SM earmarks P100 million for public hospitals in COVID-19 fight


Posted at Mar 17 2020 10:59 AM

SM Mall of Asia compound in Pasay City. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The SM group said it set aside at least P100 million to support government hospitals in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The SM group allocated the fund for the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and other government hospitals, SM Prime chairman Hans Sy said said in a statement released late Monday.

SM will bring personal protective equipment such as face masks, gowns, visors, hoods, gloves, shoe covers and urgent medical supplies, Sy said.

Assistance was also extended to the PGH to improve its laboratory testing capacity, the statement said. Medical supplies were also allocated to the UP Medical Foundation Inc for distribution to a wider hospital network, it said.

Tycoon Ramon Ang earlier said he would use San Miguel Corp's Ginebra plant to produce alcohol. The group has started producing the disinfectant and is seeking government clearance for distribution, Ang said.