San Miguel provides ₱181 million worth of food to the poor amid quarantine

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 31) – A diversified conglomerate said it donated ₱181 million worth of food to poor communities affected by the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

About 520,000 Filipino families have benefitted from the food donation drive, receiving various food products such as canned goods, bread, coffee and dairy milk, said San Miguel Corporation (SMC).

SMC also said it sourced 500,000 kilograms of rice, which it will distribute to urban poor communities in coordination with various government agencies, local government units, non-profit organizations and Church-based groups.

SMC President Ramon Ang said the program will help make sure vulnerable families have enough food throughout the quarantine.

“In our second week of operations, we are glad to report that we are reaching more areas outside of Metro Manila,” Ang said in a statement.

The food donation includes Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Quezon, Lucena, Bicol, Bulacan, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Isabela, Tuguegarao, Quirino, Zambales, among others.

Ang said the company will continue the program and work to get food to more areas outside Metro Manila.

“We all have an important part to play. For many of us, it’s to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel. Our doctors are working hard, our government is also doing what is necessary, and we in the private sector are also ready to support them and lend a hand,” he added.

SMC also said it donated 112,740 liters of rubbing alcohol to 141 hospitals and 168 local government units, government agencies, and the Philippine National Police.

The company activated all facilities of its subsidiary, Ginebra San Miguel Inc., nationwide to produce up to 100,000 liters of rubbing alcohol daily.

In addition, SMC set aside ₱500 million to purchase personal protective equipment sets for medical frontliners.