/ 21 April 2021

As more and more batches of vaccines continue to arrive in the Philippines, there seems to be more hope now than ever before, in this pandemic.

Especially for the frontliners, it is crucial for us to find ways to aid these COVID-19 Warriors as they heal our land while putting their lives on the line. Thus, the responsibility also falls on the private sector to not only boost economy but to also support the health care system.

And many have bravely answered that call. For example, Tulong Kapatid, the corporate social responsibility alliance of foundations and companies under the MVP Group of Companies, has mobilized a daily distribution of meals for COVID-19 frontliners amid the alarming increase of COVID-19 cases.

Fully aware of how Metro Pacific Hospitals Group’s frontliners have been at the forefront of defense, exposing them to a higher risk of infection with each upsurge, the group activated the Salamat mga MVPs initiative. Spearheaded by Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan and the MVP Group CSR Council, the effort aims to thank the true most valuable people in the new normal: the individuals who have been fighting tirelessly against the pandemic.

During its onset last year, Tulong Kapatid organized an immediate response to the depleting supplies of personal protective equipment (PPEs) in hospitals, augmenting the discrepancy by purchasing as much resources as possible. This “second wave”, hospitals called for hot meals to provide nourishment for their medical and utility personnel, a request that the group was more than willing to address.

Earlier this month, the group, comprised of Alagang Kapatid Foundation Inc., Maynilad, Metro Pacific Investments Foundation, One Meralco Foundation, and PLDT-Smart Foundation, distributed over 7,800 meals to nine hospitals under MPHHI, as well as to multiple and various government hospitals.

The fight against COVID-19 carries on!