As part of its corporate social responsibility, Tulong Kapatid, the alliance of foundations of the MVP Group of Companies, extended assistance to the Quezon City government’s waste management teams in line with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Taking part in the effort were Metro Pacific Investments Foundation Inc., One Meralco Foundation, PLDT-Smart Foundation, Maynilad, and Alagang Kapatid Foundation of TV5.
The conglomerate’s assistance consisted of face shields, food bags, and relevant implements to some 500 garbage collectors, pickers, river waste management personnel, and street sweepers who serve as community sanitation frontliners.
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte expressed appreciation to the conglomerate for providing for the welfare of its waste management team. She said that the protective items would be used during waste operations, especially now that they are in very high demand.
Quezon City, which is Metro Manila’s largest and most populous urban area, had 34 of its barangays placed under extreme enhanced community quarantine, thus increasing household wastes during the said period.
“The mandate for Tulong Kapatid to reach out to garbage collectors came from our chairman, Manuel Pangilinan, who said not to disregard these people who are being exposed daily not only to danger such as broken glass, smoke and chemical inhalation but also to the coronavirus. They play a vital role in our society and neglecting them could pose enormous health and environmental issues,” said Metro Pacific Investments Foundation president Melody del Rosario.
One Meralco Foundation president Jeffrey Tarayao noted that the power firm saw their importance in ensuring cleanliness and sanitation in the communities, which is key in fighting COVID-19. He said the care packages represent Meralco’s gratitude and concern for their wellbeing and of their families.
“The MVP Group of Companies makes sure no one is left behind. The solid waste management are our frontliners who continue to work despite the Covid-19 threat, and keeping them healthy makes us healthy, too,” added Maynilad Government Relations head Anette de Ocampo.
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