To help in the fight against COVID-19, cement manufacturer Holcim Philippines, Inc. (HPI) is 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 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 were assigned by DOH to treat COVID-19 patients.
Holcim Philippines also distributed food and hygiene products to communities surrounding 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 benefitted from the first batch of distribution completed last April 14.
Holcim President and CEO John Stull: “Holcim Philippines is one with the country in fighting Covid-19. We are very proud of our people who are actively contributing to their communities and the country in pushing back against this disease. Guided by our overarching value of Health and Safety, our company has taken actions to support the efforts to contain the spread of the disease and ensure the well-being of our people, partners and our communities. Holcim Philippines will continue to support the country’s efforts against Covid-19 and follow the guidance of health authorities on this matter. Our thoughts go to everyone affected by this. We wish everyone safety and good health in these trying times.”
Despite most of its plants and terminals closed due to the enhanced community quarantine, the goods were successfully distributed thanks to the company’s skeletal 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 the guidelines set by Philippine health authorities. Among the key actions it took were installation of new hand washing stations and strict enforcement of social distancing at all sites.