Mar 18, 2020

MVP Group chief: Living up to being MVP

Businessman/sportsman Manny V. Pangilinan, owner of three ball clubs in the Philippine Basketball Association and well known for his initials MVP, is living up to being an MVP in this time of crisis.

The MVP Group of Companies top boss was among the first major responders as soon as the government announced the community quarantine in Metro Manila then the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon.

"The group will be helping frontliners by donating an initial supply of alcohol of 4,000 liters from Roxas Holdings for government," said Pangilinan in his initial announcement.

Pangilinan also assured their hospitals group, including the Makati Medical, will do its best to cope with the rising traffic of PUIs and those confirmed positive with coronavirus disease.

"We're sending our frontline health workers in needed areas, and importing face masks and PPEs," he said.

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And as among the business tycoons called out by President Duterte in his address to the nation Monday night, Pangilinan quickly responded.

"Heeding the President's call for business - large or small - to rise to the challenges posed by COVID-19, the MVP Group is one with the nation in coping with this virus. We are helping our employees by maintaining their salaries and other benefits during the public health crisis," he said.

He announced measures to be taken: Advanced 13th month pay in full for PLDT, Smart and Meralco employees; continuation of salaries and benefits of all employees; vacation and sick leaves will not be used; vitamins have been ordered for employees, especially field personnel; and work from home.(SB)