“The fight is not yet over. We have to continue working together to defeat Covid-19. By helping each other, we survive together.”
This said Senator Manny Pacquiao during the simple turnover rites of medical equipment and supplies that his Manny Pacquiao Foundation, with help from his personal friend and international billionaire Jack Ma, donated to the Department of Health (DOH) held on Thursday at Camp Aguinaldo.
Included in the equipment and supplies turned over to the DOH are 299 pieces of pressure airway point units which are commonly used for those who are critically ill of respiratory failure; 29,750 pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); 84,700 pieces of medical goggles; 241,000 face masks and 200 pieces thermometer. Previously, the boxer-turned-senator has donated to the DOH billions of pesos worth of Covid-19 swab testing kits.
“Kailangan nating magtulong-tulong upang kahit papaano ay mapagaan natin ang trabaho ng ating mga medical frontliners.”
“Kailangan nating magtulong-tulong upang kahit papaano ay mapagaan natin ang trabaho ng ating mga medical frontliners at matiyak na sila ay ligtas habang ginagawa nila ang kanilang mga tungkulin,” said Pacquiao.
After the turnover of the medical equipment and supplies that are worth about a hundred million pesos, the senator immediately proceeded to the Manila Integrated Terminal in Baseco, Tondo, Manila to distribute aid to around 2,000 residents who were badly affected by the pandemic.
Included in the gift bags distributed to the community were assorted grocery items plus rice and vitamins as well as PhP1,000 that can be used by the recipients to purchase medicines and other essentials.
“Ang may kakayanang tumulong ay dapat tumulong.”
“Napakahirap na po ng buhay ng mga kababayan natin, kaya ang konting ayuda ay malayo ang mararating. Ang may kakayanang tumulong ay dapat tumulong. Tayong lahat ay magdamayan sa panahon ng matinding pangangailangan,” said Pacquiao.
The activity, a part of a nationwide series of gift-giving and community visits, was conducted with full observance minimum health and safety protocols required by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Covid-19.