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BDO Foundation Launched The Peso-For-Peso Donation Drive

FILIPINOS are battle-tested for any type of crisis and the fight against COVID-19 is no different. Even if this unprecedented pandemic is still far from over sans the availability of a vaccine, hopes are still high with the presence of means to survive the fight.

A few months since the global pandemic reached the country, BDO Foundation has already launched a number of initiatives to help various sectors get back on their feet.

Giving its full support

BDO Foundation launched the Peso-for-Peso Donation Drive, a fundraising activity that ran from May until July 16, 2020. Proceeds were used to provide test kits and supplies to COVID-19 testing centers in underserved communities nationwide.

Under the drive, minimum donations of P500 and maximum donations of up to P1 million per donor were matched peso for peso by BDO Foundation. Donations from BDO and non-BDO customers, as well as BDO employees, poured in via the Bank’s e-banking channels—BDO Online and Mobile Banking, as well as through BDO Credit Card, ATMs, and branches.

Mario Deriquito, president of BDO Foundation, said the initiative forms part of the Foundation’s advocacy to rebuild lives and provide support to hospitals, especially rural health units all over the Philippines.

Part of the money raised from the drive funded the donation of close to 10,000 PCR test kits for use of 10 hospitals across the country. These recipient-hospitals agreed to use the test kits for frontliners and people who cannot afford the high costs of testing.

The Peso-for-Peso Drive also funded the donation of food packs to 8,000 underprivileged families in Bacoor, Cavite; Santa Rosa, Laguna; San Jose del Monte, Bulacan; and Caloocan City.

On top of these efforts, BDO Foundation also supported the Philippine government’s RapidPass and ReliefAgad programs, highlighting the importance of collaboration between the private sector and the national government.

The Bank, through the Foundation, donated 300 smartphones with prepaid loads and 550 powerbanks to the Department of Science and Technology in support of the RapidPass System. RapidPass used QR codes, which facilitated the quick passage of the vehicles of over 500,000 authorized frontliners. The smartphones donated by the Foundation served as QR scanners at 180 checkpoints, where there were special lanes for frontliners.

Additionally, BDO Foundation also provided support to facilitate one-time passwords to users of ReliefAgad, a web application that allowed those entitled to a cash aid to register online and to receive their financial assistance safely and swiftly through electronic payment systems or directly from banks.

Response through partnership

Isolate, test, and trace comprise the backbone of an effective COVID-19 response, according to the World Health Organization. Many countries who have successfully contained the spread of the virus implemented such protocol. Now, the Philippines is no longer too far behind with the pilot implementation of Project ARK’s pooled RT-PCR testing in two key cities in the country, namely, Makati and Cebu.

Pooled testing combines swab samples from individuals and examines them together using a single reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test kit. Pools of five, 10 or 20 persons are tested depending on the prevalence of COVID-19 in an area. Considered a game changer in the fight to contain the coronavirus, the method is seen to boost testing capacity, expedite tests and significantly reduce the cost of RT-PCR kits. Based on extensive research conducted by the Philippine Society of Pathologists, pooled testing is very effective.

BDO Foundation is funding the pilot implementation, covering the costs of automated extractor machines for each city, training of health workers on proper swabbing, PCR test kits, and other peripherals.

Apart from Go Negosyo, who spearheads Project ARK, BDO Foundation is in collaboration with the local governments of Makati and Cebu, the Philippine Children’s Medical Center, who will be its partner-testing center for the pilot implementation in Makati, and the University of Cebu Medical Center and Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center for the pilot implementation in Cebu.

Pilot implementation of RT-PCR pooled testing in Makati covered 6,000 individuals, mostly market vendors and public utility drivers. In Cebu, pilot implementation will cover 4,000 individuals, also market vendors and public utility drivers.

A worthy cause

BDO Unibank president and CEO Nestor V. Tan, who also sits as trustee of BDO Foundation, said the support for the pooled testing project comes with the belief that it will address the key areas of cost, accessibility, and timeliness. The implementation of the project is seen to not only benefit Cebu and Makati but will hopefully impact the whole country as well.

“We always believed that the fight against COVID is not the public sector’s alone or the private sector’s. It is a joint initiative by all of us working on the same direction. We are a big supporter of Go Negosyo’s Project ARK because clearly it is not about the trade-off between life and livelihood but it’s trying to address both because one cannot exist without the other,” he said.

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  1. Rochie Ortiz
    September 24, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    The best talaga ang BDO maaasahan ✔️
    Lalo.na ngayong PANDEMIC talagang tulungan.. salute BDO

  2. Irish Laurio
    September 24, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    nice one BDO, the best tlaga kayo ??

  3. Yanpaladquisol
    September 24, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Salute to BDO ❤️❤️❤️
    Kahit simula pa Lang nung pandemic marami na silang paraan para makatulong at ngaun Naman itong donation drive… Big THANKS ???❤️

  4. Karen
    September 24, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    The best talaga ang BDO dami nla natutulungan ngayong panahon ng pandemya…salute po sa inyo…

  5. Erica Sosing
    September 24, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    Wow thank you and God bless you BDO for this project. Malaking tulong po eto sa atin at lahat po ay makikinabang. Talagang maasahan po ang BDO good service with the good heart. Always finding ways to help. ☺️

  6. Antoniette Sanchez David
    September 24, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    Iba talaga si BDO oag usapang tulongan andyan sya para tumulong sa mga nangangailangan at need talaga mg mga tulong godbless

  7. Diane cunanan
    September 26, 2020 at 9:59 am

    The best Talaga Ang BDO ?
    Maraming Tao Ang NatutuLungan ?
    Lalo Na Ngaun pandemya..
    God bless Po ?

  8. Dara Isabela Corral
    September 26, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Bdo is the best ☺

  9. Analyn Atiolla
    September 26, 2020 at 10:03 am

    Iba pag BDO. Maraming branches na ok na ok Lalo sa mga panahon ngayon.

  10. Jonalyn Burlaza
    September 26, 2020 at 10:06 am

    Ang galing naman BDO the best ka

  11. Monjj seliva
    September 26, 2020 at 10:12 am

    That’s awesome po ? God bless you po ?

  12. Richel Pinca
    September 26, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Thank you so much BDO Foundation, ?? such a great help to our hospitals and frontliners, very useful to provide test kits and supplies to COVID-19 testing centers in underserved communities nationwide.

  13. Anarose Lucero
    September 26, 2020 at 10:29 am

    thank you so much BDO sa full support na ito sa ating government sa pagtugon sa pandemic,sa pagtulong sa pag fund simulat simula pa lang,my high salute to this company,they truely deserve lahat ng awards na nakukuha nila,dapat natin i spread ang kanilang kabutihan

  14. MA D EL
    September 26, 2020 at 10:31 am

    Ang dami na po talaga natutulungan Ng BDO, always find ways to help everyone.

  15. Hazel Mary Ruiz
    September 26, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Great job Sm! ?? Another good campaign for helping our frontliners. ❤️ God bless!

  16. Charito Dela Peña
    September 26, 2020 at 10:46 am

    The best talaga ang BDO madami natutulungan At madali Lang malapitan kaya mag BDO NA lang kayo guys

  17. Manilyn Dacut
    September 26, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Salute to BDO…on time pa po sila…shut out po sa BDO Bacobo?Godbless…they find ways po talaga para makapag bigay ng mabilis na service sa mga client po nila????

  18. Marlyn Miranda
    September 26, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Good Job, BDO, God Bless, the best Bank???

  19. Rosebel De Vera
    September 26, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Ang galiing tlga ng BDO maaasahan mo tlga cla para skin napaka hassle free neto… ??Nice campaign ❤️

  20. Ana Rose Omela
    September 26, 2020 at 11:37 am

    BDO is always find ways to help everyone ?

  21. SHIENA MAE DIAZ
    September 26, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Wow the best talaga ung BDO nuon Pa man kahit wla pang pandemic madame na talaga silang natutulungang mga tao na nangangailangan at mas lalo Pa nilang ginalingan at in improve ung pag tulong nla sa mga tao sobrang the best talga nla. Thank you. So much BDO YOUR NUMBER 1. ??

  22. Maricar Villar
    September 26, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Good job BDO! Dahil sa ginagawa nyo marami kayo mga taong natutulungan at matutulungan pa.. Thank you for reaching out.. You really always find ways. Godbless BDO!

  23. Marrie kris Hagonos
    September 26, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Yes, BDO truly find way to make our life better..lalo na sa panahon ngayon isa ang BDO nakakaisip ng paraan para sa lahat..thank you!❤️

  24. Jen Guita
    September 26, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    i’ve heard of pool testings in Makati sa mga news programs, para mas mapabilis ang swabbing, tracing,and pagcontol sa spread ng virus, since 5-20 people ang makikinabang sa isang test kit. the drives and the many initiatives of the foundation was never mentioned in the news. now im glad to have heard all of these. ? i salute BDO Foundations and its employees sa mga tulong nila sa bayan amidst this pandemic. i just wish na yung mga hospitals nagagamit ang mga donations nilang test kits para sa mga taong nangangailangan talaga at walang kakayahan na magbayad ng mahal just to get tested. thanks BDO foundation. YOU REALLY FIND WAYS to help other people. ?

  25. Lyka (mitra) Baqueros
    September 26, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Laking tulong po talaga nitong mga donation drive ni BDO lalo na at napakamahal ng mga Covid testing at karamihan ay hindi afford kaya malaking tulong po ito.. ? salamat kay BDO..

  26. Bessie Ramos
    September 26, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Bdo have a golden heart lage silang tumutulong sa mga taong nangangailangan nkktiwa na nay gabitong nga tao lalo ngayon oandemic godbless po BDO ?

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