OVP raises P20-M to buy PPE for health workers in less than a week; asks help finding suppliers

OVP raises P20-M to buy PPE for health workers in less than a week; asks help finding suppliers

The Office of the Vice President (OVP) is making sure the frontliners will also have all the help they need as against the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19.
The OVP has raised P20 million for the purpose of appropriating personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers in the frontlines.

Currently 9 hospitals in the National Capital Region (NCR) have received 7,350 PPE sets from the OVP,with the second batch of PPE’s to be scheduled for distribution soon.
Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo
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“We started this drive evening of March 13. As of 9 a.m. today, March 19, we have reached the P20M mark!!!!” Robredo announced in a Facebook post.
Robredo said the increasing cash donations from the public were “proof that so many Filipinos want to take care of our frontliners who are putting their lives on the line to save us all.”
The San Lazaro Hospital, University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health, and Philippine General Hospital, all located in Manila, were among the recipients of the initial PPE sets donated by the OVP.

The rest were the Lung Center of the Philippines, Philippine Heart Center, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, East Avenue Medical Center, Philippine Orthopedic Center, and Veterans Memorial Medical Center, all in Quezon City.
Robredo laments that even if they have the funds there is scarcity of products, so they cannot purchased what is badly needed.

“Our problem is supplies are hard to come by. So here’s another appeal to anyone of you who knows of suppliers, we will appreciate it if you can share with us their contact details,” she said.

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