San Miguel Corporation (SMC) donated fuel to support the government’s Libreng Sakay program for frontline and health workers amid the pandemic COVID-19.
SMC Infrastructure, together with Petron Corporation, has given P3.9 million worth of fuel to be used by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in mobilizing shuttle services for frontliners in Metro Manila during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
The DOTr designated 60 shuttle services to transport medical workers in 19 routes daily following the two-week extension of the ECQ.
SMC Infrastructure allotted a total of 54,000 liters of fuel or 50 liters per day for each of the 60 buses. The fuel may be availed through Petron E-fuel cards that SMC Infrastructure also donated.
“We are amazed at how everybody is pulling together to fight this battle. For our part, we will not stop looking for opportunities to help. In times like this, we should look out for each other even more,” said SMC president Ramon Ang.
Moreover, SMC earlier announced a P500-million fund to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for the health workers.
SMC, through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has already committed to purchasing the first 10,000 sets of medical-grade PPEs to be produced by a local manufacturer under the Confederation of Wearable Exporters of the Philippines (CONWEP).
Meanwhile, through SMC tollways, SMC also provided P1.8 million worth of free toll to date for over 2,000 medical frontliners who will use the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Skyway, STAR Tollway, NAIAx and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX).
The company also repurposed its Ginebra San Miguel, Inc. (GSMI) facilities to produce 70-percent ethyl alcohol and has distributed approximately 518,340 liters or P38.9 million worth of ethyl alcohol to various hospitals, local government units and government agencies.
To date, SMC also donated P199.4 million worth of canned goods, meat products, biscuits, bread, coffee and milk as well as donations to PNP and AFP personnel stationed at SLEX, Skyway and Star Tollway checkpoints.