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    Honda provides vehicles to medical frontliners

    In photo are Josephine Obia,  Lar Alladel,  Stephanie Enriquez  and  Lyka-Mae De La Cruz (HCPI) with the Honda vehicles on loan to Global Care Medical Center of Canlubang.

     Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI), Honda’s automobile business unit in the Philippines, has lent out anew 18 cars to various medical facilities in Laguna and Cavite.

    This is in support of the transportation needs of medical health workers, in the recent re-implementation of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

    Honda provided cars, comprising of the City, Brio, Jazz, Civic, Mobilio, BR-V, HR-V, and CR-V models, to seven  hospitals, namely New Sinai MDI Hospital and The Medical City South Luzon in Santa Rosa, Laguna; Unihealth-Southwoods Hospital and Medical Center and Perpetual Help Medical Center in Biñan, Laguna; Global Care Medical Centers in Canlubang and Cabuyao, Laguna; and Carmona Hospital and Medical Center in Carmona, Cavite. Honda also provided each car with free gasoline good for the duration of the MECQ.

    “As tighter quarantine measures have been implemented once again to help control the increasing COVID-19 cases in Mega Manila, Honda would like to support the hardworking medical frontliners battling the pandemic by lending our vehicles to help ease their transportation concerns during the MECQ.” said Masahiko Nakamura, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. president.

    NGCP donates test machines

    The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has donated six sets of real time-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machines to government hospitals in the National Capital Region as part of its P1- billion donation for COVID-19 response and relief efforts.

    The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and the Lung Center of the Philippines received two sets each of RT-PCR machines from NGCP while the V. Luna General Hospital and Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory also received one set of PCR machines.

    “NGCP recognizes  the availability of vital medical equipment plays a huge factor in the government’s COVID-19 response efforts particularly in large government hospitals. We hope that our donation of six sets of RT-PCR machines… will expedite the confirmatory process for COVID-19 testing. NGCP’s stakeholders and the public can be assured that the company will continue to fulfill its commitment of supporting the country’s efforts to combat this pandemic,” the company said.

    NGCP’s P1-billion donation includes grocery items to over 1,000 local government units and medical equipment such as mechanical ventilators, ultrasound machine, portable x-ray machine and personal protective equipment to more than 300 hospitals and health units across the country.

    Five brand new ambulances were also turned over to the Philippine General Hospital, Philippine Orthopedic Center, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, Philippine Heart Center and Binan Doctors Hospital.

    NGCP also donated 10,000 rapid test kits and 50 testing booths to the local government of Quezon City and another 500 test kits to Navotas City while more projects aimed to help the country in its fight against the virus are currently in the works, including the donation of four donning and doffing chambers and five isolation rooms for several government hospitals.

    Another P5 million was also provided by NGCP to Project Ugnayan which gave supermarket vouchers to families in Metro Manila apart from initiating the Meals on Wheels feeding program for indigent communities.

    Access to clean water

    Schneider Electric Foundation’s Tomorrow Rising Fund, which was launched to support emergency relief and longer-term reconstruction projects related to COVID-19 in all countries where Schneider Electric operates, has granted 10,000 euros to E&V Water and Life Philippines Inc. to provide access to clean water for more than 5,000 families in disadvantaged communities in Cavite, Cebu and Leyte.

    Prior to the pandemic, Tubig Pag-Asa, Inc. (TPA), a social enterprise created by E&V Water and Life Philippines, set up and maintained water supply systems, complete with individual water meters, connecting all houses in the communities it serves to the municipal water network. TPA collected contributions from the community, which had been disrupted at the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, as most members were fishermen, jeepney or tricycle drivers, and sari-sari store owners, who have lost their daily source of income.

    The assistance from Tomorrow Rising Fund has enabled TPA to supply the water for free to the communities, providing for residents’ basic needs and promoting hygiene and cleanliness. The project has eased the burden brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic for more than 2,200 families in Cavite, more than 2,300 families in Cebu, and more than 900 families in Leyte. With the provision of free water services, families are able to meet other basic needs.

    The grant from Tomorrow Rising Fund was also augmented with individual contributions from Schneider Electric Philippines employees.

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