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SMC food donations reach P181-M

Food donations from diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) reached P181 million in the two weeks since an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was placed over Luzon.

In a statement, SMC said donations -- consisting of assorted food products such as canned goods, meat products, biscuits and bread, coffee, and dairy milk -- had been given to an estimated 520,000 families.

The San Miguel Group earlier said its food business, which carries brands such as Magnolia, Monterey, and Purefoods, would operate 24/7 amid the ECQ.

"In our second week of operations, we are glad to report that we are reaching more areas outside of Metro Manila,” said SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang.

"Initially, we could only reach nearby cities. But through our coordination and partnership with various government agencies, LGUs, non-profit organizations, and Church-based groups, we are reaching more and more families who really need help at this critical time. Rest assured we will continue this program and we will work towards getting food to even more areas," he added.

From 12 a.m. on March 17, the entirety of Luzon was placed on enhanced community quarantine until April 13, 2020, restricting travel within the region in efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

"Right now, the most important thing is for our people to support and follow the guidelines of the quarantine issued by President Duterte. We all have an important part to play," said Ang.

"For many of us, it’s to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel. Our doctors are working hard, our government is also doing what is necessary, and we in the private sector are also ready to support them and lend a hand," he elaborated.

Earlier this week, SMC said it would spend P500 million to procure personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers. — DVM, GMA News