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Private ‘Bayanihan’ eases hospital woes

Local companies have partnered with local governments to expand the capacities of hospitals while easing the plight of those seeking medical attention as infection cases spike.



Infirmaries, mostly in the National Capital Region, have recently filled up to the brim due to the influx of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients, prompting a Laguna-based private company to lend a hand in distributing tents it produce to serve as temporary shelters for patients in crowded hospitals.

Since last March, local companies have partnered with local governments to expand the capacities of hospitals while easing the plight of those seeking medical attention as infection cases spike with the discovery of more contagious strains of the coronavirus disease 2019.

PG Flex Group was among these companies that provided assistance as it partnered with the City Government of Manila for the provision of tarpaulin tents and an isolation facility for adult and pediatric patients of Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital in Binondo.

The company’s president and CEO, Nelson Guevarra, was not new in making a difference to lives of other people, particularly to the needy, as he spearheads outreach programs of the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII).

Guevarra told the Daily Tribune that augmenting aid to hospitals during the current unprecedented crisis is his company’s contribution to relieve the tight situation among hospitals.
PG Flex is the manufacturer of Maruyama Tarpaulin and PG Flex Floormats (Linoleum), headquartered in Canlubang, Laguna. It is fully Filipino owned.

Health system augmented

“First, we have a shortage of hospital rooms and as much as possible we want every critical patient to be confined and looked after properly even in a temporary facility. We have already provided several tents to some hospitals and LGU (local government units) as their temporary Isolation facilities and evacuation centers,” according to Guevarra, also the External Affairs Committee chair of the FFCCCII.

And as most citizens have rekindled the spirit of “Bayanihan” these days, Guevarra said the PG Flex Group is more than willing to cooperate and share their capabilities.

“We can share some blessings in helping the community especially during crisis. No matter how small the amount we contribute, what is important is that we will adopt and embrace the Bayanihan spirit. Being helpful to the needy is what I consider the best traits of being a Filipino,” he stressed.

Tents extend capabilities

Aside from Manila, the PG Flex Group mulls to provide tents to hospitals and other LGU depending on their urgent needs.

“We are currently in coordination with V. Luna General Hospital so we can provide tents to those patients waiting to be swabbed for Covid 19 testing. Aside from this, we are also finalizing the deal with New Era Medical Center to provide modular tents for free,” Guevarra noted.

Since the onset of the pandemic last year, FFCCCII, headed by its president, Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong, has been scouring Metro Manila and other areas donating food packs, food boxes and sacks of rice to various organizations and individuals to provide food sustenance, when most of the country was placed under lockdowns, and when the biggest problems of families is ensuring that food is on the table.

FFCCCII also provided medical frontliners with personal protective equipment (PPE), surgical masks and other medical supplies.

Guevarra said the only reciprocity that the group is asking for is that Filipinos particularly those in government, to patronize locally-made products so that jobs and families will be secured.
Local businesses should also retool and reskill to get over the hump.

“Because this pandemic is very frightening, Filipinos should start their own basic businesses or small and medium size manufacturing to lessen the dependent on buying foreign basic needs product. We should protect our country, create more jobs to our countrymen and patronize our locally made and produced products,” Guevarra inculcated.