THE SM Group, through the SM Foundation, remains steadfast in its commitment to boost our frontliners’ defense against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
SM Foundation tapped the Confederation of Wearable Exporters of the Philippines (CONWEP) in procuring 10,000 pieces of locally-made, medical grade personal protective equipment (PPEs) to be part of its donations to hospitals in the country, especially in areas with high COVID-19 incidents.
CONWEP officially partnered with the Philippine government in April to fight the spread of the coronavirus. According to the Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), CONWEP, with the assistance of Board of Investments (BOI) executed the design of the PPEs, while the DOH and PGH ensured that the approved prototype can be used even in high COVID-risk hospital situations such as operating rooms, COVID-19 positive wards, ICUs, and the like. DOH also assured that CONWEP’s raw materials for their PPEs are certified to have met international standards for waterproofing and resistance to contaminants.
Among the recipients of the locally-made PPEs procured by SM from CONWEP were the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City; Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City; and Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Cebu City Medical Center, St. Anthony Mother & Child Hospital, Perpetual Succour Hospital, and the soon-to-open Bayanihan Quarantine Center in the IEC Pavilion in Cebu City.
“SM Foundation has always been supportive of Filipino initiatives and activities that can provide economic opportunities while spreading social good,” SMFI leadership team said.
This effort is part of SM’s Php 270 million donation worth of medical supplies to hospitals nationwide with the aim to curb the spread of COVID-19.