Pangilinan group to provide meals to gov’t hospitals in Metro Manila

METRO PACIFIC companies and foundations said they have expanded their daily distribution of meals for medical frontliners to government hospitals in Metro Manila.

“What started out as a simple treat day for Metro Pacific Hospital frontliners, transformed into a daily commitment to provide them with the needed sustenance to continue their fight to save the lives of Filipinos. The initiative expanded to include government hospitals within the Metro to further broaden the warranted gratitude for COVID frontliners,” the group said in an e-mailed statement.

On Sunday, companies and foundations under the “MVP Group of Companies,” distributed over 7,800 meals to nine Metro Pacific hospitals in Metro Manila.

Their beneficiaries also included government hospitals in Quezon City: East Avenue Medical Center, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Lung Center of the Philippines, Philippine General Hospital, PNP General Hospital, Victoriano Luna General Hospital, and Rizal Medical Center.

“In these uncertain times, we hold on to what we can be thankful for — a prime example of which are our brave frontliners,” Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan said.

“The daily battle they’re fighting is unimaginable and we take it upon ourselves to give them strength, both physically and mentally, as our way of expressing solidarity,” he added.

The group said it intends to carry out the initiative “for the month of April and will continue to do so as needed.”

It also plans to reach out to more hospitals and health-care facilities.

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