(Photo courtesy of SM City Puerto Princesa)

The SM Group is allocating P100 million to help frontliners and medical workers in government hospitals dealing with the novel coronavirus outbreak.

“To ensure the safety of medical frontliners, SM is bringing in personal protective equipment (PPE) — face masks, gowns, visors, hoods, gloves, and shoe covers, as well as urgent medical supplies to help government hospitals who badly need them,” SM Prime’s Hans Sy says.

SM has extended assistance to the Philippine General Hospital and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine for their urgent needs and for improving their laboratory testing capacity.

The SM Group has also allocated PPEs and medical supplies to the UP Medical Foundation Inc. to reach a wider network of hospitals.

To improve the availability of test kits, SM has reached out to Manila Healthtek Inc. to distribute 20,000 test kits for free to government hospitals, once approved for use.

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