“In a time of crisis, men of goodwill and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics.” This famous quote from John Kennedy reminds us of the thing that matters the most in a pandemic—compassion. Despite the alarming risks of the coronavirus pandemic, several companies stood up to offer a helping hand. These generous entities worked unceasingly to provide assistance to businesses and communities in need. This proves that kindness and compassion, although rarely seen in a crisis, are still existent. Hence, giving us hope for the next days to come.
The world faces an enormous threat of global recession as the inevitable contagion spreads. Stirring an atmosphere of paranoia and fear, fake news and frauds quickly proliferated, leaving the public at unrest. Amid the negativity we see and hear every day, there are noteworthy individuals, groups, and companies who used their business for good this pandemic. Here are 5 companies in the Philippines who contributed in this time of crisis.
2GO, one of the largest ferry operators in the Philippines, has teamed up with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to install “floating hospitals” to accommodate coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients. Announced by the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-IED), the said ships can cater up to 2,800 COVID-19 patients. This will help speed up the country’s fight against the pandemic.
2. World Vision Philippines
World Vision Philippines worked with local communities, media partners, and faith leaders to spread awareness, preventing further infections in public areas. The company also supported several health facilities by providing disinfectant kits and tents that will suffice as isolation and/or treatment areas. Moreover, World Vision reached out to diverse families, distributing sanitation kits (bath soaps, alcohol, face masks, toothpaste, and toothbrushes) to aid them in their individual COVID-19 fight. The company has also provided cash assistance to heavily impacted families.
Through World Vision’s public engagement, the company was able to brief the public about global and national policies regarding COVID-19 fight. They have formed solid partnerships and mobilized donations to easily assist the public. As stated by World Vision in their website, strengthening the voices of the children and the civil society is at the heart of World Vision’s COVID-19 response.
TeleTech adopted a brilliant approach in leveraging work—ingeniously helping workers heavily affected by the pandemic. The company has assisted independent technicians to continue their jobs amid the pandemic through the help of the Internet and technology. Teletech’s workers are keeping their jobs (and their cool, too) by virtually repairing broken equipment. This helps in curbing the spread of COVID-19 while fixing critical and important equipment.
CloudEats, a start-up cloud kitchen and restaurant has started a charity food drive focused on providing food packs to medical and government frontliners. As stated in their website, CloudEats was able to raise over 48,000 meal donations in just 7 days. Recently, they have raised over 60,000 food pack donations to frontliners across the country. To help, simply visit their website and buy a food pack to donate.
Gardenia provides food packs and products for frontliners fighting head-on against COVID-19 across the Philippines. Their effort reached Metro Manila, North and South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. According to Gardenia, the company’s food donations for COVID-19 frontliners is a continuous effort in collaboration with different organizations, namely Philippine Red Cross (PRC), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), several local government units, Philippine Navy, Bureau of Jail Management, various hospitals, and other charitable institutions.
By providing help of any kind, we help the whole country fight the pandemic, little by little. Let’s bear in mind that the most crucial part of humanity is connection. In our fight with COVID-19, may we keep faith in ourselves and our people by helping through any means we can. As a nation, we ought to pull each other up regardless of the circumstances that arise.