Cebu City – In recognition of the tireless efforts of frontliners in the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC), the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) continues to provide them food packs three times a week.
To date, OPAV has delivered more than 7,000 food packs to the health workers of the government-owned VSMMC, which has been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 here in Central Visayas.
“We are one with our medical frontliners who are risking their lives in this continuing battle against the COVID-19. Providing them with their daily sustenance is our way of showing our appreciation for their sacrifice and to boost their morale,” Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino said.
The OPAV had brought to VSMMC 320 packed meals per delivery three times a week, from July 2 to August 15. This is made possible through the help of Cebuano businessman Eric Uy.
“By doing this, we are able to help ease the burden of our health care workers, who have been tirelessly working to treat the patients of COVID-19 and other illnesses,” Secretary Dino added.
He gave assurance that OPAV will continue to extend whatever assistance it can give to the health care community in the Visayas.
Secretary Dino explained that the donations have been made possible through the help of generous donors and private sector organizations that have been supporting the government’s COVID-19 response in the region through the OPAV.
“All these initiatives have been realized thanks to our strong partnership with the private sector,” he said.
Several companies and business organizations have donated personal protective equipment (PPE) and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machines to hospitals in Cebu through the OPAV.
Among the regular donors is the Christina Lee Dino Foundation, which has provided PCR machines, masks and PPE to various public hospitals in the Visayas.
Since the start of the pandemic, the OPAV has implemented various initiatives to address the concerns in various sectors, especially the medical community.
These include providing free transportation to frontliners by deploying Malasakit buses and since the pandemic started, by providing PCR and automated extraction machines, extraction and detection kits, swab kits and other consumables to augment testing capacity in the Visayas.