Ricky Razon has given away P1.5B in the past 18 months to combat the COVID-19 outbreak
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Ricky Razon has given away P1.5B in the past 18 months to combat the COVID-19 outbreak

The group of bilyonaryo Enrique K. Razon Jr. has mobilized P1.5 billion worth of internal resources to help fund COVID-19 relief efforts.

Over the past 18 months, the Razon Group, led by International Container Terminal Services Inc., has purchased vaccines, built quarantine and testing facilities, donated food, assisted health care workers and institutions, supported social workers, students and educational institutions.

ICTSI executive vice president Christian R. Gonzalez said the group would continue to support the fight against COVID-19.

“The battle to turn the tide of this pandemic continues, and there is no room for complacency. It is imbibed in our corporate culture to help where we can, and we will continue to do that beyond this pandemic. The social investment is worth it as we see lives saved and the economy gradually opening,” Gonzalez said.

ICTSI led private sector efforts in assisting the government purchase vaccines: 3 million doses of AstraZeneca and 20 million doses of Moderna.

ICTSI set up a P250 million drive-through vaccination facility at the Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NPF) property in Paranaque City which has a capacity to administer 15,000 doses daily.

Last June, the group retrofitted portions of the Solaire Resort and Casino into vaccination areas.

As of November 22, both NPF and Solaire facilities had administered over 300,000 vaccine doses.

To help curb the spread of the virus, ICTSI, together with Bloomberry and Prime Infrastructure Holdings, converted the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Rizal Memorial Sports Complex and a portion of the Philippine General Hospital into quarantine and isolation facilities. A 600-bed quarantine facility, the largest in Metro Manila, was also built in Entertainment City.

ICTSI Foundation and its partner organizations also took part in social programs on hunger alleviation by the Project Ugnayan of the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, the donation and distribution of rice to immediate communities of the Manila International Container Terminal, and funding in the re-purposing of a, 8,000-square meter football field into vegetable plots.

The Foundation also donated PPEs, disinfection and hygiene supplies, face masks, testing kits, thermal scanners, and mobile clinics to public hospitals and barangay health centers in various local government units, especially in host cities and communities where ICTSI operates.

Other social welfare projects include financial assistance and the donation of wellness kits to host communities, covering partner schools, solid waste community voluneers, and day-care workers.

The ICTSI Foundation also provided assistance to the Coalition of Services for the Elderly to augment the meager supplies of over 10,000 senior citizens in Metro Manila, and to some 2,000 Aeta families in the mountains of Capas, Tarlac.

 
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