ABS-CBN's 'Pantawid ng Pag-ibig' raises nearly P237-M for families hit by COVID-19


Posted at Mar 23 2020 12:59 AM | Updated as of Mar 23 2020 01:52 AM

MANILA – ABS-CBN was able to raise a total of P236,997,391 on Sunday as more than 100 Kapamilya stars came together for a virtual fundraising concert.

The broadcast giant launched the "Pantawid ng Pag-ibig" campaign last March 20 to assist local governments provide food and basic necessities to poor families unable to source livelihood as a result of the Luzon lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

It aims to raise money by mobilizing private companies and individuals willing to help.

The amount was announced at the end of the three-hour concert, which aired live on ABS-CBN, ABS-CBN S+A, ANC, MYX, DZMM Teleradyo, as well as AM radio station DZMM Radyo Patrol 630, FM radio station MOR 101.9, and streaming service iWant.

The government has imposed a Luzon-wide lockdown to contain the spread of the pneumonia-like disease, which was described by the World Health Organization as a pandemic after it killed and infected thousands of people worldwide.

Several local governments in the Visayas and Mindanao have implemented their own measures, such as community quarantines and lockdowns, to fight the spread of COVID-19.

In the Philippines, the number of COVID-19 cases climbed to 380, as 73 new patients were recorded, the DOH said Sunday. Six more people died from the disease, raising the toll to 25, while the number of patients who recovered increased to 17.