Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR has detailed a variety of charitable contributions by Manila’s four Entertainment City licensees – Resorts World Manila, Solaire Resort & Casino, City of Dreams Manila and Okada Manila – as the nation continues its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the latest round of donations, Resorts World Philippines Cultural Heritage Foundation Inc. has turned over 16,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) including medical gloves, goggles and shoe covers, as well as 40,000 N95 face masks to the Philippine General Hospital, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Pasay City General Hospital and Ospital ng Parañaque.
It has also donated a total of 40,000 face masks and 400 infrared thermometers to the LGUs of Pasay and Parañaque and the National Capital Region Police Office, with a second batch of 144,000 PPE pieces to soon be delivered to facilities that handle COVID-19 patients.
Aside from medical items, the Foundation donated 15,000 grocery packs to underprivileged barangays in Pasay, with an additional 15,000 grocery packs on their way.
Solaire Resort & Casino’s Bloomberry Cultural Foundation, Inc. donated a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Machine – a device used for COVID-19 testing – to the Lung Center of the Philippines and has procured PPEs, ventilators, rapid test kits, more PCR machines, medical equipment and essential supplies for donation to hospitals.
It has also retrofitted the Ninoy Aquino Stadium and Rizal Memorial Stadium, which will serve as quarantine and treatment facilities for COVID patients. BCFI procured Php100 million worth of essential goods for distribution to indigent Filipino families.
Melco Resorts (Philippines) Foundation Corporation, the charitable arm of City of Dreams Manila, has procured 125,000 food packs worth Php50 million. The donation consists of 625,000 kilos of rice; 500,000 pieces of bottled water; 500,000 cup noodles; 500,000 cans of sardines and 250,000 cans of tuna, PAGCOR said.
Heeding the request for further assistance, the Foundation donated an additional Php100 million worth of food packs for distribution to vulnerable and indigent families.
The Okada Foundation, Inc has directly donated Php25 million each to the Philippine Heart Center and the Lung Center of the Philippines. Each hospital will use the donation to procure necessary machines, equipment and medical supplies.
The Foundation has also pledged to donate Php100 million worth of relief goods for distribution to indigent families.
“With the extension of the enhanced community quarantine, we can buy more time to flatten the curve and boost our country’s COVID-19 testing capacity,” said PAGCOR’s Vice President for Compliance and Governance Group, Atty. Juanito Sañosa, Jr.
“Rest assured that PAGCOR and our licensees are doing our best to help the government, healthcare frontliners, and LGUs as fast as we can.”