Gaming tycoons donate PPEs, test kits, COVID-19 medicines to Cebu
CEBU CITY — To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Visayas, ports and gaming tycoon Enrique Razon, Jr. and casino junket operator Kim Wong donated a substantial amount of personal protective gear, test kits and other medical supplies to the Province of Cebu and nearby areas.
Presidential Adviser for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino received the donation from Wong and Razon’s representative, Bloomberry Resorts head of security Michael Ray Aquino. The shipment consists of one million medical-grade face masks, 100,000 COVID-19 rapid test kits, 30,000 Avigan tablets, 5,000 personal protective equipment, 2,000 ponchos, 1,000 shoe covers and 400 goggles.
Sec. Dino said bulk of the surgical masks will be distributed to various barangays in Cebu City, while the raincoats will be turned over to the Philippine National Police to protect policemen while implementing health protocols during the coming rainy season. The PPEs, test kits, Avigan tablets, shoe covers and goggles, meanwhile, will be shared with various medical facilities and frontliners.
Aside from various donations in support of government’s COVID-19 response, Razon helped convert the Ninoy Aquino Stadium at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila into a level 2 emergency COVID-19 health facility.
Wong and his associates in the online gaming industry, on the other hand, have donated almost P600 million since the start of the pandemic. This consists of more than P200 million in cash assistance, two million surgical and N95 masks, 250,000 rapid test kits, P50-million worth of rice and relief packs and other medical gear.
Dino, a close friend of Wong, earlier requested the gaming operator to help the Visayas. “He [Wong] gladly responded and immediately flew to Cebu to personally turn over the donation. We’re grateful to Kim and Mr. Razon for their benevolence,” he said.
The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas has been in the forefront of providing personal protective equipment and medical supplies to the city government of Cebu, other local government units and hospitals in the area.
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