Coca-Cola Foundation donates P20 million to Philippine Red Cross for vaccine distribution

  • Coca-Cola system in PH continues to support communities and the country’s economic recovery

The Coca-Cola Foundation (global) is donating US$400,000 (PhP 20 million) to Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to help expedite vaccine distribution around the country. The grant is part of a US$20 million total global fund to support nonprofit partners working to stop the spread of COVID-19 through vaccine distribution, personal protective equipment, and public awareness efforts. 

Through the grant, PRC will support the Department of Health (DOH) in the national COVID-19 vaccination program by establishing PRC-operated Bakuna Centers, supporting local government unit-operated centers with manpower, and deploying the PRC COVID-19 Mobile Vaccine Clinics to over 30 priority areas in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon. The program aims to fully vaccinate over 40,000 vulnerable Filipinos by mobilizing 200 health care professionals.

The US$ 400,000 donation to Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will expedite vaccine distribution in the country, which will then be used to deploy PRC COVID-19 Mobile Vaccine Clinics to over 30 priority areas in Metro Manila Manila, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon.

Also supporting the well-being of Filipinos during the pandemic, The Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines has been providing PPEs as well as food and beverages to vulnerable communities significantly affected by the pandemic. The foundation’s latest initiative in partnership with K-Coop and Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), Project Karinderya, has fed over 1,000 families since the start of the year while helping revive small eateries.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has and is continuing to affect every Filipino, which is why it’s important that we provide continuous support to communities through relevant programs that help with their immediate needs. Since last year, we have not wavered in our commitment to be there for the people we serve, and we’ll continue to be here to support where we can,” said Antonio “Tony” del Rosario, Coca-Cola Philippines President and Vice President for Franchise Operations of Coca-Cola ASEAN and South Pacific-East Asia Region (Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines).

The grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation will be used in establishing PRC-operated Bakuna Centers, supporting local government unit-operated centers with manpower, deploying PRC COVID-19 Mobile Vaccine Clinics.

Since the country was placed in lockdown on March 2020, Coca-Cola took to action by placing on hold and reallocating their advertising budget for relief and response efforts. Despite the pandemic, Coca-Cola Philippines continues to support livelihood and financial assistance to Filipino communities through multi-stakeholder partnership initiatives.

Among these are the ReSTART program, in partnership with DTI and TESDA, which provided a P184-million bridge loan fund for sari-sari and carinderia store owners. The company also partnered with OWWA for the OFW Rise Program. The partnership is targeting 10,000 returning OFWs to start their own businesses through livelihood and entrepreneurial programs, including the opportunity to become distributors, wholesalers, or community resellers for Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. (CCBPI), the bottling partner of Coca-Cola.

Coca-Cola is also giving away products to volunteers and residents who are scheduled to receive their vaccine shot in select vaccination sites in the Philippines.

“Our goal is to provide pandemic-stricken Filipinos with income-generating and livelihood opportunities so they can continue to provide for their families and have enough for their daily needs, as we all work together to help revive the Philippine economy,” said Gareth McGeown, CCBPI President and CEO.

Aside from the ongoing support to communities and other recovery programs, Coca-Cola still has its people at the heart of their business and their safety continues to be a priority. The company has procured vaccines for all employees who wish to be vaccinated.