While the big island is currently on lockdown, the Philippine sports community has stepped in to assist in the fight against coronavirus. With over 2000 confirmed cases and 88 deaths stemming from the outbreak as of April 1st, much of the country is looking for ways to help their healthcare community.
In recent days several athletes, officials, and sports personalities have stepped up to the challenge and offered their services to combat the coronavirus.
The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has already donated 120 mattresses to the Manila medical center, Emilio Aguinaldo College Medical Center, Fe Del Mundo Medical Center, and Capital Medical Center.
Volleyball star Jia Morado, the Philippine’s Woman’s softball team, and Bounty Argo Ventures president Ronald Mascarinas has also assisted in their unique way.
Jia Morado has auctioned off her jerseys to raise funds for personal protective equipment that she plans on donating to the frontlines. Jia has been a professional athlete for the Philippines since 2014 when she joined the Philippine national woman’s volleyball team. Her hometown is Parañaque, Philippines, and she is currently 24 years of age.
No amount of help is too small for our frontliners! Check out our page for more jerseys up for bids! 🙏🏻
— Julia Morado (@juliacmorado) April 1, 2020
The Philippines Woman’s national softball team the Blu Girls have also donated food and supplies to doctors, nurses, and staffers at the Philippine General Hospital.
Ronald Mascarinas, the President of Bounty Argo Ventures, which owns a chain of stores with over 1,000 locations (Chooks-to-go), has donated 100,000 Kg of fully cooked chicken for hospital workers, military personnel, and volunteers across the country.
A couple of Philippine Basketball Association PBA teams have also chipped in for the cause by hosting charity drives to raise money for surgical masks and to provide relief for people who lost their job due to the suspension of the PBA season.
With all the charitable donations coming from popular sports leagues, figures, and more, the Philippines has pulled together like never before with more contributions expected in the near future.