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Here’s How Pinoy Billionaires Respond to 2019 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

PINOY – The Pinoy billionaires are stepping up to combat the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic and help those affected by it.

On Sunday, April 12, the Department of Health (DOH) reported that the death toll of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the Philippines climbed to 297. They also reported 220 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infected to 4,648.

Meanwhile, 197 patients have survived from the disease. The government has allotted billions of pesos to address the coronavirus crisis.

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Based on a report from Philstar, the Filippino billionaires in the country have responded to the coronavirus pandemic. Most of these are in the recent Forbes list.

Former politician and self-made billionaire Manny Villar decided to help convert the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Forum Halls 1 to 2 into a COVID-19 quarantine facility.

Earlier, his family donated food and accommodation to frontliners, face masks and drinking water to government hospitals and schools, among others.

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Photo Source: Philippine Primer

According to the report, the 2nd richest Pinoy, Enrique Razon help the government transform the Ninoy Aquino Stadium at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex into a Level 2 coronavirus quarantine facility.

“We feel it our duty to provide as much support as possible to the inter-agency task force and to the Filipinos to respond to this crisis,” the casino magnate said.

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Photo Source: Forbes

Among the billionaires who support relief operations is the president and COO of San Miguel Corporation Ramon S. Ang and chairman Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco. They offered 100,000 liters of alcohol to the frontliners.

They donated food worth P100 million. It has reached provinces as far as Sorsogon and Marinduque.

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Forbes magazine also listed the chairman of LT Group, Inc, Lucio Tan as one of the billionaires in the country. He is among the people who first responded to the pandemic. Tan repurpose his facilities to produce more alcohol for the COVID-19 frontliners.

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Photo Source: Rappler

Based on the report, other billionaires in the country gave their donations to Project Ugnayan. The group has raised P1.62 billion and helped 4.9M individuals.

The Philippine government would not be able to combat the coronavirus without the help of our Pinoy billionaires.

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