Two Masbate-based companies Filminera Resources Corp. and Phil Gold Processing & Refining Corp., are poised to donate thousands of doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the workers of local government units in Masbate province, and will proceed further to vaccinate all Filminera and PhilGold employees.
This is the latest of the firm’s set of resolute responses, which had already allocated P38 million wholly for anti-Covid 19 health defenses for their workers and residents of local government units in Masbate province.
Earlier this year, Filminera and PhilGold had turned over two sets of CMAC video laryngoscope to the Masbate Provincial Hospital to enable the health facility to enhance the hospital’s success rate in treating patients with severe Covid-19 symptoms, leading to the patient’s recovery.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Luisito Co acknowledged the firm’s community commitments, saying: “The Filminera and Phil Gold medical equipment donations have made the Masbate Hospital the only medical facility in the entire Bicol region that has the CMAC laryngoscope.”
A total of P38 million was reallocated from the two firms’ 2020 Social Development and Management Program funds for Covid assistance meant for the province of Masbate, municipality of Aroroy, and selected institutions in the Bicol Region.
Of the P38 million total budget, P11.2 million was taken from Filminera’s SDMP funds, while P21.9 million was from PhilGold’s SDMP funds, and P5 million from PhilGold’s CSR funds was allocated to buy the ambulance unit, including the equipment. It will be recalled that an ambulance unit plus more medical equipment were donated to Masbate.
At the height of the lockdown last year, the frontliners in the medical field, as well as the police force and municipal risk reduction and management office, received two months worth of food support through the minesite’s catering services, PPEs and disinfectant materials
A total of 21,320 families in the eight impact barangays and the 33 neighboring barangays in Aroroy received food packs. Weekly supply of food packs were given to those within the impact barangays, and two tranches of food pack distribution were donated to families living in the remaining 33 neighboring barangays.
Other municipalities in Masbate province received 800 sacks (containing 50 kilos each sack) of rice to augment their relief food packs distribution. Medical supplies and disinfectants were also given to the Rural Health Unit of Aroroy.
Filminera is holder of the mining tenements and environmental compliance certificate, while PhilGold, wholly owned by Vancouver-based gold producer B2Gold, operates the processing plant.