Amid the devastating effects of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, various private sector-led relief efforts were done by corporations and nongovernment organizations that have helped ease the strain on local governments, especially those whose jurisdictions cover vulnerable and marginalized communities.
Among the companies that readily answered to the call for support is Coca-Cola, which has bottling plants in Brgy. Mansilingan in Bacolod City, and in Brgy Ungka-II in the municipality of Pavia, Iloilo that collectively employ over 600 regular personnel, its press release said.
To date, 146,803 liters of beverages have been distributed to beneficiaries, including direct support to LGUs, hospitals and municipal health centers, various checkpoints in different towns, and police stations.
Some of these beneficiaries include the Bacolod Task Force, cities of Bacolod, Talisay, and Silay, the Bacolod Adventist Medical Center, Riverside Medical Center, Lady of Mercy Hospital, and police stations in Bacolod City, San Carlos City, and Escalante.
Coca-Cola has also been making sure that the health and well-being of its employees are taken care of. This was done through an employee assistance fund that ensures all employees got paid during the quarantine period, and it covers the advanced payout of the 13th month pay and full HMO coverage.
To ensure safety within plant facilities, the company heightened its protocols, such as temperature monitoring upon entry, mandatory wearing of face masks within the facilities and outside when dealing with customers, and regular disinfection and sanitation of workspaces, trucks, and other equipment, the press release added.*
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