flatten the curve, win against the virus and reclaim normalcy in our lives.”
Since March 20, Manila Water Foundation has been donating bottled water, water dispensers, food packs and hygiene kits to hospital frontliners, quarantined university students, clinic and pharmaceutical frontliners, Barangay Health and Emergency Response Teams, and street dwellers.
On April 17, MWF will be donating food, medicine, and hygiene kits to low-income households to two barangays in Quezon City.
After a month since it started its COVID-19 response, the Foundation would have given a total of a little less than a million worth of in-kind donations, including an infomercial and hundreds of posters on proper handwashing.
The relief efforts are under Manila Water Foundation’s Agapay Tubig program, a disaster response program that aims to provide water relief to disaster-stricken areas and Health in Our Hands, a hygiene education program that aims to share knowledge on proper hygiene practices to promote healthy living.
Several Filipino companies have stepped up to join efforts to fight COVID-19 and assist the vulnerable sectors affected by the community quarantine. Among these are San Miguel Corporation, Lucio Tan group, Gokongwei Group, SM Group, and the Ayala Group.
A group of businesses have also banded together as Oplan Ugnayan and donated 1 billion pesos worth of grocery certificates for the urban poor.
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