The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation’s (PAGCOR’s) four Entertainment City licensees have once again stepped up to respond to the call of service amidst the corona virus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Resorts World Manila, Solaire Resort & Casino, City of Dreams Manila, and Okada Manila all teamed-up with PAGCOR, through their charitable institutions to provide quick aid for the country’s frontliners, healthcare workers, and local communities.
Resorts World Philippines Cultural Heritage Foundation Inc. (RWPCHFI) recently turned over 16,000 personal protective equipment (PPE), medical gloves, goggles, shoe covers, as well as 40,000 N95 face masks to the Philippine General Hospital, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Pasay City General Hospital, and Ospital ng Parañaque.
RWPCHFI also donated a total of 40,000 face masks and 400 infrared thermometers to the LGUs of Pasay and Parañaque, and the National Capital Region Police Office.
A second batch (144,000 pieces) of PPEs will soon be delivered to facilities that handle COVID-19 patients.
Apart from medical items, RWPCHFI donated 15,000 grocery packs to underprivileged barangays in Pasay. An additional 15,000 grocery packs will be delivered to more barangays in the city and other neighboring communities in the coming weeks. These donations are part of RWPCHFI's P50 million pledge to the government’s efforts against the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Solaire Resort's Bloomberry Cultural Foundation, Inc. (BCFI) donated a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Machine – a device used for COVID-19 testing – to the Lung Center of the Philippines. It has also procured PPEs, ventilators, rapid test kits, more PCR machines, medical equipment, and essential supplies for donation to hospitals.
Likewise, BCFI retrofitted the Ninoy Aquino Stadium and Rizal Memorial Stadium, which will serve as quarantine and treatment facilities for COVID patients. BCFI also procured P100 million worth of essential goods for distribution to indigent Filipino families.
Melco Resorts (Philippines) Foundation Corporation, the charitable arm of City of Dreams Manila also procured 125,000 food packs worth P50 million. The donation consists of 625,000 kilos of rice; 500,000 pieces of bottled water; 500,000 cup noodles; 500,000 cans of sardines and 250,000 cans of tuna.
Heeding the request for further assistance, the Foundation donated an additional P100 million worth of food packs for distribution to vulnerable and indigent families.
The Okada Foundation, Inc. meanwhile, has directly donated P25 million each to the Philippine Heart Center and the Lung Center of the Philippines. The hospitals will use the donation to procure necessary machines, equipment, and medical supplies.
In addition, Okada Foundation, Inc. pledged to donate P100 million worth of relief goods for distribution to indigent families.
According to Atty. Juanito Sañosa, Jr., PAGCOR’s Vice President for Compliance and Governance Group, the state-run gaming agency has authorized the Entertainment City licensed casinos to use a portion of their Foundation funds to help fund the government’s COVID-19 efforts. In the light of the COVID pandemic, 70 percent of these foundations’ funds are now allocated for healthcare programs.
“With the extension of the enhanced community quarantine, we can buy more time to flatten the curve and boost our country’s COVID-19 testing capacity. Rest assured that PAGCOR and our licensees are doing our best to help the government, healthcare frontliners, and LGUs as fast as we can,” Sañosa said.