Cement manufacturer Holcim Philippines, Inc. (HPI) is joining the fight against the Covid-19 by shifting its corporate citizenship budget to provide medical supplies to hospitals assigned to treat coronavirus patients and relief items to its affected communities.
The company has allocated a substantial share of the budget for corporate citizenship program Holcim Helps to procure much-needed medical personal protective equipment such as surgical masks, respirators and face shields to be donated to the Lung Center of the Philippines (Quezon City) and Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital (Caloocan City). These hospitals are among those assigned by the Department of Health to treat Covid-19 patients.
Holcim Philippines has also started to distribute food and hygiene products to communities hosting its facilities in Bacnotan, La Union, Norzagay and Calumpit, Bulacan, Tondo, Manila, Calaca and Mabini, Batangas, Iloilo City, Lugait, Misamis Oriental and Davao City. Approximately 1,500 families and government front line workers have benefitted from the first batch of distribution completed as of April 14.
Despite most its plants and terminals closed due to enhanced community quarantine, the goods were successfully distributed thanks to the company’s skeleton workforce led by its CSR teams supported by its partner suppliers and vendors. Holcim Philippines followed strict health and safety guidelines such as social distancing, and careful packing of goods to ensure people are safe during the distribution.
Holcim Philippines’ close monitoring of the Covid-19 situation enabled it to quickly tighten regulations on social distancing, personal hygiene and health screening in all its sites in line with guidelines set by Philippine health authorities. Among the key actions it took were the installation of new hand washing stations and strict enforcement of social distancing at all its sites.
Holcim Philippines also immediately complied with the quarantine orders from national and local governments to contain the spread of Covid-19. To limit human-to-human contact, it shifted to electronic means in dealing with business partners and encouraged use of digital platforms to provide customers a convenient way to continue transactions amid the quarantine. Furthermore, the company has implemented a Covid-19 information campaign focused on personal hygiene, social distancing and mental health to help its people and their families keep safe during the quarantine.
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