The Gokongwei Group said it established a P100-million fund to help fight the coronavirus disease-2019 pandemic in the country.
The Gokongwei Brothers Foundation said in a statement the fund would be used to support national and local frontline health providers currently serving in various hospitals to combat the disease and the local communities where the conglomerate’s various businesses operate.
It said the fund was on top of the ongoing initiatives undertaken by the various companies under the Gokongwei Group.
GBF will provide urgently needed personal protective equipment such as surgical masks for healthcare frontliners and rapid test kits. It identified U.P. Medical Foundation and PGH Medical Foundation as priority list.
Meanwhile, the subsidiaries of the Gokongwei group extended assistance to various stakeholders. Food manufacturing unit Universal Robina Corp. is donating food products such as coffee, crackers, cup noodles, mineral water and Vitasoy drinks to health workers in different hospitals.
Real estate property arm Robinsons Land Corp. is providing support for the purchase of test kits for various hospitals in the National Capital Region.
Robinsons Land agreed to waive rental charges for all non-operational tenants of various malls for the period during which the mall is closed because of the community quarantine.
Robinsons Bank is offering customers an extension of the payment period for their various loan products.
Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc., through various stores such as supermarkets, drugstores, convenience stores, has been operating to continuously serve the needs of Filipinos consumers during the enhanced community quarantine.
Cebu Pacific has been enabling passengers who have flights until April 30 the opportunity to rebook their flights until June 30, or place the cost of the ticket in a travel fund to be used for future travel.