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ICTSI pitches P1.5B in battle vs virus



International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) is at the forefront in helping the country recover from the pandemic. The P250 million Solaire-ICTSI vaccination center at the Nayong Pilipino Foundation property in Paranaque City was built at no cost to the government. / Photograph courtesy of ICTSI

Manila-based global port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), taking the lead for the Razon Group, kept up aid to the government in its pandemic recovery efforts, making social investments of P1.5 billion thus far.

Over the course of 21 months since the onset of the quarantine restrictions, ICTSI, in collaboration with the government and the private sector, purchased vaccines and facilitated rollouts, built quarantine and testing facilities, built testing facilities, supported programs on hunger alleviation, assisted health care workers and institutions, among others. “The battle to turn the tide of this pandemic continues, and there is no room for complacency. It is imbibed in our corporate culture to help where we can, and we will continue to do that beyond this pandemic,” ICTSI executive vice president Christian R Gonzalez said.

Vax distribution boosted
ICTSI-led private sector efforts in assisting the government purchase of vaccines including the first 3 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca, where ICTSI sponsored 300,000 vials, half of which were donated to the government and half to local government units; and the 20 million doses of Moderna vaccines, where 13 million doses were allotted to the public sector and 7 million to the private sector.