The conglomerate provided medical insurance worth P2 million each to 5,000 medical workers in Cebu, which has been one of the most affected cities in the country.
“If there is anything this pandemic has made clear to all of us, it’s that nothing is more valuable than a human life. But our reality today is such that our medical professionals continue to risk their lives,” said Ramon S. Ang, president and COO of SMC.
Last April, SMC donated two Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing machines—considered the gold standard in COVID-19 testing—and a high-throughput, automated RNA extraction system to Cebu. It also donated free food and disinfectant alcohol.
Since the pandemic struck and necessitated quarantines throughout the country, SMC has mounted a heroic effort to help government, disadvantaged Filipinos, and medical practitioners meet the challenges it has brought.
As of June 25, the company’s COVID-19 response efforts had reached a whopping P13.112 billion, including P8.77 billion in advance payments for taxes and contractual fees to government to help ensure availability of funds.