Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) and SM Foundation donated personal protective equipment and alcohol to the provincial governments of South Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, and Davao del Sur to support their efforts to prevent the spread of and combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
The donation consisted of 962 pieces of reusable raincoats, 110 pieces of protective clothing, 480 pairs of nitrite gloves, 552 pairs of shoe cover, 950 pieces of disposable masks, 169 pieces of protective masks, and 58 gallons of 70% solution isopropyl alcohol.
SMI officers turned over the said items from April 20-22, 2020 to the four provincial and four municipal local governments hosting the Tampakan Copper-Gold Project: Tampakan in South Cotabato; Malungon in Sarangani; Columbio in Sultan Kudarat; and Kiblawan in Davao del Sur.
SMI Community Relations Manager Joselito Kakilala said, “We understand the serious risks faced by our frontliners in the fight against COVID-19 and we wanted to show the support of SMI and SM Foundation, by providing these PPEs which are essential in their daily activities.”
“As a responsible stakeholder and development partner, we at SMI will always support, within our limited resources, our host LGUs whenever our help is needed. We will assist them in their efforts to combat COVID-19,” Mr. Kakilala added.
Earlier this month, SMI donated 50 non-contact, handheld IR thermal scanners and 13 multi-purpose tents to the 10 municipalities of South Cotabato and the three other host municipalities to improve their COVID-19 detection and prevention program. SMI also provided 116 sacks of rice to the Provincial Government of South Cotabato to support its relief efforts.
On April 8, SMI turned over a four-wheel drive Hino truck to the Municipal Government of Tampakan to be used in its COVID-19 relief efforts particularly in its mountainous and remote barangays, and released early the operational and administrative funds to its host indigenous community foundations to help their fellow Blaans affected by impacts of the community quarantine.
Further, SMI recently realigned at least PhP7.6 million from its 2020 Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) to support the host and neighboring communities in their efforts to manage the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr. Kakilala said that these disaster relief and assistance were provided even if the company has not yet begun its operations, and despite the uncertainties created by the enhanced community quarantine.