Thursday, April 9, 2020

Petron, SMC Infrastructure Donated P 3.9 Million Worth of Fuel


San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has donated fuel to support government’s Libreng Sakay program for health workers and other front liners providing critical service to the country in these difficult times.

The company’s Petron Corporation and SMC infrastructure together have donated P 3.9 million worth of fuel to be used by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) in mobilizing shuttle services that regularly bring medical and other front liners to and from various hospitals and locations in Metro Manila during the Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has commissioned sixty (60) shuttle services to transport medical workers in 19 routes daily following the declaration, and subsequent two-week extension of the ECQ to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

To fuel these vehicles, SMC Infrastructure has 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 the use of Petron e-fuel cards that SMC Infrastructure 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,” SMC President Ramon Ang said.

To further support the health workers who are at the forefront of the COVID-19 battle, SMC earlier announced a P 500 million fund to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE).

It has already committed to purchase 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), through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

SMC, through SMC tollways, has also provided P 1.8 million worth of free toll to date for over 2,000 medical front liners that use the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Skyway, STAR Tollway, NAIAx and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX).

The company has also re-purposed its Ginebra San Miguel, Inc (GSMI) facilities to produce 70 percent ethyl alcohol and has distributed approximately 518,340 liters or P 38.9 million worth of ethyl alcohol to various hospitals, local government units, and government agencies.

To date, SMC has also donated P 199.4 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.

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