Ramon Ang donates ₱100 million as SMC aid tops ₱800 million

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 6) - Businesses and private citizens alike are doing their part to help fight COVID-19 in the country.

Business tycoon Ramon Ang made a personal donation of ₱100 million to help fight COVID-19, while San Miguel Corporation (SMC) aid surpassed ₱800 million.

Three weeks into the enhanced community quarantine, SMC President Ramon Ang reported that nearly ₱200 million worth of food products is being delivered to vulnerable communities throughout Luzon.

“We are reporting on our progress so that people will be assured that help is on the way, that many organizations are mobilizing and working together to support the government and our fellow Filipinos,” Ang said in a statement.

The company also more than doubled its initial commitment to donate 500,000 kilograms of rice to communities affected by the island-wide quarantine. This will be distributed with the help of both government and non-government organizations.

Meanwhile, Ginebra San Miguel Inc. completed retooling facilities across the country, which will allow the company to produce 100,000 liters of rubbing alcohol a day.

As of April 4, SMC has donated 518,340 liters of rubbing alcohol to hospitals, as well as the Department of Health, local governments, and Philippine National Police.

SMC also started to operationalize its commitment to donate ₱500 million worth of personal protective equipment (PPEs) for medical front-liners.

The company has partnered with the Department of Trade and Industry to tap local suppliers while maintaining sourcing through its network of global suppliers.

Ang reiterated that SMC efforts would continue throughout the crisis.

Ang and his family donated another ₱100 million to the “Project Ugnayan" initiative, which is a collaboration of business groups in cooperation with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation to help poor families that were economically displaced by the ongoing Enhanced Community Quarantine in Metro Manila.