While the definitive aftermath of the COVID-19 health crisis is yet to be seen, its immediate and ongoing impact has affected lives and businesses immensely. The country’s health system continues to grapple with the task of containing the disease and tending to the infected, while the government is seeking ways to ensure the welfare of everyday Filipinos while carefully jumpstarting the economy once more.
Amid all these, a clear challenge to the private sector has emerged—to help address the host of social issues that has come along with the pandemic. These include food security, unemployment, health services, continuity of basic education and many more. The United Nations (UN) has even made a call for efforts to build more inclusive and sustainable post-coronavirus economies that are more resilient in facing previously unforeseen global challenges such as pandemics.
Similarly, the role of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has never been more important than today, and there is an urgent need to redefine it given the emerging new needs of our society. Going about with the usual CSR is no longer sufficient. In order to suitably respond to the challenges faced by our stakeholders, there is a need to carefully reassess resources and strategies of social investment initiatives.
This pandemic has brought us to see how the welfare of each sector of society is inextricably linked to the greater good of our nation. Thus, measures should be put in place to ensure the safety and security of all.
Given the infectious nature of the coronavirus, key to mitigating its spread is accurate and efficient testing. As early as June, we funneled our resources to bolster the testing capacity of our nation’s healthcare system. One of the most vital synergies that SM undertook in cooperation with the Department of Health, the Philippine Red Cross, the National Action Plan Against COVID-19, the PNP Medical Corps and other private sector partners was the creation of a COVID-19 mega swabbing facility at the Mall of Asia Complex, with 72 test booths and a capacity of up to 1,500 RT–PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) tests per day.
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