GCash, the leading mobile wallet in the Philippines, encourages Filipinos to support the #FightCOVID19 campaign, a digital donation drive that aims to assist the frontline health workers and hospitals combat the dreaded novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The donation drive, done via the GCash app, will provide GCash users with an avenue to support the ongoing collective initiative to mitigate the spread of the global pandemic in the country. By donating money via GCash, Filipinos no longer have to physically go to the offices of social groups or hospitals to support the fight against the deadly virus.
Proceeds of #FightCOVID19 will be equally divided among the seven non-government organization partners of GCash, namely: the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), World Vision, UP Medical Foundation, PGH Foundation, Inc., ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, and Ayala Foundation.
These organizations have been helping efforts to curb the transmission of the virus since day one. Aside from providing high-risk individuals with aid, they are also supporting health workers that are at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 by providing them with necessary personal protective equipment such as face masks to prevent risks of contracting the virus.
“Our platform is more than just a mobile wallet. It is a conduit of good that we can use in times of great need. We are encouraging GCash users to support the donation drive to help our frontline health workers #FightCOVID19,” GCash president Anthony Thomas said.
To send support, GCash users simply have to click on the “Pay Bills” icon in their GCash apps, choose the “Others” tab, and click “FightCOVID19.” GCash users should enter their name and the amount that they are donating to confirm their donation.
#FightCOVID19 is part of GCash for Good, a corporate social responsibility (CSR) program that taps into the inner generosity of people to support good causes that benefit the society.
Aside from donating, GCash also encourages Filipinos to leverage financial technology (fintech) to reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19 from potentially contaminated paper money. GCash users may use their mobile wallets to purchase goods and services both online and offline, pay bills, and settle government dues, among others.
Free Unli WiFi at Hospitals Nationwide
Meanwhile, Globe extends free and unlimited internet connection via its GoWiFi services to more hospitals nationwide as more COVID-19 cases are being confirmed in areas outside Metro Manila. This is to augment the efforts of more medical frontliners, and help patients and their loved ones to stay connected and informed in the country’s fight against the pandemic.
GoWiFi is available in the following medical institutions from March 16 until April 15, 2020:
Agusan del Norte
- MJ Santos Hospital
- Holy Child Colleges of Butuan Hospital
- Bataan St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center Corp.
- Daniel O. Mercado Medical Center
- Lipa City District Hospital
- Lipa Medix Medical Center
- Mary Mediatrix Medical Center
- San Antonio Medical Center
- Ramiro Community Hospital
- Benguet General Hospital
- Mendoza General Hospital
- QualiMed Hospital Altaraza
- Rugay General Hospital
- NICC Doctors Hospital
- Capiz Emmanuel Hospital
- Emilio Aguinaldo College Medical Center – Cavite
- Cebu Community Hospital
- Cebu Doctors Hospital
Davao del Sur
- Davao Doctors Hospital
- Davao Limso Hospital
- Davao Medical Center (Southern Philippines Medical Center)
- Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc.
- San Pedro Hospital
- Gov. Roque Ablan Sr. Memorial Hospital
- Gabriela Silang General Hospital
- West Visayas State University Medical Center
- Medicus Medical Center
- The Medical City Iloilo
- QualiMed Hospital Iloilo
- Isabela United Doctors Med Center
- La Union Medical Diagnostic Center and Hospital Inc.
- HealthServ Los Banos Medical Center
- San Pablo Medical Center
- The Medical City South Luzon
- QualiMed Hospital Nuvali
- Medina Medical Center
- Polymedic Velez
- Maria Reyna Xavier University Hospital Inc.
- The Doctor’s Hospital – Visayas
- Caritas Health Shield Inc.
- Holy Child Hospital
- The Medical City Clark
- Pangasinan Doctors Hospital
- Socsargen County Hospital
- James L. Gordon Hospital
- Our Lady of Lourdes International Medical Center
Zamboanga del Sur
- Doctors Hospital
- West Metro Medical Center
GoWiFi services have also been available since March 13 in select public and private hospitals in Manila, San Juan, Quezon City, Taguig and other areas in Metro Manila as support to the national government’s call for community quarantine in the region. This brings to a total of 68 hospitals being supported by Globe.
Globe and TM customers who subscribed to telehealth provider KonsultaMD may also consult with a doctor via the 79880 telehealth hotline without incurring mobile call charges. This is to help decongest physical consultations at hospitals and mitigate the risks of patient exposure to the virus.