Lysol Philippines has partnered with the Philippines Red Cross (PRC) for Disinfect to Protect, a joint mission to ensure everybody is protected from illness, by breaking the chain of infection.
Through the partnership, the disinfecting brand will donate PHP 36-million to boost mass testing in support of government efforts, bring it to the most vulnerable groups, and encourage Filipinos to sanitize their surroundings to protect them from disease-causing germs.
“We feel humbled to be partnering with the Philippine Red Cross in their efforts to strengthen the country’s COVID-19 testing capacity and expand its coverage to needy sectors of society, as we keep the Philippines’ medical front-liners safe against an unseen enemy while creating awareness on the importance of hygiene and disinfection,” said Gonzalo Balcazar, RB general manager for South East Asia, Hygiene.
Half of the donation will be used to build a COVID-19 mass testing center in Cagayan De Oro City. The center will be known as the Philippine Red Cross Molecular Laboratory and will have two polymerase chain reaction machines that can process 2,000 tests per day.
The other half of the donation will go to the COVID-19 Samaritan Fund to shoulder processing fees to test around 4,500 Filipinos from the most susceptible groups, including the elderly, pregnant women, and those with pre-existing health conditions, especially those in poor communities.
“We welcome Lysol as our partner in helping control the spread of COVID-19. They are a company who has invested most of their resources in studying pathogens and developing solutions that can kill these. They know what we are up against, and how we can stop the infection,” said Sen. Richard Gordon, chairman, Philippine Red Cross.
Lysol will also turn over PHP 5-million worth of its products to help disinfect PRC’s sample collection areas, as well as testing laboratories to keep frontline healthcare workers and communities protected against the novel coronavirus.
“More than ensuring households are protected from illness-causing germs, Lysol sees this partnership, and our ‘Disinfect to Protect’ mission as creating a bigger impact on various communities,” Balcazar added.