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In Focus: MVP, Ayala-Led Fundraiser For Frontliners Now At Over PHP 100 M

In Focus: MVP, Ayala-Led Fundraiser For Frontliners Now At Over PHP 100 M

Banding together to aid the public healthcare sector in helping combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the countries' biggest companies have overtaken its fundraiser goal of PHP 100 million since launching it last March 31.

In a recent report, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), Zuellig Pharma, ABS-CBN, Metro Drug, and Go Negosyo's Kaagapay: Protect our Healthcare Heroes has already earned PHP 91.9 million cash pledges and PHP 25.1 million worth of in-kind donations—aimed at providing medical equipment such as personal protective equipment and ventilators for hospitals across Metro Manila.

Kaagapay earlier sought to provide at least 50 ventilators and 30,000 PPEs for the healthcare sector, as well as test kits and other life-saving medical equipment.

It launched on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, earlier calling on individuals and other non-government groups' participation.

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Kaagapay is a voluntary response to the medical equipment shortage the Philippines has been beset with, risking the lives of frontliners and thus affecting the movement of help and care where they are much needed.

PDRF, established in 2010, is the major private sector coordinator for disaster risk reduction and management in the country. It comprises over 85 member companies, co-chaired by PLDT/Smart Communications Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, Ayala Corporation Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, and Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.

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